In a message dated 1/16/03 4:38:11 PM, K writes:
I am seeking some advice in regards to slowing starting on raw food. There are no books stocked at my local bookstores, so I will have to order. I am just wanting to make my purchases worth their money. Right now I can’t afford any of the expensive juicers, dehydrators, etc. And I want to make sure I will use them before I purchase them (Is that backwards? 🙂 ) I would really appreciate any advice you have on what books to purchase for easier recipes that won’t put a strain on the budget and keep it easy for me, but perhaps convince my husband and two young children to eat this way too! Vegetables are unheard of in my 2 yr olds diet! I live in Milwaukee (land of beer and cheese), so some more exotic things might not be available. (I have found a health food store here though-Yipeeee) I really enjoyed your website and thought you would be a good person to ask. I appreciate any help.
Thank you, thank you
The most reasonably priced book to purchase with some simple, uncomplicated raw recpes is: Eating without Heating by Sergei and Valya Boutenko. This book was written by teenagers and the recipes were also developed by them.
My book, Hooked on Raw, has both simple and more complicated recipes – 350 in all. But it is a bigger book and more expensive.
Children naturally enjoy fruit, so with your children, I would start with incorporating fresh, organic fruit into their diet. And from there just slowly but naturally expand their appreciation for other raw foods, like vegetables. Children are great imitators (haven't you noticed?) and so if Mommy is eating something without trying to get them to eat it too, they will just naturally be curious about it and in their own time will try it – especially if you don't force it.
In a German/Italian foreign movie called "Mostly Martha", there is a wonderful scene which demonstrates this. The story is a little complicated, but what leads up to this scene is: a child who is in mourning because of the loss of her mother is being taken care of by her aunt. The aunt tries to get her to eat, but she refuses. After some time of refusing to eat, the aunt becomes alarmed. The aunt is a chef and takes the girl to the gourmet restaurant where she works everyday after school. Another chef at the restaurant sees the problem day after day and one day he makes a tasty plate of spaghetti and goes over and sits by the girl while eating it with great gusto. He is called away and hands the plate to the child and says nonchalantly as he leaves to attend to his chefing, "don't eat it all, save me some". Because the food was not forced upon her, the girl begins to eat. It is a beautiful scene. If you ever get a chance to see this movie, please do.
Fresh fruit juices are also a natural for children. Almond milk can be substituted for cow's milk.
As far as equipment to get – there is a website that offers these items at discount. It is: www.discountjuicers.com
For under $400. you should be able to get both a Champion juicer and an Excalibur dehydrator. If you find that you are not taking to the lifestyle, you can sell them again and get at least half of your money back. Second hand is also a good way to get this equipment. People do sometimes buy the equipment with every good intention of using it and then it ends up in their garage. If there is a paper in your area that advertises used stuff, look in there.
There is no way to convince others to follow your pioneering ways. You can only really make the changes for yourself. The positive gains that you'll have with your health though, may be more than enough incentive for others around you to give it a try also.
Much good luck to you.
With Blessings and Peace,