Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q. What is the benefit of eating a vegan or plant-based diet?
A. There are lots of benefits to eating a vegan or plant-based diet from an increase in fiber to help with better digestion to decreasing the amount of fat/protein in the diet which is directly related to illness/disease. (See The China Study). For more reasons for why a vegan/plant-based diet is beneficial check out Why Vegan?.
2. Q. What is the benefit of eating a raw diet?
A. There are many benefits to eating a raw foods diet, from maximum nutrition to improved energy and health. For more details check out Why Raw Foods?
3. Q. Where do you get your protein on a vegan or raw diet?
A. You can get plently of protein from a plant-based diet. Dr. T Colin Campbell, the author of "The China Study", worked many years doing research about the link between diet and disease. He found lower amounts of protein and fat (from animal products) led to lower incidents of illness/disease. Dr. Douglas Graham, author of "80-10-10 Diet" recommends not eating more than 10% of your calories from protein.
Some sources of protein are:
Kale, lettuce, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, any leafy green
Almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, any nuts (they are mainly considered a fat though)
4. Q. Are there any supplements you need to take on a vegan or raw diet?
A. The ones I take are Vitamin B12, because there is a lot of controversy about whether or not your body can make it, if you are feeding it the right foods. So, I take it as a precaution.
I also take Vitamin D, as I feel needed in the winter when the sun doesn't come out in the Pacific Northwest. If you live in a colder climate or just aren't able to get outside, Vitamin D is generally recommended.
5. Q. What do you eat on a vegan or raw diet?
A. On a vegan diet there are still many things you can eat.
-Fruits & Vegetables
-Rice, whole grains
-Fake meats made from tofu, gluten, etc.
On a raw diet there are many things as well.
Fruits: peaches, honeydew, durian, mangoes, oranges, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, plums, apples, pears, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, etc
Vegetables: cauliflower, kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, celery, zucchini, squash, peas, green beans, onions, carrots, corn, pumpkin, cabbage, etc.
Nuts/seeds: almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cashews, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, etc.
6. Q. Will there be detox symptoms if I change my diet to vegan or raw?
A. Yes, most likely you will experience some sort of detox symptom(s). It could be bad body odor, bad breath, skin eruptions, headaches, mucus drainage, colds, nausea, or emotional/mental struggles. You may experience these things for a short time or for a while. It really depends on how many years you have been eating a Standard American Diet (or other non-Vegan diet) and your current state of health. Everyone is different. This process takes time, it didn't take a week to be unhealthy, so don't expect radiant health in a week either. Keep pressing on to your goals and don't give up even when things don't feel good. It will get better. Trust me.