There are so many different diets and lifestyles out there to choose from. Honestly, I don’t ever try to push things on other people. Instead, I try to educate them and open their eyes to be outgoing and try new things.
I previously wrote a post called ‘The Types of Vegans’ along with a few different diets such as ‘Raw till 4’ and ‘801010’. If you want to know more about those diets, check out the post.
Anyways, I’m here today to write about eating raw. As a vegan, I find a lot of people often say to me that this lifestyle is ‘quite extreme’, and I always felt annoyed at that statement. But then I thought about how I sort of thought the same thing about people who eat ‘fully raw’. So now I understand where people are coming from when they call this life extreme. It’s hard to appreciate something that you truly and honestly don’t understand. For people who don’t eat vegan or plant based, they wouldn’t understand that this lifestyle is not extreme at all. But when I first heard about eating fully raw, I actually thought it was a bit extreme.
But then I had to put myself in their shoes and look at that lifestyle from their perspective, while comparing it to mine. I believe that most people eat fully raw for health benefits. If you are a vegan for health and ethics it’s one thing, because you can be ethical and still eat cooked foods. But eating fully raw however, I believe is to achieve overall health. (Because eating cooked foods won’t harm any creatures.)
Well, when we eat raw foods, our body is getting the most benefits. When we cook certain foods, especially vegetables, they unfortunately lose most of their nutritional value. Broccoli for instance is so healthy and contains so many vitamins and nutrients. But when we cook it, which most people do, it loses almost all of its nutrients. So when people eat raw, they are getting the full benefits of the foods they eat.
Lately I’ve been trying to eat fully raw – not on a strict diet or anything, but just because I know that’s what benefits me the most. In the beginning of August I was getting kind of lazy with my dinners. I’d have grilled veggies every night, and one night I had a vegan pizza. Now, while yes these things are delicious, they didn’t make me feel 100% and after a few days, I knew I needed a break on my digestive system. Cooked foods stay in your stomach longer than raw foods and also take longer to digest. That’s why you may feel more light and energetic after eating raw foods.
So for the past week I’ve eaten mostly raw, and I can for sure say I feel so much better. Like I said, this wasn’t a “challenge” or a restricting diet, so I did have some cooked foods here and there – but only things I knew would be fine on my stomach. For example, I had oatmeal one day for lunch, and fries when I was out for dinner with my mom.
Other than that, I’d have a huge green smoothie for breakfast, either nana ice-cream or a ton of fruit for lunch, and a big salad or Zoodles for dinner. With snacks in between of course. I also made raw desserts, to treat myself duh, such as raw mini cheesecakes, and raw chocolate poppers.
So basically I just wanted to write this post to give you some insight on the raw lifestyle. Many people do the ‘raw till 4’ diet which is eating raw breakfast and lunch, then having a cooked dinner. I don’t follow the diet, but I aim to have 2/3 meals a day raw, if not all 3, to feel my best. Try it sometime and you’ll feel so much better – trust me.