Going fully raw or even raw till 4pm is not as easy as I experienced going vegan. I have wanted to eat raw for quite a while but failed miserably at it for the first two months. I kept craving sugar and salt and warm food – especially since I found myself in the depths Cape Town’s winter. Also, I kept feeling hungry ALL the time and couldn’t understand why.
However, instead of giving up I continued to motivate myself. Every single day I would watch vlogs from Tanny Raw, Fully Raw Kristina and Freelee the Banana Girl and also source different raw vegan recipes on the internet. The more I consumed the right information, the more I craved the lifestyle and the easier it became to eat raw. I started to incorporate it slowly with one raw meal a day – either a fruit platter, a smoothie, a zoodle pasta, or a salad and as the days went by I added more raw meals to my diet.
Today (still in the depths of winter) I can eat raw vegan meals with ease. Some days I will eat fully raw and other days I will eat raw till four and I absolutely adore it. I just find myself craving purity and exercise – the healthier I eat, the more energy I have and the healthier I crave to be. I used to be quite a coffee addict and even though I still like a cuppa in the morning, I have started cutting out coffee during the course of the day and replacing it with fresh water. I used to hate water. The best part is, I eat a shit-load and I keep shedding weight. My parents are completely amused by the fact that I would consume half a pineapple and three bananas for breakfast. No jokes – and that is only one of my four to six meals a day. I weighed myself this week and I lost two kilograms without even trying.
The trick is not to withhold anything from your body – do what works for you and be patient. I love a cup of warm tea and there is no way I am going to cut it out, but I opt for herbal teas with no added soy-milk or sugar. I also still have an alcoholic drink or two over weekends (yup I’m a party girl) and I also eat a vegan pizza or an Oreo when I really feel like it. But like I said, the longer you eat raw, the less your body wants it. I am sitting next to a box of Oreos right now and I honestly won’t touch it – earlier I had a dinner of lovely raw zoodles (zucchini noodles) with a fresh tomato base sauce and a raw date ball for dessert. It filled me up completely and I just don’t have the appetite for the creamy chocolate biscuits staring at me.
There are load of talks on the internet on the pros and cons of this lifestyle. Some love it, others curse it. I do what makes me happy and healthy. At the moment I am following a HCLF vegan lifestyle and I look and feel amazing – I have a ton of energy, a healthy body, a peaceful mind and a flat belly. This lifestyle really is worth trying and I encourage you not to give up if you are struggling. I too still watch the vlogs on a daily basis to be inspired by these raw foodies. Hopefully I will be an inspiring raw foodie someday and I will have a string of newbies following me.