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I’ve been a low-income divorced single-mom vegan since 1990, raw-vegan since 1999, and high high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan since 2010; so here is my response to the question, “How much does it cost to be raw vegan?” I use cronpmeter.com (set to LFRV) to make sure I eat enough calories. Bananas are only $.50/lb (50 cents per pound). There are about 4 bananas per pound. 1 banana is 100 calories so 14 bananas (2 bunches or two 48 oz blender full) have 1,400 calories for $1.75 (14/4=3.5lbs x $.50) multiplied by 7 is $12.25 per week. (Dates cost $4/lb which have 1,279 calories. $28/week.) Walnuts are $5.49/lb(32T) and I eat 2T/day which have 82 calories and costs $.34/day or $2.40/week. A bag of three organic romaine hearts or organic celery or box of organic baby spinach or arugula is about $3 and half pound of organic hemp seeds or organic pumpkin seeds is about $3. I add whatever else I can afford for variety; ie: melon, mango, papaya, tomato, raisins, cucumber, yam, oats, legumes, wild rice, etc. Wild Autumn Berries grow in my yard for free! :) The book, Edible Wild Plants, helps me find free edible wild plant foods. The Sprouting Book helps me grow my own sprouts very affordably. Square Foot Gardening helps me grow some of my own food. The book, The 80/10/10 Diet, and the online community, 30 Bananas A Day, provide valuable information and support. The high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan or vegan lifestyle is affordable, nutritious, and sustainable! :)
See what Durianrider says here: Why Carbs keep you slim and Fats add FAT.
The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! by John McDougall, M.D. and Mary McDougall is a bestselling author’s groundbreaking eating plan that challenges the notion that starch is unhealthy. From Atkins to Dukan, the fear-mongering about carbs over the past few decades has reached a fever pitch; the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger a cavalcade of shame and longing. In The Starch Solution, bestselling diet doctor and board-certified internist John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, turn the notion that starch is bad for you on its head. The Starch Solution is based on a simple swap: fueling your body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats. This will help you lose weight and prevent a variety of ills. Fad diets come and go, but Dr. McDougall has been a proponent of the plant-based diet for decades, and his medical credibility is unassailable. He is one of the mainstay experts cited in the bestselling and now seminal China Study—called the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by the New York Times. But what The China Study lacks is a plan. Dr. McDougall grounds The Starch Solution in rigorous scientific fact and research, giving readers easy tools to implement these changes into their lifestyle with a 7-Day Quick Start Plan and 100 delicious recipes. This book includes testimonials from among the hundreds Dr. McDougall has received, including people who have lost more than 125 pounds in mere months as well as patients who have conquered life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes and cardiac ailments.
The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time If you have struggled with maintaining your natural weight and wellness or would like to change your life for the better, look no further than this groundbreaking book. In his book, The 80/10/10 Diet, author Dr. Douglas Graham gives “voice to what has proven to be the healthiest choice in the world of food and nutrition” and says, “I believe it is time that we all started loving ourselves a lot more … by nourishing our bodies with foods that love us back.” He addresses cancer, diabetes, heart-disease, obesity, adrenal fatigue, candida, and more with a simple formula macro-nutrient ratio 80% minimum carbohydrates, 10% maximum protein, and 10% maximum fat. Dr. Douglas Graham is an adviser to world-class athletes and entertainers including tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NBA pro basketball player Ronnie Grandison, track Olympic sprinter Doug Dickinson, pro women’s soccer player Callie Withers, championship bodybuilder Kenneth G. Williams, Chicken Soup for the Soul coauthor Mark Victor Hansen, and actress Demi Moore.
The New High Energy Diet Recipe Guide by Douglas N. Graham is completely revised, has new recipes included, old recipes updated, nutritional assays for each recipe, luscious full color photos, inspirational quotes, and newly written sections on how to adapt a healthy raw diet to your home. With its lay-flat binding it will rest fully open to any page on your countertop while you are viewing your favorite recipe. This book is an excellent way to introduce loved-ones to a more healthful diet without overwhelming them with complicated dishes that require lots of equipment. With simple salads, soothing smoothies, and satiating celebration foods, this book is a must have for every home interested in developing more healthful eating habits. You don’t have to be all raw to enjoy this book or the benefits it will bring you
A Delicate Balance explores the effects of animal protein on the human body and the environment and will help you make informed choices to reduce your personal impact. Three years in the making, A Delicate Balance is a succinct production featuring candid interviews with some of the world’s leading experts (including mainstream researchers, doctors, nutritionists, cattle ranchers, environmentalists and politicians) from Harvard to Cornell to Tufts. Nominated for Best Unreleased Documentary by the Australian Film Critics Association this film is a must-see for everyone concerned about their health or the environment.
Dr. Kirt Tyson, NMD, will share how he reversed his type 1 diabetes and sign his book “The Raw Truth: The Recipe for Reversing Diabetes” on Nov 24, 2012 at 6PM in Malden, MA. He starred in “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” and narrated “Raw For Life: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle“. His website is www.livingrawforlife.com. See details and RSVP here: meetup.com/RawBoston/events/91063702/.
Turn Your Kitchen into A “Farmacy”. Discover the Healing Medicines in Micro Greens & Baby Greens. What you put into your body every day has more of an impact on your health than anything else you do. We all know that heart disease can be caused by bad diet, but now mainstream studies prove that it can also be treated by diet. The same is true for diabetes, allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, obesity, etc. Good diet has the power to prevent disease before it starts. But some foods have more healing potential than others! Meet “Sproutman” Steve Meyerowitz and discover how a diet rich in micro-greens and baby vegetables contain a juggernaut of phyto-chemicals that have the power to prevent and reverse disease. C’mon by The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival Sat., Oct 27, 2012, 11AM–6PM and Sun., Oct 28, 2012, 10AM–4PM Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston, MA bostonveg.org/foodfest More info: http://www.meetup.com/RawBoston/events/85244582/
FREE green smoothie class, demo, sampling, and book signing. Learn to radically change your nutrition in just 10 minutes a day, and leave inspired and empowered to transition to a whole-foods diet! Robyn Openshaw is also known as Green Smoothie Girl. Robyn will give away over $1000 of her favorite things at her class–including a $435 BlendTec Total Blender! 2 FREE Raffle tickets to each attendee! Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Anthony’s Functions Inc., 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. This free event is ticketed to help plan for seating and samples; however, you may come with or without your ticket. Thanks for obtaining one to accommodate everyone! Get Your Free Ticket Here: http://greensmoothiegirl.com/events/october-events-2012/boston-ma-free-class/ See: http://youtu.be/eXr8-jru1KE More info: http://www.meetup.com/RawBoston/events/74080412/
Dr. Pam Popper’s newest book, Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis, goes beyond diet advice and covers myths about protein, supplementation, the role of genes, and other related issues. Information about how nutrition affects many different conditions and stories of people who have regained their health with diet are included, along with details about issues like public policy, school food, and how to reduce the financial burden of health care for employers. This book is a blueprint for how to save the country billions of dollars in unnecessary costs per year and help Americans to improve their quality of life through optimal health. At Dr. Pam Poppers talk, I learned a cool natural wellness tip: “Every hour slept before midnight is like two hours of sleep.” So for example if I sleep from 9pm til 2am that is like getting 8 hours of sleep! Wow! :) She also said that there is a very high percentage of false positives in cancer screenings and overall a very low cancer cure rate from medical doctors but they manipulate the figures to make it sound better. She says to eat fruits and veggies to manage disease. :)
In Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism social psychologist, Dr. Melanie Joy, offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for our consumption. She explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals. She coins the term “carnism” to describe the belief system that has conditioned us to eat certain animals and not others. Joy investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising 10 billion animals for food each year. Controversial and challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.
I had the pleasure of seeing the bright and beautiful Dr. Pam Popper, PhD, ND and Dr. Melanie Joy, PhD, EdM speak at The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival on Sun., Oct 28, 2012, at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Website: bostonveg.org/foodfest More info: http://www.meetup.com/RawBoston/events/85244582/
This event will benefit everyone from young to old and everywhere in-between. Just about every health related topic will be discussed that will help you and your family to be the healthiest you can be. This informational packed event will help you understand some simple factors that can bring huge results to your health and to the health of your family. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see two experts in the field of health and nutrition as they each bring their expert knowledge to you. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. This Event will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 8AM to 5PM at the Loomis/Chaffee Campus, 30 Batchelder Rd., Windsor, CT 06095. $99/person or $175/couple *Children under 16 are free. Private Dinner Event: If you registered for the main event you will be eligible to register for a separate private dinner event which will be held at 6:30pm with Dr. Graham and Karen Ranzi. $50/person. You will get to eat and spend some quality time to get to know them better and ask questions. The private dinner has limited seating.
Register Here: rawfoodcentral.com/douggrahamandkaren2
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Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty! The author, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, not only believes that drinking water is healthy, but claims it has curative powers. According to Batmanghelidj, most people are seriously dehydrated. He says that symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, or depression indicate dehydration, which may result in serious conditions such as asthma, heart disease, brain damage, cancer, constipation, allergies, obesity, and diabetes. In order to compensate for fluid lost through urination, respiration, and perspiration, Batmanghelidj suggests drinking a minimum of two quarts of plain water daily (not alcohol, caffeine beverages or juices). In addition, a diet consisting of a minimum of 80% fruits and vegetables should be followed along with an exercise program. The author presents a wealth of medical data as well as patient anecdotes that testify to water as a cure for various diseases.
My friend recently asked my opinion of an expensive water-alkalizing machine. I think all water is alkalizing because it neutralizes acidic residues left in the body from consuming cooked foods especially animal flesh. I do use a whole house water filter on my well and a water pitcher filter shown below. For reference I also added some inexpensive “water-alkalizers” that I have not used personally.
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