A common question I hear is: how long does it take to start feeling the results after going on a raw vegan diet?

To start with, every person is different in terms of the amount of toxicity they have accumulated over the years; they need to get rid of when they change their diet, especially to raw foods.

If you have spent your entire life eating heavy English breakfasts day after day, you are not going to experience the same reaction after switching to raw foods as someone who has eaten lighter plant based meals all their lives.

Either way, you should not be discouraged of adopting this new set of habits and the sooner the better in fact, as huge benefits awaits you.

I believe that making the right transition to raw foods is just as essential in order to get great results as the diet itself, and one of the main reasons why I have written my program, Health For Life. Because I want folks to get extraordinary results, just like I did.

Sadly, time and time again, most people fail when they attempt to go raw, mainly because of ignorance.

They watch a few videos on YouTube here and there and think they are ready to go. Just like this journalist writing for the Huffington Post:

She writes:

“You know that thing where, like, you know, you need a change in your eating life and you’re watching YouTube and then, like, a week later you decide you’re going to be a raw vegan, so you do that? I did that. Clearly, it did not last.”

Well, I am not surprised it did not last for her, as it would not last for anybody with a similar attitude.

The truth of the matter is that most people are just too lazy to read books or do proper research these days.

One of the biggest diseases of modern society is the search for instant gratification; people want to be able to achieve great results and thrive without putting in any effort.

If changing my diet to raw foods was as easy as watching a few YouTube videos, one wonders why I had to spend 6 years studying Natural Health and Nutrition? My library of health books alone exceeds 4,000 titles. I studied and researched as much as someone would to earn a PHD in Biology to give you a rough idea and even more I should think.

I am not saying that everyone should follow on my steps, but even reading books alone isn’t enough in my opinion, you need to study them.

YouTube can be a useful platform for learning how to open a coconut and such, but if you are serious about learning natural health and being successful with a raw diet; social media isn’t the place to look for information.

While there might be some exceptions, you should not spend more than 5% of your research time watching YouTube videos.

Similar things can be said for Facebook: it is a useful platform for searching for local food markets in your area, for instance, or being able to meet with other like-minded people locally, but it’s definitely not a place to get health advice from strangers.

You should be concentrating in studying books, researching libraries, and taking specific courses and programs.

Assuming you know what you are doing and you have gone through the right transition, which by the way, doesn’t mean eating 100% raw from the start – that’s definitely a no no!), improvements to your well-being should start manifesting within a matter of days.

When switching to raw foods, the detox period may last for a few weeks, or even months in some cases, this has to do with the levels of toxicity you previously accumulated over your life and which your body needs to get rid of, as I previously stated.

Even though this process may feel uncomfortable at times and you may need to go to the toilet more often, it should be a cause of celebration as you are finally cleansing your body from years of abuse.

Below is an incomplete list with some of the changes you’ll start experiencing almost right away:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Greatly improved digestion
  • Buzzing with new energy

I mean, you’ll be bursting with a new, natural energy, like you have never before experienced in your life. Which by the way, this too can be an issue, if you don’t know how to handle it.

It’s not unusual for people to reverse back to eating junk food during this period in order to sedate some of these emotions and to counteract those high energy levels. This isn’t obviously the right approach.

Taking on a new job or task is advisable during this period in order to burn off some of this energy and be productive at the same time.

  • Consistent levels of energy
  • Losing excess fat and becoming fit
  • Stop feeling depressed

When talking about depression, we must differentiate between depression caused by poor lifestyle choices and the depression resulting from “mental distress” – caused by suffering from a traumatic event – in the latter case, therapy may be advisable.

  • End of mood swings
  • No bad breath or body odour
  • No ear infections
  • Allergies may become less intense
  • Wounds heal faster
  • Overcoming back pain
  • Increased flexibility and range of motion in the joints and spine.
  • Clearer, softer, and more youthful skin
  • Sparkling eyes (no dark circles)
  • Reduced swelling
  • Improved breathing
  • Heighten senses
  • Enhanced vision
  • Increased awareness
  • Improved dental health
  • Clearer sinuses
  • Less mucous discharge
  • Ability to withstand temperature extremes
  • No longer need coffee to wake up
  • More in touch with your body and intuition
  • More confident in yourself
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Easier to sleep when travelling (no jetlag)
  • No feeling of deprivation; you can eat as much as you like and not gain weight.
  • Better and faster workouts
  • Speedy recovery between workouts and post
  • No dizziness or balance disorders
  • Major improvement on treatment of tic disorders
  • No food poisoning to worry about
  • Saving money on buying new clothes because your weight doesn’t fluctuate
  • Huge aid in quitting hard drugs, such as nicotine
  • Stronger immune system
  • Healing of major illnesses
  • Spiritual expansion

It’s also important to point out that a low fat, raw food diet is the most environmentally sound diet that there is, so you are not only benefiting yourself and your health with this diet plan, but your carbon footprint will drop too.

Dieting alone isn’t enough to experience the benefits listed above. Other essential elements of health, such as getting plenty of rest and sleep, enough exposure to sunlight, exercise, water fast when necessary, and other aspects of healthy living are equally crucial.

In my case, and because I’ve spent over 20 years in the music business with full of late nights, abuse, and everything that went with job, I needed to do a lot of catching up, especially with sleeping.

But as I said, not everyone is the same and it’s not too difficult to implement healthier habits either, you ought to know what you are doing though.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and writer who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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