From Head to Toe: What I've noticed being a raw vegan for 6 months

So many things have changed over the course of six months being a raw vegan. I am so happy with how far I have come and excited for more changes to follow! I thought I would share what has changed in me, hopefully to inspire others to add more raw foods and become vegan.

Mood. My mind is sharper and more focused. I feel balanced and my spirituality feels like it is enhanced. Calm and relaxed, I don't feel stress like I used to. Hard times happen to all of us and we have had some happen in the last month that would have seriously stressed out some couples, but not us. We have been flying through this with not a care in the world. Crazy right? It's true. I feel at one with the earth, and the longer I am vegan, the more compassionate and emotional I get in regards to animal welfare and safety. I question. Why are we so intense when a person hurts a dog for "entertainment" and we demand justice. We demand the man be treated the same way, yet that night for dinner we have a steak from a cow that didn't want to die. That possibly had their family torn from them and left in a small area to live it's short life for OUR enjoyment of meat. I digress.


What I Eat and What I Limit

I get a lot of people always asking what I'm eating. And they should! It's great to get ideas of new things they could eat, or what is working for my body and what isn't. People look to those who are achieving success and want to know what they are doing. Today I want to share with you foods that I eat in abundance and what I choose to limit and why.

Fruit. I eat all fruits in abundance all throughout the morning and into lunch! Bananas, berries of all kinds, nectarines, peaches, apples, mango, pineapple, melons, grapes, tropical fruits and domestic fruits. All except for a select few. Raspberries, I know right? I simply do not enjoy raspberries and always have. I'm sure if I worked on learning to love them I could but I have always disliked them so I don't eat them. Please, eat all the raspberries you want! I'll leave more for you.


Advice for Myself before I went Raw Vegan

When I think back to the person I was 6 months ago, I am sad to see where she was and what she was feeling. I'm sad to think that over 10 years ago I had already found the lifestyle that could have helped with all of my health struggles and mood. I'm sad to know that I could have been a raw vegan at any point all of those years ago but didn't. I wish I could go back and shake myself but I was where I was and this is a letter that I would write to myself if I could go back in time.


What I Did When All I Wanted Was Chinese Food…

Cravings. Yes. Those nasty thoughts that enter our minds and say, "hey… remember that awesome tasting thing you had that one time? Let's get it again!"

I had them, I'm not going to lie. It wasn't always a perfect day and during the first month or so of my initial change over to a completely raw vegan lifestyle, there were many times where I would get a random thought of some food that I promised I would never eat again. Before I made my new lifestyle commitment, I used so many excuses to appease my cravings when I was "on a diet" or trying to make changes.

"Anything in moderation right? Might as well, it's been a while since I've had this anyways!"

"You've been so good lately, you can enjoy it! Go for it - you deserve it!"