A Word From A Raw Vegan Athlete
"From the worst comes the best, but only if we choose to see it that way"
I found the raw, vegan lifestyle after many years of doctors appointments and getting drugged to suppress the syptoms and ignoring the true cause. Enough was enough, I had seen my girlfriends mother go through the cancer industry and I was not going to go the same way. I concluded that if I wanted something different, I'd have to take different actions. If I keep doing what everyone else was doing, I'd get what everyone else was getting.
Going down hill
I was sick of IBS, asthma, chronic fatigue, B12 deficient, acne, hayfever, allergies, unstable emotions from being sick, and finally a luekemia like blood condition. I was told all the time that it was just bad luck and genetics.I'd be told, "here, take these pills and come back next week.."
I decided to stop talking health advice from sick looking people, who were sincere, but in my opinion, sincerely wrong.
I met a super healthy, vibrant man. Everything he said was against what I had learnt at school, tv or what the doctor had said. For the first time in my life, someone gave me health advice that vibed with my heart and common sense! eureka!
As a life long animal lover, I always felt bad for eating them, or keeping them penned and drugged for milk, eggs etc. Now I knew the truth behind the animal industries and traditions, I cut away the mental shackles of habit and false beliefs, and instantly started to listen to my heart and true instincts.
Straight away I decreased my animal products and tried some fresh veggie and fruit juice. Pow! My energy soared, my bleak outlook on life melted and reformed into a magnificent view of the world.
Only a week later I became vegan and experienced 90% improvement. I went from sleeping all day to being so excited about life to not want to sleep! I started racing bicycles and running marathons. I ate fruit only for breakfast and had cooked food for lunch and dinner. When i wanted the best from my body I choose fruit.
Soon after, I picked up a book about rawfood. I had heard about rawfood in an article a year before. This was the seed, and finding this book was the watering can!
I read the book overnight and it provided me with such profound truth, that I had to take action. I realised that the past year of veganism and high fruit had given me the headspace and clarity to take on the next step. I went 100% raw for a week, finished 1st in the state 24 hour solo mountain bike champs and had smashed my views on cooked food forever. The next day i was really hungry from the race. so i 'treated' myself to a big feed of rice and veg. I was so bloated that I almost called in sick. I couldnt believe that I felt more tired from a 'balanced' meal than I had from winning a 24 hour bike race...
Doing my homework
This led me to research more and more. Even though my body said raw, I just couldn't find any other raw athletes, so i still ate some cooked food on occasions. I just wanted to be sure i was getting enough. The more raw I ate, the better I felt. Soon i was down to a few cooked meals a month - and ALWAYS felt terrible afterwards, no matter how good it tasted.
I still couldnt find anyone doing the miles i was doing on raw, so I stopped looking for an ultra endurance vegan athlete example and decided to BE ONE!!.
Eventually I associated more pain than pleasure to cooked food, which was a personal conclusion based on my own beliefs. Now I can honestly say that I have emotionally, spiritually and physically dettached myself from cooked foods.
My current diet
I'm now 100% raw, vegan, and I experience 100% health. I no longer fear sickness - sickness fears me!
I eat as much variety as I can find, and I've become a gourmet fruit lover! I search the globe for the best tasting and most mineralised raw plant foods. 99.99999999% of the food on the planet is raw plant food. We can eat a different fruit everyday of our life and still not have all the fruits in the world! For example, have you ever heard of Chumapdak, Rollinia, Atomoya, Ice Cream Bean, White Sapote, Rosehip, White Chateau Mullberries, Beach Cherries, Soursop, Merang, Inga Bean?....
Today I ate tree ripened Durian in a Durian orchard in eastern Thailand, as I listened to the birds sing, watched the ants socialise and enjoyed the ambience that only raw veganism provides.
As an athlete I've experienced massive increase in endurance, strength, heat tolerance, agility. My Vo2 max went from 67 to 78, and I ride up to 515km in a day and solo! I did a race in France that was 1243km in 51;30 with 40 minutes sleep on an exclusive raw food diet. I feel so happy, I can talk all day and night about the benefits of raw veganism! It's like explaning what a rose smells like to someone whom has never seen a rose...
The way forward
Only you can decide your path in life, if you're seeking true adventure, variety, significance, excitement, vitality, truth, empowerment, magic and bliss, then this is the path for you! Never before in human history have rawfoods been easier. It's the most logical, spiritual, sane, humane, ecological, loving, nutritional, sustainable way for humans to eat. What sounds like more fun? hunting for scared animals or hunting wild fruits in your local forrest, park, jungle, beach or backyard?! Chopping up carcasses or chopping up veggies to put on a family sized raw pizza?! Checking the milk used by date or checking the expressions on your friends and families face when they taste your cheesecake that is vegan and RAW!!
We are what we eat, so get vibrantly vegietised! Get fruit fueled! Get nuts about life!
"Every disciplined effort is met with multiple reward."
This is no dress rehersal. This is it. Lets raw'k n roll! No down time, no free time, no spare time, no next time..
Just life time!