Today is Day 17 of doing this raw vegan thing, where I’ve eaten 90-100% raw foods every day. Many people go raw for the boost of energy, and many people like me are forced into it for health reasons.
Curled up in a ball on the couch at 8PM on a Friday night, I knew something had to be done. I was having ovarian pains and ovarian cysts/tumors do run in my family. It FREAKED me out. I told Luke, “That’s it. I’ve been playing with the idea of being a raw vegan for years. It starts tomorrow.”
So I did do this thing for health reasons. Within a few days, the pain was gone. I’m not sure how long I will maintain this, but this is the best I’ve ever felt in my life. No 3PM slumps. No daily grogginess. When I run, I feel like I never want to stop. AMAZING.
What is the raw lifestyle like?
Most of what I eat is bananas and fruit, large salads, and a
butt ton of little too much nuts and nut butters. My food cravings/addictions to breads and pastas have pretty much vanished. I crave salads. I crave big monofruit meals, like a big bowl of fresh cut pineapple or a 10 banana smoothie.
I feel full after I eat, and never want for anything but more fruit or more vegetables. I really have no idea what I’m doing as far as nutrient intake, so I’ve been reading 80/10/10 by Douglas Graham. I’m on page 50, so I’ll do a review and give my thoughts on it when I’m done.
I definitely have lost weight, the overall body bloating has gone down. I even was selected as one of the winners in PETA’s Healthful Eating work program because of my weight loss.
My coworkers think I’ve lost 10 pounds, but I don’t really see it. Although I do fit into my “college jeans.” :)
The biggest change I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks has been in my poo! Because everything I eat is so clean and easy on the digestive system, I poo after every time I eat and everything completely passes within 24 hours of eating it. And I actually poo WAY more than I ever did eating cooked foods.
My one food weakness is…
NUT BUTTERS. Peanut butter. Almond butter. Cashew butter. Sunflower seed butter. All of the above. Interestingly enough, I actually eat LESS nut butter than I did when I was eating cooked foods. I crave it less, and a few tablespoons is usually enough for me.
I ran about 5 miles on Friday night after work. I had just drank the big banana smoothie and expected some digestive bloating and/or stomach cramps. I had neither of those, but a butt ton of energy! I never wanted to stop running. And yesterday, Luke and I went for a 7.2 mile trail run/hike. The 40 oz. of banana-strawberry smoothie I had really carried me through!
I hear so many people say fruit makes you fat. Or to try and eat less fruit because it has lots of sugar. But that sugar is natural sugar packed with vitamins, minerals, FIBER, water, and nutrients! EAT MORE FRUIT.