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I would say I’m about 85 to 90% raw foods vegan.
People always ask me one of two questions:
1. Are you getting enough protein?
2. Isn’t your diet too restrictive?
Well… the two questions may vary from person-to-person but it’s basically the same issue concerning “protein” and “restrictive”.
So, let’s analyze this:
I’m vegan so I’ve basically given up all animal foods.
And I eat primarily raw foods so that eliminates foods that are cooked.
What do I avoid?
Eggs, dairy products, meats, fish and poultry. And anything that’s cooked.
What can I eat?
Apples, oranges, bananas, grapefruit, radishes, papaya, mangos, watermelon, broccoli, spinach, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, tangerines, jicama, celery, orange juice, avocados, apple juice, pineapples, honeydew, cantalope, blueberries, blackberries, red cabbage, limes, lemons, grapes, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, dates, raisins, cilantro, basil, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, daikon sprouts, soy milk, almond milk….
Okay, you all get the picture. hehe… there is still a large variety of foods I can eat being a raw foods vegan.
I also use extra-virgin olive oil (which is pressed), and I do eat only one type of bread that is multi-grain sprouted bread (which is baked). I also use veganaise (a vegan version of mayonaise), and I do drink red wine on occasion (which is fermented grapes). And sometimes I will eat tofu (which is initially boiled).
So I haven’t gone 100% raw just yet, but I am a strict vegan. And by strict I really mean that I avoid all animal products, but in the diet sense of the word I am by no means restricted. I can still eat a LOT of foods within the raw vegan kingdom.
As far as protein is concerned. I’ve done enough research to see that the body assembles amino acids into protein. And protein and the 8 essential amino acids can be found in a variety of plant foods. A big concern among vegans is the need for vitamin B12 which is found in meat, but is also available in soybeans, barley, and spinach. Another concern is omega-3 fatty acids typically found in fish, which can be found in flaxseed oil, and dark green leafy vegetables.
The main objective however is how one feels. I’m feeling more energy. And so much more lighter. I feel more… alive… by eating primarily raw, live foods that still have their enzymes intact to aid in digestion.
If I were a meateater I’d still eat primarily raw foods because of their benefits. And I’d probably stick to raw animal foods such as sashimi and some raw sushi.
But, so far I’m happy being a raw foods vegan.