I'd Go Vegan, BUT...

August 24, 2011



Were you considering going vegan but you think all your veg friends look like they’re dying? Or did you try going vegan yourself, but you ended up wilted and weak?

If that's a "hell to the yes," we totally understand. While most vegans we know are thriving and glowing with health, vegan-eating doesn't necessarily denote healthy eating. We mean, almost anything is better than a diet of dead, leukemia-stricken flesh and pus milk—but to be optimally healthy, you have to be eating non-processed whole foods, superfoods, and lots of greens. The more raw, mineralized, nutrient-rich foods you have in your daily repertoire, the better you’ll feel—and the more likely you are to stay vegan.

If your vegan friends are not lookin’ so hot, most likely, they are living on processed concoctions of faux meats, soy cheese, rancid oils, breads, potato chips, and pasta… that’s a whole lot of dead food—fried, boiled, baked, and burned—to feed their screaming yeast. And your vegetarian friends, they’re piling dairy on top of all that! You just can’t sustain a healthy immune system on that garbage.

Granted, even if you’re eating all the right things while you transition, one still might have ups and downs on the journey. Often, these health hiccups are evidence of the “Herxheimer effect” —essentially, cleansing reactions. Clearing out the havoc that meat and dairy causes in the body is a real thing and can take time. These are not reasons to start eating meat and dairy again, but to look further into feeding your body right, especially while you cleanse.

So, if you’re feeling uncertain about going vegan because of our soy-guzzling brothers and sisters (we still love them for the cause), look a little further to the beaming and bright-eyed vegans who know what’s up. We even have vegan athletes on our side now who look like superheroes and have one thing in common—they eat a lot of fresh, raw foods: triathalon champion Brendan Brazier, MMA fighters Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz, and Mac Danzig, figure competitor Claudia Cuellar, and b-boy icons—Mr. Wiggles and Flowmaster, not to mention a host of other modelesque, in-shape vegans who rep our culture raw.

It's a new era. Those invested in health and physicality are redefining the means and methods to strength, endurance, recovery, and longevity—not to mention quality of life. So don’t hesitate. Get prepared to do it right.