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5 Months of Raw Vegan Experiment

05 Aug 2013

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5 Months Raw Vegan Transformation

25th August 2012 - Some seemingly very unimportant event happened in my life. I couldn’t tie my shoe laces while sitting in a chair. I was huffing & puffing when I am done. Yeah. I had a big belly. I could not believe the condition of my physique. I started thinking. Just like the butterfly effect in Chaos Theory, this event triggered a series of events in my life, which led me to change my lifestyle drastically. I started doing one little thing at a time. Below are the list of changes that I attempted from last year.

Building The Perfect Physique
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 1: Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 2: Lose weight out of the blue
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 3: Lose Weight with Laziness
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 4: Weight Loss with Mind Movies
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 5: Weight Loss with Horse Gram
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 6: Weight Loss with Burpee
Building the Perfect Physique - Tip 7: Weight Loss with Thermal Diet
Cooked Food Vs Raw Vegan Food
The Thrive Diet - The Whole Foods Way to Losing Weight, Reducing Stress and Staying Healthy for Life

The last change - going raw vegan was very drastic and very very effective. I was a voracious meat eater. Switching immediately to the opposite side of the spectrum would be very tough. So, I did stop eating meat from Jan 1, 2013. After a month, I started eating raw vegan food for the breakfast for two weeks, then two weeks for the dinner and eventually for all three meals in the day. From 1st March 2013, I was on 100% raw vegan diet. After being in this diet for 5 months, you can see the results in the above picture.

How does that feel?. Good or Bad?

Physique: The first noticeable change was in my physique. I lost almost all of the extra fat from my body and I did lose few pounds of lean muscle as well. It felt amazing when I lost few inches off my waist. My body felt very light, I could walk fast, climb up stairs with ease. Before this diet, while on streets, I use to tuck in my stomach or hold my breath to make my chest look bigger - when I see a beautiful girl on the other side or a man bigger than me. That became my nature that I do it unconsciously. After being a raw vegan, I don’t have any issues with my body and don’t do any of those acts in public. I lost 20 Kg in 5 months.

Health: I was never sick in the past 15 years, even when I was overweight. I was not sick during the last five months as well. So, I am not sure, if raw vegan diet helped improve my health or not. With the kind of information available in the internet and the research books that I read, it is definitely healthy. If you are not healthy, it will improve. By health - I meant the state of all the internal organs, which is not obvious to us, until something goes wrong.

Cognizance: I am not sure how to explain this in words. While on vegan diet, I don’t have the fogginess in my thinking. I was able to think more clearly and able to communicate that with friends more precisely. I never stumbled for words. They flow freely. I started writing more and reading more. I started spending more time for myself - to improve myself. I invested in lot of audio books and made it a habit to listen to them daily. Started exploring the other side of my life (giving back to the society). Basically I would say that I am a much different person now. I can spend time alone and be happy & content. I don’t have any specific proof to say that Raw Vegan Diet did this, but my instinct says it did.

Food Carving: When I completed the 5 months trial, I thought I would be carving for cooked food. But that was not the case. The cooked food did taste better than raw vegan diet, especially my wife’s cooking. I liked eating cooked food, but I don’t carve for cooked food. Once when my wife was not around, by default - without thinking, I reached out for raw vegan breakfast. I don’t know, if this is some sort of contentment/detachment with food, but definitely better. During my college days (when going out with friends - mostly parting), I will come home around 1 AM in the midnight and my mom use to prepare fresh food at that time and feed me. Otherwise, I will not eat. Thinking about that with now.

Social Pressure: This is the toughest part of the raw vegan diet. We do have a lot of friends and relatives in India. Once or twice in a month, we have to attend some functions (marriage, baby shower, birthday celebrations, etc.) and you will have to eat in all the functions. Not eating in those functions is disrespecting the host. I have to come up with excuses or take the host in private and explain them about my diet. Trust me, nobody understands. All of them told me this, “Eat this one time, you continue from tomorrow. Today is special”. Saying NO to the love of your loved ones is the toughest part of this diet. Another part of the story is that - when relatives visit home and they see me slim, there will be hundreds of questions to Sangavi. All of them were elders and respectable persons in the family and the society. Those were the tough times for her as well. She persisted those times with a smile for me.

This is a problem specific to India and surrounding countries with related culture. So, does not apply for all.

Self-Confidence: Especially when you know that you can do something which 99% of the people around you cannot do, your self confidence soars to the high sky. Overcoming social pressure is the next plateau for your self confidence. You will know you can do things even if the whole world is against your idea. This raw vegan diet brought me self control, reduced procrastination, improved my self confidence greatly. Following Raw Vegan Diet equals reading hundreds of self developments books. Seriously. Trust me.

Some of the raw vegan recipes that I prepared and enjoyed are in my raw-vegan-recipes blog. Read and Enjoy !

Was the experiment successful?

I do have a lot of obese/overweight friends who complain about the impossibility of losing weight. The whole idea behind this experiment is to find a reliable and healthy mean to lose weight and when I lose weight, my friends will get inspired. I did lose weight. Very funny thing is that, my friends still complain about being overweight and ignored me and my diet plan as Outcasts. I am no longer an ordinary human being with an ordinary appetite. I laughed at myself. Nevertheless, I was blogging the efforts along the way. If it inspires one person in the world, I would consider my experiment a successful one. I don’t know at this point. The comments in this blog may help establish it.

What’s Next?

Gain muscle !. Yeah. right. I do know many skinny persons in the world. I am going to show them how to gain muscle mass and retain it in a healthy way. I am going to make it as simple as I could. If you would like to follow along, please subscribe for the blog posts. All the best !.

Did any of my posts/recipes in raw vegan diet helped you in any way?.

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