So you’re thinking of going raw vegan, at least mostly raw vegan, and you have absolutely no idea how your body will react, what you will feel, and how to even get started.
If you are thinking that, I am so glad you’re here, because I am going to host a 10-Day Learn Raw Vegan Refresh. 10 days of delicious raw vegan recipes, and daily videos on making raw food without recipes. I’m taking you into my kitchen, and showing you how I do it using fresh produce, without a ton of planning for specific recipes I want to make. And all the while, you are going to be supported on my free Facebook group, Raw Souls.
Now, if you haven’t joined the Refresh, you should really do so right now.
Ok, now that you’ve in with us, let’s get started. I’m about to lay down what you should and shouldn’t do in preparation for going raw for 10 days, 10 weeks, or your whole life!
Believe me, you want to prepare for this.
And by the way, no you should not go raw vegan overnight. And I did not go raw overnight. It was a gradual process that helped my body adjust, so I want to take you through this too so that you’re fully prepared.
The reason for this is that your body might react strongly to eating an all-raw diet. This may include headaches, tiredness, stomach aches and the like, especially if you’ve come from a junk-food past. It’s nothing extreme, and if it is – it means something is wrong and you should contact your healthcare professional.
Mild detox symptoms are normal, and they happen when we transition suddenly from processed foods to pure raw foods. Therefore I suggest that up until we start with the Refresh, try to avoid the following foods as much as you can, minimizing these unpleasant feelings:
- All animal products, including eggs, dairy, meat, fish, chicken, pork, beef, honey, and the like. These are some of the most toxic foods for our bodies, and have been research-proven to motivate the growth of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. If you must consume animal products, try to limit them to once a week at the most. I know, this may be a HUGE transition for some of you, and it may sound insane. Do your very best – keep in mind that it gets much easier over time… says the cheese addict who used to devour an entire block of cheese once a week (aka, me!)
- Processed foods. These include anything with ingredients you can’t read and understand. As a general rule, try to fill at least 70% of your shopping cart with foods from the produce section of your grocery store, or the farmer’s market. Whenever you buy something for these couple of weeks, check the ingredients, and make sure they are as SIMPLE as possible. When you see a long ingredient list, put it back on the shelf.
Ok, Marina, you took everything good away from me. What the heck do I eat now???
Don’t be afraid… there is so much good food left!
Some day soon, I promise to have cooked plant-based whole food recipes on my website. But for now, you can totally use the ones on Forks Over Knives. Oh, and speaking of which, you should watch that movie! It is a-mazing!
Back to what you can eat… fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, sprouts, grains, lentils, beans, and more. There is so much to choose from, you will not go hungry. And if you replace animal products with this delicious cooked vegan food, you will need to eat about 4-5 times as much as you used to. And trust me, that’s the best part!
Also, make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Water is just amazing – watch your energy go up, your mood elevate, and your bathroom visits increase (the second to the last may be motivated by the last ;)). Make sure to drink right before your meals, rather than during or after, because this dilutes your stomach acids and causes bad digestion.
Also, try to spend time outside as much as you can, have positive thoughts but also let yourself FEEL emotions, whatever they may be rather than blocking them out, and do everything you can not to stress out too much. I think this part is probably the most complicated part, but doable, I promise you.
It helps having a mantra in your head, every time those stressors call out your name. Mine is, “oh my god Marina, seriously, f*** everyone. No one is worth it, nothing is worth it. Your health matters more!”
Well, I think that’s it.
Take it one day at a time, and just do your best. Because really, that’s all you can do. Nothing more, and nothing less!
And remember, Rome was not built in a day. All the best things in life take time.
Don’t forget, if you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for the 10-Day Raw Vegan Refresh.
Much love to you my dears,
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