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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: raw food diet?
Date: December 17, 2007 at 11:41 am PST

In Reply to: raw food diet? posted by Maria on December 17, 2007 at 10:02 am:

Hi Maria

>>Since reading your posts about Clif bars and other food
replacers, I've been trying to work out a way for my 3 teens and
myself to avoid these things while sticking to whole foods.

Good choice!

>> We haven't really come up with a solution to the breakfast
quandary -

Breakfast can be the simplest and easiest. A smoothie is quick and
easy as is a nice bowl of fruit and berries. Sprinkling a TB of fresh
nuts and/or seeds in either is fine. A bowl of oatmeal (or barely)
with fresh fruit can be made in minutes. Also do not get caught up
in the typical food for breakfast and their vegetarian substitutes,
Any healthy food you like can be a breakfast food. In some
cultures, breakfast is made up of foods we might consider lunch or
dinner foods. There is no rules in regard to this. Cooking up large
pots of soups/stews/ or any of your favorite dish and keeping the
extra available helps with time. Reheating leftovers can make a
great breakfast and/or lunch.

>>generally the kids just grab bread and peanut butter before we
hop in the car.

A all natural peanut butter, with no added oil, salt, or sugar is
acceptable. They can put it on fresh fruit (apples, bananas etc),
veggies (celery, carrots, etc) or one a 100% whole grain
bread/cracker that meets the guidelines.

>>At this point, I am thinking raw food - which eliminates having
to cook, and is by definition finger food - may just be the solution
for us, at least part of the time. Is there a way to eat a raw-food
diet which is healthy, and adequate for teenage girls?

Whether the diet is 100% raw or not is not the deciding factor in
whether the diet is healthy or not. What determines how healthy a
diet is, is its ability to meet the nutritional requirements of the
body, while not exceeding those things known to be harmful, while
providing adequate calories to maintain a healthy weight.

>>Can you point me to a good source of information for this?

If you are interested, there is a raw food board here at vegource.
Unfortunately, just make sure you do no put the criteria of "raw"
ahead of "health" as they are not mutually inclusive.

It sounds like you are doing great. Change takes effort and time. It
is a process. Keep going. You will find the things that work and
are the easiest for you. Then they will become habits and before
long, the healthy way will be the easier way.

In Health
Jeff

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