So, this happened. And no, they won't get you high. Just "high on life." Sweet Mary, who am I?
First, please know that I am in no way an expert on the raw vegan lifestyle. What I will share here is my own experience. Please check with your doctor before attempting any kind of (disclaimer-don't-sue-me) diet or lifestyle change, etc. You know what I'm saying. Don't be a dick about it.
My favorite foods have always been mashed potatoes and glazed old-fashioned doughnuts. And pancakes. And dulce de leche ice cream. And chicken fried steak. And pie. Oh, man, the pie. The decision to eat raw vegan was not something I came by naturally.
Last time I had my cholesterol checked it was a tad high. I'm saying "a tad" because I don't remember the actual numbers, but I will find out. My doctor told me then that the best thing I could do to avoid cholesterol medication would be to lose the twenty pounds I had put on over the last few years. Instead, I gained ten more. I have always had digestive problems and food sensitivities. I have low energy problems and drink buckets of coffee - with cream, heavy cream.
I heard that eating raw vegan would lower my cholesterol, help my body find its natural, most healthy weight, give me more energy, and make me feel great. (And animals are nice and maybe didn't want to be eaten?) First, I eliminated the cream in my coffee. It was a sad goodbye, but after a couple of weeks, I got used to it. Next, I cut way back on eating meat. Then, I took it down to just fish. On March 14 (2014) I dove in and went raw vegan. I could have made a slower transition but I was ready so I just woke up one day and did it.
My people have had questions, so many questions. I will attempt to answer them on this blog. Most of the raw vegan-centric websites I have visited lay out somewhat complicated menus and recipes that require a lot of prep and a dehydrator, a Vitamix, and a Cuisinart. I'm not getting that fancy just yet, so I will let you know what I'm actually eating in a (lazy, small appliance-less) day.
Just to kick start this thing I'll tell you that in a month, I have lost my cravings for sugar, have more energy and drink less coffee, and I have lost 11 pounds without ever being hungry. I feel like kind of a bad ass. And it wasn't hard.