Here's some info to help all who are trying to get a foot-hold in this lifestyle. The best place to start yourself off is with our Welcome Wagon
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s to absorb some very good advise from those who have realized the results you're looking for. When you're ready to get started, you'll face the same challenges we all have, so here are some tips and tricks to make your first steps easier!
Here's a basic fruit smoothy recipe. For newbies trying to get in enough carb calories, this makes for a great starter meal. 1000 calories, easily done in one sitting. If you want to lower the volume while maintaining the 1000 cals, remove one banana and add 5 dates, or remove 2 bananas and add 10 dates, etc.. Reverse this to slowly increase the volume.
For anyone struggling with digestion issues, have a look here and make sure you're not mixing the wrong fruits.
Low stomach capacity is common in beginners, due to years (or an entire lifetime) of consuming low volume, high caloric density foods (like oils and animal products). When switching to HCRV you'll be consuming high volume, low caloric density foods (fruits and veggies). Many people have trouble consuming enough fruity carb calories in the beginning, but this is a stage that one must work through, with a little effort, by increasing the amount your stomach can handle in one sitting. Over time it will feel natural and easy to consume 1000+ fruit calories in one sitting. Here's a crude diagram to demonstrate this concept.
811 HCRV is not just a physical lifestyle - it's about mental and emotional health as well. Many people struggle with body image issues, and body dismorphia in our society, and if you're one of them, know that you are not alone. Also know that living the lifestyle we recommend here is about holistic health; it's not about fitting into our preconceived cultural notions of beauty. One of the best things we can do to help ourselves become healthy is to begin the process of overcoming our unrealistic views of our bodies.
Here is a wonderful discussion on this topic, to get started:
As we say: aim for health, let your body take care of itself :)
And here is something that I think many of us need to occasionally look at. We can remind ourselves that subjective ideas of beauty and 'fat' are not nearly as important as objective ideas of health.
Now, for anyone wondering why HCRVers eat so many bananas and rave on and on about their dates, this is why. Of the most calorie dense fruits, dates are the king and bananas are generally the cheapest and most available per calorie/ounce.
Note: avocados are high in fat and are not recommended for one aiming for 80-10-10.
People come to HCRV for many reasons, some for physical health alone, some for ethical reasons, some for philosophic or spiritual reasons (and some for all of these), but regardless of why we come to HCRV the principles of the lifestyle remain the same. We are blessed to live in a time where the fundamentals of how to be raw vegan have been so thoroughly established, through the courageous experimentation and wisdom of countless vegans.
For those who approach this lifestyle for its spiritual significance, here is a very important article on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who was himself a raw vegan for many years and who experimented with diet extensively in his life. This article explores Gandhi's trials with raw veganism and has many lessons for the spiritually minded HCRVer: