I am officially on a one week raw vegan challenge. Spending a whole life without even trying to be vegan even if for just a couple of days seems limited to me. I want to know how it feels. Maybe I won’t like it and feel tired all the time, or it could just turn out to be the best way of living for my body. All I know is that the answer won’t be there for me unless I do something about it.
And why have I decided to go on this challenge? The last couple of years, while doing reasearch on health and nutrition, there was a couple of myths which really upset me for being so so famous, specially among women who struggle with their body image.
Myth nº 1 is the low-carb diet. That whole idea that carbs are fattening is just non-sense, specially when fruit is included in the equation as a food to avoid. I imagine that’s why the vast majority of eastern population is imensely fat… by eating refinned rice EVERY DAY.
Myth nº 2 the paleo diet. There are some aspects about the paleo diet which are actually interesting, and I am talking about the raw aspect of the diet. Eighty million species on earth (about 700,000 of which are animals) thrive on raw food. Only humans apply heat to what they eat. And only humans suffer vastly from degenerative diseases. Nevertheless meat and fat intake are strongly connected to these same deseases. Bottomline: Raw good, 90% calorie intake on fat and meat, not so much.
Myth nº 3, last but not the least, calorie restriction diet. Really this is the one which may upset me the most, alongside with the low carb diet that ends up to be calorie restrictive as well. Calorie restrictive diets have been proved to be unsuccessful in the long run. Why? Because they deeply mess up your metabolism. If you want your body to be a full energy, fat burning machine, feed it with the right nutrients, instead of taking the fuel away. By restrictiing you are only teaching your body how to thrieve on low calorie intake, trainning it to efficiently store fat and save energy.
So, I am beyond thrilled about this challenge, because I love fruit, veggies and nuts, but I am a bit sad about leaving eggs. I’m not a super fan of meat, but eggs I really enjoy… Anyway, this is just a one week challenge. The point is to understand my body a little bit better.