Q & A with Sara

July 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm 17 comments

Thanks for all the great feedback on my first video! πŸ™‚ You asked a lot of questions and I answer them all in this video…it does get a bit long (15 minutes), so I wanted to list everything in order that I answer it so you have the option to fast forward.

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Today I’m answering your questions about the following:

  • Losing weight on the raw diet after having a baby
  • Eating chia while nursing
  • Local foods / Raw foods
  • Quinoa and chia recipes
  • Eating raw without relying on a nut-heavy diet
  • Staying “full” on the raw diet
  • What Bella eats and raising kids raw

One correction: When I am talking about local and raw foods…I accidentally said that “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” was about raw foods. It IS about raw, but mostly about LOCAL foods πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend!


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Quinoa with Pine Nuts & Kalamata Olives Morning Jing

17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. carey  |  July 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Great!! cant wait to watch it!!

  • 2. Josie  |  July 31, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I meant to post this the other day – I have a question about maintaining weight. I’ve been vegetarian for about 10 years now and spent 2 of those years on a super strict vegan diet (I have now learned it is best for me to eat what my body needs and not what is defined by something) After feeling pretty yucky for the past few months and realizing how much cheese I was eating I decided to go high raw (not 100% but with cooked foods like you mentioned you sometimes eat) and love it. I feel “airy” “light” and “clear” but I have lost about 6-7 lbs and for my 5′ 4″ frame that is very noticeable. I’m at about 119 now (of course this goes up and down depending on what I have eaten) and a few people have mentioned how “bean poley” and “pokey” I have gotten. My partner has mentioned how my back just feels like bones lately when she hugs me…which is not good.

    So. I feel awesome from the foods I am eating, but need to maintain a weight a few pounds higher than I am now. As far as my daily diet, I start with a huge green smoothie (w/flax) and then the rest consists of snacking on fruits, collard wraps or salads or a vegan cooked meal. There is generally some olive oil or an avocado involved. Any ideas? Do you think I need more fats or just monitoring my calorie intake for a few days and making sure I am getting enough calories (last time I did this I was at about 1,800ish)? I know you are still losing baby weight now but in the past have you found that you get kinda pokey? Would you be willing to share your hight/weight to get an idea? I love eating this way but when my partner suggested I eat eggs this morning instead of my huge smoothie I got a little worried.

  • 3. Noelle  |  July 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Hello! I want to slowely get into a more healthy eating lifestyle for myself. I am interested in incorporating more raw/healthy foods into my diet. What would you reccommend to someone like me who is just really starting out? What made you want to change your eating habits?

    I also love smoothies do you have any good recipes that you could share? I tend to have to eat my breakfast on the run so drinking my breakfast is usually my only option.

    Thank you!

  • 4. joan  |  July 31, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Sara, I’ve enjoyed the 2 videos so far. What do you use as your base for your smoothies – rice milk?

  • 5. angela  |  August 1, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I am really enjoying these videos! Can you talk about eating raw on a super tight budget? And how do you handle going to other people’s homes to eat? Do you bring your own food?

  • 6. ailin  |  August 1, 2009 at 4:30 am

    That was great Sara, thankyou so much πŸ™‚

  • 7. Kerri  |  August 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I have been a vegetarian for 17 years, and I am a very healthy eater. We use lots of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. One thing that has kept me from venturing into a raw diet is the stomach aches that I get when eating raw foods like salads. Do you have any problems with indigestion or, how do I phrase this delicately, bowels? πŸ˜› Usually when I have a salad, I need to have something with carbs to help buffer the raw foods in my stomach. Otherwise, I have stomach cramps. Would you recommend maybe starting with green smoothies?

  • 8. Michelle @ be Fresh be Simple  |  August 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    My daughter and I have been eating a pretty healthy diet for a while now (mostly raw with farm fresh eggs and small amounts of white meat). My husband and son are not as interested in eating as healthy. Any ideas on incorporating more healthy and raw foods into their diets?
    And we are also on a pretty tight budget so any tips there would be awesome!

  • 9. Stephanie  |  August 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    thanks! This is great!

  • 10. Dawn Marie  |  August 3, 2009 at 3:41 am

    I have a question for you. When can I introduce Chia to my infant and what would be the best way…He is 10 months.

  • 11. Lindsay  |  August 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Hi Sara, this is such a great idea, thanks. I’ve been living in Italy the past year, and have been eating tons of pasta and cheese. I would like to incorporate more raw foods into our diet. We are able to get really fresh, good produce here and I want to take advantage of it. I’ve always wanted the Vita mix, but it’s hard for me to justify spending that much on a blender. Is it really worth it? How often do you use yours, and what are some things you use it for? Thanks

  • 12. Lisa  |  August 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Love your videos! It’s great to “See” you after following your blogs πŸ™‚

    Anyway, what can you tell us about Truvia, the sweetener? Do you know if it’s safe?

    Also, where can I find chia seeds and about how much do they cost?

    Thanks for your wisdom and all of the info!
    Lisa in Syracuse

  • 13. Ann  |  August 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for the thoughtful answers! I think there are a lot of difficult puzzles in ethical lifestyles. I’m always interested to see how people resolve these conflicts.

  • 14. Sheri  |  August 4, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I’m interested to hear how you think dairy isn’t a beneficial to our system. My daughter seems to be reacting to something… possibly dairy, and I’m nervous that we’re going to cut something necessary out of her diet.

  • 15. Jenn  |  August 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Hey Sara, I have really enjoyed these video blogs you are doing! I am thinking about going more raw/vegetarian these days and wonder how much more expensive it is. That is one concern of my husband is the cost of buying all the fresh veggies and fruits. We already don’t eat a lot of meat anyway so there’s not too much cost there. Do you find that eating a mostly raw diet is expensive? What is your food budget (if you don’t mind answering that)?

  • 16. courtney  |  August 7, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    thanks so much for the videos! i love seeing you in action after admiring your blog!
    i have been a vegetarian for about 15 years and am also nursing a newborn. i am very intrigued by the raw diet – even just incorporating it into more parts of my diet. how do you feel about soy products (edamame and soymilk) and also about beans. beans are such a staple in my diet and i wasn’t sure what your thoughts might be.
    also, what do you do to ensure bella gets all the nutrients that physicians feel are so important in dairy? our two year old eats a vegetarian diet, but i feel like yogurt and milk add a good component of fat and vitamins in her diet and also satiate her. i might be at a loss if i cut it out.

    thanks so much!!

  • 17. Katie W  |  August 18, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I am doing the Green Smoothie challenge with you and I wanted to know about the sugar.. I know that you say no white sugar.. what about evporated cane juice? Thanks!


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