Going 100% Raw Vegan

I love the energy that raw fruits and vegetables provide.  

Karen McCarville has asked me to take the plunge and go 100% raw vegan as a healing tool for the next few months. (In winter, she will advise me back to warmer, heavier foods.)

And I hesitated to post on this, because I don't know if I can pull it off.  Any time you eat "counter culturally" it is difficult.  I still have business lunches.  I will still travel.  And yet, something in me knows that this is what I need to do next.  But there is accountability in putting it out there and so I am.

For the next few months, just raw fruits and vegetables. ( If anything in you is asking, "but where will she get her protein?" you haven't seen the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead with Joe Cross and the transformations that happen when eating a diet of just raw fruits and veggies.)

I said at the beginning of this that I was willing to be scientist, lab and rat...

I've been doing this for a week, and so far so good.  Raw fruits--when eaten by themselves--are easy to digest and release immediate energy, so it has been interesting to see how my body responds to it.  I'm also limiting my fats (avocados, olive oil, etc)  to the evenings when my body has time to break them down overnight.

Of course the real test will be if I can do several months of this and if it has the desired effect of reversing some of the deterioration that comes with aging.  I've experimented with the raw vegan lifestyle before and have found it difficult to maintain, but having a coach who lives like this helps.

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Why this quest? 

I had terrible asthma as a kid.  I was hospitalized a lot.  Had my lungs collapse.  Had a big oxygen tank in my room.  Get the picture?  The drugs I was given had terrible side effects and no one was ever able to actually heal me.  Even when I started my current day job, sometimes I would have to bring a nebulizer to work.  Then I read a Marilu Henner's The 30 Day Total Health Makeover and followed the dietary changes.  Not only did the way I look change, but my health changed.

Getting off dairy had a profound impact on my asthma.  Not only that but sinus infections disappeared. 

I continue to believe that food is a huge factor in healing. It is the fuel that our body burns.  It is the building material used for cells.

Currently, I am dealing with issues my mom had starting at my age: gallbladder, circulation problems, excess weight around the middle.  I want to know if there are nutritional solutions that can help these challenges. The research says this will make a difference.  Now to see if I can execute.


© Random Cathy
Maira Gall