I did my first 30-day raw food diet trial in January of 2009. At the time, I was a strict raw foodist, what you might call “100% raw”. I fell in love with the diet and lifestyle and followed it for a few years.
I started out with the typical raw food diet that most people start with. I was living it up with raw vegan chocolate cake, decadent cashew cheese “lasagna”, and all manner of homemade and prepared raw vegan delicacies.
After a few months of eating an expensive, indulgent, raw gourmet diet, I immediately made the switch to the so-called 80-10-10 diet. The 80-10-10 diet, also called 811 or 811RV (Raw Vegan) is a low fat diet that emphasizes fruit consumption.
The macro-nutrient breakdown is like this: 80% of calories comes from carbohydrates (sweet fruit), 10% of calories comes from fat (nuts, seeds, avocado), and 10% of calories comes from protein (naturally occurring in nuts, fruits and leafy greens).
I followed the 811RV lifestyle for almost three years (see my 6-month and 2-year updates). I never went as far as strict fruitarianism, but I found a slightly modified 80-10-10 to be much easier to follow than the typical raw gourmet. I also felt and performed much better.
Eventually, I let my diet evolve into the much more sustainable, plant-based whole foods diet that I follow today.
While I no longer call myself a “raw foodist”, I wrote a lot about my experiences with the diet and decided to keep these posts archived here.
Raw Food Nutrition
You can read what I wrote about getting enough protein, calcium and iron on a raw vegan diet, as well as why a mostly-raw diet might be better in the long run than 100% raw.
Yummy Raw Vegan Recipes!
There are TONS of green smoothie recipes on my website.
I also shared some of my raw, vegan creations:
Lunch & Dinner
- Raw, Vegan Lasagna
- Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti with “Meat” Balls
- Veggie “Sushi” Nori Roll
- Raw, Vegan Pizza with Eggplant Crust
- Creamy Zucchini Pasta Bruschetta
- Romaine Lettuce Wraps, 2 Ways
- Veggie-Stuffed Tomatoes
- Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Snack & Dessert
- THE BEST Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe
- Easy No-Cook Applesauce (Made In A Blender)
- Low Fat Banana-Mango Pudding
- Apple-Hemp Seed Pudding
- Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
- “Grawnola” – Raw Granola
- Coconut-Macadamia Nut Treats
- Chocolate-Coconut Truffles
- Raw, Vegan Ginger Spiced Cookies
- Raw, Vegan Ice Cream
- Raw, Vegan Caramel Dipping Sauce