Vegan, Vegetarian & Raw Food Diet Information Video
Can someone have a vegan diet and still get the nutrition they need? Is there enough protein in raw fruits and vegetables to be healthy?
Watch this video and find out from New Jersey Vegan, Ryan Lewis about being a vegan and vegetarian.
Vegan, Raw Food Diet, Whole Foods & Vegetarian Life Style Information
Hi, I’m Ryan Lewis, a graphic designer based out of New Jersey, USA.
I eat a strictly raw vegan diet and that’s what I’m here to talk to you about today. I’m going to just tell you how I got to this point and why I choose to eat this way every day. My whole life I was overweight. I was actually a wrestler throughout, from six years old up through high school. I was always a heavy weight wrestler.
I would wrestle all the big guys. When I was young I was wrestling guys a couple of years older than me because I was so big for my age. In college, I finally, after dieting a lot throughout high school, juggling a little bit back and forth, never really losing significant amounts of weight, in college I finally decided and became sure enough to start a serious weight loss program. I followed a significant diet, which today I wouldn’t consider healthy so I’m not really going to talk about it, but I ended up losing over a hundred pounds, and I was actually, after a while I became underweight and went to the other side of the spectrum. I got obsessed with the diet mindset, calorie restriction and things that I don’t really find healthy anymore.
It took me a while to realize that.
So in college, after I started losing a lot of weight, I also became interested in nutrition, diet and exercise, and I was taking a graphic design major but I started filling up all of my electives with nutrition classes and health classes and I started learning a lot. I became very passionate about it. Even when I came home from all my classes I was studying more online and started to really research diet.
After a while, I started dropping the worst things in my diet one by one and started with really processed foods, which were a given, definitely unhealthy.
Next was focusing on whole foods, which was really important to me. I was eating a lot of whole grains and lean meats and keeping a low fat diet, and I was kind of caught up in a high protein thing at the time. I would supplement a little bit with things like fish oil, vitamin E and things like that. It took a while till I finally came to the conclusion that meat wasn’t treating me very good and I was kind of turned off by the idea of eating animals anymore, so I ended up dropping meat from my diet after a while, putting it off because I didn’t want to be the odd vegetarian that is anemic and people look at strangely. That took a little change in perspective.
Once I realized my priorities it was pretty easy to drop meat, and soon after becoming a vegetarian, within like a month, I turned it to a vegan diet because I also realized that the other animal products weren’t treating me right either, such as dairy and eggs.
I followed a vegan diet for about eight months, still being very low in weight, and getting a lot of comments from concerned family about how skinny I was, and then I was still during this time very passionate about studying a lot, and I finally came across raw food diet and started learning about that as an optimum way to eat, and started incorporating raw foods more and more into what I ate.
Then, in August of 2008, I read a book called Sun Food Diet Success System by David Wolff, and that incorporated a 100 percent raw food diet and I decided to commit to eating only raw food because it was what I was enjoying eating at the time. I felt like I was ready to start dropping all of these things from my diet. The diet was ok, but it incorporated a lot of expensive, kind of ridiculous products like maca powders and goji berries and all these things that are really expensive that you have to order online and come in packages and they’re all dried and still not really whole fresh foods because they are devoid of order, some fiber and stuff like that.
So then later I read 80/10/10 Diet by Doug Graham, and this was the biggest eye opener over all, because it kind of confirmed all of my instincts about how I was eating. I was into a lot of whole fruit. I love fruit. Even when I was calorie restricted I would come home at night and still be calorie restricted because I ate less that a thousand calories a day and I would eat a whole big bag of grapes because I was just hungry. The 80/10/10 Diet is basically eighty percent carbs, ten percent fat, ten percent protein. I should say at least eighty percent carbs and maximum ten percent fat and maximum ten percent protein. It incorporates mostly fruit for your calories and vegetables for dinner for nutrients and minerals.
I’ve been following that diet for the past two and a half years. I’ve never felt better in my life. I’ve rebuilt my body. I’ve gained a lot of healthy weight and gained a ton of fitness. I feel so much better. I exercise at least six days a week for between an hour and two hours a day; a lot of running, weight lifting, things like that, and I feel, unbelievably, as far as mental focus, physical performance, as I said, digestion is just incredible because all of these foods are just the best most water rich, fiber rich, best digestion foods and quickest digestion, and, that’s the way I’m eating today.
I recommend it to anyone who is ready for it.
So, the really important things that I’ve learned through my whole diet experience, the ups and downs, all that, restricting calories, even for a person who needs to lose weight, should not be the focus. Granted, if you’re set on eating really bad foods, then calorie restriction works because you’re eating less of the really bad stuff,but the more important thing is to focus on good foods, and still get a good amount of calories, because with calories comes nutrition when you’re eating good foods, so it’s important to get a lot of nutrition. You get a lot of water, a lot of vitamins and minerals and they help build your health.
I personally try to eat about 3000 calories a day. It sounds like a lot to most people because 2000 is the recommended allowance from the RDA and stuff like that, but for someone who wants to be a fit person, wants to increase their exercise, they need fuel, or else you’re going to feel a little lethargic and you’re not going to be able to go out and exercise and really get healthy, so with more nutrition comes more living, so it’s pretty important.
To go back on the 80/10/10 philosophy, when I say eighty percent carbs, it refers to carbohydrates can be found granted in complex carbohydrates as most people think of most carbohydrates, bread, pasta, potatoes, things like that.
My personal choice is simple sugars that come from fruit, the form of glucose and fructose, and they also count as carbohydrates.
Of course, portion size is going to be something, if you’re eating a fruit diet, that is going to be shocking to a lot of people. People still to this day, even people. I’m close with that see me eat all the time, are surprised by the large portions I eat, because the food I eat is really water rich and it doesn’t contain the amount of calories per volume as complex carbohydrates, but your choices, if you want to eat complex carbohydrates, they are also very healthy, but just choose whole foods; potatoes, whole grains, whole grain pasta, all that, and you’re going to build a lot of health.
What I learned through all my dietary experience is calorie restriction only works if you’re making poor food choices. You’re eating bad things so less of them is obviously better. It’s less fat clogging your arteries, less obesity, less toxic material in your body contributing to cancer and disease. The important thing, forget calorie restriction, is to focus on quality food choices and eat foods that only contribute to health. Don’t contribute to disease. When you’re doing this, you not only should, but you kind of need to make sure you’re getting a lot of calories because with all those calories when you’re eating good foods comes good nutrition and vitamins and minerals, water, all positive things for your body. You shouldn’t be focusing on calorie restriction. You should be focusing on making quality food choices.
Once you figure out this quality food choices you make sure you are getting enough calories, not make sure you’re getting not too much, you want to make sure getting enough, over a certain line, so you’re getting more health, more nutrition, more energy to live your life and follow your passions.
In a future vides I’m going to give you ten guidelines I find most important for keeping good health and energy.
And in another video I’m going to talk about five reasons I choose a vegan diet.
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