I did. And it was wonderful in every possible way. And then I got off track. So my goal shouldn’t be to go raw anymore. But to go raw, again! 17 months ago
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I had lunch at the university cafeteria yesterday (lovely salad buffet), but then got upset by this girl, and my old patterns of food compensating kicked in. My eyes caught the most appealing piece of banana cake, and I succumbed. My rule with going raw has from day 1 been “don’t aim for 100%, and if you have cravings, don’t be too hard on yourself”.
So I thought, WTH, I’ll have one. Oh my what a surprise. It didn’t take 5 minutes for me to feel sick and bloated and I had this really weird indescribably bitter taste in the back of my mouth. I ended up throwing the rest of it out. Me. Throwing a cake in the trash. Unreal.
Anyway. For the next few hours, I felt bloated and tired, sleepy, without energy. I honestly didn’t expect my body to get accustomed to the new diet so quickly… must have something to do with my brain adapting so fast and entering the Raw Mode as if I’d never done anything else.
I eventually got better, after a lot of water and a bit of rest. Hours later, I decided to walk over to the new Raw shop/café next to me (I mean, how lucky can I be? There are 3 in the city, and one is within 5 minutes by foot!), and bought a piece of raw chocolate cake (about 5 times the price of the banana cake, but whatever – there’s a reason). I needed to make up for the banana cake somehow. Well, it was divine. And I couldn’t eat more than the half, even though it was tiny to begin with (1/5th the size of the banana cake, strangely enough). I just felt satisfied. Not full, bloated, or sick. Just good :)
In the late afternoon, while biking to my bf to make a Spring celebration dinner (Spring Equinox, YAY!!), I designed some fun raw dessert in my head that I wanted to try out. So I made that when I got to him. A huge batch. Would serve 6 at least. And we loved it. And ate it all :-p And didn’t feel overfull or sick after it. And he even said it was the most delicious dessert he had ever had. Which says a lot, cuz he’s no health freak :D
This transition to Raw has been such a breeze and such a successful journey so far. I’ve never felt so in tune with my body :)) 2 years ago
... but I know better than to scream “Victory!” after a couple of weeks. I still have some challenges coming up, and I need to know how to solve them before considering myself there. I need to not revert to cooked foods every second week because the peanut is home and I can’t expect him to eat 100% raw (although I’m lucky enough to have a 5 year-old who yells “YUM!!” when I serve him raw broccoli and a red cabbage salad :D). I also need to learn how to deal with eating out and being invited. I dropped being a vegan some years ago because I couldn’t deal with the social aspect of it anymore, so I need to be smarter this time.
But apart from that, I’m astonished at how easy this has been. It’s been like coming home. In a nutritional way, if that exists :-p My body is happy, my morals have been lifted, my brain is satisfied, and I feel like finding things to eat is a breeze! When I was vegan, food filled up my head all the time. What to eat, what to buy, where to buy it, etc. But this is different. It’s easy, and it takes me little time to prepare (and although I love cooking, I am just not willing to spend 1,5 hour a day all together preparing meals).
And it all tastes wonderful (okay, I’ve always loved raw salads, so I’m naturally inclined to this). 2 years ago
I have been a Low Fat Raw Food Vegan now for over a year, and I can honestly say I have never felt better, physically, mentally and emotionally. My skin is now flawless, I have unlimited energy and absolutely no body image issues, as my body stays trim and healthy with practically no effort other than following this diet. Low Fat Raw food veganism has changed my life, and I am certain that I will continue to be a raw food vegan for the rest of my life.
In order to succeed in this way of life it is important to get enough calories, sleep and water, with these things done correctly everything else just falls into place. A site that helped me greatly – www.30bananasaday.com – it shall change your life if you let it :) 2 years ago
My family started a 21 day raw cleanse program today and Im very excited. Breakfast was orange juice and we have a really delicious looking taboulli salad for lunch. I’m pretty stoked and i feel like this will be pretty easy. I just have to remember to get enough exercise and try not to smoke a bunch of weed and get the munchies haha. Im expecting great changes over the next couple weeks like increased hapiness, motivation and clarity. Ill also probably get a lot more done, be more clean and organized, and end up super thin and hot and glowey. Wish me luck! 2 years ago
Ok so it’s day 13 today
Sadly I caved on day 11 and ate meat! Yuck! I couldn’t even finish it because in the middle of eating it I found myself saying “What the heck is this brown mush?” My body was so turned off by it. But I’m back up and at it! And I still feel pretty good.
The main difference for me so far has been energy. I have had a few days where I am just full of energy and need to do something. Beware, detox comes and goes and comes again, especially if you cheat. I am hoping the energy returns soon. 2 years ago
Not got the optimism to go full on raw right now. But am more than willing to seriously incorporate more raw foods onto my dinner plate.
Starting off with more soups and salads, and less crisps and sandwiches. In fact all bread will be kept to minimum.
Alcohol is also off my menu too. Maybe coffee too. 2 years ago
I’m a vegan chef, and I currently work at two raw resto’s and I am about 70% raw as of right now. Eating raw food brings you back to nature, and the earth. 2 years ago
I’ve been eating high raw for about a month! But I stopped in the last couple of days because it was making me binge a lot when I gave up and it’s hard on a teenager’s wallet. But i’m going to go back, I’m going to try and eat all raw minus lunch, which is important for me because otherwise I binge in the evenings on the stuff I told myself not to eat.
When I was high raw I woke up super early, with more motivation to go running, more energy in general and I had a more focused, positive attitude. I miss that! It’s only 2 days of eating like 80% cooked food (BAD) and I feel like a depressed mess! I’m so excited to back to being 80% ish raw again =]
I understand that people believe cooking food helps the food digest… But how do scientists explain why raw food diets scare cancer away? Why do you think only domesticated dogs and cats and humans get ill so often? I don’t see any reason to describe this other than cooking our food, and being inactive ( a combination ), no science behind that but it’s my belief.
(I’m going to keep drinking tea though, too.) 3 years ago
Well last year I went pretty much raw for about 6 months.. the first 3 months easing in to it.. then spend 3 more months at about.. 90% raw, eating basicly no bread, throughout the day fruits and salads, and at diners fruitshakes/salads and often some cooked protein in the way of a soy burger.
Also I ate stuff like beepollen, macapowder, spirulina etc etc.
But still there came a time when I started feeling… less then energetic (at first I got a whole lot of energy out of eating 90% raw), so I slowly went back to more cooked foods.
I think I’m atleast at 50% now, still eating more fruits and raw than the average person, but also eating bread and grains and the likes.
From where I’m at now..it would like to incorperate more veggies raw and cooked to my diet. Cause that’s the only thing missing. I tend to eat lots of fruit (have a huge fruitbowl always filled with lots of colourful fruits I snack on!) and sometimes skip the raw veggies.
So my new ‘raw’ goal is not to go all raw.. and if I could go back to about 70% raw.. I’d be more than happy for now.
Maybe in a few years who knows.. I might feel more inclined to take it a step further..
but for now I think I just need to stabilize at about 70% and find a way to feel good about ,and with, that. 3 years ago