I am on day 3 of the vegan raw food diet. So far, I love it!
I feel more energized than I have felt in a long time.. And not the jittery energy that you get from caffeine, it just feels like nice, clean energy. I couldn't be happier about this because I have been battling fatigue for some years now. I would attribute the fatigue to my fibromyalgia and my not-so-great vegetarian diet. As a vegetarian, I would obviously not eat meat, but I really didn't consume nearly enough fresh produce. Instead, I would eat tons of processed garbage, tons of rice and pasta, and tons of dairy. My skin suffered and I have felt so run down, depressed, and anxiety ridden.. I really got to some dark, low places.
After doing tons and tons of research, I decided that enough is enough... I need to get down to basics and eat raw, clean, natural food. After all, that IS the kind of food that humans are supposed to eat. We didn't evolve to eat so much processed and pasteurized crap. Don't even get me started on the huge, positive environmental aspect of going vegetarian, vegan, and raw. Not to mention the horrible treatment of those sweet, innocent animals.
Anyway, here we are at day 3, and I feel absolutely wonderful. My energy is at a great level, I feel more focused and centered, and my inflammation has gone down considerably. I haven't had any fibromyalgia pain. Also, no new blemishes! I am expecting a detox breakout, so if/when that happens, I'll just go through the motions and hope for good results when it subsides. A few blemishes have surfaced that were already under the skin and cystic before I began the diet... So that's a good sign, and I'm happy with it.
I have also lost 2 pounds! I am keeping track of everything I eat, which really helps to keep me nutritionally balanced and stable. I am also drinking about a gallon of water a day, which has also been wonderful.. Apart from peeing every half hour. Normally it would take a lot of effort for me to enjoy drinking plain water, but since going raw, I can't seem to get enough of it.. Which I'm sure is helping with the detox. I have been a little itchy which could be from detoxing, but I also think I may have a tomato allergy/intolerance.. Gotta keep an eye on that.
A friend of mine is also going raw with me! So it's been great to have that support, since most people think I'm crazy. I think you'd be crazy not to at least try it.