Really, Folks: A Raw Vegan Diet Ain't So Bad

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Dominique Boubion
Good enough to gorge on

There is one thing that a person on any kind of diet will advise, and that is to be prepared. When hunger strikes, rash decisions are made.

I recently decided to try a new diet for three weeks after a little research. I learned that eating a raw vegan diet -- a diet consisting of mostly, if not exclusively, raw plant products -- could be the key to optimal health and longevity. Eating vegetables is good for you, yeah, but the concept behind the diet is that once foods are cooked past 118 degrees, their nutrients and enzymes begin to break down, reducing the benefits from the food eaten, and toxins begin to form. In a meta-analysis of existing scientific studies, Cornell Professor Emeritus T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas M. Campbell II found that a plant-based diet could even reverse heart disease and certain cancers, among other things.

In other words, the farmers market is the fountain of youth. All that is required is a little self-discipline.

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Dominique Boubion
A lifesaver

But eating raw vegan isn't easy.

My first obstacle was being home, especially around dinner time. I tried to eat before I got home, or I brought groceries to make a salad, but if I didn't do either one of these things, the small of food sizzling on the skillet had the upper-hand.

Besides the temptation, explaining to my family -- especially my mom -- why I was only eating raw foods was worst. While steaming crab-stuffed ravioli and boiling a can of marinara sauce, she worried about me out loud. She -- like many others -- thinks that someone who only eats raw and vegan foods will become faint and feeble, which is ironic, given studies prove otherwise.

That night my sister complained of stomachaches that she attributed to the ravioli.

I smiled, smugly.

The next big challenge came on the fifth day, when I visited my grandma.

By now, cravings for cooked foods had returned. I kept them at bay, but I knew that I stood no chance if I went to my grandma's hungry. I stopped at Mother's Market and Kitchen for a quinoa salad and a tomato cucumber salad. I also knew that if my grandma made food, and I didn't eat it that she would both be worried and, even worse, offended, so I decided to monopolize our time and disguise my diet as a food adventure.

I stopped at the farmer's market and bought bell peppers, cucumber, carrot, cilantro, basil, and rice paper. We were going to make spring rolls.


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Tommy Walas
Tommy Walas

What are some tips you have for people considering a raw diet? Tip #1 Have fun, enjoy it. We all go through phases. Tip #2 Don't advertise it. Do it for YOU, not me. Tip #3 Don't complain when I order meat. Yes, meat. Not flesh. Tip #4 Protein powder, vitamin B-12, and some GFY.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

My suggestion: Stop going around telling all of us that you're a vegan. We don't care, you're being obnoxious, and you don't win friends with salad.

Scotty Robinson
Scotty Robinson

Raw organic food is by far better than cooked. Full of nutrients that don't get cooked away. Fills you quicker due to nutrient density. And, with factory farmed animals full of growth hormones and antibiotics... most meat sold in stores and restaurants are that meat. Additionally, if you consider sustainability, much food is grown for animal consumption... completely defeating feeding the world through Monsanto GE crops. So much to add... so little time.

Marie Handl
Marie Handl

It's true to an extent. Heating does release a lot of the nutrients in a plant, but not necessarily all of them. I eat this way the majority of the time and have never felt healthier. My advice is to stick with it and pay close attention to things like mood/sleep patterns, clear skin, shiny hair, mental clarity, a flatter tummy, etc. And make sure to take a B12 supplement because the only way to get it through diet is by consuming animal products. Good luck!!

Gene Diep
Gene Diep

It's actually pretty tasty ... just, not that cheap.

Ed Herro
Ed Herro

Stop being a pretentious d-bag.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Stock up on supplements to get the nutrients you need w/o eating animal proteins that have them, especially vitamin b12, that one is very important.

Jennifer LoveMarque
Jennifer LoveMarque

People need to find a good balance in their diets, if they dont they balisticly vegan, vegetarian and raw or get a damn heart attack from eating bacon. I love bacon, but I also love spinach :)

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

1. Find peer-reviewed studies that show that cooking food makes it worse for you than eating it raw. Seriously, you can eat whatever you want, but I don't see the science behind eating only raw food.

jade4657
jade4657

Kudos to you, Dominique! A lot of people claim their barrier of entry into a healthier lifestyle is that the food "doesn't taste good", but you've found some great ways to make the lifestyle you've chosen taste great.  Thank you for sharing this with us, and I wish you many more happy and healthy veggie years!

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

EAT MORE MEAT SO YOU DON'T LOSE YOUR SKIN COLOR PIGMENTATION.

spartanu_2
spartanu_2

Today there are so many overweight people, and it's very difficult to find the right way or motivation to help you change that.
My sister lost over 20 punds using a natural weight loss product. She found an article about this product on from Women-Health-Journal dot com She completly changed her life now, and gained her self respect again.
I'm very happy for her, because I know how important is for a women to look good and mostly to be healthy,
 because being overweight obviously is not a healthy thing.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

A vegan raw diet sounds pretty much like a salad to me.  Oh, and I love salad.  I love salad even more when it's followed by my actual dinner.  Don't get me wrong, a salad can be very much a great dinner.  The Saba Steak Salad at Tommy Bahamas is outstanding.

In short, I love eating vegan food as long as it's covered in yummy meat and possibly gravy.


Diana Maldonado
Diana Maldonado

I would make it till dinner time when it's time to make dinner for my husband and kids.

Burns
Burns

"the small of food sizzling on the skillet had the upper-hand" - One wonders, as opposed to "the large" ?    :)

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@Chris J Caroselli 

What exactly is so obnoxious about this article? I don't like omnivores who malign herbivores any more than I care for preachy vegans. Grow up.

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