This is a great article I found on the Veritas Magazine site – and I relate to a lot of what it has to say. Many people ask about whether they can be really healthy on a vegan diet, and it is always about what the person is eating, rather than whether they are vegan, raw vegan or not.
I have known many vegans who eat very, very badly. White bread, hot chips and pasta are staples of their diet, and they are overweight and unhealthy. Others are strict raw vegans, who eat very little and become quite wasted and anaemic and do not look well.
The key is about finding the balance in the diet to supply enough nutrients and calories to remain healthy – and for me, that is a whole foods diet. No junk food, no processing, no artificial flavours, colours and preservatives or deep frying! It is about eating foods as they are found in nature, and using medicinal foods and superfoods to boost nutrition. Michael Pollan, a food researcher and author suggests “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants”, and for me that makes the most sense.
I am personally not 100% anything – not 100% raw foodie, not 100% vegan or vegetarian – but I make my diet out of whole foods, and at times add in a little bit of animal protein, and a little bit of cooking (some brown rice with steamed veggies). For periods of time, especially through summer, I can be raw vegan for months, and through winter I might make some soups and have a small amount of cooked and animal foods. But these are not the main part of my diet, and through eating this way I’ve found a balance that works, and I am not obsessed with having to be 100% anything.
This article from Veritas Magazine, I found very interesting, about why many vegans go back to eating meat.
“Recently, a book was published called “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith, a former vegan who attempts to make a case against the vegetarian diet. After over a decade on a vegan diet, she’s fallen off the wagon and is back on meat, but not because she was craving a juicy steak, but because she’s now convinced that the vegan diet destroyed her health.
Another former raw vegan who enjoys a certain popularity recently published a pamphlet on why he’s now eating meat, and was seen recently up North in my home country converting other vegans into eating meat.
If you’ve been mostly vegetarian or vegan for long enough, I’m sure you’ve stumbled into former vegans who are back on meat because they think it’s part of the answer to their health problems. You may even meet many former veggie-heads who also, like the author of “Vegetarian Myth”, think that the vegan diet made them sick and weak…”
Read the rest of this article here: