Hello, goneraw community. =)
I'll try to keep the background information brief, but I am a 15-year-old, male, highly interested in nutrition (as of now I plan to be a dietitian when I'm older). As I'm sure that all of you reading this can attest to, there is a lot of conflicting evidence out there--on the internet, in books, on the news, from various leaders in the nutrition field--about what the optimal diet is. On one extreme, there is the raw vegan diet, and on another extreme, there is the completely carnivorous diet. Then there is the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, the vegetarian diet, the low-carb diet, the cooked vegan diet, the food pyramid diet...etc.
If you've taken a look at my screen name, you'll probably figure out that, as of now, I don't believe that the raw vegan diet is the optimal diet for human health. I've reviewed a lot of literature, and it doesn't seem to me that there's anything in humans' evolutionary past that would suggest that we should be a raw vegan species.
Personally, I feel great off a diet that includes fatty cuts of meat, poultry, fish, loads of milk and dairy, eggs, as well as fruits and vegetables. But it's hard to ignore the people on various websites and forums who claim to feel healthier, have more energy, etc, while consuming a vegan diet.
The easy thing to do would be to pretend that such people are either lying, or are somehow exempt from the normal rules of human nutrition; but I've decided to not to do that anymore, and instead, find out for myself what the raw vegan diet is all about. (By the way, I know that not all raw vegans claim that their diet is the best for absolutely every person on the planet--I'm doing this for personal reasons. If I'm going to walk around thinking that I couldn't possibly thrive off a raw vegan diet, then I might as well justify my thinking.) That's why I've decided to drop all personal prejudices against the raw vegan diet and try it out for myself. (My parents are quite used to me trying out radical diets, so that shouldn't be a problem).
If the moderators of the forum don't mind, I would like this thread to also double as a log for my foray into raw eating.
Here's the diet I've devised that I will adopt. I am open to any advice for foods that should be added, removed, or changed in quantity.
-2 cups broccoli
-2 cups spinach
-4 oz almonds
-2 cups baby carrots
-1 cup berries
-1-2 brazil nuts
I'll also probably drizzle a home-made dressing of olive oil and raw ACV over vegetables to make them more palatable.
I will also be blending a lot of this every day. I've been making green smoothies for a while now--they're wonderful, aren't they? Such easy sources of nutrition.
Fat: 114 grams
Saturated fat: 13 grams
Carbs: 398 grams
Fiber: 90 grams
Protein: 51 grams
Interestingly, the fat content (once I add the olive oil) is about the same as my old diet, but the carbs have increased by about 60% and protein has decreased by at least 70%. If I ever crave protein, I will add raw hemp, but I think I'll be okay after a period of adjustment.
As far as vitamins and minerals go, the diet is strong in all of them, except for the obvious ones like B12 and Vitamin D, both of which I will supplement. It was also very low in selenium, which is why I added the brazil nuts. It's a bit deficient in zinc, which I'm not too worried about for the time being, but it's also very, very low in sodium. I will definitely be adding some unrefined sea salt to counteract that. Calcium is more than sufficient at 700 mg.
Well, Day 1 starts tomorrow. Feedback would be highly appreciated!