think that enough time passed to say something specific about how my diet looks now, how I feel, if I’m starving and so on. A lot of people reading my blog request more posts about my diet so I think it’ll be interesting for you. I don’t know if I’ll answer all the questions you might have so if there’s anything else feel free to leave comments. I’m talking here about myself but Nathan eats the same way.
My diet now
Yes, I survived! And I don’t have to force myself to anything, really. My diet changed around one and a half months ago, until then I was eating only fruits and salads. Now I eat a little different mostly because there’s not as many fruits now as in the summer and even though the amount of them is high, I mean that they’re not that good and I had to throw away an unripe watermelon for example. I’m not the kind of a person who will starve myself and won’t eat anything if fruits aren’t good. That’s why I eat many more salads, I make zucchini noodles with all kinds of sauces, dates and coconut balls, smoothies. I usually eat a watermelon for breakfast and if I don’t have any I eat strawberries or cherries. I love cherries! Five minutes ago I ate one kilo of them. Later it depends on when I get hungry and what I feel like eating. I sometimes don’t eat anything for next five hours and other times I eat after an hour. It changes. Salads I make are pretty big, I usually use one whole lettuce, cut three or four tomatoes, red pepper, sun dried tomatoes, avocado. I sometimes add some cranberries. I eat it plain, other times I add some lemon or lime juice and other times I’ll make a dressing from sun dried tomatoes and avocado instead of putting them straight to salad. Depends what I want to eat. I sometimes use some hemp seeds too.
I’ll make a special series of posts about what I eat during the day and so then everything will be more clear :). I sometimes add snaps with food too so if you want go ahead and follow me – gusiek.w
There are several things I hold on to because I feel better when I do.
- I eat when I’m hungry. I dont’ have any specific times of meals or anything. Instead, I listen to my body and answer its signs. So if I get hungry at 10 pm I eat at 10 pm. But these meals will be lighter so instead of a salad I’ll eat strawberries, for example.
- I never mix watermelon with anything. A watermelon is a fruit that is digested very fast and easily (like other melons) and I eat it by itself, I don’t mix it with anything else because I don’t want to mess with digestion.
- I don’t mix bananas with strawberries, because when I eat them mixed my stomach hurts. You’d think that there’s no reason for putting fruits in different groups but there actually is. Bananas are in a sweet group and strawberries in acidic. Putting them together might cause problems in your digestive system.
- I don’t drink or eat anything cold, because then my stomach hurts. I mean, watermelon from the fridge is fine but when I blended frozen bananas with some extras (and had something like an ice cream) I later felt pain. I tested that a few more times later and each time was the same so I think that my body got used to normal temperatures.
- We don’t use any salt and any sugar.
- I don’t have an appetite I don’t eat, I don’t force myself to. When I feel worse, I have a cold or something, I don’t force myself to eat either. Rather, I give my body time to recover.
Am I really ruining my health?
I read a lot of comments that I keep ruining my health by eating this way so let me tell you more about what I’ve been experiencing after becoming a raw vegan. Remember though that before that I was vegan for over a year and before that a vegetarian for over ten years so that already made me healthier. If I jumped from vegetarianism straight to raw veganism I’d feel like a newborn probably. But there still were some things (and still are others) that changed a lot and I’m going to talk about them now.
- I have much more energy and I definitely feel that. I don’t sleep much (because of April) and even then I’m able to be active for the whole day. It happens rarely that I think I don’t feel like doing something or going somewhere.
- Skin on my body is smooth and hydrated without using any lotions or oils. Fruits have a lot of water in them which is a big thing here. The only thing that bothers me is that my hands are pretty dry but for that I’m blaming our packing, unpacking and the wheater.
- Also, skin on my face has some kind of a glow that I didn’t have earlier. It’s easy to see that it’s healthy.
- I have totally painless and very light periods. A while ago I had to take pain killers and I’d have one ibuprofen in the morning, one before bed and I still felt pain. Later when I stopped taking meds (and I did it, despite what you think, for health) I literally suffered for the first two days. After becoming raw vegan all the pains went away and the only symptom of upcoming period is a bigger appetite. Earlier I’d have mood swings, cramps, my back would hurt, my face would break out, I was bloated. Now nothing like this happens. Often (but not always) I use liners instead of pads and they’re enough. Remember that painful and very heavy periods aren’t normal! And if someones throws up, gets dizzy and things like that those are good reasons to worry.
- My nails are much stronger. They don’t break, grow faster. The same with hair – grows faster and it’s shiner than before.
- This might seem weird but I see better. I mean, I never had problems with eyes but now everything seems sharper and color are more saturated. I really see a difference and I know that I’m not the only one.
- I don’t cause any inflammation, bloating, gas, stomach or head aches, heaviness, I don’t raise levels of blood sugar and cholesterol. Everything is on the levels it’s supposed to be.
- I don’t get sick. This changed after I became a vegan – I stopped getting sick. This whole time (around a year and a half I think, or even two years) I was sick twice and it was just a cold that went away fast. Note that I didn’t take any meds.
- I have a flat stomach that I don’t have to work for! At the same time my hips are rounded so I’m not emaciated.
I know that the longer I eat this way the clearer my body will be and the better I’ll feel!
Not that long ago I had a blood work and I wanted to show you my results so that you’ll see I don’t have any deficiencies. You can enlarge pictures by clicking on them..
If you get rid of unhealthy fats, sugars and other weird things your body mass will obviously drop. Starting a healthy vegan diet itself will cause some pounds to drop, you’ll feel and look better. But I’m talking here about a healthy veganism because unhealthy one is a totally different story. However, just stopping eating animal products will cause your weight to move.
I lost 9 kg (20 lbs) and BMI says that I’m underweight and I… feel great, I don’t get sick, I look good (but it’s just a matter of what you like), I go to the gym and yes I’m growing muscles even without drinking protein shakes. I think that my body reached the optimal weight that is the right one for it because now it’s not going down anymore.
If I went to visit someone and this person would make a salad with beets or carrots in it I’d probably eat it unless I wasn’t hungry. When we went in a Moroccan restaurant I tried a few things. I had some cooked eggplant and beets. If I go to a restaurant with someone I specifically ask about everything even about salads because they seem fine but they might not be. But I also always take some food with me wherever I go just in case.
When I was in Poland it was hard for me to live on fruits because everything was so unripe… Totally yellow bananas that I had to wait a long time to ripen. So I ate some hummus, pita bread, some veggies but I don’t remember now what I had in it. I also bought a bread made of seeds and I ate it with tomatoes.
Now, like I said, during winter time I eat differently. More salads, raw crackers, I drink coconut water to stay well hydrated. Today I threw away one more watermelon and I give up for now because I just waste money. It’ll change in spring but it’s the way it is for now and I don’t have a big problem with it, however, I miss fresh fruits. We sometimes add pinto beans to salads, it even happens that we add some couscous too. Once in a while I’ll eat bread to satisfy my cravings (no kidding, breads are addictive, read about it) but that’s all, I don’t feel anything else positive about it and I don’t think that I bring any nutritional value by having a piece of bread at all.
When I eat something different I make sure that there’s no tons of sugar or salt in it and if there’s salt I make sure it’s just a little bit. If someone made a salad with tomatoes and salt I wouldn’t eat it.
On my list of things I don’t want to eat are, for example, all pickled stuff, broccoli, mushroom, onion, potatoes and more.
You know what’s interesting? Even when you buy cashews that are labeled as “raw” they’re usually not raw because raw cashews are toxic for humans. And it’s the same way with other kinds but I’m not sure if all. Why to experiment with something that in its raw form is toxic? You wouldn’t eat a toadstool, would you?
That’s why we limit eating nuts to minimum. We have some in our pantry but we don’t use them often. Once in a while I’ll make something with them like a sauce for zucchini noodles, I always soak them first for the whole night.
I don’t think that vegetables aren’t healthy. I also don’t think that they cause sicknesses either. However, it’s a fact that it takes longer and it’s harder to digest them that it takes to digest fruits and some of them (like corn) aren’t digested at all, most of them cause bloating, gas, stomachaches. Also, they don’t have nothing that fruits won’t give me. That’s why I decided to exclude them from my diet. I want to eat what my body will be able to digest with no problem. Only cooked veggies would be easier to do so but cooking, frying and baking in high temperatures cause toxin production that disturb intestinal flora and this leads to a lot of diseases like colon cancer. Also, while digesting products cooked in a temperature that’s higher than 45 Celsius (113 F) it causes white blood cells to jump up which leads to higher levels of inflammation and this leads to a lot of diseases as well. Is it worth it? In my opinion, no.
Talk to you next time!
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