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Raw Form of Life

  • Will I heal everything after trying raw diet? Do you give a 100% guarantee of success?
    The answer is very blunt: No 100% guarantee is possible, and you may or you may not heal everything. There are several reasons for it: 1. Diet is just one of the components of health. Yes, it is a very important component, but it is not all that matters. If you eat "right", but you don't move enough, you barely go outside, you drink alcohol or smoke anything, you are stressed out a lot and/or are majorly dissatisfied with your life, your social life is bad, your sleep quality is bad, you are subjected to high doses of EMF and environmental toxins, harmful household chemistries, etc., then a well-balanced raw diet will be a great aid, but won't be sufficient to resolve certain health conditions and achieve desired quality of life. For example, you lead a sedentary lifestyle and developed sciatica. You can eat as much raw food as possible, which would be a great aid to combat the inflammation, but unless you start doing exercises and reduce the amount of time you spend sitting, you will not heal. Or you are hoping to cure your headaches with a raw diet while sleeping right by the working WiFi router every night...keep hoping! Of course, raw foods will help, but they aren't going to magically cancel the effects of something intense and of a drastically different origin and with a different mechanism of influence and interaction with the living cells. 2. By the time you've discovered raw diet, your condition may be too developed to rely solely on lifestyle changes for healing. Sometimes, people have to outpace the progression of the condition, which may require medical interventions. It doesn't negate the necessity of changing the diet and other lifestyle habits that actually led or contributed to developing that condition, but again, if a condition is too fast and too powerful it may be wise to opt for all available cure possible to, first, contain, and second, reverse the condition. 3. "Raw Diet" is an umbrella term that can represent totally different approaches. You will find a wide variety of raw foodists who approach this dietary system in their own unique ways. You can stick with the raw diet plan that will be detoxifying, yet very nutrient-limited, hence it will likely give you impressive results after 1-2 months, but will not be long-term sustainable because nutritional deficiencies will catch up and you will feel powerless and lost because you'd think that "But I was doing the right thing! What do I do now??", while in reality you dismissed something vital and simply adding it to your diet would resolve the issue. You can find diets that are rid of greens or fats eliminating certain important nutrients - there are many ways! But the key is to finding an intercept between a low-toxicity diet and high-nutrient-content diet. 4. Expecting to heal immediately or very fast may lead you to disappointment if you have certain deep-rooted or complex conditions. You can immediately heal only constipation overnight for what it's worth :) Imagine, it will take you anywhere from 1 month to half a year to regenerate your gut microbiome, depending on how destroyed it was by the time you switch to a raw diet. Your gut lining will start healing and will stabilize in a matter of several months of being consistently supplied with raw plant fiber, anti-inflammatory foods, antioxidants. As gut healing progresses, your body will start learning how to extract and absorb nutrients, some of your deficiencies will start getting resolved, which, along with the restoration of the gut microbiome, will reflect on your endocrine system, on your skin and hair, on your blood vessels and heart, on your brain... It takes time, and some aspects of health may become accessible to you only after a couple of months of sticking with a nutritionally complete raw diet. 5. It may be naive to try getting every necessary nutrient from foods or internal synthesis only. In a modern world, with empty soil, with abuse of pharmaceuticals and antibiotics, with all added environmental factors that are outside of our control, it takes a lot to meticulously follow a perfect, nutritionally complete diet, so regardless of the dietary system people opt for supplements or certain nutraceuticals, functional foods to fill in some specific voids in their nutrition. Most of the trace elements and minerals, along with the essential fatty acids and complete set of essential amino acids may be found in aquatic plants, micro and macro algae, so they are a reasonable class of foods (that often ends up being overlooked) to be added to the diet as a natural supplement of nutrients that are rarely available for and from the terrestrial farm plants nowadays. And should we even bring up B12 here? 6. You are on a raw diet, but, let's say, only when people can see. Sometimes people try to lead a very healthy lifestyle, but completely blank on the fact that their favorite post-workout drink contains 40 grams of sugar and flavorings, or they eat out a lot. Depending on what it is that you sneak into your diet that doesn't belong to the category of "health foods", you may actually cancel the effects of your healthful efforts. For example, if pancreas is your weak organ, then refined sugar consumed on the background of otherwise immaculate raw diet will stall your progress. If your weakness is adrenals and/or kidneys, then coffee or strong green or black tea will prevent you from healing (also causing loss of vitamin C). On this topic, if you have iron-deficient anemia, such drinks will be carrying iron out of your body, even if you eat a surplus of it in conjunction with the synergistic vitamins. If you drink alcohol beverages, then you can forget about healing altogether because it is the major disruptor of the gut microbiome, lining, alcohol is a toxin that penetrates both water and fat membranes, causes DNA damage, brain damage, liver damage, pancreas damage, stomach and esophagus damage, kidney damage, blood cell damage, blood vessel damage, and thrombosis. These are the 6 main reasons for why it is in principle impossible to give anyone a 100% guarantee of a complete and unavoidable healing and long-term health on a raw diet. The principle of a "magic pill" will not work here, as with any major project, where any big and profound process requires time, focus, work, discipline, analysis, attention to detail, refinement, and learning.
  • Can I cancel my Raw Deep-Dive Session?
    Yes, you can cancel or move your Raw Deep-Dive Session, but no later than 24 hours prior to the session. Example: You booked a session for Jan. 10, at 14:00. You can cancel or move it no later than on Jan. 9 at 13:59 and receive the full amount you paid.
  • What is your method?
    My method is based on the knowledge of the modern nutrition science applied to the raw plant foods. I take a class of unambiguously essential nutrients and determine which foods provide most of each nutrient. Based on that, I build a 2000 - 2500 kcal raw vegan diet that provides all essential nutrients and macros. I focus on getting essential amino acids, getting a surplus of vitamin C, minerals, and a large surplus of ALA omega 3. There are some caveats though. You may have noticed that pop science always has a huge debate going around nearly any nutrient. One day, carbohydrates will be demonized, the next day - fats. Then there will be a wave of hype around something like coenzyme Q10, everyone will be selling supplements stating that it is the only thing everyone will need to heal. Then there will be a debate around how much protein per pound of body mass people need and the range is usually enormous. Then there will be appeals to different forms of traditional medicines. Then there will be saturated fats and cholesterol - whether we absolutely need to get them through food or not or if they are the main killers of the modern days. Then fish will be named as the best food for everyone, but the next day it will be presented as a mercury- and parasite-infested mass of nonsense that no one should be consuming. Then there will be a debate about whether oxalates are bad or benign. And in the end of the day, official science just recently proved that there is no safe or beneficial dose of took scientists a few centuries to write it on paper in a conclusive form. This is why I find it important to start with a foundation, then gather all possible plant resources to build the nutritional foundation, and then see what other supplementary things may be necessary. For the basics, I use open data sources, and for more intricate factors, nutrient interactions, to analyze some grey areas and why and under which experimental conditions certain widely-accepted conclusions were drawn, I read papers on The reason for such approach is that plants carry not only the essential nutrition, but they also carry what is considered medicinal properties (it is funny to call something quite natural, that is a part of your daily nutrition "medicinal" because it delineates nutrition and health-bearing properties in our minds). People often opt for eating average diets and then supplementing with plant derivatives and concentrates if they are health-conscious. When we talk about animal products, the discourse about their properties and health effects often comes about as "yes, but", and when we talk about edible raw plants, it often comes as "yes, and", favoring consumption of as many raw plant foods as possible. And when we conduct all calculations, it turns out that right at the point of 2000 - 2500 kcal of raw plant foods is where we hit all essentials with a surplus that can account for possible malabsorption of certain nutrients if a person is not fully healthy. As a result, I built a very well-rounded, filling and satisfying, nutritious raw plant diet that barely requires any supplementation and that promotes a diverse microbiome. In practice, the diet that I myself follow and that I teach is a balance between eating lots of seasonal fruits and eating lots of bitter greens, nutrient-dense seeds, seaweed, diverse fermented foods. I take the peak nutrition raw plants and turn them into the daily diet. To learn more, watch my YouTube channel and sign up for a Free 30 min Consultation if you are completely new to this lifestyle, or schedule a Raw Deep-Dive Session with me.
  • How will I benefit from the Free 30 min Consultation?
    For those who consider a more thorough work with me, the Free 30 min Consultation is an alignment session. In that case, we can determine a working communication strategy, find out the areas in which you, the client, possibly don't know what you don't know, find out what instruction style works best for you, and do all preparations for the Raw Deep-Dive Session such that you can get maximum gains from the paid session. At the same time, Free 30 min Consultation can be a good way for persons with focused questions to quickly get answers. It is also a way for you to additionally learn about some self-study materials available on my website and YouTube channel that could answer your questions. Example outline of the session: 5 min: You introduce yourself and explain the reason for coming. We go through some organizational moments. 20 min: Live Q&A. 5 min: Finishing the session, addressing some last minute questions and comments.
  • What results should I expect in 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 year after the consulting?
    1 day: You may feel slightly overwhelmed with information, but you will have a good understanding of how to approach raw diet. You will understand what your first step should be. You will shortly receive the recipes, the grocery list, and nutrition spread sheet to have some documented instructions and tips on hand to make your new lifestyle more structured and streamlined. After the Raw Deep-Dive Session, make sure to revisit the notes or replay the consultation in your mind. It is recommended that you do a health checkup with extensive blood work done at this point to have some reference values specific for you. 1 week: By this moment, you will already experiment with the recipes and approaches, you also will have all your follow-up questions answered via email. You may find that raw lifestyle takes up too much time or requires some uncomfortable adjustments to your schedule. First cravings may start bothering you. Ask people you live with to be cooperative and help you to get distracted from the parasitic cravings. 1 month: By this point, you've probably had some craving battles, and if you didn't slip, you have combated them with some delectable recipes from the recipe list. Your new symbiotic gut bacteria should already reformat your taste preferences and slowly deflect you from the parasitic cravings. You also may still struggle with bloating - for that make sure that you eat most fibrous foods early in the day and that you isolate fruit meals from heavier foods. If you made it to this point, this is when the first results start being quite noticeable. Focus on them and celebrate them. At the same time, if you aren't supplying or absorbing nutrition properly, this may be the point when you may start noticing excessive hair loss. Return to your notes ans nutrition spreadsheet and see what may be missing. 6 months: Raw diet must become streamline for you by this moment. You may still need to do some adjustments from time to time, but it should be well integrated into your lifestyle. It must feel ordinary, but with a greater quality of life and level of well-being. Your gut flora is still developing, but for the most part, your dietary preferences and cravings are healthy, your nutrition becomes intuitive in a good way, when you start hearing what your body REALLY needs based on the nutrient content of certain foods. Excessive hair fall is unnatural here, you should be growing yeti hair. 1 year: If you make it to the 1 year mark, this means that you are smoothly sailing through the raw lifestyle. At this point, make sure to observe your teeth, hair, menstrual cycle, libido, skin quality, nails, energy levels. If there is no radiance or something is off, make sure to revisit your diet. It may be a good idea to do a checkup again to see how your parameters changed. Make sure to test all anemia factors and protein factors. It is recommended that you schedule a follow-up session within the first month or two of transitioning to a raw diet, or whenever you find yourself struggling too much. Transitioning to a healthy diet should require work, but not suffering!!!
  • Do you carry out consultations or events in any language other than English?
    I speak English and Russian fluently, so these are the only two options for now.
  • How can I prepare for the Raw Deep-Dive Session?
    First, you will be provided with a form and example questions to answer in the Session reservation form. This will be helpful. Second, formulate your questions to me. It can be anything, from organizational to fundamental. Be prepared to talk about your previous experience with diets, episodes of eating disorder if you had any, describe your current eating habits and approximate schedule, your level of physical activity. Be prepared to describe what health is for you, how you imagine health and how you feel about it. Think why you would need health, what changes you are seeking through the diet.
  • How will I benefit from a Raw Deep-Dive Session?
    I will equip you with all the essential tools for you to be able to safely and comfortably transition to a sustainable raw vegan diet. We will be able to discuss your specific expectations from the raw diet and build a custom dietary plan for a short-term or a long-term raw lifestyle. I will provide you relevant background knowledge and reasoning behind certain food choices such that you feel comfortable and confident on your own. I will explain how to think and how to search for information online, how to read scientific articles, and how to communicate with your primary physician. You will also receive some useful freebies after your first Raw Deep-Dive Session and you will be able to email me any follow-up questions within a week after the session. At the same time, your effort and involvement matter as well because, as with any education, no one will be able to force any knowledge or skills into your head. You need to absorb the knowledge and put it to work. This is why I would encourage you to come prepared, take notes, and execute on what you learn as soon as possible.
  • What to do with antinutrients in raw plant foods?
    Nothing. Our body has mechanisms to neutralize the so-called antinutrients by either learning to produce specific enzymes or by employing our intestinal bacteria to break them down. You can still soak and sprout nuts and seeds if you prefer.
  • I am constantly hungry on a raw diet. Is it normal?
    No, it is not normal. Hunger and cravings are a sign that your body doesn't receive enough nutrition. The only way to troubleshoot this is to make a list of all foods you eat in a day, measure their weight, and log macros and micros. This video will be a good example: After you've identified what micronutrients or what type of macronutrient you are lacking, you can introduce foods that fill in those voids. But again, tolerating hunger and/or cravings, or trying to make speculations or "waiting" will only make things worse leading to development of nutritional deficiencies, compulsive overeating, failure to stay on a raw diet, development of eating disorders, reduced quality of life and satisfaction, pursuit of potentially harmful practices that would "resolve" the issue. Simply face the facts by conducting the measurements and calculations and take actions to improve your diet by bringing the missing essentials!
  • How to design a raw vegan diet if I don't know anything about nutrition?
    You can start with the information in this video: In the description, you will find all data used to generate the diagrams presented in the video. You can generate your own spreadsheet (the Excel spreadsheet is provided for free for everyone who participates in paid consulting programs). Later, you can add the foods that you enjoy and analyze their nutritional profiles to see what diet components are essential to keep in your daily nutrition. Find a few decent substitutes for diversity and enjoy. Remember that it is important to learn and educate yourself on nutrition, while also recognizing your body's needs. Tip: whenever you discover a new food go online and read about its properties. It is important to not just read the qualitative assessments, but to see the numbers and actual contents of certain nutrients if you want to be able to build a truly well-rounded diet. See this video:
  • What equipment will I need on a raw diet?
    Technically, you can skip investing in some fancy pieces of equipment if you are not keen on sophisticated cooking. However, especially in the beginning, such items as dehydrator and nice blender would be handy because you will likely want to try some fancy recipes, sauces, smoothies, mock-foods, etc. Later on, you will likely catch your own rhythm, identify what food options satisfy you the most, and determine whether you need all that equipment. On a dehydrator note, please, see this video and comments under it: The very essential piece of equipment is a large (LARGE) stainless steel bowl where you can wash your produce and mix salads. It is an invaluable investment if you are a raw foodist. For more information on equipment, please, see this post.
  • Is raw vegan diet safe?
    A raw vegan diet can be safe as well as it can be very dangerous. Here are examples: A well-balanced raw vegan diet that meets a person's caloric needs, that supplies all essential amino acids in amounts necessary for a given individual with a given fitness level and activity, that supplies all essential vitamins and minerals, that supplies enough of Omega 3 fatty acids sufficient for conversion into EPA and DHA, with proper supplementation with vitamin B12 and synthesis (or supplementation if necessary) of vitamin D is not only safe - it is very healthy and may be preferred for most people. Raw vegan protocols that can be considered unsafe or unsafe when followed for prolonged periods of time include: Strict fruitarian diet: excludes fatty foods, seeds, nuts, greens, sea plants. Mono or highly restricted diets: only one kind of fruit or a small group of plants can be consumed. Calorie-deficient raw vegan diets (less than 2000 kcal): in principle will lead to extreme weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, and quick decline if followed for a prolonged period of time. Liquid diet: only juices and smoothies are consumed. Juice diet: only juices are consumed. Any variants of dry fasting, or prolonged food abstinence. Light and air "diet". Any nutritionally unbalanced raw vegan diet. IMPORTANT: make sure that you don't have an eating disorder and that you do regular checkups to prevent or quickly mitigate any nutritional deficiencies.
  • What is your opinion on colonics?
    I would like to discuss it beyond the opinion level first. Enemas, colonics, just like douching, must be performed when there is a known reason for performing them. Just like that of a vagina or a mouth, our gut lining is constantly renewing and shedding, and a full renewal cycle is up to 4 weeks long. A healthy internal intestinal wall is composed of vibrating villi that allow to increase the absorbing surface area for better uptake of nutrients. These tiny fibers, villi are in turn covered in even smaller fibers and protective mucous coating. The villi absorb simple, properly broken down nutrition units and permeate them into the bloodstream to be carried to the target cells and organs. A poor diet full of irritants (sugar, processed "foods"), proteins that cause leaky gut, foods that favor prevalence of the pathogenic flora, cause gut villi to degrade through: destruction of a healthy mucus lining inflammation at the surface of the villi disruption of the fibrous lining of the villi and increased villi permeability reduction in size of the villi. The best way to restore the healthy gut lining from the very foundation is to get rid of leaky gut triggers and to supply large amounts of diverse types of plant fiber, to eat anti-inflammatory foods, high amounts of omega-3, healthy fats, and plant-based probiotic foods. Each of these are responsible for: Plant fiber - helps to propel the food through the gut Anti-inflammatory foods - help to reduce inflammation at the villi surface and aid in restoration of the villi lining Omega-3 and healthy fats - help to restore cell membranes Probiotics - help to populate the gut with healthy bacteria and restore protective mucus lining. The process of healing will take approximately as much as a full regeneration cycle, i.e., ~4 weeks, given that all supporting measures are taken. A well-balanced raw vegan diet, along with ample hydration, stress management and fitness activities, in most cases will be sufficient for it. In some instances, however, when we especially deal with elderly people who have a long history of neglecting health, years of constipation, poor eating habits, and chronic dehydration - in that case, such issues as fecal stones and impermeable deposits can arise. Such individuals may greatly benefit from specially formulated colonics performed under medical supervision. For majority of people who do not have such complications colonics are not a necessary part of gut healing because its healing is largely a restoration and renewal on a cellular level aided with proper eating habits and microbiome restoration. It is essential to stay disciplined and diligent in following a healthy gut protocol while healing because there is no magic pill or action that can speed it up. You are literally on your body's clock. There are some dangers associated with colonics: Risk of perforation and infection of the rectum and bowel Risk of bacterial imbalances Electrolyte imbalance Disruption of the gut's motor function when colonics are performed repeatedly Dehydration In some cases, people develop enema addiction and can no longer use bathroom without an enema because their gut becomes too lazy to propel the waste on its own. Another danger is psychological addiction, similar to an OCD. People feel like they become in control of some new biological function, they may feel like they accessed some satisfactory, instant gratification process that they see instant results from ("all that waste came out! Wow!"), just like when we clean a dusty surface. For some, it may be associated with feeling "clean and pure", even though our standards for what is considered clean and pure are far from what they are naturally. Enemas and colonics can also become a method of getting a flat belly and feeling light quickly. Now, my opinion: unless absolutely necessary, enemas and colonics are not something I consider performing. I believe in creating conditions for self-regulation and maintaining those conditions.
  • Who shouldn't try a raw vegan diet?
    Nearly anyone can try this diet for at least a short period of time without any consequences because it is not the raw diet itself - it is the foods that are being consumed and how balanced the diet is that matter. And most people can in principle be fully raw for prolonged periods of time or for a lifetime. However there may be some limitations for certain groups of people who should approach this diet with extreme caution and/or under a supervision of a qualified medical specialist: People with removed gallbladder. People who underwent a weight-loss surgery. People after a resection of any other part of the GI tract. Picky eaters who aren't willing to eat certain groups of foods that would otherwise greatly contribute to their nutrition. People with galactose intolerance. People with untreated eating disorders. People with certain kidney disorders. People with other known specific disorders that do not allow to eat raw foods. Everyone else can at least try raw vegan diet and see for themselves if this dietary system works or not in their specific case. Oftentimes, some small adjustment is needed to make this diet work.
  • How to tell if I am deficient in something?
    Going to a qualified, well-educated doctor interested in their profession would be a good way to discuss the possibility of you having any nutritional deficiencies, however, it is often not an option. Some apparent symptoms pointing to the presence of the commonplace deficiencies are: Excessive hair loss (except for the genetic androgenic alopecia in males) Pale or discolored skin Dark circles under the eyes Eczema and dermatitis Excessive bruising Nose bleeding Menstrual cycle disorders or amenorrhea Loss of libido Tiredness Brittle nails (without any superficial reasons, such as excessive hand washing, exposure to chemistry and manicures with the use of chemistries and UV light, gardening, etc.) White spots and stripes on the nails Horizontal ridges and indents on the nails Too pale or too bright nail color Change of nail shape and gloss Skin sagging Inability to perform cardio or other fitness activities at the normal levels Tingling under the skin Numbness of the extremities Persistently cold feet and hands Marbled skin Muscle twitching Muscle weakness Heart palpitations Headaches Dry, dehydrated skin Sensitive teeth Inflamed and cracked corners of the mouth Patterned tongue and tongue discoloration etc. Most of these are a result of anemia (iron and/or B12 and/or B9/folate deficiency), magnesium deficiency, vitamin D deficiency, iodine deficiency, zinc deficiency, or omega 3 essential fatty acids deficiency. All of those can be alleviated by introducing such foods as: Hemp seeds Flax seeds Chia seeds Leafy greens and aromatic herbs (at least 1 pound a day) Seaweeds Cruciferous vegetables Pumpkin seeds Nuts In addition, vitamin B12 should be adequately supplied or supplemented if you observe that you are not able to get it from an internal synthesis. Moreover, it is important to prevent vitamin D deficiency if you don't live in tropical or subtropical climate zone and are deprived of sunshine most of the year. Consult with your primary physician about the best supplements and dosage. Recognize that high doses of vitamin D from the supplements may result in health complications.
  • What can you eat on a raw vegan diet?
    You can eat any edible plant that wasn't heated above 118F or 42C. This includes nuts and seeds, sprouted seeds, grains, pseudograins and sprouted lentils and chickpeas, which serve as a source of minerals and essential amino acids. You can eat all fruits, vegetables, greens and edible wild plants, such as nettles, wild spinach, dandelions, pine shoots, etc. You can eat raw soaked seaweeds which are an invaluable source of minerals and DHA Omega 3.
  • How to transition to a raw vegan diet?
    💡The foundational action is to quit alcohol and red meat because they promote uric acid formation and uric acid creates conditions for forming oxalate crystals and stones in kidneys and joints! Besides, alcohol and meat will create conditions when you have no proper gut microbiome to break down oxalates. Now, actually transitioning: First, you should introduce as many whole foods into your diet as possible by substituting processed foods with their whole food counterparts, even if they are cooked. Basically, get acquainted with the culture of preparing your own food from scratch. Opt for simple meals and try to reduce the % animal products (if you still eat them) by replacing them with dense plant protein sources (legumes, tofu, tempeh). Second, start substituting cooked whole food meals with their raw counterparts. The most important meal is a salad. Here are the instructions for how to make a good, nutritious salad that will gently cleanse your gut, liver, and kidneys: To aid your body in digesting foods with increased amount of cellulose and other kinds of fiber, you can try adding alive fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut kefir, coconut yogurt and/or supplement with probiotic pills. It is preferred that you consume fermented foods on an empty stomach allowing them to pass before you eat anything else such that you don't create flatulence and allow bacteria to assimilate. Bacteria will start changing your appetite and cravings favoring raw plants. Gradually increase the fraction of raw foods exploring different options, while keeping the salad as a part of your daily menu. Eat your salad at least 4 times a week preferably in the first half of the day to avoid flatulence. Adjust as you go, but please, make sure to keep your nutrition complete. Refer to these videos for ideas:
  • Why would I even try a raw vegan diet?
    A well-balanced raw vegan diet supplies all essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, all essential amino acids, soluble and insoluble fiber. Raw plants heal the body by gradually restoring healthy gut microbiome and resolving such conditions as leaky gut and IBS, and by promoting regular evacuation of waste. Besides, they combat inflammation, autoimmune disorders, hormonal unbalances, atherosclerosis, act as diuretics, reduce blood viscosity, and cleanse the organs of detoxification. Besides, this way of eating utilizes a mechanism of autolysis of living cells: enzymes preserved in living plant cells (that otherwise would be thermally destroyed) aid digestion and make protein (amino acids) and energy utilization more efficient. Accessibility of essential amino acids in raw plants is higher than from the cooked animal or plant protein coagulates. On a raw diet, you naturally avoid carcinogens that are released when carbohydrates and proteins are burnt, you avoid highly inflammatory and carcinogenic processed foods and oils, and especially burnt oils, you naturally avoid exogenous cholesterol by removing animal products from your diet. Instead, you receive potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant phytonutrients that are usually lost upon thermal treatment. Raw plants are a source of functional hydration carrying water-soluble vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals in their bioavailable form. By substituting "empty calories" with functional foods, you automatically consume much higher amount of nutrients per calorie and substances that health-conscious people normally try to get from the supplements. This leads to a healthy weight loss without ever being hungry, while being well-nourished. On a well-balanced raw diet hitting 2500 kcal daily, you will reach your optimal weight corresponding to your fitness level, while resolving most of the commonly occurring nutritional deficiencies. As a result, you will likely observe elevated levels of energy, improved cardiovascular health, improved fitness and cardio performance, get rid of migraines and headaches, persistent acne, brain fog, etc.
  • How do I buy groceries as a raw vegan?
    Whole Foods stores (and similar chains), farmers markets, and online stores and marketplaces are places where you can buy all necessary foods. For economical purposes, such items as seeds, nuts, dates, and legumes can be bought bulk online. Fresh produce should be purchased at least once a week. Leaves can be stored in the fridge wrapped in bags or wet paper towels, unripe avocados can be left on a countertop to ripen for a few days, and ripe avocados should be stored in the fridge. Sweet fruits can be left on a countertop and such fruits as cucumbers, bell peppers should be refrigerated. Some tips: Don't buy boxed lettuce and instead buy whole leaves that are sold in bunches without packaging. Prioritize seasonal fruits and vegetables if possible. Stock up on those first before getting off-season fruits and vegetables. Choose fruits and vegetables grown down south over Canadian greenhouse items if possible. Take advantage of frozen fruits and berries outside of their harvest season. Buy organic produce if possible. If not, take special care in washing your produce. Here is the video: Here are groceries that I got for a week:
  • Why do some raw vegans look better than their peers and some look much worse than their peers?
    An appearance and "looking good" depend on how balanced one's lifestyle and diet are. Youthful appearance is a result of: Low stress Enthusiasm and love for life Being on your place in life and feeling the meaning and joy in life Happy relationships Daily fitness and physical activities Being outdoors and connecting with nature Consuming foods promoting collagen and hyaluronic acid production (rich in proline, glycine, vitamin C, copper, etc.) Abstaining from foods and beverages crosslinking collagen (sugars, advanced glycation products, etc.) Proper hydration Consuming anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant-rich foods (all vegetables, fruits, greens, seeds, seaweeds, nuts, sprouts) Hormonal health (avoiding estrogen and progesterone imbalances, supporting adrenal glands, thyroid gland, avoiding exogenous estrogens and eating phytoestrogen-rich foods, avoiding mineral deficiencies) Getting enough minerals and vitamins for good cell regeneration Keeping steady healthy weight throughout life to avoid skin stretching and sagging Taking good care of the teeth to keep the facial foundation firm Synthesizing or getting enough vitamin D .... There may be many more factors to further complete and refine this list, but the foundational factors promoting health and youthfulness are listed. Typically, the more restricted and more sweet fruit-leaning diet becomes, the faster the aging proceeds. It is important to keep track of the amino acid, fats, fatty acids, mineral, and vitamin intake and to take advantage of the bitter greens, seeds, and sea vegetables!
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