My Raw Vegan Journey Day 5: The End… and a New Beginning
Good Morning Everyone!
I’m writing this blog post as the creative inspiration has hit, so forgive me if I gush. Yesterday was my final day being raw vegan. I spent the better part of the day nursing my lethargic body back to health. This gave me time to finish another great book, “Love & Gelato” by: Jenna Evans Welch. I highly recommend it! But over and over all day I asked myself, “why did I go raw vegan in the first place?”. I was so frustrated feeling like a limp noodle. Yes, I need to lose weight, and I am. But the reason had to be deeper then that. I’m the type of person that if something is wrong with me I go into over-drive trying to find the answer. I can be a bit of a hypochondriac. I take my vitals and record them diligently. I analyze my condition and assess what the next possible move should be. Condition: my body was feeling lethargic. Is it blood sugar being too low? Could it be restless sleep? Perhaps my muscles were fatigued from walking 5 miles a day? One by one I began tackling my possible solutions. As I began rounding out my meals with simple carbohydrates and my energy returned, my emotions calmed down as well. It was then that I realized why I began raw veganism in the first, and why I want to lose weight so badly: I want more time.
Isn’t that why we all diet? It’s not like we enjoy it! We want to live longer. We want one more hour, one more day, just a few more precious minutes with the ones we love in this lifetime. No one knows what happens after we die, but here and now we are living. That much is certain. So we cling with every fiber of our being to this life and try to make something of it. It’s why bucket lists are so popular. Why people travel constantly and yearn to see more of the world. Time is infinite but we are not. It’s that simple.
I paused mid-bite of my vegan “cheezy” noodles with this ah-ha moment. We diet because we want to feel well. Then we hope to take that time and run with it. But the fact of the matter is that I didn’t feel well being a raw vegan! I began to wonder why. Mr. Noob Chef also got headaches but he didn’t experience the lethargy like I did. The answer was that he has a stomach, and I do not. Being a raw vegan you pack in as much nutrition as you can. You don’t need to count calories, and yes, you do have a burst of energy at the beginning as you “cleanse”. But the body needs balance. Having a gastric bypass pouch I already have malabsorption obstacles. None of these things crossed my mind before I tried out this diet.
So while I was eating to the best of my ability… it simply wasn’t enough nutrients. I had headaches. I felt lethargic. I began to panic. Then I ate some carbs and felt loads better. This diet isn’t for everyone and it certainly isn’t for me. Having a pouch for a stomach, I need certain balanced meals to keep my body happy. Mr. Noob Chef, on the other hand, has a normal stomach and had his own thoughts about the experience. “Buying tons of produce can get pricey” he said, “and it was difficult having to graze/snack on fruits, nuts, and berries all day as opposed to having a set meal during my lunch hour at work. That was difficult”.
So there you have it folks! We tried it, and my hat is off to anyone who can do raw veganism… but for me, well, for us… that’s a wrap! Stay tuned for more recipes and until next time everyone, keep on cooking! ❤