I did my first 30-day raw food diet trial in January of 2009. At the time, I was a strict raw foodists, 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, mostly raw, mostly vegan, whole foods diet that I follow today.
While I no longer call myself a “raw foodist”, I did write a lot about my experiences with the diet and decided to keep these posts archived here.
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. Here’s my opinion on superfoods that are worthwhile, and those that are over-hyped.
Yummy Raw Vegan Recipes!
Try A Raw Food Diet For Yourself
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Or Try A Mostly-Raw, Whole Foods Lifestyle
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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.