It’s trendy to be a raw vegan. It’s uber chic to embrace the movement. A niche branch of veganism, raw veganism is catching on with one and all that look for a healthier lifestyle.
What is it about?
Being a raw vegan implies consuming farm fresh, raw, unprocessed, vegan food bereft of any dairy or animal products. But it’s not all raw. Raw foodies also eat certain food which is cooked, but not heated beyond 46C or 110F. The movement believes heating food beyond this specified temperature leads to the loss of key vitamins and enzymes. In a raw vegan diet, food is ‘’cooked’’ by way of blending, juicing or through the process of dehydrating.
What does it include?
- Veggies and fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Roots, sprouts, herbs and raw spices
- Herbal teas and juices
- And also raw vegan breads, pastas, crackers and cookies!
A raw vegan diet provides necessary vitamins, fibre, nutrients and antioxidants. Moreover, being minimal in salts and sugars, it is said to aid in weight loss, promote heart health, balance sugar levels, promote digestion and gut and kidney health.
A diet dense in veggies, fruits, sprouts and nuts can also have possible drawbacks. We list out a few…
- You have to invest in a food processor, juicer/blender and a dehydrator. This can be an expensive affair for some people.
- The raw vegan diet can turn out to be inadequate in the long run in the intake of calcium, iron, proteins, vitamin B12, etc. This implies raw foodies need to take regular nutraceuticals and supplements.
- Eating raw food may in some cases lead to indigestion, as cooking food the right way actually aids in digestion.
Make a Small Start
The benefits surely seem to outweigh the drawbacks. You can start small and adopt this diet step-by-step…
- Eat more fruits and raw veggie salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Substitute the lack of dairy and animal products with legumes, beans, sprouts and nut milk and soy milk.
- Cook rice, cereals and lentils the traditional way in a pot of water, instead of pressure cooking the same.
- Consume more of good fats that are present in avocados and nuts.
- First reduce and gradually eliminate tea (barring herbal teas), alcohol, coffee, processed food, junk food, animal products and dairy.
- Raw vegan food is actually within easy reach. Even a simple yet nutritious idli or multigrain dosa with coconut and herbs chutney is raw vegan.
- Accept that it is not really possible to become 100% raw vegan. What you can do is to embrace the concept as much as possible, wherever and whenever possible.
Eat Right, Live Well & Thrive!