As some people try to adopt a Raw Diet they get discouraged if they eat something cooked and give it all up thinking that they are a failure and can't do it. Whoa Nelly! That kind of extreme "All-Or-Nothing" thinking is too harsh. Where is the love? Give yourself a break and realize that every little bit of raw, fresh, whole, delicious, nutritious food you add to your diet is a step in the right direction.

If you're not ready to go 100% Raw there are many ways to gradually add raw foods into your lifestyle at a pace that's best for you. The key is to think about what you can ADD to your diet rather than what you cannot have. Look through these ideas and see if any of them sound like they'd work for you:


1. Drink a green smoothie every day! This is the #1, best first step. Just doing this will add a ton of nutrients to your body and decrease cravings for cooked food. You will also find that you start to crave fruits and vegetables because your body loves how they make you feel!

2. Eat raw for breakfast and lunch, then have a healthy cooked dinner. Fruits and smoothies are easy to substitute for breakfast and a big salad is great for lunch. Dinners are a little more difficult because you are usually eating with your family and you are probably used to having a heavier meal. As you discover good raw dinner recipes and learn how great it feels to be satisfied but not stuffed and tired after eating dinner you can switch to a raw dinner, too.

3. Choose one day a week to eat all RAW. After a couple of weeks add a second "All Raw" day, then add another, until soon you're all raw every day!

4. Add fruits and/or veggies to every meal and eat them first. Then if you want other food, go ahead and eat it.


One big key to success is to remember that if you feel hungry – eat more! Fruit is particularly good due to the carbohydrates and natural sugar that is slowly absorbed into your body. Make your own raw trail mix with nuts and dried fruits to snack on when you are out and about. Keep bananas, apples or oranges with you for times when you get hungry but aren't near any good foods. You will naturally start wanting less to eat after you have been eating raw for awhile because you will be getting so much more nutrition from your food you won't need as much of it to satisfy and fuel your body. The best thing is to listen to your body and what it needs. You will find as you start feeding your body the best foods that you will start knowing just what your body needs to thrive!

Just do what you can – improve a little every day – and love yourself enough to take care of YOU. You're awesome and you are worth it!!

Written by ChuckS in: FAQ,Featured,How To Get Started |

Costly? Cooking?… and Cravings!

This week I've been asked the same questions a few times. They're good ones so let me share my thoughts on them:

Is eating Raw extremely expensive?

When you think of buying lots of nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables it seems that eating raw would be very costly. I find the cost about the same as when I used to buy groceries that included meat, milk and plenty of junk food.

Yes, good food isn't cheap, (I don't know why junk is cheaper, it's annoyingly mysterious. It isn't like we're buying jewel encrusted strawberries) but when you are replacing meat, milk, cheese, eggs, canned foods and lots of convenience foods it comes out about equal. The benefit of the pure nutrition you are getting from your food also makes it so much more value for your money! Plus the big BONUS, you are saving money on the medical bills you won't have because your body will be so strong and full of nutrients that it can fend off those nasty bugs that go around.

Is it possible to be successful eating raw while living with and feeding the rest of your family who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD)?

Yes! It is possible, although not easy. I am doing it now. The 3 teen-age kids I have left at home eat that way and my husband is vegetarian. I come home from work, make them a cooked dinner and then fix my own. It can take a long time unless you do a little planning ahead.

One trick is to make a couple of Raw dishes on the weekend (like taco fixings, the zucchini pasta primavera or raw chili), make enough to last a few days and have all their accompaniments chopped and ready to go in individual containers in the refrigerator. Then, each evening when you're really hungry for dinner you can throw one of them together and have a quick, delicious dinner!

Another idea is to keep your meal really simple. A big green salad with sliced fruit can be thrown together pretty quickly. Nori rolls or lettuce wraps filled with fresh veggies are fast and easy. Make a tomato, cucumber and sprout sandwich in green leafy lettuce leaves with a raw mustard sauce. Green smoothies are quick to whip up or a sweet fruit smoothie.

Be sure to offer some of what you are making to your family, they might just surprise you and try it someday. Then they might surprise themselves and like it! Always keep your comments positive and don't nag them to stop eating the foods they like. If you keep loving your raw food, looking and feeling better and showing them how bright, fresh and delicious raw foods are they will have a much better opinion of it. Actions and results always speak louder than words.

Get your children involved in preparing some of the meals and they're always more likely to eat them. They would love to run the zucchini through the spiralizer to make angel hair pasta! I bought mine on the web site for $24.95 and you can also find them for sale on several other sites.

You can probably even get them to drink green smoothies if you give them a fun name like, "Shrek Smoothies" or "Hungry Hulk". Offer fresh fruit, ants-on-a-log (with almond butter and raisins) or veggie sticks for snacking – every little bit helps!

How long until the cooked food cravings go away?

When I was trying to eat raw meals only part-time I found it really hard to stick with it. Once I decided to go 100% and eat all raw I discovered my cravings went completely away. I still think cooked food smells good, but I can enjoy the smell without wanting to eat it. I know how sluggish and heavy it will make me feel and I just don't want to feel that way any more.

I used to use this trick on myself – when I would smell something that was tempting me or someone would bring a plate of treats into my office I would repeat over in my mind, "I really want a juicy, sweet apple! I can't wait to get a juicy, sweet, crisp apple!" and I'd picture it (or another favorite fruit) in my mind. No joke, it worked every time. Then when I got to eat that apple, it was like heaven and totally worth the wait! Give it a try!


Well, there you have it – answers to a few recent questions. I'd be happy to share how I've dealt with some of the challenges you might have or answer a question if I can. If I don't know the answer I'll try to find out, and … I always have an opinion. So feel free to ask. If you are wondering about it, most likely several other people are too!

Written by ChuckS in: FAQ,Featured,How To Get Started |

Answers To Nutrition Questions I Am Most Frequently Asked

One question I am always asked is, “Where do you get your protein?” First, it is interesting to know that human breast milk is 5% protein. This is the perfect food for babies who are growing more quickly than at any other time in their lives (they are doubling their weight in 180 days!). Since older children and adults are not growing at such a rate, we do not need any more protein than that. The United Nation’s World Health Organization recommends that men and women obtain 5% of their calories as protein. The USDA puts this figure at 6.5%. Our need for protein is easily met with fruits having 4 – 9%, nuts/seeds/sprouts 10 – 25% and vegetables 15 – 50% of their calories from protein.

How about calcium? Plenty of calcium is found and more easily absorbed into your body from plant foods. In fact, only 30% of the calcium in a cup of milk is actually absorbed by the body. Your body would get twice as much calcium from a cup of broccoli. The problem is that the body uses a lot of calcium in the process of excreting all the excess animal protein and will leach it out of your bones if necessary to get the job done. Plant protein doesn’t create that kind of problem. Plus, there is more calcium in many fresh green vegetables, fruits and nuts than there is in milk. Almonds have 245 mg, figs 269 mg, broccoli 123 mg and milk has only 115 mg/100g.

Many people worry about getting sufficient iron. Gabriel Cousins, author of Conscious Eating has this to say about anemia (shortage of iron in the body): “Why do vegetarians have less anemia? The answer, I believe, lies in the leafy greens, which often have a higher concentration of iron than flesh foods. For example, according to the USDA Handbook No. 456, gram for gram, kale has fourteen times more iron than red meat. Spinach has approximately eleven times the iron as ground beef. Strawberries, cabbage, bell peppers, and even cucumbers have more iron per weight than ground beef or sirloin steak. Researchers have also found that Vitamin C, which is high in fruits and vegetables, significantly enhances the body’s ability to assimilate iron.”

Written by ChuckS in: FAQ,Nutrition Charts |

A Little Info to Get You Started

Let me just tell you that I started by having raw breakfast and lunch, then eating a cooked vegan dinner for a couple of months and it was O.K. for a transition. I felt a little better, lost a little weight, got used to how it felt to be satisfied after a raw meal, but it was hard sticking to it! When I decided to get on board 100% it was so much easier to resist cooked food – I didn’t even want it. Cooked food smells good to me, but it is like smelling flowers, I enjoy taking nice big sniffs but I don’t want to eat them. And then the weight just started falling off. It was amazing to me!

I also exercise most days. You will want to, too and your body needs it! Aerobic exercise gets your energy up, your mood happy and keeps everything moving through your body, plus it keeps that weight coming off if you need it to. Add weights to firm, tone up and make your bones strong to avoid osteoporosis.

Some of the exciting benefits you will gain by eating raw and living foods are:

Increased physical energy
Rapid weight-loss
Phenomenal health
Greater mental acuity
Vibrant and glowing skin
Spiritual growth
Balanced emotional states
Youthfulness and longevity

No kidding! You will experience great physical and mental changes. It is an adjustment getting used to cold food and you need to change your attitude about how “full” you need to feel all the time or what a meal consists of. But feeling a clean and energetic body is a great payoff for the small sacrifices you will make.

So, now that you know my story I’m sure you are excited to get on with yours.

Written by ChuckS in: FAQ,How To Get Started |

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