To Go 100% Raw or Not?
That is the question.
Date: 8/25/2007 2:45:43 AM ( 6 y ) ... viewed 1407 times
I am trying to construct a raw vegan diet of practical foods that will give me upwards
of 80 gms of protein per day without requiring me to eat uncomfortable
volumes of food. By practical I mean affordable, tasty, and easy to incorporate
into a meal/smoothie or to eat as a snack. Today I went through some raw vegan websites to get a
list of foods that are a complete protein (or close to
it). The best I've found so far
yeast extract spread
pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
The other issue I'll have to contend with is the volume of
food I'll have to consume to get 1400 calories a day. One of the
reasons I eat Eggbeaters and tofu is because those foods are higher
protein, are filling, and give me needed calories without having to eat
a huge amount. Foods like those in the list aren't quite as satisfying
because although they will provide calories, I don't see them filling
me up like a meal would. And I'd have to eat LOTS of spinach to get a
significant amount of protein from it. This makes me think I'll be
relying on protein shakes more, but that's no good because even if they
are the only non-raw thing I consume, I'll probably have to consume
them twice a day to get about 40 grams of protein. I could add raw
cheeses from Whole Foods; they didn't seem to hurt me last year.
goal is not to be raw for political or spiritual reasons, but simply for
health, so I don't feel like a failure if I consume protein shakes.
Getting protein is more important to me than anything else on this raw
diet, because the other nutrients- except fibers- are simple to
acquire. The reason I want all raw is because I don't have food
cravings when I eat that way. I'm not sure which non-raw foods I'm
eating now are triggering the cravings, so I may eliminate them all
except oatmeal and see how that works out. I will probably take B12
pills, as vegan sites warn about the low-B2 levels of vegetarians and
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