Raw Vegan Diet
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may already know about my passion for raw vegan food. I’ve been interested in raw foods for about 5 years now.

Since 2007, I’ve gone on and off the raw vegan diet. The longest period of time I’ve eaten ALL raw was 6 months. When I do go off the raw diet, it’s usually because I find it inconvenient when traveling or socializing. But I always seem to gravitate back to eating mostly raw.

Since I returned from Vegas almost 2 weeks ago, I’ve been eating about 90% raw vegan. I feel great, and I’m more excited about “un-cooking” today than I was the day I brought home my Excalibur dehydrator!

One thing I’m doing differently this time is limiting my fat intake to 15 – 20%. I find it easy to go overboard on fat on the raw diet because the more filling foods are fatty (i.e. nuts, seeds, coconut, and avocados). So right now I’m filling up on sweet fruits, vegetables and tons of greens along with a teeny bit of nuts, seeds, and oils.

An interesting fact is that even though I’m eating about 500 MORE calories a day than on my regular cooked vegan diet, I’ve lost about 5 pounds since the last time I weighed myself. I guess it goes to show that not all calories are treated equally in my body (FYI I’m eating about 2300 calories of raw food / day as opposed to my previous diet of 1800 calories of cooked food).

I highly doubt I will ever try to eat 100% raw again because I find it limiting. I have no trouble eating 100% raw at home, but I do like to eat out a couple times a week at which point I usually eat cooked food, drink coffee and sometimes even eat an EGG (*gasp* from the crowd!!).

Although my egg-eating tendencies are bound to tick off some hardcore vegans, I enjoy eating an egg once a week because it reminds me not to attach my identity with my diet. I find when people associate their identities with diets or with any other label, they eventually become judgmental of those who hold a different opinion. So rather than say, “I AM a vegan”, I instead tell people, “I PREFER to eat vegan food”. Can you sense the difference?

The best way to create positive change in the world is to set an example. I believe I am a powerful role model for HEALTH when I eat what’s best for me and don’t judge other people’s food choices.

The simple fact is, I keep going back to raw vegan food because it makes my body feel light and energetic. I’m not trying to save the world, I just like green smoothies.

Try one today and see for yourself. :)

KB’s Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

1 banana
2 -3 cups of spinach or kale
1 cup of fruit (mangoes, berries, pears, or cherries are my fav)
1 cup of water
A few dashes of cinnamon

Blend it up and drink! xo

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8 thoughts on “Back to Raw Vegan Food, But Not a Vegan

  1. Derek

    I find your reasoning to eat an egg to be quite odd.

    Its like saying, “Hey I’m really good at public speaking but just to show myself I’m not attached to my identity of being a good speaker I will purposely speak poorly at an event”

    or…

    “Hey, I eat healthy foods that I was biologically designed to eat but to show myself that I’m not attached to that identity then I will eat an egg”

    Eggs do not serve your better health.

    Diet is something that people take incredibly personally so I don’t even bring it up anymore. I do my best to connect with people in other various ways.

    2300 cals is a good start, keep upping your fruit consumption which will give your body more fuel… so you can do more :). You will continually lose weight until your body is at a good healthy weight for you.

    Glad to hear KB, keep rawking out!

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  2. Alex

    Olá KB,
    I totally agree with the “not attaching my identity to my diet” philosophy. It resonates with me as I usually find myself saying the same thing “I PREFER to eat like this because it makes me feel good.” I find that most people feel more comfortable with me labelling myself as vegetarian. To me it all goes back to how comfy it is for some to live in a world where everything fits neatly into boxes.

    Love from Brazil,
    Alex

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  3. Lindsay

    Just stumbled on your blog and I wanted to comment on the idea of not letting your diet become your identity. This is definitely a good thing to remember! Prior to committing to veganism, I had difficulty with the idea of labeling myself as opposed to labeling the foods I ate. However, I eventually to an important realization: truly committing to veganism for the purpose of expanding one’s circle of compassion is not the same thing as seeking an identity through a label. To me, being vegan means that I am standing up for something that I believe in – that all creatures, human and otherwise, deserve compassion – and that I can show compassion not only through my diet, but through every action towards others every day for the rest of my life. That is an identity that I am comfortable adopting. It took me a long time to understand the difference. So if compassion is what you’re after, I think it might be alright to let yourself have that label, at least until the rest of the world doesn’t need to be reminded what compassion looks like! (Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to use the word “vegan” anymore, and we were all just compassionate humans who didn’t find it necessary to harm other creatures???) Anyway, seems like you have a great blog. Best to you. :)

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  4. Andrew

    I definitely agree with the bit about not associating an identity with how you eat!

    In my case I find it easier to be 100% vegan because that prevents backsliding, and because I just believe that strongly in animal welfare. When I’ve decided what’s right or wrong for me, I don’t want to be hazy about how I live that understanding – if paying for eggs supports animal suffering then it’s no eggs for me. (I’m not trying to say what you need to do though – you are you and I am me).

    Despite this, I’ve often thought about how to change my mindset to “live” vegan without “being” a vegan in identity. I definitely don’t like the separation I’ve sometimes felt because of the identity. I don’t like being a “vegan” over here while “normal people” are over there. And people see it that way too when you introduce yourself as a vegan, and they often hear anything you say on the topic of animal rights with that mindset.

    I think a “normal person” talking about animal rights would be much more effective than a “vegan” – something which seems to be evidenced in the success of the book “Eating Animals”, which is vegan in its conclusion even if its author actually isn’t.

    So how to be vegan without being vegan? That’s the big question.

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