Hi Karen, I just got my first eZine and I think I'm going to love getting more! You offer so much information! I've been trying 'raw' for a little more than a month, and I really like it. But I have a few questions;
1. I don't like the taste of kelp. So far I have not tried any of the other sea vegetables like arame or others. I guess I don't like the fishy taste. Is it really necessary for me to eat these?
2. I have been following a menu plan for 30 days, but I have completed the month. Do I just start over? I don't think I am ready to just try to figure out how much of everything I'm supposed to eat daily, so I like a plan to follow.
3. Do beans have a place in raw eating? I have not seen any recipes with beans in them. I thought that they would be good for protein.
Thank you, Sue.
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Hi Sue, thanks for writing.
Like many newbies your questions are diverse. There’s so many things to learn aren’t there? You’ve come to the right place : )
In answer to your questions...
1) There are indeed many different sea vegetables available, and although they all do have a “sea” flavour (it’s not fishy as fish tastes of the sea too!) they still have very different flavours. Personally I only like dulse, nori and kelp powder myself. I cannot stand kombu and hiziki, in spite of good intentions! So I would recommend that you try dulse and nori next as these are the ones that most people seem to like. As for whether it’s necessary. I would say it’s valuable. A good alternative to cover similar (and more) nutritional bases would be a good all-round green superfood and/or a spirulina, chlorella or blue-green algae supplement.
2) With any menu plan you want to make sure that it’s diverse and interesting and that you’re genuinely enjoying it and getting good results with it. If the one you’re using ticks all of these boxes, then by all means go ahead and repeat it, but there’s nothing that can beat a personalised menu plan that you’ve created yourself. If you’d like to learn how to do that, then your answer is here >>
3) Yes beans do have a place in a raw food diet. They must be sprouted though. I have videos on how to sprout on YouTube – it’s much quicker and easier than most people think. Beans are a fantastic food cooked or raw, and sadly underused and underrated. What I love about them is that they’re very high in protein and fibre, they add bulk and interest and they contain very little fat. For those who are looking to eat clean and lean, then beans and greens are two fantastic foods to revolve main meals around.
I hope this helps Sue.