My Vegan Homeschool buddy, Bonnie, finally succeeded in getting her Omnivore Hubby, Crosby, to go on a Raw Vegan Diet for a week. Together, they lost almost 10 pounds. Bonnie discovered more energy and Crosby discovered he could actually enjoy Raw Vegan foods.
Q: Why did you and hubby decide to go raw? How did you convince your hubby to do it with you?
B – I am Vegan. I want to drop a few pounds and thought I would with a raw diet. I also think it is the most healthy way to eat.
C- Just to see if it would make me feel better. I have ulcerative colitis and wondered if a raw diet would improve my condition.
Q: For how long did you eat just raw foods?
B- 100% for 7 days. Now probably 90%
C- 100% for 6 days. Now 10%
Q: How did you feel?
B – I feel better after having lost a few pounds. I always have more energy when I am on a raw diet. I don’t get that afternoon slump and sleep better at night.
C – I was tired the first 4 days, then I felt the way I normally feel.
Q: What was the best day?
B – I didn’t really have a best day.
C – The best day was when I no longer felt hungry. Probably day 3.
Q: What was the worst day?
B – I didn’t have a worst day.
C - Day 2. I was hungry and tired.
Q: What did you crave that was raw during the whole process?
B – I really enjoyed bananas and dates.
C – Avocados and nuts.
Q: What did you crave that was not raw during the whole process?
B – I didn’t have any cravings.
C – Meat.
Q: What was the best meal? Worst?
B – Collard rolls with sunflower seed pate were great. A beet salad that I made with cumin was not so good.
C – Avocado, tomato and basil plate with Italian dressing. I liked them all.
Q: Any side effects of this raw week?
B – I lost 4 lbs and had more energy.
C – I lost 5 lbs.
Q: Would you do it again?
B – I would like to eat that way all the time. Its is just hard to find time to prepare both kinds of food (cooked and raw) every day.
C – Probably not 100% raw, but maybe more raw dishes during the week.
Q: What was the first thing you ate after the whole week?
B – Some stir fried vegies and rice.
C – A Chick-Fil-A sandwich. A real hot-dog the next day.
Q: What was the hardest part of the process?
B – Making a lot of different dished to keep Crosby from getting tired of the food.
C – I did not feel satiated. I never felt satisfied even if I wasn’t hungry.
Q: What was the most surprising part of the process?
B – I was surprised that I had so much energy and that I was not hungry.
C – I wasn’t hungry.
Q: How are you changed?
B – I think it will be easier to add more raw meals into our weeknow that Crosby has tried to eat this way.
C – I am more open to eating raw.
Q: What was the nastiest thing someone had said about your week?
B – Not really nasty, but it annoys me when people try to tell me I’m not getting enough protein.
C – No one was nasty, but I did get some razzing about not eating meat.
Q: How has this experience changed your relationship with food, your family, or everyday diet?
B – It made me realize that I enjoy eating simple salads and fruit more than more complicated dishes.
C – There are some really tasty raw dishes that are fun to eat. My brother encouraged me to change my diet if I thought there were benefits to my health. I appreciated his concern for my health.
Both Bonnie and Crosby’s efforts are inspiring: Bonnie, for preparing amazing Raw Vegan dishes for a whole week, and Crosby, who was open to eating RAW for a week. Kudos to both of them!