If someone had told me years ago that living a raw vegan lifestyle would transform my life, I would’ve never believed it. I didn’t even know what raw vegan or plant based was nor had I ever even heard of it…
In my mind, I was already living a “healthy” lifestyle but looking back, I was so far off…
My face was constantly breaking out leaving me with nasty acne scars.
I fluctuated in weight between 138 and 145 – My ideal weight is between 125-130.
I wasn’t sleeping well. I’d have nightmares, wake up abruptly and at times, I just couldn’t sleep at all. Then there were times where I just felt lethargic, fatigued and energy drained.
I was seeking happiness in all the wrong places.
I lost my identity and sense of self – although it may not have seemed that way to others, I did a great job covering it up.
I couldn’t keep going like this and knew something had to change but those changes didn’t come right away. They came in small doses over the years until I began making some serious changes.
I began to raise my vibration and adjust my environment. I shifted away from what no longer served me to more of what did. I began to learn more about true health, wellness and nutrition.
I cultivated a positive mindset and began to shift my focus away from how things were to how I wanted them to be.
That was the beginning of my healing journey and the end of my toxic one. It was all a true blessing in disguise – one that came one day at a time, one step at a time.
You see, living a raw vegan lifestyle is far more than just eating raw food. It’s a complete lifestyle shift and holistic way of life – mind, body and spirit.
One that is eye opening and so enriching that you won’t ever want to look back. You learn to create a life of true happiness and gain a new appreciation for the world around you. Most importantly, you learn to love yourself unconditionally.
Warning: Transitioning to a raw vegan lifestyle can dramatically change and improve the quality of your life. It can enhance your mental awareness and improve your brain function. It can lead you to lose excess body weight and stubborn fat. It can take your energy levels to heights you never imagined. It can potentially reverse illness and disease; boost your confidence, self-love, and ultimately lead you to a life of optimal health while creating a life you truly love.
When you realize that this is a LIFESTYLE and not just a diet and commit to making permanent lifestyle shifts versus continuing to search for shortcuts, quick fixes or justify toxic habits, you won’t ever want to turn back.
To help you get started, I’ve compiled 10 important tips that will help you transition into a raw vegan plant-based lifestyle.
10 tips on how to transition to a raw vegan lifestyle
Beginning with # 1…
1) Get clear on why you want to transition. It’s important that your mind and your heart are on the same page. Do you have weight loss goals you’d like to reach? Do you want to live a higher quality of life? Do you want to improve your energy levels and be able to do the things you enjoy; for yourself and your family? Do you want to do right by the animals and the environment?
Ask yourself the question why? Your why will help you get clear on the meaning behind the transition, allow you to stay focused, and ensure you achieve successful results.
2) Eliminate processed and refined foods. Ditch the junk!
If you want to lose weight, increase energy, improve digestion, and live a higher quality of life, these types of foods will only continue to slow you down and further complicate your health while adding more fuel to the fire.
Start working on avoiding the worst of the worst of the Standard American Diet type junk foods that are over-cooked, greasy, sugary, salted, fat-filled and fried.
If you truly want to reduce symptoms and potentially reverse health conditions, it’s time to buckle down and clean house.
Note: The chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors, and all other ingredients not made for the human body are greatly dehydrating and intensify the craving cycle.
3) Increase your intake of raw, living, whole foods buying organic, local, and seasonal when possible.
Consuming raw living foods is the body’s natural diet and provides us with all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals our body requires in order to fully thrive.
When we eat raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in proper combination, we allow the body to assimilate and absorb the benefits of these nutrients, successfully. So, you are not only what you eat, but what your body assimilates.
The result? Healthy weight loss, increased energy, optimal digestion, glowing skin, better sleep and ultimately, optimal health. The benefits are endless!
Bottom line… stick to pure living food that is uncooked and sun-cooked instead of stove-cooked and oven-cooked!
4) Don’t beat yourself up. So, you fell off the “wagon”. Now what? It happens to the best of us. The truth is, there is no “wagon” and no “perfect” way to eat. What works for one, may not work for another. Everyone’s body is different. There is no one way for everyone which is why it’s so important to consult with a professional before taking on your own health independently through internet guidance.
Regardless, whatever you do, do not beat yourself up. Always be forgiving and know that you always have a chance to start a new. Just don’t abuse the opportunity because second or third chances don’t always come around.
We each have a choice. Choose wisely for yourself, your body, your health, your loved ones And. Your. Life..
A healthy body is a happy body!
5) Start where you are. There is no better time or “right” time to start than the present.
Most importantly, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. It’s your life and your body with no other like it.
You can start your journey from wherever you are with whatever you have whether you’re new to the raw food world, a vegan/vegetarian in training, or vegan/vegetarian ready to take it to the next level of mastery. Everyone’s transition and starting point will be different.
There is no direct process to getting here nor are there any pre-requisites. All that is needed is to be clear on your WHY, your will to succeed and your drive to make it happen.
6) Listen to your body. Your body will always let you know how it’s feeling and what it needs.
Keep in mind, that your body’s nudges won’t always be the same and needs will vary from time to time – as seasons come and go or as you progress along your journey.
For me, my body’s needs change in the Winter. I’ll tend to eat more cooked food during the Fall/Winter months versus the Spring/Summer months. Not a lot, but maybe once a week.
But I’ll tell you what, when I do eat something cooked, it’s not long before I feel the dehydration and begin to crave raw fruit.
Why? Because of its high water content. It’s like when summer rolls around and you gravitate toward raw, juicy fruit because you’re thirsty or want something more refreshing. That’s what I feel all year round. My body is so used to eating raw living food that when it doesn’t, I quickly feel the effects.
Remember, if you do what is right by your body, it will always do right by you.
7) Change your relationship with food. We are not born to love eating healthy foods.
We develop eating habits by what we are introduced with and begin eating from day one.
Our behavior is learned and just as it is learned, it can be unlearned.
It all depends on you.
Yes, it is much easier to reach for the bagged, packaged foods or fast food versus being inclined to put a healthy meal together when you’re feeling down, stressed, bored or you don’t have enough food supply in your kitchen. What you stock or don’t stock in your fridge or pantry is what you resort to.
So if ice cream, cake, chips or other junk food snacks is what you constantly keep on hand, then you will always continue to reach for them first. Especially when you’re in an emotional state of being.
As you train your body to adjust to healthful living foods and what is intended for us by nature, you’ll begin to naturally detach yourself from your emotional addiction to junk food and you’ll find yourself developing a desire for real, whole, nutrient rich foods.
You’ll feel so good that eating raw living foods will remain front and center as you continue marching on!
8) Don’t deprive yourself. As your body detoxifies years of toxic build up, you will begin to reach the peak of feeling alive and well.
However, there may come a time where you are craving a certain food you used to eat or find yourself in a situation where your meal options are limited and reaching for the nearest fast food restaurant is the most convenient.
Whatever it is your body is asking for, go ahead and oblige.
Will you kick yourself in the butt afterward? Maybe.
Will you feel your stomach turn followed by the need to hightail it to the nearest bathroom? Possibly.
Bottom line, if you desire it, go for it but do know that when you do, you are reintroducing your body to highly addictive chemicals making it difficult to re-align.
Be prepared to take control and break the vicious addictive-food cycle, before it begins to spiral out of control – all over again.
It’s all up to you. Don’t let your hard work go to waste.
Keep moving forward.
9) Keep it simple. There is no need to get complicated when preparing your meals.
Keep them simple and in minimal food combinations. Simple is good and the body loves simple. This helps with bloating, gassiness and makes it so much easier to eat healthy.
As a matter of fact, I have found that transitioning to a raw vegan lifestyle, preparing my meals vs. cooking them have become so much easier and have saved me a ton of time.
Like with anything, there is always going to be an adjustment period but once you’ve surpassed it, you are good as golden.
Be patient with your transition and keep it simple. You’ll be grateful that you did!
10) Educate yourself. Knowledge is power with applied action.
After all, isn’t your health, your body, and your life worth it? Rest assured, you will come across people including friends and family who will feed you every reason as to why not and will think you’re a person gone crazy. It’s okay. Don’t let that derail your progress.
People who react that way, tend to get their panties in a bunch by what they don’t understand or know very little about.
The best thing you can do is set an example and be someone else’s shining star.
Lead the way by radiating health, vitality, and a zest for life. Some will follow and some may not. There’s nothing wrong with that. Those close to you will follow in your lead soon enough.
The important thing is that you educate yourself and be prepared to come back with answers and your very own results. Proven results don’t lie; they do, however, inspire.
What I have learned is that people lack the education and the knowledge necessary to embark on this journey. The internet does a great job confusing and overwhelming you while putting you in a position where you don’t know what direction to take or if the direction you are taking is even accurate.
Picking up bits and pieces here and there don’t pave the way; it only leads you to a crossroads filling you with even more confusion and frustration than what you started with.
I know this because I’ve been there. I was once an internet victim. I always turned to the internet for answers and guidance. Let’s face it, it’s the largest “go to” system for answers. The truth is, the answers aren’t always correct. Which is why I am here to tell you that you should never solely guide yourself by everything you see and read online.
Seek expert guidance from a certified professional such as a holistic nutrition practitioner or holistic health practitioner. Do your research well and seek a consultation before deciding. It’s important you do what is best for you and stop trying to find shortcuts.
There are no shortcuts to optimal health no matter what commercialized products claim they can do for you. Organic, fresh, wholesome, raw living foods are your best medicine and your #1 source for optimal health. It’s healthcare at its finest!
I’ve posted some resources below that will help you tremendously along this journey. Be sure to explore them.
The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
The Live Food Factor by Susan Schenck
Food, Inc. (DVD)
So tell me, what stage are you in? Are you in transition, thinking about transitioning and if you are what is your biggest struggle? Let me know in the comments below.
I’ll meet you in the comments!😍