We’re in the final week and last few days of my month long raw vegan challenge! I’ve eaten raw for 29 days today! I’m going to do a round up post with all the cool questions I’ve got from you guys about Rawgust when I’ve completely finished the challenge, so watch this space.
This week has by far been the easiest week – it has flown by, I’ve really enjoyed the food and I’m completely in the flow of eating raw. I’m not even particularly craving cooked food – it just hasn’t been something that I’ve been thinking about which I think definitely shows how quickly habits can be changed and behaviour adapted.
I also ate out this week and managed to piece together a salad at Pizza Express that I could eat – I’ll admit, it really wasn’t the best. Homemade salads are SO much better and varied – it comprised of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and peppers. Bassssic. And it was £11.
It really made me realise how much cooked food is part of our society and how unusual it is to eat raw – even when salads are offered in restaurants they tend to have grains, beans, vegetables etc in them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL for a salad – but it would be great to see more raw foods on our restaurant menus, especially given the health benefits.
So let’s hit it again with the benefits:
My skin has been the clearest it has been in 8 months – and 2 people have actually told me my skin is glowing. I’m over the moooon at this change. I’ve been really suffering with my skin for the last few months and I can’t believe what an impact diet has had. I believe I eat quite a naturally healthy vegan diet normally – I avoid junk and sugar wherever I can, and eat lots of whole plant foods, but clearly raw food has an extra level of nutrients that I perhaps wasn’t achieving before. It could also be because I’ve introduced lots of juice into my diet, consisting of mostly vegetable juice – I’m drinking about 1 litre of juice a day on average.
My energy levels are way up.
My appetite is less than normal, which could be taken either way – it isn’t necessarily a positive, but if weight loss was your goal, this could be seen as a benefit as I’m not constantly thinking about food.
I’ve also noticed a difference in the price of my food shop – you can get a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables for your money compared with foods you typically cook. I think there can be a misconception that eating vegan is an expensive way to live, but if you consider the price of meat and dairy products, it is the complete reverse. I noticed a big dip in the cost of my food shops after going vegan; a block of tofu costs on average £2.50. A packet of chicken at least £6.
I would say weight loss slowed down this week, which is a good thing (you’re welcome back any time boobs!). Eating raw has been satiating as I’m always full after meals, but with the benefit of losing weight and having a flatter stomach at the same time. I find diet plans SO frustrating – go vegan and watch the weight drop without limiting calories throughout the day!
I have loved experiencing Rawgust and I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it and cleansing my body in the most natural and healthy way. I feel like it will be an annual thing (if not more frequent) and I will definitely take forward all the things I have learnt about raw food and keep a consistent level within my diet and routine from this point onwards.
You can catch the full Rawgust journey here: