The Raw Dilemma

guacamoletayshaYes we know a 100% raw vegan diet can be a very healing diet and we know you can lose a lot of weight very fast on this diet. It is a fabulous lifestyle to prevent disease and to increase anti-aging and longevity.

But for many of us it just doesn’t work to do it long-term. Some people become deficient, crave other foods, start to look old, and experience various physical problems from B12 and mineral deficiencies to adrenal fatigue and hair and tooth loss to mental illness.

How can we enjoy the incredible benefits of a raw food diet without risking undesirable side effects?

Is the answer in eating superfoods, avoiding superfoods, eliminating certain foods, food groups or macronutrients, eating the right percentage of macronutrients, eating the right supplements, avoiding supplements, eating fresh whole foods, eating a balanced and varied raw diet, or is it something else?

Well I’m experimenting with a cooked / raw integration. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s getting better. If I can get it to work as well as a raw diet for myself I will let you know! If I can’t, I’ll be going back to the drawing board and attempting again to optimize a raw diet that can work for me in the long-term. Another thought I’ve had is to go back-and-forth between an optimized raw vegan diet and a healthy cooked diet to get the best of both worlds.

But for now, the best diet I know for rapid yet sustainable, healthy weight release and overall health and wellbeing is still the 100% fresh, raw, balanced diet outlined, detailed and demonstrated in The 21 Day Raw Cleanse and the 28 Days Raw Program.

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In Joy!

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5 Responses to The Raw Dilemma

  1. Filomena Kandola says:

    I have been a raw vegan for 9 years. During that time I’d say I’ve been about 90-100% raw on any given day for the first 7 years, and 100% raw for the last 2 years. Here’s my theory on why issues arise: when you’re not 100% cravings kick in because cooked food is highly addictive. When I was 90% raw, I’d crave cooked food more and more. When I came to this realization, I committed to being 100% and nothing less. Guess what happened? I now never crave cooked food, and feel much much better all around. I feel more vibrant, and more energized, and simply so much more alive. I think we have to ask ourselves: is cooked food good for us or not? It’s yes or no. There’s no in between. I’m not trying to be rigid. But it’s akin to a drug. You can’t have drugs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and be drug free for the rest of the week. Once you come to this realization that cooked food just isn’t good for us, even if only a tiny bit or 10% of the time, you can completely give into the raw food lifestyle all of the time and things begin to harmonize. Plus, cleansing is a long and intricate process. One has to be patient and not give up. Turning to cooked food slows the detox process down, if that helps, but I say, enjoy the ups and downs of the healing process and don’t give up. For me personally, becoming 100% made all the difference!

  2. Lucy says:

    Hi Jinjee,
    I can’t wait to hear the results of your integration experiment.

  3. Cheryl Schuppler says:

    I eat raw food diet Mon-Wed-Fri. It consists of various raw food salads. It’s amazing what you can do with a salad. It works for me 3 meals a day and I’m diabetic. The odd days I eat balanced meals with veggie meats. Love your Jinja.

  4. Gwen says:

    Ive been a raw foodie for 13 years and in the last 6 months I’ve been having a lot of issues not consistent with the raw lifestyle. At the moment my ND put me on a cooked/raw diet and it has been an adjustment to say the least. But hopefully I will get back to fully raw soon. Thank you for this article!

  5. Marsha Sims says:

    Thank you Jinjee,

    Your post about struggling with raw vegan vs vegan vs a combination of raw vegan/vegan was very helpful. As you know, I have been struggling with the same dilemma.

    Have a nice holiday season,

    Marsha Sims

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