So I went on a raw vegan diet…

Nothing processed, nothing cooked. Fruit, nuts, vegetables and legumes, whatever the hell they are. That means no beer. This is not going to end well.

I was inspired by my old schoolmate and professional freerunner Tim Shieff. He is a vegan and promotes raw veganism as he claims it gives you more energy and is extremely healthy. Of course this is provided that you get a balanced diet.

I already refrain from eating meat or dairy. I watched one too many animal cruelty documentaries. I did my research to ensure I would be getting all of the correct vitamins, the only one that I may not have much of is B12, and I couldn’t find any replacement for that aside from vitamin pills, which I’m not keen on. I stocked up on fresh fruit, nuts and copious vegetables. My weekly shop nearly doubled in cost, but if you usually eat meat you shouldn’t notice too much of a difference. Pistachio nuts in New Zealand seem to be more expensive than gold. My regime was to be mixed fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and salad for dinner.

During the first two days I was hit with hunger pangs, and so filled up on nuts between meals. I really enjoyed the tastes of my new food, and I was going to the toilet more regularly, shall we say. ” It was around the 1 week mark that I began to notice the increased energy levels and alertness. I was still playing football 4 or 5 times a week and my body was repairing itself very quickly and enabling me to perform much better.

I had, however, noticed that my heart was beating even faster than normal and I went to get my blood pressure checked. It turned out I had mild hypertension. I went home and scrutinized what I was doing, and I found that most of the nuts I had been eating were salted, not raw. I had been eating a lot of nuts. Probably 500 grams per day. So I cut down the nuts, and replaced it with more fruit.

The plan had been to last at least a month, but I only managed just over a week. Also, I tried raw rice pudding, and it nearly made me puke. More experimenting necessary. I had lost a little weight (not noticeable) and overall I felt much better after the diet.

My recommendation for those wanting to get healthy/save the planet/stop torturing animals is to do it gradually. Try not eating red meat for a while and see if you miss it. I loved nothing more than a blue steak in 2013, but by planning ahead (I’m going to eat XXX instead) I have never missed it. I won’t lie, the taste is irreplaceable. Tofu isn’t great. However, I learned to like other tastes, and I would never go back now because you only know how heavily a steak weighs you down, once you have been free of it.

It is very convenient to ignore animal cruelty too, and I did it for a long time. If you have the time, watch the film ‘Cowspiracy’. It basically proves the point that the meat industry produces more harmful CO2 than any other industry, and nobody dares talk about it (not even Greenpeace) because we all love meat so much and they still want you to donate.

Overall I failed in my month long quest to be a raw vegan, but it did open my eyes to the benefits. I eat healthier now and consume more water. What are your thoughts on veganism? Leave a comment…

4 thoughts on “So I went on a raw vegan diet…

  1. I think veganism makes perfect sense for many reasons, but I simply do not understand the “eat raw” trend. Lowering amounts of overly processed foods of course can help reduce excessive sugar and sodium intake, but steaming broccoli does not create any toxins or hurt your heart, that I know of! Good luck on your vegan journey 🙂

    1. I think it may be a new trend because we are used to cooking our food in some form, be it roasting or steaming or whatever. Having things raw is taboo in some areas because of traditions and what people are used to, and this is why it is seen as a new trend maybe? Also, steaming broccoli does not create any nasties but does lose 25% of vitamin C and smaller percentages of other nutrients. There are however some studies that show steaming broccoli increases antioxidants. I reckon either way is better than a chocolate bar!

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