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We Tried RAW Veganism!

Updated: Aug 10, 2018


What's raw veganism? What did we eat? How did we feel? Keep reading and find out.

I've been vegan a few months now and I've been able to find an awesome repertoire of simple and yummy whole foods plant-based meals to eat on a daily basis. I follow a lot of cool vegan bloggers on different social media platforms, and I've recently been exposed the concept of RAW veganism (ex: FullyRawKristina).


What is Raw Veganism?

This is a form of veganism which excludes the use of food and products of animal origin (obviously), as well as any food that has been cooked over around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If there's anything I love it's a little change and a challenge, so my friend Kat (who is also vegan) and I decided to try eating entirely raw for the August long weekend. We did meal planning in advance, went grocery shopping on the Friday and started eating raw on Saturday morning.

So... What Did You Eat?

Day 1

Breakfast: Green smoothie bowl (spinach, pineapple, banana, dragonfruit, cashew milk)

Lunch: 1/2 (very) large watermelon

Dinner: Collard green burritos with lentil walnut taco 'meat'

Dessert: A truckload of cherries and half-frozen mangos


Day 2

Breakfast: Green smoothie bowl

Lunch: 1/2 large watermelon

Dinner: Garden salad and raw falafel style patties

Dessert: Raspberry nice cream


Day 3

Breakfast: Chia seed pudding with fresh fruit

Lunch: 1/2 large watermelon

Dinner: Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with homemade avocado pesto

Dessert: More mangos

Perks

I honestly had a lot of fun trying this out! I learned that I eat a lot of raw meals by default, but eating three raw meals a day was definitely a change from the norm. In some ways eating raw vegan was almost easier. Making meals was really easy and quick and there was no cooking required at al, meaning all of the meals were ready within under 15 minutes (all I had to do for lunch was cut a watermelon in half)!

It's been really warm here in Edmonton the last few weeks, so we really did this (accidentally) at the perfect time because Kat's garden was full of vegetables, the fruit at the store was in season and it was too hot to use the oven or stove anyways. Eating super fresh, whole foods tasted like more of a treat than a sacrifice and I consistently went to bed feeling super satiated.


Downsides


Although I felt incredible for those few days, there were a few reasons why I didn't feel like continuing to eat like this was sustainable long term:

  1. I found it was definitely more expensive to eat this way. I normally only spend 40$ for an entire week of groceries, but all the products needed for just my raw vegan cost just as much as my usual weekly grocery h