OK, I Just Had To Do It

Well, after almost 14 years of being vegan I realized that in the past few years, I’ve eaten mostly raw, and have continued to feel better as time passed.

Reflecting on this, well, I just had to stir things up a bit and decided to go 100% vegan/raw :). The transition has been exciting even though I’ve been almost there for some time, other than the few cooked/heated foods occassionally.

I’ve noticed some disctinct changes… although I’ve been vegan for so many years, I’m still going through some detox. One of the many wonderful experiences has been the increase in taste awareness and the literal “explosion” of flavors I experience. It’s quite amazing. The variety of whole, raw food meals is amazing and I look forward to trying something new every day.

Continued increase in energy, needing less sleep, mental awareness, vitality, weight loss, feeling light and vibrant are just a few of the many benefits I’ve been experiencing.

I’ve found food preparation not only easier, but faster (hey, it was already fast as a vegan!) especially since no cooking is needed. Clean up is brief… I’ve also dropped the use of my dishwasher to less than once a week.

There have been a few adjustments and I’m sure I’ll continue making them along the way.

Here are some resources I’ve found helpful through the transition to 100% vegan/raw:

  • RawFood.com – the store for supplies, as well as the forum and resources
  • theGardenDiet and The Anti-Aging Diet – Storm, Jinjee and their family are a real inspiration
  • VegSource.com – especially Dr. Graham’s forum on Raw Food and Sports Nutrition
  • AlissaCohen.com – Alissa has some great resources on the raw lifestyle, health benefits and recipes.
  • Raw Secrets – Frederic Patenaude’s take on going raw, and how to avoid the mistakes most make in transitioning. His views are slightly different than the mainstream raw movement and make sense. They are a great contribution to anyone looking for advice on going raw.

More as my journey continues. Please share your questions, thoughts and comments!

Peace, joy and health,

Mark
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How To Stay Raw During The Holidays

Posted on December 25th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on How To Stay Raw During The Holidays

With all the parties during the holidays, there are many temptations and opportunities to get cooked.

I like to look at it a little differently.

Since this time of year is for celebration, giving and appreciation, I see it as an opportunity to grow stronger in your convictions and celebrate them… celebrate your path to awesome health through a vegan raw lifestyle.

By growing in your healthy relationship with yourself, you not only grow into better health, your relationships with others blossom as well.

And in addition to sharing gifts with friends and loved ones, what better time to give yourself a gift… the gift of awesome health (only you can do it).

Here are some ideas to thrive during the holidays:

  • instead of attending a party, throw your own. Include raw and healthy alternatives to the normal heavy and fattening dishes.
  • when attending dinner parties, bring your own dish. You can always eat your own dish if there are no healthy alternatives.
  • if the topic of why you may not be eating something comes up, mention that this is what you feel like eating (the raw and healthy alternative).
  • eat more fruit!
  • focus on the social part of the events rather than the eating.
  • take some time out for yourself and celebrate your life and raw journey.
  • have plenty of fruit and salads handy to eat and share during the holidays.
  • find raw potlucks or meetups in your area and visit with link-minded friends.
  • eat a raw meal or snack before attending an event so you won’t be hungry. Gives you more time to visit.

Celebrate and enjoy the holidays, vegan and raw!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours!

Mark

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Vegan/Raw Benefit #12, Anti-Aging

Posted on December 14th, 2005 in anti-aging,raw diet,raw food,skin by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Vegan/Raw Benefit #12, Anti-Aging

OK, I know this is a topic usually reserved for women… but it’s important to guys too :).

Now about 6 months after transitioning to raw foods I’ve noticed something interesting. Very smooth skin. Especially my hands.. normally they’re dry during the winter months but not this year.

Others that I’ve spoken to and read about report similar experiences… a glow to the skin, more elasticity, fewer wrinkles, youthful look. It’s the ultimate anti-aging diet.

Just another benefit of a vegan, raw and whole food diet.

To your best health!

Mark
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Key To Raw Success: Fruit

Posted on December 10th, 2005 in Uncategorized by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on Key To Raw Success: Fruit

In talking with many people that have tried to transition to raw, much research and personal experience I’ve found a central theme around why many people don’t successfully transition to a raw diet.

And that theme is Fruit.

Many that try eating more fruit stop because it causes an upset stomach or digestive tract. Some stop because they get hungry right away and don’t feel full.

Interestingly enough, the reasons for these difficulties are not related to eating fruit, but most often a different reason. They think it’s fruit because it’s usually the last item they ate.

Many transitioning to a raw diet consume a large amount of fat from nuts and oils to get that feeling of satisfaction. A high fat diet combined with fruit is a recipe for failure and one of the reasons for digestive difficulties.

Eating fruit and not feeling filled up is many times because not enough of the fruit (calorie wise) was eaten. Additionally, once you start eating larger amounts of fruits regularly, you will begin to lose the feelings of hunger shortly after eating them.

I’ve found that after a few months of eating mainly fruits throughout the day, my cravings and hunger have gone away. When I am hungry, it’s subtle and peaceful. The important thing is to eat a good amount of fruit throughout the day, not just one or two servings.

Frederic Patenaude discusses this at length in The Raw Secrets and cleared up some questions about hunger, fats and how to choose the best selection of foods on a daily basis.

All the best for your health!

Mark
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