Eight weeks ago, I set myself the challenge of going fully raw vegan for two months. Since I already followed a vegan, gluten free, sugar free, soya free & raw ‘till four, I expected this challenge to be super-easy. However, eating a fully raw vegan diet is a lot more difficult than it sounds!
What is the Raw Vegan diet?
The Raw Vegan diet means only eating plant-based foods which are in their raw state- not heated above 40°C.
The theory behind this is that once the food has been heated above 40°C, their nutritional value dramatically decreases, thus, not providing your body with the same nutrients as it would in its raw state.
Some of the benefits of the Raw Vegan diet include:
- Improved digestion
- Increased Energy
- Cancer prevention
- Better skin, hair & nails
- Weight is easily maintained
- Heart health is improved
For the first two weeks of this challenge, I genuinely thought I might die. I was bloated, I felt sick, tired and grumpy. I really, really struggled to convince myself to stick with it as I couldn’t face feeling like that for another six weeks! However, once the detox stage was over, I started to feel absolutely amazing on the Raw Vegan diet!
I had TONNES more energy, my digestion felt amazing and my skin was glowing- I cannot tell you just how glad I am that I endured the first two weeks as I can honestly say that I have never felt better- in fact, I’m carrying on with the Raw Vegan diet indefinitely!
The only real sacrifice I made on this Raw Vegan diet was giving up Sweet Potato.
I bloody loved Sweet Potato.
However, I’ve discovered so many more delicious foods since embarking on this challenge that I barely even think about Sweet Potatoes anymore (always).
My advice to anybody thinking of starting on a Raw Vegan diet is; do it . You will feel so much better for it.
However, do take baby steps. Do not go from the standard Western diet of fried, fatty, processed foods to the Raw Vegan diet overnight because you will not be able to sustain it and your body will not know what’s happened to it!
Take small steps- try to introduce a few raw items into your diet every day, cut out dairy and eat salad for dinner. All of these small steps will help to ensure you get off onto the right start with the Raw Vegan diet.
Have you ever tried the Raw Vegan diet? What were your thoughts?