First let me say this was not a mission to lose weight. I was feeling really tired, lethargic and moody. I was not satisfied with the way I was feeling so I decided to change my diet to see how it would affect my mood and energy levels. I cut out meat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol and only ate raw (uncooked, unprocessed) fruits and vegetables. I plan to maintain this change in diet, but here is what I’ve learned 30 days in.
1. Raw food diet = minimal dishes. I literally eat out of the same 2-3 dishes and my blender and juicer. It’s awesome!
2. If you eat something long enough your pallet will evolve into liking or even loving that thing. Of course I love chicken, I’ve been eating chicken for more than 25 years, but now I love brussel sprouts and kale and raw nuts with no salt. Since expanding my pallet I have grown an affinity for lighter and cleaner foods.
3. If you’re going to date or be friends with a vegan please be ok with gas, in abundance. No one wants to talk about it, but it’s real.
4. When you’re really confident in yourself you don’t need validation from others. I started this with very little direction and a lot of skepticism from people around me, but it didn’t matter, I had a goal and I wanted to achieve it no matter what.
5. It’s amazing how freely people project their esteem issues and insecurities onto others. I’ve never heard so much negative feedback in my life for doing something so good. Mostly coming from people who were seemingly unhappy with themselves, it was frustrating at first but I learned to brush it off and adjust my attitude accordingly.
6. One of the major questions I’ve been asked was “How do you get your protein?” Plants have protein! A few examples of plants with protein: chickpeas, mushrooms, coconuts, cashews, collard greens, oatmeal, lima beans, black berries, avocados, broccoli, kale, cauliflower and asparagus)
7. People will first ask you why you’re doing something then ask you how you did it. The same people who turned their nose up at my diet change ended up asking me how I did it and where to start. I wasn’t ugly; I just gave them the information and wished them the best.
8. No amount of caffeine could ever give me the energy I have from eating a plant based diet. I have never felt so alert and aware. I’m up between 5:30 & 6am ready to start my day. No lag, no lethargy and I absolutely love this clarity I have achieved.
9. Eating from the earth is rewarding and doesn’t have to be expensive. When I first stared I was spending a lot of money, but now that I know where to shop and what to shop for, learning what is in season and what is best eaten organic and what is ok to eat non-organic has served my wallet well. Reading and research has been very conducive to m raw food journey.
10. Anything is possible. Almost every person who I told about my raw food journey immediately said “I could never do that!” Before this, I said the same thing, and look, damn I did it.