THE FINAL STEP TO RAW!
Here is the 6th part of a 6 part series on transitioning to a raw food diet from the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Eliminate any seafood from your diet. It should be easier now that you have found so many new raw and vegan recipes by learning more about the raw vegan diet. In addition, double check that you are not eating any other animal based products. Also, many in the raw food community abstain from alcohol and tobacco. If you have made it this far, you no doubt gave up those a while ago. CONGRATULATIONS! By now you should be feeling great, have had no detox problems, and have lost some weight while gaining energy.
PREVIOUS STEPS TOWARDS RAW
Part 1: For the next month, stop drinking coffee, milk, soda, fruit juice etc. The only thing you should drink is good old water. Bottled, iced, filtered, tap, cold, warm, it does not matter, just drink water. Replace all your other drinks entirely. Also, make sure you drink a MINIMUM of 48 ounces per day. You may not think this is a big deal, but wait and see your results at the end of the month!
Part 2: For the next month, continue with Part 1 and in addition eliminate beef and pork from your diet. Sorry folks, no more ribs, bacon or burgers. You can continue to eat fish and chicken, but try not to substitute for beef, just continue eating your normal amount. Instead of beef try substituting nuts, seeds, and vegetables. This is an important and powerful step that will get you much closer to eating raw and vegan if you can get through the next month!
Part 3: For the next month, continue with Parts 1 and 2. In addition, eliminate cheese and sour cream from your diet. This will help you with your digestive track, and will also help eliminate a lot of salt from your diet. In addition to these changes, incorporate some form of daily exercise above and beyond your normal daily routine. If you already work out 2 to 4 days per week, include some light exercise on your days off. This can include walking to run errands when you would usually drive etc, as well as taking stairs instead of elevators.
Part 4: For the next month, continue with Parts 1, 2, and 3. You should be getting better at this by now. Remember, even though we are approaching Winter, it is still important to stay hydrated. Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day. This is especially important for the next step. Eliminate all processed and cooked grains and sugars. No more bread, pasta, and especially desserts. This may be the hardest step of all. If you can't eliminate 100%, do your best, especially with the baked goods, cakes and pies! If you find yourself getting the munchies for baked goods, substitute fruit and nuts in moderation and drink more water!
Part 5: For the next month, continue with Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. You should be getting much, much, better at this by now, as well as feeling great. Remember, even though we are now in the dead of Winter, it is still important to stay hydrated. Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day. Eliminate eggs and chicken at this step. This will take you most of the way to being vegan and healthy. This transitioning should not be too difficult for you, because you should be used to filling up, and being satisfied with fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, as well as having learned some great raw and vegan recipes! There is a new one below!
Keep up the good work. You are doing great!
THIS MONTH'S RECIPE!
Vegan Protein Pudding:
Enjoy this raw vegan protein pudding post workout!
1 medium ripe avocado
raw almond butter - 3 Tbsp
1 scoop of vegan chocolate protein powder
stevia to taste
water as required
Place peeled avocado in a small bowl (if hand mixing) or a food processor. Add a small amount of water and the almond butter. Mix or process until smooth. Add stevia to taste and water if too thick. Serves 2 (unless you're really hungry after working out!) Dense and filling, don't go crazy!
RAW FOOD NEWS!
The Power of Live Foods by Dr. Gabriel Cousens!
AN IMPORTANT QUESTION ANSWERED
Often I am asked about whether or not I am 100% Raw. The answer is no. On occasion, I steam my vegetables, and on occasion I eat salmon. Sometimes I have oatmeal. I am often asked by others if they should be 100% raw or that they are having trouble staying 100% raw. Let us keep in mind the big picture. If you are eating this way for your health, you want to be as much raw and vegan as is practical. But you do not want to make yourself feel guilty about eating if you occasionally do not. Nor do you want to isolate yourself from the company of good friends and never go out to dinner with them, worrying about if a crouton is hidden in your salad somewhere. This is LIFE! Do your best! Enjoy your life, and finally, THERE ARE NO RAW FOOD POLICE!
So despite the fact that you proved to yourself that you can do it by following the 6 steps above, you must now adapt. Adapt to a healthy high percentage raw vegan lifestyle that makes sense for YOU!
Until next month....
To Your Health!