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VEGAN VS RAW VEGAN

What is a raw vegan diet and how does it differ from a regular vegan diet?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the vegan movement has been growing massively in the last few years with even more and continual growth insight. 

People are waking up to the horrors of animal cruelty and the detrimental rippling effects in our bodies from regularly consuming meat, dairy, and eggs.

Following a vegan diet can be healthy and is definitely a positive step in the right direction for disease prevention and your overall wellbeing.

Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains can (and should) be a large part of a vegan’s daily food consumption, but so can cookies, breads, chips, and soda pop, making your diet maybe not so healthy. 

Most vegans have chosen their lifestyle according to the Vegan Society’s definition.  

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

Basically, vegans don’t eat, wear or use any animals or their secretions. 

What a great way to take a stance and an awesome way of thinking and living.  

The animals, your body, and our planet will thank you. 

But what if you wanted to take this potentially healthy and positive lifestyle up a notch or two?

A raw vegan diet is your answer.

This way of eating is a game-changer when it comes to health, energy, longevity, and vitality. It combines the principles of veganism with raw food living, creating a multitude of health benefits.

Incorporating a raw vegan diet is not a new fad, but like veganism, its gaining popularity and for good reasons.

A raw food diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, sprouts, fresh herbs, seaweed, and raw spices. 

Yes, this sounds familiar to a vegan diet and it truly is, but there are also huge differences. 

Gluten-free, soy-free, and sugar-free are common and followed by most raw foodists.

On a vegan raw food diet, all of your foods are eaten completely raw or heated below 115 degrees F. 

Uncooked foods and beverages provide proper nutrition and living enzymes.  Cooked foods and beverages lose their enzymes resulting in a significant loss in nutritional value.  People following a raw food diet believe that cooked foods are harmful to your health. 

Fermented foods are very popular amongst raw food dieters for their nutritional values. 

Sauerkraut, an easy to make fermented food, is simply just cabbage and salt.  It’s low in calories, high in fiber, Vitamin C, B-6, K, iron, and is an antioxidant-rich immune booster.

Kimchi, another great food, is a traditional Korean side dish consisting of salted and fermented vegetables.  Low in calories, Kimchi is a good source of Vitamin A, B, C, and K.  Potassium, calcium, and magnesium are found in Kimchi. 

Fresh is the only way to reap the good bacteria rewards of fermented foods.

Raw Vegan Food Preparation

Many other alternative food preparation methods are commonly used with vegan raw food diets.

  • Juicing

Using a juicer allows you to literally juice your fruits and vegetables into delicious juices to drink. 

  • Blending

Most people already have this appliance in their home to use for mixing, pureeing, and emulsifying foods.  These are great for making raw dips, spreads, sauces, and beverages. 

  • Soaking

Soaking grains and nuts break down enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid so they are no longer harmful.  As they soak, their vitamin content increases, especially the B vitamins.  Soaking also aids in better digestion. 

  • Sprouting

Sprouting is the process of germinating seeds, nuts, or even beans or grains in order to have them start growing into a plant; just long enough until they form a little tiny live plant growth.

  • Dehydrating

Use a dehydrator to dry your fruits and vegetables.  This small kitchen appliance uses a light flow of warm air to reduce the amount of water in your produce.  This results in longer food storage and acts a bacterial inhibitor. 

Concerns

Just like when you start a vegan diet, the usual questions will arise when you start a raw vegan diet.  No need to worry. A raw vegan diet is the healthiest diet you can eat.

  • Vitamin D

Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D.  Put them out in the sun for an even higher concentration of the vitamin.  Grab yourself some rays.  Sunshine is the perfect vitamin D provider. 

  • Iodine

Iodine is a necessary nutrient for proper thyroid function.  You only need a small amount.  Plant foods such as kale, watercress, strawberries, seaweed, and sea vegetables are the way to get your daily dose.

  • Protein

Plant-based protein is beneficial for anyone who is looking to increase cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol.  Nuts, spirulina, seeds, nutritional yeast, and peas are great protein sources.

  • B12

Kombucha, a fermented tea that is a combination of yeast and bacteria is a popular mainstream beverage.  It’s full of healthy nutrients that include vitamin B12, probiotics, and antioxidants. Nutritional yeast, a superfood and complete protein provides all your B vitamins including B12.

  • Calcium

Calcium is important for your bones, muscle contraction, blood pressure regulation, and nerve transmission.  Beans (soaked, sprouted, and fermented), nuts, seeds dark leafy greens, figs, black currants, and seaweed are just a few great calcium options to keep you healthy. 

  • Iron

 Iron is a mineral that is vital to blood transportation.   Nuts, seeds, tomatoes, avocados, and collard greens are excellent choices. 

With all these great healthy raw foods available, there is no need for supplements.

Whether you are going raw vegan for a day, a week, or a lifetime, your body will reap the benefits.  

A well planned raw vegan diet is the way to go for optimal health and is the perfect way to ensure ultimate nutrition. 

Low processed foods, high amounts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted and fermented foods does a body good. 

The raw vegan diet has increased in popularity in recent years for good reasons. 

The health benefits of a raw vegan diet are unmatched.

Go vegan! Go raw vegan!

The animals, our planet, and especially your health will thank you. 

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