Hey sunshine! How is it going? Here in Brazil we have finally reached one of the most expected national holidays: Carnival! The parades are over but the party just keeps going. Wednesday is the big day, when all the samba schools will have their show judged to win the grand prize. Bring it on, Samba!
With all the sunny celebration, I have been darn busy in my tropical land – I am preparing a workshop (in Portuguese) coming up in March here in São Paulo, and another big international event (like, BIG!) which I can’t talk about yet (oh yaks! So hard to keep it in!) – and… The worse thing ever happened to me in the midst of it all: the other day, while eating super juicy and sweet Brazilian guavas (bam!) one of my tooth caps came off… Oh, It’s been painful, to say the least. I’ve just came back from the dentist this morning and it seems like it will take a while to fix this little crack 🙁
Anyway, let’s talk about the ‘v’ word, shall we. Today we’ll discuss something that’s really close to my heart: how a raw vegan diet can improve your health, your life, and the environment, all at once!
I want to share with you three reasons why you should try a raw vegan diet, or at the very least, eat this way some of the time. None of us is obliged to any diet. But that doesn’t mean we are doing it right, or doing the best we can with the food choices we have today.
During this time in history, we can no longer use excuses to bear our heads in the sand and pretend that our choices are not only affecting ourselves, but also the entire community around us — the whole world! All of us is responsible for the kind of world we live in. Our daily random choices can indeed transform the entire planet.
So come on over, seat on the couch with me and my dog Fifi for a little while: let’s talk about v-love 🙂
3 Reasons to Start a Raw Vegan Diet
1. More Energy and Vitality
The first reason is that veganism can help us achieve a health balance and increase energy levels across the board.
As I’ve mentioned before, I used to have major fibromyalgia symptoms, with extreme joint pains. I had to go to the doctor twice a month for shots, was unable to exercise much, and life was basically much more difficult. But the lifestyle I have today allows me to feel vibrant and energetic. I can dance, exercise, and do what I want, finally! My raw vegan diet made all the difference.
I used to feel like I lived in an old lady’s body, at only twenty-something years old. Today, I can work and do all the things I need to, with more joy and energy than ever.
2. Mental Clarity
The second reason for going raw vegan is a big one: mental clarity. Brighter senses. Everything is more open and vibrant and alive!
Some scientists have said that “our intestines are our second brains.” When your intestines are dirty from gluten, meat, and dairy, these things can take a long time to leave your body. They’re harder to digest and they pollute your system. When your body is gummed up like that, it’s harder to think, and you lose mental clarity.
When your mind feels muddy, you have negative thoughts, and it’s hard to work through sensory input. When you clear that out by removing the things your body has trouble with, it’s like a ray of sunshine through the clouds.
Concentration becomes easier; it’s like a miracle. You start to have positive vibes growing within you. Life is more colorful, the sun is brighter, and every sensory experience is more intense because of the raw vegan diet. As soon as you try it, you’ll feel what I mean!
3. Connection and Harmony
The final reason I want you to try the vegan diet is this feeling of connection and harmony.
I brought my dog, Fifi, to share the inspiration she gives me. I love her from the bottom of my heart. She’s a great pet, a great friend, and I love her like I love any animal. Animals like her show us a strong desire to live within groups, enjoying a sense of community.
I don’t want to be a reason why another animal is tortured within the food industry. If you aren’t aware of how poorly animals are treated in the factory farm system, you can look up how they are mistreated and tortured unnecessarily. There are countless videos and articles if you need to be convinced.
I love my dog as I love all animals, and I don’t want to be another reason for that pain.
After going vegan, I feel much more in harmony with the principles that are in my heart: no violence, no torture to any living thing. I feel more connected to nature, the earth, all animals, life, and the universe. That’s a great feeling! I don’t want to change this feeling for anything.
The vegan diet doesn’t have to be something where you jump right into the deep end. Try introducing vegetables and fruits gradually, replacing milk and meat where you can. When you notice the difference just a little effort makes, you’ll want to go further and experience all that I know to be true.