For the past two weeks, I have done a LOT of research on vegan and raw vegan diets. I was merely looking for recipes, but it became an addiction to learn more. There is so much to know, it’s overwhelming. When I was diagnosed with MS, the first thing my Dr suggested was to stay off the internet (and there wasn’t even nearly as much info back then as their is now!) to avoid going down a rabbit hole.

I fell down the rabbit hole. The worst part is there is so much conflicting information out there. Can I eat fruits and veggies together? Can I eat cashews or no? Is oil ok or no? How much veggie based fat can I consume? Am I harming myself by wanting to reintroduce cooked foods? What do you mean raw nuts aren’t raw?

ACK! It’s enough to make your head spin. Which brings me back to why I originally titled this blog, Eat What You Know. I believe that you’re body knows best. Information is important. I can’t know what I don’t know. But, it’s what I do with that information that matters.

Eating veggies with or immediately after fruit causes bloating in me. Guess I will just keep them separate. Great.

I like cashews and some of those dip recipes look amazing. I would like to try them and see how my body reacts to them.

I made an AMAZING dressing last night (recipe down below) which is the biggest reason I wanted to reintroduce oil. I could probably just do without it for now. If the time feels right I will try reintroducing it and see how I feel.

I began using a tool for counting my calories and fat to be sure I am eating enough (turns out I wasn’t!! Watch out for that!). It’s called CRON-O-Meter (highly recommended if you are thinking of going vegan or vegetarian) and I am just going to track my fat intake and try to keep it below 20% of my total daily calories. That’s still considered high, but it’s a start.

If you follow doshas at all (Ayurvedic body types), I am a Vata Pitta with an emphasis on the Vata for my physical body. One of the characteristics is that I am colder than most. Add to that no cooked foods and I have been in misery for these past 28 days. I feel like my body has been sending daily SOS calls for help. I head out during the hottest part of the day (in HOTLANTA) to soak up some warmth. I have continued to drink tea even though it’s not technically raw according to some. I take baths after eating breakfast because I don’t know how else to warm up.  I mean that’s kind of ridiculous. So, yeah. I will definitely be reintroducing cooked foods. As for the nuts, guess it doesn’t really mater then if they are raw or not.

So, there you have it. Eat what you know. Your body will tell you what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes it takes months or years for this to happen, but don’t ever look at it as failure on your part if something doesn’t work and you felt like you should have known. It’s all a learning curve. Life itself is a learning curve. As long as you are willing to listen to your body and grow as necessary, I would say you are a step ahead of many.

Avocado Dressing (no oil, no vinegar, no nuts, vegan, raw)

1/2 avocado

1/2 red pepper

1 handful cilantro

1/2 handful of basil

1 jalapeno

1 clove garlic

coconut water (to desired consistency)

Himalayan Sea Salt to taste

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy! Would make a great sauce too for zoodles!


Wishing you best health!

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Published by Melinda Schmitt