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Raw Foods: The Grand Experiment

Some Favorite Vegan BooksThis mission of being a raw foods vegan is a big experiment for me. I don’t mean to come across as being a preacher of veganism, because in the end, life is like a great big experiment. You try things out and see if they fit your needs. And if it works for you, then by all means, it’s a matter of going with whatever works for you.

So far, after focusing primarily on vegan sandwiches and green leafy salads, drinking carrot juice and sipping soy mochas, I’d have to say that so far I’m feeling “excellent”!

When I say “excellent” I’m not just throwing the word around frivilously. For one, many of you who are longtime readers will recall that many times I’d been suffering from depression and feeling a low self-esteem.

Changing my diet has transformed me in many ways that have impacted me on a very positive level.

Now keep in mind, that I’ve been focused on doing Yoga along with this raw foods vegan diet. And I’m at a point where I definitely don’t crave anything bad… like fast food at McDonalds or a big bag of barbecue potato chips! I am so far from that it’s rather amazing that I’ve lost those cravings.

One thing that I’ve noticed (and I firmly believe this is not my imagination or a placebo effect) is that my level of energy has greatly increased. I have no problems getting through a demanding big band gig and even after the gig I feel like I could play for another 4 hours! The difference in energy level between my old diet and my new one is totally insane! It’s like, I’m feeling 18 again! Seriously…

Anyways, I’ve been very busy in real life, so my online activities have slowed down a bit.

I’m getting ready for the big trip to Europe, and now it’s only 2 weeks away. So, I’m preparing for this 2 week trip as if I was preparing for The Amazing Race. So, just 2 more weeks and we’re off…….



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

12 COMMENTS
  1. annalise

    this is great news! i am glad the new diet works for you! i changed my diet in 2004 and now i eat a lot more veggie (raw and cooked) than before. i feel better than before too. 🙂

  2. annalise

    this is great news! i am glad the new diet works for you! i changed my diet in 2004 and now i eat a lot more veggie (raw and cooked) than before. i feel better than before too. 🙂

  3. myles

    My diet isn’t as clean as a vegan’s, I still eat my raw fish, but ever since I leaned towards more natural and raw foods, I feel more lighter. It’s better to watch my diet while I’m still young.

  4. myles

    My diet isn’t as clean as a vegan’s, I still eat my raw fish, but ever since I leaned towards more natural and raw foods, I feel more lighter. It’s better to watch my diet while I’m still young.

  5. annie

    you’re going to europe? that is GREAT!!!!! have fun there, where are you going by the way?

    i’m a firm believer that whatever you put in your body produces the outcome. so i’m proud of ya for sticking to your diet. it helps you so much, i’m so glad to hear. i’ve noticed that too… lately i’ve been bad and eating stuff i used to eat… but i’ll go back on my raw diet kick again!

  6. annie

    you’re going to europe? that is GREAT!!!!! have fun there, where are you going by the way?

    i’m a firm believer that whatever you put in your body produces the outcome. so i’m proud of ya for sticking to your diet. it helps you so much, i’m so glad to hear. i’ve noticed that too… lately i’ve been bad and eating stuff i used to eat… but i’ll go back on my raw diet kick again!

  7. apparati

    Vacationing used to be about seeing the sites. There were the historical landmarks, the gift shops, and the museae. That’s all changed, now. These days, it’s about the vegetarian restaurants. It can take a whole day to find three good restaurants. And it was always fairly easy to get some meatless food pretty much anywhere (by eating lots of fettucine alfredo, cheese pizza, or eggplant parmasian). Only now, it’s a little bit trickier, because it isn’t so easy to avoid ova (eggs) and mammary gland secretion (milk). I should mention that nearly all my vacations have been in the United States, where most everyone speaks English. I can only imagine struggling to find vegan food, cooked or uncooked, in a foreign country. I hope you’ll post your Euro experiences.

  8. apparati

    Vacationing used to be about seeing the sites. There were the historical landmarks, the gift shops, and the museae. That’s all changed, now. These days, it’s about the vegetarian restaurants. It can take a whole day to find three good restaurants. And it was always fairly easy to get some meatless food pretty much anywhere (by eating lots of fettucine alfredo, cheese pizza, or eggplant parmasian). Only now, it’s a little bit trickier, because it isn’t so easy to avoid ova (eggs) and mammary gland secretion (milk). I should mention that nearly all my vacations have been in the United States, where most everyone speaks English. I can only imagine struggling to find vegan food, cooked or uncooked, in a foreign country. I hope you’ll post your Euro experiences.

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