It seems like forever since I've posted here... I've been read read reading everything I can get my hands on about raw food!
So far I've come to the conclusion there is no 'right' way to do raw. Everyone says that their way is the ultimate raw diet... so which is the one??
Low sugar high greens raw
Transition raw - with lots of lookalike recipes
Low fat high fruit
Cooked greens high raw
High fat raw
Macrobiotic style raw
The only way to know for sure is to try out all of them and see what feels good for me! So far, my eating style has been pretty loose. Not a lot of dehydrated foods (except for the occasional flax cracker) and mostly LOTS of salads, fruit and smoothies. I don't keep a track of my fats and usually have an avocado and some nuts every day, as well as cold pressed oils in my salads. I don't worry too much about using vinegars and spices, I eat the occasional piece of dark chocolate and have a glass of red wine on the weekend. I'm not strictly vegan, and sometimes I'll have a little bit of goat's cheese or raw milk, but my diet is nearly vegan now. I'm not going to worry about a label and how true I am to it... I'm just trying hard to stay away from processed foods, breads, sugar, icecream and the like. My diet is 1000% better than it has ever been now! As I progress on this journey I may become stricter, but this is MY RAW style - not dictated by books or forums.
Before I take anything on board I look at the people advocating that particular eating style... are they healthy? Do they have lots of energy? Are they happy? If not, then I'll keep looking for answers of my own.
Meanwhile I got a tray of 20 mangoes for $5 today so I'm off to devour a couple now... YUM!