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From: Christopher Paulin (
Subject:         challenges that you have had with 100% raw
Date: September 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Comments for the Food N Sport video have been disabled. posted by eddie on September 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm:

The challenges that you have had with 100% raw are:

1 - cost

> Yes, it does cost more. I spend about $100 to $200 per week on organic fruits and greens, usually closer to $200. I am doing more and more farming experiments and also volunteer at a farm on Sundays, where I get free food. I have been saving seeds, although not bagging and labeling them right away. Routines come with time, and then things become more and more routine. I compost everything that I cut off the plants, which will go back into the soil for more food.

2 - the immense amount of planning, especially when I know I cannot eat at home

> There is not much planning once you get into a routine. I buy from the co-op once a week, picking it up every Tuesday, and stop by the farm stand and the farm once a week, on Sundays. If not ripe, it stays in my bedroom. If ripe, it goes in the refrigerator. I carry my cutting board, knife, a couple of spoons, and a fork in a canvas bag. Also, I carry a compost container, a Rubbermaid container, that fits in the same bag as the cutting board. I empty the compost daily, a routine of mine. The fruits and greens go in a second canvas bag. I bring enough food based on how heavy the bag feels, bringing more than I need.

3 - cold weather I just cannot stay warm enough

> You can take things out of the refrigerator the night before to bring them to room temperature. Again, once you get into a routine, it is automatic. I am not in this routine yet, but that sounds like a good idea.

4 - I admit it...sometimes I just want some comfort food and a salad or a dozen bananas just ain't it

> I have been eating the black walnuts that I harvested last autumn, which balances the high-sugar fruit. This takes time to get used to the raw food. I was not a big pear eater, but now I am eating more pears. That is what I mean by getting used to the food over time. I would say think about it in terms of years on the diet because I am still refining it after 3-1/2 years. I am now eating grapes that I harvested, which are a bit harsh on the tongue. I am eating more weeds and more kale. You get more and more used to the different foods.

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