A healthy diet is super important to me. I’m of the opinion that what you eat affects your thinking, your emotional well-being, and energy levels. I’ve been vegetarian for about 3 years already and haven’t had a craving for meat since, and I feel great and haven’t had a stomach bug in years. I haven’t had a cold, fever, or virus either. I plunged into the vegan lifestyle until I lived in India where I wanted to try their dairy-dense cuisine. Since then it’s been hard to cut down the dairy products and be vegan again.
I follow a few raw vegan advocates on Youtube such as FullyRaw Kristina, Tannyraw, the Fruitarian (an ultrarunner who wins 100+ mile races on a diet of fruits and veggies) for a few years. They say that a diet of raw fruits and vegetables is the diet for optimal health. No cooked foods, no animal products, just raw fruits and veggies. This is a bit extreme lifestyle, but I understand from how they look and their wellness that a diet of nutrient-rich living fruits and vegetables can rejuvinate the body and give the body enough nutrients to heal itself.
I’ve incorporated some of their recipes in my diet. I drink a huge green fruit smoothie for breakfast with pineapples, bananas, spinach, parsley, and lime juice. I’ve tried some of their delicious raw dressings for salads, and even stuffed bell peppers. They were all tasty, but don’t don’t really keep me full so I have to eat some bread to fill my stomach. Nevertheless, this lifestyle is intriguing to me and I’ve been thinking about trying out more recipes that are raw vegan. Believe it or not, there are so many different meals that can be created from just fruits and veggies.
This is a move away form the Standard American Diet (the SAD diet). Here are some SAD statistics:
It’s no wonder that we have an obesity epidemic. The foods commonly accepted in our culture are detrimental to our health. Pizzas, fried foods, and sodas. I’ve been a part of this too, I love chocolate birthday cake, fries, and donuts. It’s all delicious but I feel bad and heavy after eating them. I’ve made a few efforts to cut the junk food.. I cut out my daily Starbucks mocha latte habit and reduced my craving for sugary pastries that I picked up in college. It’s all about eliminating one thing at a time.
I’ll update later on how I feel after I add more fruits and veggies into my diet. It might be difficut mentally and physically, but my body will be so happy that it’s getting whole nutrient-rich foods.