I went vegan in the winter of 1995, almost entirely for ethical reasons, but I was happy about the incidental health benefits that went along with it. Over the years, vegan food has become so popular that vegan junk food companies have popped up left and right, making it easier than ever to be sick on a vegan diet.
In 2003, I suddenly developed allergies to wheat and gluten, and discovered that I was afflicted with candida (yeast in the blood) that drained me of my health and energy. Long story short, I found raw food, and I’m healthier than I’ve ever been.
Here are some resources that have helped me learn about maintaining a healthy raw food diet:
- Raw Food MeetUp Group – Nothing is better for learning about raw food than meeting people who will support you, educate you, and inspire you. Try to find a Raw Food MeetUp Group in your area. If there isn’t one already, start one. I guarantee you, people will join.
- Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen – This book and dvd set inspired me to really give raw food a try. Alissa Cohen demonstrates how simple, quick, and delicious raw food can be. But be warned: the video, while informative, can be long and tedious at times.
- Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko – I truly believe that eating green smoothies is the best way to improve your health. If you change nothing else about your diet, add green smoothies to your daily routine and you’ll feel better.
- Raw Guru – I find myself on this site fairly often. It’s full of great information and simple delicious recipes.
- Raw for 30 Days Movie Trailer – Think diabetes is an unavoidable fact of life? You can cure it.
Been thinking about going raw? Stop thinking and just do it. You don’t have to go 100% raw all at once. Add whatever raw food you can to your diet. Or commit to going raw for just 30 days and see how you feel. Go at your own pace. But keep moving forward. There is no time like now to improve your health and add to your life the joy that comes with a clean, efficient, healthy body. Your excuses aren’t making you any thinner, healthier, younger, or happier.