Raw Road Trip

Greetings from my first ‘raw roadtrip’! I’m currently in Amarillo, Texas traveling from Chicago back to my home in Arizona and the first roadtrip since starting my raw journey.

Many of you have written to share your experiences when traveling and here’s how I’m doing it.

My first stop before leaving Chicago was Karyn’s, the popular raw vegan cafe, restaurant and marketplace. Picked up a few ready to eat meals (garlic pizza and california rolls… both were great choices) along with some pumpkin seeds, raw crackers and small salad from the buffet. I dropped these into a cooler with some ice packs and went on to Whole Foods Market just minutes away.

At Whole Foods I picked up spring water, 5 bunches of bananas, a quart of fresh strawberries, a bag of dates, and some apples (all organic). Dropped everything in the car and with plenty of food for 2.5 days of driving was ready for my first raw road trip!

In addition to the food I picked up, I had placed an order for the Phi Plus (raw whole food) I’ve mentioned before and had several bags ready to go.

I started the day with several glasses of water and then several hours later added a few bananas and strawberries. Throughout the day I added dates and grabbed a banana whenever I got hungry. At dinner time I pulled out one of the prepared meals from Karyn’s along with some raw crackers. Evening snacks included Phi Plus and dates. I drank less water than I normally do to minimize the stops along the way! :)

I’m in my last day of travel now, feeling great and still have plenty of food. Eating fresh whole foods I brought along made it easy to eat whenever I was hungry, make fewer stops and gave me lots of energy to be able to drive as long as I wanted.

Share your travel experiences by leaving a comment!

Thanks for reading and all the best for your health…

Mark

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How To Stay Raw During The Holidays

Posted on December 25th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on How To Stay Raw During The Holidays

With all the parties during the holidays, there are many temptations and opportunities to get cooked.

I like to look at it a little differently.

Since this time of year is for celebration, giving and appreciation, I see it as an opportunity to grow stronger in your convictions and celebrate them… celebrate your path to awesome health through a vegan raw lifestyle.

By growing in your healthy relationship with yourself, you not only grow into better health, your relationships with others blossom as well.

And in addition to sharing gifts with friends and loved ones, what better time to give yourself a gift… the gift of awesome health (only you can do it).

Here are some ideas to thrive during the holidays:

  • instead of attending a party, throw your own. Include raw and healthy alternatives to the normal heavy and fattening dishes.
  • when attending dinner parties, bring your own dish. You can always eat your own dish if there are no healthy alternatives.
  • if the topic of why you may not be eating something comes up, mention that this is what you feel like eating (the raw and healthy alternative).
  • eat more fruit!
  • focus on the social part of the events rather than the eating.
  • take some time out for yourself and celebrate your life and raw journey.
  • have plenty of fruit and salads handy to eat and share during the holidays.
  • find raw potlucks or meetups in your area and visit with link-minded friends.
  • eat a raw meal or snack before attending an event so you won’t be hungry. Gives you more time to visit.

Celebrate and enjoy the holidays, vegan and raw!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours!

Mark

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Vegan/Raw Benefit #12, Anti-Aging

Posted on December 14th, 2005 in anti-aging,raw diet,raw food,skin by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Vegan/Raw Benefit #12, Anti-Aging

OK, I know this is a topic usually reserved for women… but it’s important to guys too :).

Now about 6 months after transitioning to raw foods I’ve noticed something interesting. Very smooth skin. Especially my hands.. normally they’re dry during the winter months but not this year.

Others that I’ve spoken to and read about report similar experiences… a glow to the skin, more elasticity, fewer wrinkles, youthful look. It’s the ultimate anti-aging diet.

Just another benefit of a vegan, raw and whole food diet.

To your best health!

Mark
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Key To Raw Success: Fruit

Posted on December 10th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Key To Raw Success: Fruit

In talking with many people that have tried to transition to raw, much research and personal experience I’ve found a central theme around why many people don’t successfully transition to a raw diet.

And that theme is Fruit.

Many that try eating more fruit stop because it causes an upset stomach or digestive tract. Some stop because they get hungry right away and don’t feel full.

Interestingly enough, the reasons for these difficulties are not related to eating fruit, but most often a different reason. They think it’s fruit because it’s usually the last item they ate.

Many transitioning to a raw diet consume a large amount of fat from nuts and oils to get that feeling of satisfaction. A high fat diet combined with fruit is a recipe for failure and one of the reasons for digestive difficulties.

Eating fruit and not feeling filled up is many times because not enough of the fruit (calorie wise) was eaten. Additionally, once you start eating larger amounts of fruits regularly, you will begin to lose the feelings of hunger shortly after eating them.

I’ve found that after a few months of eating mainly fruits throughout the day, my cravings and hunger have gone away. When I am hungry, it’s subtle and peaceful. The important thing is to eat a good amount of fruit throughout the day, not just one or two servings.

Frederic Patenaude discusses this at length in The Raw Secrets and cleared up some questions about hunger, fats and how to choose the best selection of foods on a daily basis.

All the best for your health!

Mark
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