The truth behind a vegan raw food diet

by kdillmanjones

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I wish I could say there is a horrible, dark side to the vegan raw diet. I wish I could reveal massively unhealthy side effects. I wish I had some reason to abandon it.

The truth is, I don’t.

The truth is, raw vegan food makes me feel great (and that’s saying a lot when I’m in forced hibernation during this arctic storm). I have more energy, less heaviness weighing me down, and, ironically, it’s making me think about food less. If I know I’m not going to snack on junk food at night, I don’t even think about it. It’s been removed from my radar.

That said, I’m hoping to get my raw food ratio closer to  3/4 than 2/3. We are stuck indoors in -11 degree temps, and so I’m a.) eating up leftovers in my fridge and b.) waiting for my mangoes and bananas to ripen (and can’t really get out to the grocery store in the meantime). I’m hoping that meeting the 3/4 goal (75% of my diet being raw and vegan) during this challenge will get easier. It certainly would have been more convenient to try this during farmer’s market season.

My only concern is getting adequate Vitamin B12, but even that can be addressed through a supplement. (Thanks, Amazon.) But to be fair, I might eventually read Michael Pollan’s most recent book, Cooked. I hear from a friend that he makes good arguments for why we need cooked food. We’ll see, Michael Pollan, we’ll see.

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profile from Dec 2012Kristin D. Jones writes fiction and non-fiction among the rivers and forests of northern Illinois. Her first novel, Goddess Grove, is available on Amazon.