First- I want to say that this is MY experience- and there is a good chance that you won’t/don’t feel the same -and that’s great- because if everybody thought and acted the same- I believe it would be quite boring.
Then why write this in the first place?
Because I think since I am a healthy eating -cooking enthusiast -quite an experienced vegan for 8 years now- maybe people can learn something from my own experience- something that may help them should they decide to go raw vegan somewhen.
Because obviously it wasn’t supposed to be such a big deal for me, right?
My body didn’t need to adapt to any new foods, no new flavors, no new cooking method to learn (no cooking, right?). so what was the problem??
At first- as I wrote in this post: My 10 day raw vegan experience.-everything was great: I felt great, exercises went well. the variety of summer fruit was more than enough for me,and as an added bonus my skin looked better (I know it’s strange since it was only 10 days into the journey- but that’s what happened so) .
Everything was so smooth I decided to keep going until I will have enough.
So the days went by, and after about 20 days- I started to crave my legumes, my homemade crackers, my homemade buns,and generally- anything that is cooked or baked ….I just really had enough of having fruits and nuts all day long.
I am aware raw vegans have dehydrators and make “bread” in it, but I have a really small kitchen and no spare counter space for large things such as a dehydrator -that also costs some $$$ and I’m not yet sure I will even use.
I did try to make my crackers in a raw version- meaning baked in less than 50 degrees Celsius.
That was a disaster.
An epic disaster.
If you are wondering whether I threw the whole 3 trays batch to the compost bin- well of course not! I simply put them in the toaster for a while.
I think that was the moment I realised that my raw journey was over.
Mind you that wasn’t all-
I started slacking on my exercise routine, because I was tired all the time.
At first- I told myself that this is my body’s way of cleaning itself, but after 3 weeks I started to make excuses why I can’t go running or swimming– and that wasn’t acceptable.
I also noticed our grocery bill was up significantly, due to all the fruit consumption, and the need to buy more “interesting” fruits- since , honestly- I was getting tired of eating the same fruit day after day.
Don’t get me wrong – I love fruit!
They are my favourite snacks and I eat them all the time. I love fruit so much that I don’t bother to bake cakes -fruit keep me happy and sugar satiated.
But the thing is- suddenly -allI was eating was fruits and veggies, no lentils, no tofu, no beans, no bread, nothing.
And to top all that- I discovered I was “working” as a raw vegan: this was a full time engagement.
I needed to plan all my meals ahead , shop for more food, wash and arrange huge amounts of fruits and veggies in the fridge, make tons of salads and fruit bowls, and at the end of the day- slack on my exercises??
This wasn’t for me.
I went happily back to my chick peas, home made bread, scrambled tofu, well- everything that makes me happy and strong .
To sum the 1 month experience of going raw as a vegan, I would say -it was great for the first 2 weeks- wonderful actually- but for me- it wasn’t sustainable , and that’s fine.
Each person should do what they want, what feels right for their body- be it carnivore or vegan raw or fruitarian, pescatarian or lacto-ovo, glute with or gluten free- whatever.
The only important thing to remember-in my opinion-is do your research before, and make a conscious and mindful decision -after carefully weighing the pros and cons of every method, and perhaps consulting a dietitian, if you feel you need more info or advice.
Your health and your body are key components in your well being -take the time to learn what works for you -long term- or even short term- and what fuels your body with clean and healthy ingredients.
And it’s ok to change your mind too.
Experiment, enjoy- the cooliflower.