NYCVFF 2012: The Recap!
via Choosing Raw – vegan and raw recipes by Gena on 3/4/12
How do you make cashew cheese? I can’t get it right.
To this I immediately responded: “have you been using a Vitamix?” The answer, as I suspected, was “yes.” I find that cashew cheese in the Vita is tough to get right, unless you’re making a ton of volume and have the patience to plunge, plunge, and plunge some more with your plunger attachment. Even then, you need a lot of liquid to get it moving, and what you end up with is cashew cheese sauce, or ricotta at best. I highly recommend a food processor for nut cheeses, which will allow you to create a thicker consistency!!
I don’t always feel full after I eat raw foods. What should I do?
Add some cooked beans or grains! 1 cup of either or a mix of both can make an enormous difference in terms of satiety, and it will also boost the protein and/or complex carbs in your meal—both crucial for energy. Plus, you’ll still be eating an enormous plate of raw vegetables, and reaping all of the benefits thereto.
I’m allergic to tree nuts. How can I enjoy a raw diet?
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are suitable replacements in almost all recipes that call for tree nuts. Additionally, try using young coconut in place of cashews, as it offers a similar creaminess. If you can’t have any seeds or coconut in addition to tree nuts, try focusing on avocado and/or white beans insome of the recipes that call for nuts.
I can’t eat grains. What are some grain-free breakfasts that you recommend?
Chia seed puddings, raw breads/crackers with nut butter and fruit, and smoothies are my favorite grain free breakfast options.
What are your top tips for better digestion?
Adopt a vegan diet.
Focus on getting a high portion of raw vegetables and fruits.
Try to strike a balance between soluble and insoluble fiber.
Don’t chug water with your meals; sip water with meals, and drink more plentiful amounts 30 minutes before and after.
Chew your food thoroughly.
Explore an acidophilus+bifidus supplement (vegan, of course).
Question to ask your hydrotherapist
Is it an open system? (You don’t want that as it allows bacteria to enter your body -yikes!) That’s how they do it in Hawaii and South America, friends have told me. The person sets you up, it keeps flowing out the tube into the ground, and the person leaves the room.)
Do you stay in the room the entire time? (They need to, to answer the questions, tell you what’s coming out, what they see, and to regulate the flow of
water, or even stop if you want them to.) will you tell me everything you see?
Do they add anything to the water? (herbs, coffee, salt, wheatgrass, lactobacillus to add the good bacteria back in?)
What temperature is the water. (I’ve had it too cold and too warm, but the hydrotherapist in the room could control it right away.)
Can you stop anytime, if you like?
Do they recommend fasting, juice fasting, or anything, for a certain period of time before the session?
What diet does the practitioner follow?
They should have at least 3 levels of training.
Three Frequently Asked Questions…
As you may or may not realize, we now have a page of “Angela’s FAQs” on TheRawFoodWorld.com – with my answers to over 50 of the questions people ask me most often about this lifestyle. Here today are three of these Q and As to whet your appetite and if you’d love to explore more, you can find the whole FAQ page HERE…
IS IT OK TO EAT A LOT IN THE BEGINNING OF GOING RAW?
Well, that’s always going to come down to personal choices, perspectives and what you genuinely feel good about…
That being said, in the beginning of being raw, many people do find that they can pretty much eat ‘anything’ as long as it’s raw and still begin to heal, release excess weight and so on, as it’s what they’re not eating that brings the healing (e.g. they have cut out the toxic processed foods).
People are often coming from a background of eating a lot of dense, numbing foods, so when they start to eat raw, they may be looking to find that familiar feeling of satiation, both physically and emotionally…and hence they may seem to be eating a LOT, in relative terms…waaaaaay more than someone a few years down the line of living raw would likely be eating, in comparison. Personally for example, I felt like I was eating almost non-stop at the start of my raw j0urney – my jaws ached from all the chewing… I would be an absolute wreck if I tried to eat as much these days as I did back in the beginning…
If you do start out eating ‘a lot’ at the beginning of your raw j0urney, in the long-run you can certainly benefit from paying more attention to your intake and being more focused. For most people this happens naturally; the longer you’re raw, the less the body ‘accepts’ complicated meals. The body asks for simplicity and moves always towards simpler combinations and optimal health.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO GO PARTIALLY OR FULLY RAW ON A TIGHT BUDGET?
Grow lots of your own sprouts, micro-greens and other foods. This can make getting live raw foods into your d!et very cheap and practical – you can grow sprouts in particular wherever you are. For clear guidance on growing your own fresh organic micro-greens and sprouts at home, see ‘Sprouts: The Mir@cle Food’ by Steve ‘Sproutman’ Meyerowitz:
Look out for reduced organic items in supermarkets, or start a bulk food coop with other like-minded people.
Purchase filling/satiating, nutrient dense things in bulk or when you see offers, such as spirulina, nuts, chia seed or he-mp protein powder…we have amazing ‘at cost’ sales on staple raw foods in our newsletters for example, every month at TheRawFoodWorld.com.
Learn to forage and gather your own food from the wild…
Volunteer your time at an organic farm/CSA/coop for a few hours a week, in return for good organic fruit/veg…or help out at a raw restaur@nt/facility if there’s any nearby…and yes, above all – GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
FOR WEIGHT LOSS IS IT BEST TO GO RAW OR DO A JUICE FEAST?
The question of whether to Juice Feast or go raw for weight loss really comes down to personal choice. Personally though, I would never recommend for someone to do a Juice Feast to lose weight – this could lead to many issues with metabolism and yo-yoing, further down the line.
Understand that Juice Feasting is a HIGHLY cleansing process; if you are in a very overweight, toxic body right now, JF (Juice Feasting) will be like ‘unplugging the sink’ BIG time. It would be an intense experience – one which, very likely will see you come out the other side into radiant health and a natural desire to eat predominantly raw, if you stick with it for a while – it’s like hitting the ‘reset’ button. Starting to EAT more raw is, in comparison, a gentler, slower approach, though the weight loss is usually still swift for people…it really comes down to what resonates most for you…
Hope this helps some more enquiring minds out there – check out all the FAQs HERE
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