If you are vegan, or even just active on YouTube, you’d know that the Raw Vegan movement has been spreading through the world like wildfire.
Whether you are completely against the idea, an omnivore, a vegetarian, or a regular vegan, you have to admit that the whole idea is intriguing.
I decided that I would take it upon myself to try being Raw Vegan for seven days. Just for fun. I was super surprised at the results and couldn’t wait to share them with you! I will forewarn you that while I wanted to take on the challenge of seven days, I managed only five full days of raw vegan, and two days of some raw/some cooked food. Weekends always get me!
I’ll also mention that while I was doing my best efforts to be completely raw, I still had coffee every day. I kept this up because, as an avid coffee drinker, I didn’t want to skew my results of a raw vegan diet by adding caffeine withdrawals to the mix.
- Vegan Diet (obviously). This means no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc.
- No food cooked over 48C. If you’ve got a dehydrator (I don’t) you could use this for recipes, or I’ve heard you can put your oven on very low heat, or use a Vitamix blender for heating soups!
- No processed foods, refined sugar, etc.
- No alcohol
- Lots of water, fruit, vegetables, seeds and raw nuts!
There are so many benefits to a raw vegan diet swamping the internet, and a lot of negatives too, depending on what articles you read. I’m not a doctor, or a nutritionist, so I cannot safely prescribe anything to you, but here are a few of the benefits that I noticed during my raw food almost-week.
- Eating – I could eat SO MUCH FOOD, because obviously you need to eat more food on a raw diet. Vegetables and fruit have less calories, and therefore, you need to eat more volume. As someone who freaking loves to eat, this wasn’t a problem for me.
- Stomach – I had literally ZERO bloating during the week, mainly due to the fact that I was eating a lot of fibre, but I also think that my body is a little sensitive to grains. My stomach was flatter than it’s been in a long time.
- Energy – I had quite a lot of energy despite having a super busy week at work.
It was mainly the little things you don’t think about when going raw that I struggled with. Things like coffee, that I mentioned earlier, being roasted. Rice paper – which I was counting on as a meal idea, is not technically raw. (however, if you are trying to get more raw veggies into your diet, this is a great way to do it!).
Tofu is processed with high temperatures, so that’s out too. I made myself some chia pudding one day, but figured out that coconut milk in it was probably not raw. The protein powder I was using, while vegan, is technically not raw. I did find out you can buy raw protein though, which I am keen to try!
I was a little discouraged by these things, but not for long! Also eating out at non-vegan places is pretty much off the cards unless you just want to eat a garden salad (“Yes, no cheese, yes I’m serious -_-).
I also found that close to food time was my weakest (this probably is not a surprise). I found myself dreaming of (vegan) burgers, but once I had eaten my food the craving disappeared.
Would I go full time raw?
Honestly? Probably not. I enjoy eating a lot of vegan food, and I have a personal love affair with tofu. However, after being one week raw, I learnt that it’s not necessary to have a fully cooked meal every single day. Having more raw vegetables in your diet is never going to be a bad thing.
In saying that, this week I am doing another five day challenge and hopefully I can work on getting together a solid meal plan. That way, if you’re interested, you can try it too!
Here a few helpful links that I used for the week!
Let me know if you’d like a Raw Vegan Meal Plan!