25 Nov What you Need to Know about the Raw-Vegan Diet
The coolest thing about having a blog and YouTube channel is being able to connect with amazing people. I get personal questions ofter, asking me for advice and I do my best to answer each and every one of them. This post is my ‘A’ to Ava’s amazing ‘Q!’
Heyy Christina , ur amazing love you so much !! I aslo follow you on yourtube . I wanted to know ur thoughts about the fully raw vegan lifestyle.
My sister was Vegan for about 8 years… And a great friend of mine is a raw-vegan tri-athlete. Just about every vegetarian, vegan or raw-vegan I know has made their decisions to go vegan based on their own independent research and beliefs about eating animals. I’ve found Vegans to be very passionate about their Vegan ways and they should be. I think the raw vegan diet prescribes a plan for consuming only the cleanest, pure sources of essential nutrients.
What you Need to Know about the Raw-Vegan Diet
For anyone reading this who doesn’t know what a raw vegan diet entails, it’s kind of like the core concepts of the Raw Diet and Vegan Diet, combined… And Raw Veganism was born.
This Diet prescribes a meal plan in which you’re limited to eating nothing but raw, semi-cooked plant based food sources. All food and products of animal origin are off limits. Plus, you’re supposed to avoid cooking your plant sources above 48 °C (118 °F). A raw vegan diet includes raw vegetables and fruits, nuts and nut pastes, grain and legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea vegetables, herbs, and fresh juices. If you’re curious as to why you can’t have grains and legumes… Well, you can’t cook the mature grains and legumes. I don’t know too many raw vegans, who are pro-raw beans and grains.
Now that you the basics, here’s my official opinion.
Raw Vegan for the Right Reasons
If you’re like my sister or friend, Stephanie, and adopting the diet, based on your beliefs, do your thang, Kitty cat! That’s because people who have strong emotional attachment to their purpose seem to have an easier time sticking to all of the guidelines. If however, you’re interested in following this diet because you think it’s ‘trendy’ or ‘cool’ or you found out your favorite celebrity is doing it… Well, you have to understand this diet takes a lot of commitment. Based on the feedback I’ve received from people who’ve tried it… they’ve all said they’ve felt the diet was ‘hard core,’ and that it took some time to get used to their new healthy habits.
COOKING IS KEY
If you like to cook, you’ll be able to cook everything you’ll be eating. If you’re busy, it helps to Meal Prep. This way you’ll have pre-made raw-vegan options readily available so you’ll be able to make a meal in minutes.
Salads, soups, and juicing are popular raw vegan diet items. I find a lot of people like the benefits of blending their own combinations of fruits and veggies to create soups and smoothies tailored to their tastes. It’s also fun because you can play with different combinations of flavors.
If you’re the type of person who likes food, eating out, and sociable you need to be prepared… this diet requires a lot of compromises and customization. It’s good to have a raw vegan friendly list of local restaurants handy, if you’re an out-and-out kind of girl.
Chain restaurants, events and parties, typically cook above the temperature limit. They also use animal products while preparing foods. You’ll have to customize your order, or inform your server, so they won’t prepare your meal with animal-sources of ingredients or over-cook. Look for salads and side items of vegetables.
Your default salad dressing would be balsamic vinegar and oil. Your server will most likely bring you balsamic vinaigrette… Send it back. Most restaurant dressings are cooked, contain cream, added sugar.
PROTEIN IS STILL IMPORTANT
You may find that you’ll experience noticeable improvement in your health, mood, and you’ll lose weight while sticking to this diet. But, for the best possible results it’s important that you’re incorporating plant sources of protein that taste okay raw. Protein is essential to prevent metabolism maximizing muscle mass… and if it doesn’t taste good… you’ll be less likely to enjoy it. Protein will also help to keep you feeling full between meals.
A lot of Raw Vegans use Raw-Vegan approved protein supplements to ensure they’re getting the right amount of protein they need to keep their meals balance. For the most health benefit your meals must be balanced to include a serving of protein at every meal.
My Professional Opinion
Raw plant based sources of foods are amazing for health and weight loss.
It’s easier to stick to a diet with strong emotional reasons behind your decision. If you’re pro-animal, pro-vegan, pro-raw and have been contemplating this type of lifestyle, then yes, I’d say go for it. I think you’ll be really happy with the benefits and results you’ll experience.
However, if you’re still on the fence because you have a tough time sticking to diets, well, you’re not alone. Raw-Veganism is kind of like the Paleo diet in a sense… but honestly, if Cavemen were alive today, they would struggle to eat like cavemen.
It’s not uncommon to find yourself craving foods the restricted foods you’ve left behind. I know Stephanie did. I know I’ve struggled to enjoy myself, while follow strict dietary guidelines. This is why I come from a place of everything in moderation, including moderation. I know how hard it is to ‘eat perfect’ 24/7.
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION, INCLUDING MODERATION
This is why I personally promote eating raw, plants based foods into your lifestyle. You’ll be able to lose weight, feel great and avoid feeling like you’re on a diet following these guidelines:
1) Don’t worry about calories, worry about calorie quality.
2) Eat foods you like, that come from clean, non-toxic plant sources.
3) Make sure you’re getting protein at every meal.
4) Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied.
5) Eat clean, once-living things 80% of the time, and let a little loose 20% of the time.
Even though eating Raw Vegan is totally doable, I’ve found that limiting and restricting yourself too much can lead to feeling left out, burnt out, and tapping out of your ‘diet’. Every single Raw-Vegan I know, did have to take ‘breaks’ from it.
Some people just needed a bite of something cooked.
Others craved meat, and would allow for a ‘meat’ meal once a week.
Others tried to stick with it during weekdays, and loosened up and indulged a little more on the weekends.
Incorporating more raw fruits and vegetables into your diet is a great place to start. I tried my best to give you as much insight and advice as I could. I hope you liked it, Ava. Always remember, this is your life and your body. Always make the choices that work best for you and get you the results you want. Whatever you decide, please know…
You CAN do this!!
Your Biggest Cheerleader : )
Heads up, Kitty Cat… these tips are a part of a bigger puzzle. When you have a complete plan, that’s best for you, your body type, lifestyle and goal, you can lose weight a lot faster. A one-sized-fits all diet will fail you every time, because genetically you’re completely unique like a snowflake. When you know the best foods and exercises for your body type you can release fat fast 3 times faster than you could alone, piecing together tips and tricks you’ve picked up over the years. You can learn more getting a custom meal and exercise plan of your own, here.