Whether you're Vegan or Vegetarian, eating processed foods leads to a myriad of health and animal cruelty concerns. Just think about the fact that nearly one half of all processed foods contain palm oil! Would you consider banning processed foods (everything in the center isles of the grocery store), or even restricting your purchases to whole foods... fruits & veggies, corn meal, flour, beans and rice etc... to save the orangutans and the rain forest? The following link gives great information on this important topic but have your tissues ready before you click it.



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That's what I'm working on right now :) I'm currently mostly raw, except for the odd night we get pizza, etc. Definitely staying away more and more from anything processed. 

That's interesting, I hadn't heard that before. Definitely something that should be researched, I can't imagine why a raw food diet would prevent you from getting all of your nutrition but you never know. Let me know if you do hear anything, I've been planning on going fully raw also.

I think a raw, whole food diet is probably the most beneficial.  Once food is processed or cooked it's lost most if not all of its nutrients and in the case of processed foods, they add in so much salt and chemicals it actually becomes bad for you. I had a raw foodists tell me that the best thing we get from cooked or processed foods is fiber and you also get that from eating raw.

You should check out Dara Dubinet or Tim Vanorden on you tube, both very inspirational raw foodists who do very inspirational daily or near daily videos that really help me stay focused and give me support.

I think what a lot of people struggle with when moving toward a raw food diet is redefining "comfort" food in their minds. For me, I associated comfort food with warmth... A steamy bowl of soup with warm bread for example. Getting over that is the hardest thing I've ever done including quitting smoking after 17 years!

Hi. You probably read an article about the role eating meat played in human evolution. Recently, there have been some studies that indicate cooking and eating meat was the catalyst that caused the brains of early man to grow dramatically in a relatively short period of time (a few million years). The general consensus in the science community is that it would have been biologically implausible for humans to evolve such a large brain on a raw or vegan diet.
So, theoretically, if we stopped eating meat, over a few million years, we might de-evolve.
Sometimes I look around at people and think we're already de-evolving! :D

Interesting point. Not sure I believe that would happen, especially if proteins are consumed from a wide variety of sources but even if our brains digressed, with the current state of the world, I'm not sure that would be such a bad thing. LOL

I am working to raw now. I eat mostly raw. 

I am from Indonesia, and it's shame that Indonesia is the largest palm oil plantation over the world, and there has been a lot of orangutan issues with the palm oil plantation in my country.

Palm oil is everywhere, it's just too hard to do without palm oil, but i try to do my best by becoming raw to avoid palm oil in my life. 

I never realised I have been working towards raw vegan anyway, as I don't hardly ever buy processed foods, maybe the rare veggie sausage.  I thought raw meant uncooked veggies!!  DOH  It makes sense to have as little impact on the environment as we can if we care about other species and how we farm, produce and what we buy as consumers has an effect, like the palm oil issue....i'm going to write to my local Tescos and co op and ask them why on earth are they using this so unecessarily oil in their products...why can people not just make their own cakes and biscuits, lots of the processed veggie food has some right rubbish in it!

"I thought raw meant uncooked veggies!"

What does raw mean if it doesn't mean uncooked veggies?

Very sad about the palm oil :( When someone on here posted those pictures I was completely horrified. If I'd never have gone vegan I might never have learned about how harmful this was.

That is wonderful to hear Xiao! That surely is a cause and fight worth having!!!

I think about it all the time. It's something I would like to do in the future when things are easier in my life and more stable..... even before then though I would like to have 2 or 3 raw meals a week.


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