Growing up I was a carnivore. If you set a plate in front of me I would eat the meat and leave everything else. I survived off of a diet consisting mainly of meat and liters of Coca Cola. Towards the end of 2008 I was traveling extensively for work but I made a radical change and adopted a raw vegetarian diet. I had read an incredible list of benefits and decided I wanted that. True to form I just jumped in cold turkey. On October 23,2008 I weighed 224 lbs, I did a master cleanse detox, then started eating raw.
Some observations about a raw vegetarian diet:
- It is probably best not to go cold turkey and ease your way into it.
- It is almost impossible to get fast food so be prepared and plan ahead.
- When you first start it sometimes helps to create raw versions of cooked foods you liked.
- Your taste buds change over time and you start to taste differences in vegetables that you didn’t even know existed.
- Once I had been raw for a while, creating replicas of cooked food lost some of its appeal and I just enjoyed eating the raw vegetables.
Different people have different views on being raw. Some are hyper vigilant, to avoid the potential toxins contained in processed foods, some maintain a 80% raw diet. I generally maintain 100% raw with occasional lapses to cooked vegetarian for individual meals.
Going cold turkey was not a good idea and I ended up restarting my raw diet in a more gradual way using The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss (Raw Food Series).
There were times at business meetings where I didn’t maintain raw. For these times I consumed raw priobotics before, during, and after the meal. I can honestly say that I had some of the most incredible cooked vegetarian food that I have ever eaten during some of those events. At one steak restaurant the waiter told the chef that I was vegetarian. The chef created a root vegetable plate from ingredients that he had in the kitchen that to this day no one has matched.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed being raw vegetarian. As of July 31 2008 I weighed 170 lbs, I had energy and a type of mental clarity that it is hard to describe. Despite the benefits it was a lot of work and inconvenient. I was the only one in my household that was raw vegetarian for the majority of the time. There are a lot of raw dishes and recipes that you can make, but they generally yield more than one serving and much of the nutritional benefit is lost if not consumed in a short period.