Could you live on raw fruits and vegetables?

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@PatZAnthony (12892)
Charlotte, North Carolina
September 23, 2016 7:57pm CST
Some we know prefer to live on raw fruits and vegetables only. Do you think you could live on a menu of just raw vegetables and fruits? We have a vegan/vegetarian household. Some totally abstain from animal products for various reasons. Others eat only raw fruits and vegetables, while some eat cooked and raw vegetables and fruits. There are many who claim that they finally lost the weight they wanted to lose by switching to raw foods. Others say they are feeling healthier than they ever felt. Have you ever tried to eat only raw fruits and vegetables to see how this might improve your health?
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@EMbakes (1152)
• Philippines
24 Sep 16
Whenever I try lose some weight, I always try 'juicing.' I try to mix raw vegetable with fruits and then drink it, but I don't deprive myself from eating anything. I just eat in moderation.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Sep 16
Many we know are doing this for life. Some have been eating nothing but raw foods for years.
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@EMbakes (1152)
• Philippines
24 Sep 16
@PatZAnthony I can't take it sometimes. I feel weak at times and aside from that, I have an anemia so I don't think it is advisable.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Sep 16
@EMbakes It is certainly not for everyone.
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@jstory07 (69328)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Sep 16
I could do that if I could still eat seafood. I love seafood and have to have some each week.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Sep 16
The people we know who are following a raw vegetable and fruit plan eat only that. No animal products. Some cultures do this and have some rice only added to the menu. Guess they might think it odd if they saw what some eat in the USA?
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@Teep11 (7121)
• United States
24 Sep 16
Anyone can if that's all they had. Sure. There has to be some protein. That's a what if. Blessings.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Sep 16
Many vegetables and fruits contain protein. They all look very healthy. Hope you are doing well!
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@LadyDuck (171600)
• Switzerland
24 Sep 16
I like raw fruits, but there are very few vegetables that I can eat raw, I have serious problems to digest raw veggies.
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@bunnybon7 (37205)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Sep 16
that is my problem Anna also
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@LadyDuck (171600)
• Switzerland
24 Sep 16
@bunnybon7 This is a pretty common problem. I asked my doctor and he said that the dietary fiber content in raw vegetables, is hard to digest, and leads to symptoms such as stomach pain and gas. In fact this is exactly what happens if I eat raw veggies.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Sep 16
@LadyDuck The dietary fiber passes through. We don't have any of those problems in our group. Maybe it has to do with eating what is grown in your area?
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
24 Sep 16
I could if they were always fresh.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Sep 16
Freshness would be key. We can get most of what we need fresh from certain markets here.
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@Happy2BeMe (74975)
• Canada
24 Sep 16
@PatZAnthony here too but only when they are in season. The rest of the time they aren't very good.
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@jaboUK (54877)
• United Kingdom
24 Sep 16
No I haven't, I wouldn't fancy that at all.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Sep 16
Not everyone would enjoy this, but some feel it is perfect for them.
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@just4him (124505)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Sep 16
I've changed my eating habits to include fresh fruits and vegetables, not necessarily raw but also cooked. I've taken all the boxed preservative foods out of my diet and yes, I'm feeling so much better, though I do still eat meat.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Sep 16
Isn't it terrible what is in preserved and packaged food items? Some of these things are not allowed in other countries, but okay in the USA.
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@just4him (124505)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Oct 16
@PatZAnthony It shouldn't be allowed here either. It contributes to some diseases and obesity. Just changing my diet to include only fresh fruits and vegetables and meat, I've gone down 15 pounds and two sizes in my swimsuit.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Oct 16
@just4him Too many in the USA refuse to believe the fillers and additives can contribute to illness and obesity. All we have to do is look around and see it is true!
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@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
3 Oct 16
Fruitarian here! No seeds, no nuts, just 100% fruit for many years now.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
17 Oct 16
Do you belong to Raw Vegan Fruitarians 4 Life ?
• Adelaide, Australia
18 Oct 16
@PatZAnthony I've never heard of it, before you mentioned it, though it looks like a Facebook group & I'm not on Facebook. The lady on there looks quite old for just 38, has health issues & I don't think she's 100% fruitarian. She is a listed speaker at the upcoming Adelaide Vegan Festival, but I can't go due to work.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Oct 16
@veganbliss Not really sure which one of the members you are talking about here. We have met some who did look unhealthy for being vegan or vegetarian. However, we learned they had huge health issues to begin with and were fighting to overcome many things.
• Midland, Michigan
24 Sep 16
I've watched what I ate before limiting carbs overall. If your family only eats produce, how do they get their proteins? I know they are in nuts and other things too not just meats, but do they eat nuts along with the produce? I think I could live on that type of menu for a bit, but since I work in a grocery store at present, it would be difficult to stay away from all the bad stuff for long periods of time even if that would be the better choice.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Sep 16
There are many plant foods with protein. All the information is online if someone really wants it. However, we avoided meat before the Internet and already knew what we needed to do. Think about the cultures around the world that do not use animal products in any manner.
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Oct 16
@PatZAnthony I don't eat a lot of meats most times unless I get free meat from my brother. He will buy stock from the fair and if they have too much they'll share with everyone else too. We might eat meat weekly.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Oct 16
@MarshaMusselman We were raised having animal products (usually chicken) once per week. It was too complicated and expensive to have animal products.
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@BelleStarr (39631)
• United States
5 Oct 16
No I would not want to live on raw fruits and veggies. While I love them I also love meat, dairy and especially cooked fruits.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
17 Oct 16
For some reason we do not like cooked fruits. Even our applesauce is raw! (Thanks to my g'mother).
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@teenspirit (1614)
• Israel
24 Sep 16
no but I think it makes you feel more "clean " but its hard...:)
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Sep 16
It is hard to do for some while others thrive eating this way.
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• Israel
29 Sep 16
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@PainsOnSlate (20423)
• Canada
24 Sep 16
I have always been a meat eater, although I love fruits and veggies. My daughter was a vegetarian for years until she got sick in her 40's and the doctors discover she had no iron in her body, she was told to eat meat and it was hard to do but she is healthy again and loves fish and chicken.(can't stomach beef and pork) but loves bacon.... something she missed all those years of being a vegetarian.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Sep 16
We don't eat meat but know how to get iron from our foods. Most who do this for life have learned what needs to be done to be healthy. There are cultures who never eat animal products and do fine. Weird, huh?
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• Canada
25 Sep 16
@PatZAnthony She knew how and loved high iron veggies but her body just revolted. She had a natural-path and a regular medical doctor and both were awed with her blood work - had never seen it that bad before...Weird is right....
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• United States
18 Oct 16
i consume lots 'f fruits 'n veggies though such's gotta be run through the vitamix. i need such coz my body's prone to not bein' able to utilize nutrients otherwise. i've gotta 've lean meats though fer the protein since i can't partake'n legumes - the latter makes the crohn's most grouchy.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Oct 16
Many of the raw foods we eat are blended first. While we enjoy eating this way and get plenty of protein from our vegetables, we know it is not for everyone.
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• United States
27 Sep 16
Ive eaten this way before but I gave it up. I missed french fries and nachos too much. I think I did learn a lot about how bad the food we eat is for us though. I felt great physically it was just so hard mentally when I left the house. Now we eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies here and we also have a lot of meals that are whole foods plant based but not necessarily raw. I think its a balance issue.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Sep 16
Some we know eat mainly uncooked fruits and veggies and have the rest cooked. Have you ever eaten a raw potato? Not my favorite thing.
@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
27 Sep 16
Some on raw vegan diet gain weight due to the nuts and avocado. I know one person said that going vegan made her sick. I like some of the recipes from raw vegan and will incorporate some of these recipes in my diet.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Sep 16
We have to be sure to eat what we need. Yes, some do gain weight when they change their menu!
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@bunnybon7 (37205)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Sep 16
my problem would be my stomach would not take it. i tried that a few years ago and got sick with stomach pain. to much it seems.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Sep 16
Raw foods on the menu might have to be limited for some.
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@sol_cee (16919)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
24 Sep 16
I know they are healthy but I need my daily dose of meat.
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@PatZAnthony (12892)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Sep 16
For me, meat has been out of the picture for many years. Never miss it.
@SIMPLYD (81659)
• Philippines
27 Sep 16
No i haven't tried that . I like fruits and veggies , but i also like meats but with no fat though and dairy products . Though , i would always eat vegetable salads too along with the viands on mealtime .
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• Santa Rita, Venezuela
10 Mar 17
yeah! why not? the fruits and vegetables must be clean before eat.