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
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