You hear a lot about vegan and plant based diets these days.

Hollywood celebrities often actively sell vegan products or promote them to huge crowds. But, vegan diets have been around for a long time.

Although the term ‘Veganism’ was coined in 1944, the concept of flesh-avoidance can be traced back to ancient Indian and eastern Mediterranean societies.

In the west, the first vegetarian society was formed in 1847, in England. Some years later, Rev. Sylvester Graham, a Natural Hygiene pioneer, co-founded the American Vegetarian Society.

As all things in the mainstream, they are often last one to catch up and when they do, it doesn’t always live up to their true essence.

Not to sound disrespectful, but these days, a lot of people seem to get their information through social media, like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and the like. I am not surprised that vegan dieting in action is inundated with failure and disappointment.

The vegan diet can be a double-edged sword because on one hand, it can bring tremendous benefit to both the individual and the Earth; in practice, however, vegan diets are largely cooked food diets based mainly on grains and soy, while containing enormous amounts of fat.

Even MacDonald’s and Häagen-Dazs put out plant-based versions of their products. Yes, they might be animal free, but the fat content is often much higher than the standard version, as well as including many harmful substances.

Of course, there are exceptions; some people eat healthier vegan diets than others. But generally, most vegans have trouble staying thin and are (sometimes) only marginally healthier than those eating the Standard American Diet.

The question is not whether we should choose between vegan vs. carnivorous, or paleo, or any other non-plant based diet. Our choice must lead towards raw veganism, more specifically: a high fruit, low fat, raw vegan diet, which is where you find all the great health benefits.

To make the best raw vegan transition, focus on applying the principles of a wholefood, less processed, less refined, low-fat plant based diet first while making sure fruits and vegetables are the base of your diet. This is the start!

How to Eat Raw 

The biggest hurdle people face when trying going raw is to get used to eating enough fruit. I see this happening all the time, especially with my family.

The secret here is to understand that, in order to able to enjoy fruits, we must adapt our taste buds to a raw diet, which takes time and skill. You are not going to enjoy eating an apple after Haagen-Dazs ice cream because junk food unnaturally over stimulates your senses.

Do you know the first thing I did when I decided to go on a raw food diet? I bought myself a steamer!

Why would you start a raw food diet by buying yourself a steamer, you may wonder; that’s “cooking” right? Yes, it is!

I quickly figured out that replacing my complex, and highly stimulating, cooked dinners with less charged meals, such as steamed vegetables, was the best way to readapt my taste buds and improve my digestion among many other benefits.

A few days after making this change, I started enjoying the taste of fresh fruit and other raw food much more.

Similar to other epithelial cells, buds cells turn over continuously, with an average life span of about 8–12 days, so you need a little patience, but you will experience positive results.

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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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