I'll definitely try those when I have kitchen space and time to do it, my college roommates arent exactly the nice people when it comes to someone being a vegan.... They've tried to get me to eat meat and stuff I wont leave anything food wise out when they are here... LOL.
Hahah, yeah at least you didn't do like I did. In the course of one year I went from the stance of. I had stopped eating Pork in Junior High and stopped drinking soda in high school (only two foods that were entirely off limits by choice). But when I was a freshmen in college I went from that to Pescetarian, then to a vegetarian (mostly cheese and carbs the only thing they had in my college cafeteria was pizza for vegetarians lol! which is what made me gain all the weight I suppose), then my sophomore year I went vegan straight up. So it was kinda drastic, sure did make my parents heads spin. And now that Im a senior in College Im just sticking to vegan :P. My Parents didn't know what I was or wasn't eating LOL! Your way seems a lot easier than what I did, but then again I think I got a bunch of reality checks with the injuries and what not.
If you have a GF pancake/cookie recipes I would so appreciate it, the ones in Brendan's book are ok. Those are the two things I miss the most and I seriously have not found any recipes that work for me.... they all stick to the pan or fall apart I found out guar gum helps but if I have to add too much the recipe absolutely SUCKS! :P
By the way would you care if I added you on Facebook?
Ok the rest of the story.... LOL I went for a 9 mile run :) I get greens any way I can, weather its a vega product or if I chop up romaine lettuce and put it in the blender. I think honestly it does help to have a whole foods or a farmers market near by. I've pretty much learned if your body wont tolerate it raw try it cooked and if your body tolerates it cooked then thats the way I have to eat certain things.... I know it kinda sucks to think about if you're trying to be as raw as possible but its better to get some nutrients then non at all :)
If there is anything I missed please let me know, I'll have been doing this going on 3 years in October ( I started on the 13th cause its my lucky number). So i'd rather answer questions to help you than you kinda walk into this blindly :) cause I went into it blind and I've messed my self up a little bit along the way (lost too much weight, gained too much weight, not enough water, too much b vitamins.... lol!)
HAHA, Thanks its a story I don't often share :) so thanks! I dropped doing nutrition cause I ran into a lot of professors who told me there is no way I am a vegan or there is no way that I can function on what I eat so its just easier for me to get my philosophy degree and go from there with what I love which is music and art.
My friends think I'm a bit of a crazy person. I just think I've fiddled with a lot of different things. I manage GF because I buy a lot of fresh items, fruits, lettuce etc. I eat different types of grains/beans; Rice, Quinoa, Wild Rice, Red Lentils (full of B-vitamins :) ), Lentils, garbanzo, black beans, red beans, kidney beans. Hummus is a real life saver in a tight spot. Dairy free is simple, if I buy anything in a package I look for a vegan logo or a list of ingredients that are easy to read (if a 5 year old cant read it I wont buy it) I simply pass on anything fishy.
As for the nuts, I avoid nuts I mostly consume Justin's products which are these cool little prepacked packages of nut butters. They are roasted which helps me avoid having a reaction to them, also I've founding soaking nuts helps. I have a real problem with macadamia nuts they just dont like my body and my body feels the same. Cashews I have absolutely no problem with at all.
Also Smoothies really help, I found out about Brendan and I expanded from there. Tim Van Ordan is a really good reference I tried to go 100% raw after 5 months I failed horribly and was passing out left and right and had barely any energy to go to school so I personally dont recommend it. But I eat a lot of raw fruits and veggies. I've found cooked potatoes are nice to eat if you need a lot of energy. Sweet Potatoes absolutely rule, Brendan has a good recipe in his book on them. The way I get a lot of my raw foods is via smoothies through out the day, I usually have 2. I bought a Blend-tec cause I absolutely decimated 5 blenders I had before.
No worries. That's good to know. I've run since i was a teenager but started training more seriously the last few years. I recently had an injury so i'm just getting back into training and i'll likely gear towards next summer. I'm actually looking for a training shoe for longer runs which is why i mentioned the frees. I was using a neutral Karhu but the new version just feels off (and not near as colourful). Good to know the nike free's aren't the best for longer runs...back to square one i guess.