Raw food lifestyle with a family (and a budget)... help!
October 12, 2010 10:27 AM Subscribe
My wife and I have decided we'd like to make some fairly big changes to our eating habits. We eat relatively healthy as it is, but we'd like to set a goal of eating at least 51% "raw foods". We're a bit overwhelmed and would love some recommendations for recipe books, meal planning, grocery shopping, etc.
posted by jluce50 to health & fitness (16 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I should mention that we're parents of three young kids (4, 6, and 8) and are subsequently very busy with all the requisite activities. I love to cook but we are a bit short on time during this season of our lives. Also, FWIW, we're not interested in vegetarianism, but we would like meat to take a bit more of a backseat.
So here's the thing motivating my question. Is it even possible to eat like this when you're running around like chickens with their heads cut off? We're not going to have time for meals that take hours (or even an hour, most days). Also, what kinds of things can we do for our kids so they don't hate us (we're particularly stumped when it comes to school lunches)? I'd love to hear from anyone who's done this with a family.
Secondly, we life in the midwest and health-food stores are few and far between. Back in SoCal we actually spent less money when we started shopping at health food stores. Now it would cost far - FAR - more, so it's not really an option. We'll buy locally from farmer's markets when possible, but they're seasonal so that won't always be an option. Off season we're basically stuck with the regular old grocery store.
Any advice on how to best implement this change given our circumstances is welcome! Just plain encouragement would be nice too as we're both a bit daunted by the task... :-)