View Full Version : Were you vegan before going raw?
01-14-2006, 10:10 PM
Just wondering who has gone from vegan to raw vs people that have gone raw & vegan at the same time.
I can see that there are specific challenges to doing it both ways, maybe more in doing raw & vegan at the same time. Anyone have any experience to share?
01-14-2006, 10:32 PM
I went from vegetarian to vegan/raw at the same time. It's been three weeks and I love it. I would like to get a dehydrator to make some crackers in.
01-14-2006, 10:40 PM
I stopped eating meat a year ago. I was vegetarian for about a week, then went to vegan. I'm doing raw now. I have had some sestbacks lately but I'm hoping to get myself into a better frame of mind/spirit and get back to 100% raw.
This is my second attempt to be 100% raw for life. I was on a high protein-very low carb program again through last October and decided it was all wrong, so switched to raw vegan in one day and never looked back. I feel better now than I have in 20 years. Being raw is much easier this time as I knew what to expect.
01-14-2006, 11:18 PM
I've been a vegetarian for about 20 years. Most of that time I've been vegan, with a few slips along the way.
So I was a cooked vegan going into raw vegan almost 3 years ago. I think it was a very easy transition as I was not eating any typical SAD foods for so long that I did not miss them!
01-15-2006, 08:53 AM
I went coldturkey.
The last night before I jumped into raw I ate a big fat porterhouse and washed it down with a bottle of Claret.
I'll never go back to the dark side.
My thanks to the academy and my raw friends.
Special shout out to:
And evryone who worked on the film, paramount studios,my publicist.......
01-15-2006, 08:56 AM
I was a vegan for 9 years before going raw 4 months ago. I have wanted to try it for years.
01-15-2006, 10:10 AM
I had been a vegetarian for quite some time before going vegan. After being vegan I advanced into a fruitarian (which therefore made me a raw foodist as I only consumed raw fresh fruits). I then started to explore as I was interested in more of a cultural type of diet that allowed me to do some artistic stuff. So for me it was....
Vegetarian > Vegan > Fruitarian > Vegan Raw Foodist
01-15-2006, 11:49 AM
Never vegan before raw but been a vegetarian for 15 years since and jumped straight to the raw-vegan wagon! Its been a good ride since and never looked back.
01-15-2006, 09:41 PM
Interesting. My path was
vegie (8yrs) > vegan (4yrs) > SAD (1yr) > Raw (week 2 yeehaw!)
that year of SAD really did me in. I was trying a high protein low carb very wisconsin (cheese & milk) diet plus with life stress, OI! I"m glad to be on the raw journey finally.
01-15-2006, 10:03 PM
raw with dairy
then finally raw with dairy
raw no dairy (today) :)
01-16-2006, 09:29 AM
I became a vegetarian about 11 years ago....
then vegan about 5 years ago...
and 2 years ago I learned about raw. I started to incorporate some raw foods into my vegan diet, like more salads.
About a year ago, I went to a very-high-raw-vegan lifestyle. Which is where I continue to be...
It was a slow process, but I feel I finally reached my happy place!
I was not vegan, and since I eat honey now, I probably still am not.
I ate a turkey burger the night before I went 100% raw 8 1/2 weeks ago.
I've been vegetarian since I was a child and I've been wanting to go vegan for at least the last 5 years but unable to keep to it.
Going raw has made me vegan too -- yippee! -- and I couldn't be happier -- though I am a honey-eating vegan at the moment (as indeed most vegans in the UK always used to be). I always get raw honey produced by bees who also share the honey, though.
01-16-2006, 11:40 AM
SAD Sad SAD sad SAD... clean SAD... but sad.... whole food SAD... quit doing diary before raw due to girly problems that someone said would go away if I omitted dairy, and it did. Then went raw after that. I still eat honey too. and use leather and wool. So I guess I am not a die hard vegan.
01-19-2006, 05:58 PM
I was all the way SAD baby. I never thought I could do without meat. I mean NO MEAT! I was always shocked at those who were vegetarians. I just decided to do it. Funny thing for me is that is has not been hard at all. Meat really turns me off and is gross now. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. When I was SAD I ate very little fruit because of the sugar content and how it could make you gain weight. I was always resentful about that. Now I feel very happy to eat the food I have always loved straight from mother nature! I eat tons of greens ans still not too much fruit. But I'm going to start eating more fruit that I love. :p
01-19-2006, 06:58 PM
my mantra 12 years ago became "break your link in the food chain , no other creature is born for my purpose " . at that time i had spent the previous 35 years of my current body span as a basic creature matter , potatoes and bread eater . then i quit all creature products , reading the labels of everything making sure they were only plant or mineral derived . no leather , no bar soap made of cattle fat (that was a shock to find out) , no bread with milk or butter or honey , etc.. then i steadily weeded out all human concoctions such as cookies , cake , pop , munchies , etc til i got to only raw or cooked (boiled , baked or steamed . no frying) simple plant matter . things like brown rice , dry beans , boiled and baked potatoe , oats , seeds , nuts , salad , bananas , etc .. then over past 5 years ive been going back and forth from mostly raw to all raw to mostly cooked , and time after time quitting salt . the big thing in my fluxuations is that all of my friends and family are sad and they keep cheering me on to "slowly suffocate my body off my soul " with them by eating chips , pop , pasta (vegan version ), etc with them . when you hear the people you most love and respect tell you you need a good hot meal and some salt on your food etc it makes you start to think that all the raw foodist are wrong and you revolt . but finally past 5 months ive been all raw except when i broke down in december and ate some dry beans and brown rice because i was freezing every day and hoped that would warm me up . it did for a while but it also made me very sleepy as all the cooked mush sat in my guts smoldering / suffocating cells . so the 5 months raw along with a 10 and 16 day mainly water fast taught me that when i eat cooked i have way less energy , so now i know for myself the facts and cant be wavered off my opinion by any sads . but its like i hear alot of RAWVEE"S (my term for raw vegan) say "going into raw foodism is a journey " and im not gonna try to predict the future , i dont know if i can stay all raw because of cooked vegan things i obsess on . but its what i intend to do , here on my rawvee journey .
01-19-2006, 07:23 PM
Iv'e been pretty much 100% raw vegan for about 4 weeks. I've slipped up a couple of times and dived for the vegetable sushi, (once the crab kind because that is all they had), but I discovered that it was the seaweed that I wanted and not the rice or crab. (I already knew that though).
Maybe you are still missing something in your diet that had you craving those things you slipped up on. Maybe it is just a matter of time before you discover what it is that had you going for the beans and you'll be able to get some more of that nutrient.
It has been preety much a craving free ride for me although it has been only four weeks. I guess if you slip up again maybe you can try to think of what nutrients are in the item you crave and see if you can find a vegan source for it.
01-19-2006, 08:57 PM
thats a good angle to see it from , determine what the cooked plant matter substances i crave are formed from then look for raw sources that are high in same substances . then really overload on said raw sources in an effort to totally eliminate cravings . with your kind of input my raw journey is turning into a vacation . thanx
01-19-2006, 09:12 PM
I went from a SAD diet to 100% Raw over night on Jan 1, 06. Had a lot of gastrointestinal problems at first. Now I feel great.
01-19-2006, 10:09 PM
I was a vegan for 5 years prior to going raw in late April of 2004. But if there is such a thing as a SAD vegan, that was me. For although I ate no flesh food or dairy products I consumed alot of sweets (cookies, soy ice cream, soy veggie "meat"...etc) that made me just as unhealthy (maybe worse) than most flesh eaters.
One of the many benefits for me since going raw is that the sweet tooth is totally gone. I no longer crave the sweet junk I was consuming before. That was the biggest battle and once it was conquered, my health soared and my body got into the type of shape I hadn't had since high school (and its continually improving!)..
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