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I thought the whole idea was nuts (no pun intended), but I quickly came to realise that it made a lot of sense to eat a greater proportion of my diet as fresh, raw, unadulterated food. Who wants to shove that crazy man-made rubbish into our beautiful bodies?
I eat a proportion of raw food now that feels right for me, which is usually about 70%, sometimes more, sometimes less, but I don’t beat myself up about it. I tend to feel a bit tired and yuk if I eat too much cooked food (i.e more than 50% of my daily diet) and not enough fresh stuff, but given that the large proportion of my diet is what I deem to be ‘good stuff’, I can get away with it! It makes it a lot easier when out and about, with family, eating out and visiting friends.
I decided to start eating raw…
for health reasons, not ethical reasons, and have come up against a few raw foodies who are really opposed to my viewpoint, which I find tough. I personally don’t think that a 100% raw vegan diet is right for me, or humans as a whole. I don’t know of a single raw vegan who is healthy and doesn’t supplement their diet with B12 and other minerals and vitamins (some of which actually come from animal sources anyway).
I understand that ethically some people want to avoid all animal products and to remain healthy they are likely to need to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals that they can’t get from their food. That’s fine but it’s not for me. I’ve tried eating 100% vegan as well as 100% raw and have found that I don’t feel my optimal self on a vegan diet. I seem to need a small amount of animal products in my diet to feel my best, so this is what I do.
Being a scientist by nature…
I investigated this issue quite thoroughly and found a lot of info from both sides of the debate. As with every issue you need to weigh up both sides, all the info and make your own conclusion. I DO believe that humans have evolved to eat a largely raw vegan diet, admittedly, but not wholly so. Our ancestors would forage and hunt, eating raw eggs from birds nests, the odd fish when they could catch it, and every so often they would gorge on a hunted animal, and then eat no meat for months perhaps. We have teeth and an intestinal system to cope with a varied diet, to include fruit, nuts, greens, some grains, and rarely some animal products.
This is the way I choose to eat, and it makes me feel good! The large majority of our ancestors diet and mine is raw, fresh food, which I feel is how it should be. We’re animals after all.
Ethically, I have an issue with…
the way animals are raised in commercial farmed conditions, so the meat that we eat as a family is always free range, organic, and often wild. As I said, I didn’t choose to eat raw for ethical reasons, but for health, so I eat what makes me feel most healthy, so when some raw vegans discover I eat meat they have a problem with it. I prefer to get my nutrition from whole foods, not pills. Even well known raw foodie Shazzie admits in her book ‘Evie’s Kitchen’ that she gives Evie her daughter a few free range eggs a week, as she was shocked by what she found when researching raw veganism for growing children. Largely that growing children cannot grow up healthy on a raw vegan diet without supplementation. This is something very close to my heart as my own daughter is 2, and I have another one on the way. I want them to grow up happy, healthy and eating the best possibly nutrition to enable them to fulfil their potential. I’m ridiculously proud of the fact that my daughter loves fruit and veg, asks for dates as a treat, helps herself to fruit from the fruit bowl and has never tasted a MacDonalds or turkey twizzler!
Frankly I don’t give a ****…
what other people eat or what they think of my diet. All I want is to eat a diet that makes me feel good, gives me energy, immunity, health and makes me feel great. I want a diet that makes my children and family thrilled to be alive, to get up each day with a smile, to enjoy every moment and not worry about food all day.
So the point is…
food should be fun to eat, to make and to enjoy together as food is very much a social occasion. I like raw food, it makes me feel good and I’d like to eat more and more of it every day!
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/