First of all, I must say hi to you all, Lapis, wrenn, ren, jackierr and joanne :o), I'm new to this forum, this is a great community with lots of positive and helpful support, I have lots to learn here from you guys, very informative, love you all!! :o)
- been a vegan for almost 11 years so far since I had some health crisis when I was 14, that problem was resolved by juice fasting and followed by chinese herbal remedies. Being a vegan is one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself in my life so far, and I believe most of you would agree.
- more than 90% raw veggie, nuts and fruits from spring to fall, fast 1 day per week, 2 big juice fasts in spring and fall.
- about 80% raw in winter, I'm living in Canada, its very cold up here in winter, and the winter is usually long, I do crave for something more starchy, grounding, warm and filling.
- chinese herbal remedies, I visit my chinese herbalist to check up once every two months, getting dietary suggestions and herbal combinations as supplement or to adjust dietary imbalance.
- Lots of different kinds of tea, mainly green tea, herbal tea, now sipping a cup of hot nice chrysanthmum + wolfberries + maple syrup tea, very tasty, makes me feeling great :) this combo is one of my favourites, other than this, gingseng tea, ginger tea, hibiscus tea, jasmine tea, osmanthus oolong tea, sencha kyoto cherry rose tea... I cannot live without tea just like some people can't live without coffee! So I'm not de-caffed, and I don't feel bad or guilty about it. LOL Sometimes, I have homemade soy drink.
- I don't drink cold or cool fluid (even in summer), room-temperature ones are acceptable, herbalist says cold or cool drinks can weaken spleen and pancrease, and the cold/cool drinks are not good for females in general. So I follow his advice.
- I love the chinese dessert soups, mostly servered warm (yes, they are all vegan also), they are very theraputic and tasty, like grounded black sesame dessert, red bean soups, with lotus seeds and lily.
I think that's about it, I would like to turn to be 100% raw like you guys, but I guess as long as I live in Canada, probably it won't happen, I did try though, my body tells me not to. Maybe that day will come when I move to somewhere warmer! :o) I consider my diet alot better than most people I know, but still room to improve. Sometimes I think it's more important to listen to your body, seeing what your body needs and wants rather than trying to adjust yourself to fit in a label completely... dunno, what do you guys think about this? any comment?