So we’re just about to hit the half way mark with Rawgust and I’m stoked I’ve made it this far! To be honest, the last week has been so much easier than week 1, and I’ve really enjoyed eating raw, rather than just trying to get through it like week 1 was a little bit!

I’ve also noticed that the dishes I have been making are meals I’ve never eaten before and the creativity Rawgust is forcing me to have in the kitchen has actually been really refreshing. I think we can all get in a rut with the foods we eat, and maybe don’t associate how certain foods make us feel. By eating such varied, fresh, raw, and nutrient dense foods I have definitely seen a difference in my body this week and it has reminded me how important it is to fuel our bodies with the right foods, not just what we fancy that day. I’m sure we’d all love pizza everyday, but that’s not what your insides will be craving, and Rawgust has really made me reflect on that.

The benefits I’ve seen this week have continued to build on week 1; my skin has continued to clear up, and I’ve continued to drop weight and my stomach is noticeably flatter. Another plus has been my energy is back up, so I think the lull in week 1 was potentially the detoxing phase as my body was getting used to eating raw.

I’m also much more conscious of striking a balance with the foods I’m eating to make sure I’m getting a balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals – this can only be a plus for my overall health and wellbeing.

From a social perspective I still haven’t eaten out during Rawgust, so I think this will be the next hurdle – but I’m up for the challenge!

For those of you that missed it on social media, I’m guest speaking at the Summer Special Juice & Raw Food Masterclass at The Core in Old Town tonight! I’ll be talking about my journey with veganism, chatting about Rawgust and also making one of my favourite raw dishes for people to try! I’m SO excited and can’t wait to hopefully see some of you there!

Ok guys, I’m a week into Rawgust, so here’s a little update how it’s been going!

I’ve managed to eat completely raw for 7 days, with no slips ups – which I’m pretty proud of myself for!

I think I naturally have quite strong willpower, so I thought Rawgust would be a good challenge to push myself and try and be as healthy as possible. However when I first started, a whole month sounded pretty daunting! So I originally decided I would try and do it week by week, but now I’m a week in I’m definitely not ready to stop yet.

I found the first 2 days really hard, and all I wanted to eat in the evenings was cooked food. I’m not sure whether it was an actual craving or more habit and knowing that I was trying to avoid cooked food which normally has the effect of wanting the forbidden item even more.

But after the first few days, I’ve got into more of a routine and I feel really good putting so many fresh fruits and vegetables into my body. I bought a juicer and I’m obsessed with it! Green juice is everything and my body feels so super healthy!

I’ve also been forced to get creative with my meals, which I love! But eating out whilst following a raw diet would legit be a nightmare. Not many places in my home town serving up courgette noodles, that’s for sure.

So what are the health benefits of eating a raw food diet?

There are many many benefits associated with eating a raw food diet.

Eating a raw food diet means consuming around 75% raw foods, so it’s naturally going to be have a big impact to digestion, wellbeing and overall health. Some of the improvements that are expected are:

  • More energy
  • Up to 3 hours less sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Clear skin
  • Clarity of mind and better memory
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved fertility
  • Prevent or even reverse diabetes

Now I’m not aiming for everything on this list (fertility you can chill out), but so far I would say my skin seems a little clearer and I feel like I’ve lost a little weight – I never really weigh myself but my clothes feel a tiny bit looser, even though I’m eating more than I usually would. However I would say I’ve been more tired than usual, which could be a result of the raw food or could just be due to a few late nights.

I think week 2 will reveal more of the benefits – so I’m excited to see what the week holds!

Don’t get me wrong, it would be awesome to have some tofu about now, but I got through the first week so I’m feeling like I got this.

Can we just appreciate the sweetest Rawgust gift I received left outside my door for me? All the heart eyes.

Did you know that animal agricultural is the number 1 cause of climate change and global warming?

Animal agriculture is the collective process of breeding, feeding, and killing of land animals for meat, dairy and other by-products, and it is the most destructive industry our planet faces.

51% of all global greenhouse emissions are created by livestock, compared to the 13% that all of the transportation on the entire planet contributes to, this includes all road, air, rail and sea vehicles. 

That is a huge discrepancy.

It’s all very well switching off our lights, buying LED lightbulbs, and washing our clothes at 30 degrees, but clearly if we actually want to make a meanginful impact in our fight against the rising temperature of our planet, we need to reduce the emissions caused by this industry. 

Animal agriculture is not only the single largest factor of climate change, but it is the main cause of deforestation and destruction of our rainforests, creation of ocean dead zones, species extinction, water pollution and global famine.

Let me talk through the cycle.

Hundreds of pounds of soy, corn and other grains are required to feed animals until they are slaughtered; for cows it is estimated that you need 60 pounds of animal feed to get 1 pound of beef, and this requires 2,500 gallons of water. This is a huge amount of energy, water and waste.

When you consider how much feed that is, but across the world humans still die from famine and hunger on a daily basis because they don’t have enough food, and yet we have enough food to feed 56 billion land animals which are then slaughtered for food; this is 8 times the worlds population over. I don’t know about you but that seems crazy to me.

In addition to that, rainforests are destroyed and cleared to make room for the soy and corn fields in order to feed the animals bred as livestock, which destroys habitats and ecosystems; it is estimated that 110 animal and insect species are lost every single day due to rainforest destruction. Rainforests are our planet’s lungs; without them, we can’t breathe. Livestock covers 45% of the total land mass of our planet.

The soy and corn which is grown to feed the animals is typically significantly genetically modified and is sprayed with tremendous amounts of chemicals. So not only are the rain forests destroyed to make room for the crops, the chemicals pollute the soil and earth which in turns runs into the rivers and oceans causing dead zones, wiping out marine life and contaminating fish, which are caught and eaten by humans. Finally, the chemicals within the feed being eaten by the animals is stored in their fat cells, which is then also consumed by humans.

It is a crazy cycle. Which is physically killing our planet.

These are some scary statistics, and emissions for animal agriculture are forecast to rise to 80% by 2050. We need to stop.

So what can we do as a species to collectively save our planet?

If everyone in the world stopped eating meat, or even reduced their meat consumption, greenhouse gases and pollution would rapidly decrease, rain forests would be saved, ocean contamination would decrease and dead zones could thrive again, and there would be enough grain available to feed the world population at least 7 times over!

In fact, by following a plant based diet you can cut your carbon emissions by 50%. You can literally half your impact compared to that of a meat eater.

I sometimes get told that 1 person can’t make a difference, but that’s a pretty significant impact if you ask me. All actions have consequences, so make sure you have conviction in the ripple effect you are making in the world around you, and you are comfortable with the imprint you leave.

In order to save our planet for future generations, we need to CHANGE. That change is needed right now. It isn’t a future issue we don’t need to worry about. It is happening right now.

I personally want to be part of the generation of human beings that tried to save the planet, not watch it burn around me because of appetite.

Because let’s be honest, that’s what it is. Humans like the taste of meat. We don’t need it to survive, we definitely don’t need it to thrive, we eat it because of taste. It’s pretty damn selfish. 

Going vegan or simply following a plant based diet, is so easy, so fulfilling, so rewarding, so healthy, so enlightening, so fulfilling and SO damn delicious. And it saves our planet too. It will be the best decision you ever make.

Let’s save our planet together, we got this!

For more information about the impact of animal agriculture I would recommend watching Cowspiracy on Netflix.

If you would like any hints and tips for reducing your meat consumption, or even going vegan, you can drop me an email to honestlyombre@gmail.com.

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When I was a little girl I spent a lot of weekends at my Grandparents house getting spoiled and having sleepovers. I would watch in awe at my glamourous Grandmother Popo getting ready in the morning in a cloud of lotion, powders, creams and perfumes and I would watch as she applied her make up, did her hair, chose her jewellery (including clip on earrings) and I would try and learn how to be a grown up as fast as possible.

A key piece of advice she gave me for being a young lady was to always moisturise my body and to look after my skin. Well, that and drinking G&Ts by 12pm was socially acceptable. Oh and strawberries dipped in sugar for breakfast was nutritious.

I’m afraid to say Popo, I could have done a lot better at the skincare side of things. Gin side, I got you.

Throughout my early 20s applying body lotion was one of those things that came last on my priorities list when getting ready in the morning and was normally an activity saved for when I had a lonnnng time get ready. I found it a drag. Correction, I still find it a drag. It’s something I have to actively remember and it never seems to become part of my routine no matter how hard I try.

So I am always looking for products to make this process a little easier, and that I click with enough that the joy of the product overtakes the drag of applying it.

My beautiful friend Hannah bought me the Sister & Co. Body Melt for my birthday a few weeks ago and it has quickly made the top of the list for products that make the body care process that little bit easier.

It’s a gorgeous silky smooth balm that melts as it is applied to the skin. It’s all natural, all vegan, all cruelty free and you guys know by now, that gets nothing but heart eyes from me. And it smells like a freaking vanilla and apricot dessert. I mean, I could eat it. I’m not guna. But I could.

Sister & Co. offer a unique collection of truly natural skin and body care products made with the finest skin superfoods from around the world, using organic cold-pressed plant oils, raw nut butters and milks, sugars, salts, clays, waxes and pure essential oils.

Their products don’t use any chemical preservatives or fillers, synthetic fragrances or toxins of any kind, or in any quantity and nothing is done to artificially alter the texture, smell or colour of the products. The ingredients are raw, minimally processed and as a result remain as potent and as natural as they are at the source.

Another fact I found out about when I was looking into the Company, is their impressive approach to production. Their production runs in batches every twelve weeks, and those products are brought to market straight away, meaning that every product is at its peak efficacy and it as fresh as it can be.

You’re not going to be getting a product that has been sitting on a shelf degrading before you buy it, or packed full of synthetic chemicals to preserve it.

I think the ethos and ethics of this brand are incredible, and they are true advocates that nutrient-rich natural ingredients in their raw and undiluted state, have the highest levels of intact vitamins, minerals and nutrients, that can heal and nourish the body. They also clearly state on their website that ‘All our formulations are unique, created by us and tested on people — never animals’.

I am truly in love.

I can’t wait to try more products from this awesome brand. They are already helping me fall in love with taking care of my skin, and hopefully this lesson is something I can pass on to my Granddaughter one day too.

Popo, you were right.