What it is
A raw vegan diet has the same restrictions as vegan, no animal, no animal products and then go as far as to add no cooked food. The idea of this diet is to eat food in its most natural state. Some raw vegans believe cooking makes food toxic by destroying its nutrients and natural enzymes. They also believe that by consuming food in it’s raw state can cure illness. Although there is no proof that eating only raw food prevents illness.
I went vegan for many reason other than to lose weight, I automatically assumed I would. I assumed, like most, that vegans are thin people. So after becoming vegan for 7 months I wanted to make sure there wasn’t something I was missing. I didn’t eat a lot of “Vegan” labeled processed food and I didn’t fill my stomach with starches like bread and pasta. So I took to the internet to see if others were having the same issue. When surfing, I stumbled upon Freelee The Banana Girl. A raw vegan who consumes 30 bananas a day, exercises minimally and has a rocking bod. My first assumption was that her diet was extreme, so I continued searching and found others following the same diet and loving it. In their diets they eat a high carb, low fat diet, not to be confused with the 80/10/10 diet, where 80% of your calories come from carbohydrates, 10% from fat and 10% from protein. A raw vegan is more similar to a fruitarian diet. Where 90% of your diet is carbohydrates and the rest is composed of fats and proteins. Most of your calories come from fruits and very little to none come from fats and vegetables.
It is the complete opposite of everything I had ever learned about weight loss
All the carbohydrates I could eat. In fact, stuffing myself, until the point of feeling uncomfortable until by stomach stretches to accompany my new diet. Drinking juice between meals. This idea, this concept, this diet intrigued me. I left it on the back burner for many months and continued on with my vegan diet but noticed that I was starting to eliminate healthy fats from my diet as well as any food labeled vegan that were processed in any way. This caused me to go back to more searching on the internet for others like Freelee and see if this was a real thing or not. I of course found more. Raw Kristina stood out to me as well. After reading others stories I decided I would give it a go. I pledged I would eat a raw vegan diet for 21 Days and here are my findings…
What I ate
Breakfast (8:00am): Green smoothie. Raw spinach, frozen blueberries and/or frozen pineapple and 1 to 2 bananas
Snack (10:00am): 1 banana and apple
Lunch (12:00pm) : bowl of fruit. Sometimes mixed fruit. Most times a mono meal of 1 kind of fruit
Snack (3:00pm): Another smoothie with frozen mixed berries and banana
Dinner (6:00pm): Salad with raw veggies or steamed sweet potato
I did not work out during this diet.
I lost 1lb on this diet.
I ended up doing this diet for a bit longer than anticipated. It is very difficult to commit to being raw without others in your household on the same diet. It was also difficult to dine out which is why I ended up restarting the diet because I would fail and end up eating something cooked (always vegan).
I did not like the restrictions on fats, even healthy ones. I also did not follow the concept of overeating and in fact found (in my research before beginning) a lot of raw vegans gaining weight because they are simply eating too many calories on this diet. The diet preaches eating a minimum of 300 calories a day for a woman of my size. I stuck to a more modest 1,500 calories a day.
Another more common cause for concern is the amount of natural sugar you are consuming and how that effects your blood sugar. But that is another topic of discussion.
Overall, I had a ton of energy on this diet. I also felt like the sleep I required was less. I think my digestion was a little too good. I had no change in my skin, hair or nails as some raw vegans report.