Diet update: 6 months fully raw vegan!

Diet update: 6 months fully raw vegan

Just recently I celebrated a huge milestone — 6 months (half a year!!) of eating fully raw vegan!

Gosh! That time has flown by and while I haven’t been able to give nearly as many updates and recipes and all that good stuff along the way as I wanted to, all that’s about to change (but more on that in a bit…) :)

This 6-month mark has me feeling incredibly proud of myself for simply keeping this up as long as I have! For staying with it, for finding ways to make it work when I was in less-than-ideal situations, for keeping the commitment to myself because it was so important to me. Six months feels like such a major accomplishment and it’s exciting! I find that when you commit to something big like this, seeing it through, the empowerment and strength you feel afterwards is second to none. Keeping your commitment to a diet, to a project, to a big lifestyle change, bolsters the confidence and belief in yourself that you can truly do anything you set your mind to. Powerful stuff!

Eating raw vegan has brought up a lot of questions from people. I’ve found this lifestyle piques the interest of many others when they see the kinds of stuff I’m eating and want to know how I’m doing it, how I’m feeling, what has changed/healed because of it, etc.

So without further ado, my 6-month update for you:

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What I’ve learned after 2 months of being 100% raw vegan

What I've learned after 2 months being 100% raw vegan

As a follow-up to my last post earlier this month, I thought I’d take some time to write about several big lessons I’ve learned along the way whilst eating a 100% raw foods vegan diet. Never in my life did I think I’d go fully raw like this, let alone be able to maintain it for months! Yet here I am 2 months in and what’s more, still loving it! If you’re curious to try this way of eating either as a short-term cleanse (highly beneficial!) or even longer, here’s my personal experience so far along with some recommendations.

First I’ll explain a little of what I’m doing exactly, as there are a few different ways of eating raw vegan. The path I’ve taken revolves almost entirely around fruits and veggies. No grains, no oils, no sweeteners. I’ve recently started introducing a small amount of nuts and seeds in but kicked off the first month without them to really do some deep cleansing.

Interestingly enough, I just recently discovered there’s a diet out there that basically sums up what I’m doing which is called 80/10/10. This consists of eating 80% carbs, 10% protein, 10% fat (from whole food sources only). This 80/10/10 format is more or less what I’m following. I’m not a fan of adhering strictly to set diets out there but I AM adhering to the protocol given to me for liver cleansing and healing – which is to eat extremely LOW in fat (think no more than a couple spoonfuls of nuts or 1/4 avocado per day), as well as incorporate specific healing foods into my diet everyday.

The low fat part is the #1 most essential key to what I’m doing and also the big reason why I’ve chosen to make this a raw foods diet for myself over a cooked one. Without the addition of fats in the form of oils, meats and dairy, let alone no grains in the diet as well, I don’t feel any strong pull to eat cooked food. That’s just been my personal choice!

Ok so now that you’ve got the gist of it, onto the lessons and revelations…

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My raw vegan diet change – BIG updates!

My raw vegan diet change

July 4th just passed… and as I renewed the domain for this site, I realised it’s been 3 years since The Wellness Explorer was officially formed. I purchased this domain on the 4th of July 2013… I couldn’t even walk during that time but the desire to start up a blog was still there. My intent has always been to share my wellness journey, to share what I’m learning, to inspire others to thrive and take control of their health & diet. That intent remains the same to this day, 3 years later. I love that I get to share through this platform – it’s through sharing that we help others and create positive change in the world.

And so, I wanted to share with you some big changes that have happened in myself recently, that most definitely will reflect in the way I blog and the direction some of this site takes moving forward.

Where do I begin?

For me, the turning point started at the beginning of this year. It was just a few days into 2016 and I was noticing that my digestion was not feeling so great. I felt sluggish and bloaty and just very off. That seemed puzzling to me because (I thought) I had been eating so well. Lots of veggies, berries, winter squash and farm-fresh eggs; I was culturing my own raw dairy, eating warm kitchari & buckwheat dishes, lots of healthy coconut oil and raw butter, free-range meat or fish once or twice a week. I was eating a nutrient-dense diet. And I felt SLUGGISH.

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How I healed my body – the secret to my success

How I healed my body & The wellness mentorship program

A couple months ago back in January I woke up with MAJOR insomnia one night. Not something I often experience and I spent the first hour trying various methods to soothe myself back to sleep. When that didn’t work and I was pretty much resigned to being up for the rest of the night, I asked myself a question: Is there something I need to know here? Is there something this is trying to show me?

I had a burning desire to write for some reason so I pulled out my journal… and proceeded to write the outline for what is now my new coaching program!

I wrote and wrote and wrote that night… I couldn’t stop. And since that night in January I’ve been designing and refining, bubbling over with creative flow, inspiration and ideas to make this the best coaching program I can possibly think of – the wellness program that I WISH would have been available to me when I was struggling with so many health issues. I’ve made a couple announcements on my newsletter about this already and a mention or two on insta… and now the time has come to release this labour of love out into the blogosphere!

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Often when people find out I self-healed from a condition where I couldn’t walk, they want to know what exactly I did.

How was I able to clear this out of my body when doctors couldn’t figure it out? What was my secret? Well in a nutshell, it really boils down to two big things:

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