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#1 Old 10-02-2014, 11:31 AM
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What detox symptoms did you experience going raw? For how long?

I have been on a "mostly raw" (about 80%) diet for about 3 weeks now. I am still having some cooked grains and home-made healthy baked goods (not an excessive amount though and I do not use sugar in my baked goods, all fruit sweetened). I feel thats the best I can do for my budget and lifestyle at this time and actually be able to stick with it. Also not 100% vegan either, I have had some honey in my home made oat milk.

I've been a ovo-lacto vegetarian for 15 years and have been eating "healthy" foods for about 8 years (no soy, highly processed foods, refined sugar, greasy, excess salt ext...), and have always eaten a lot of fruit and veg. But I also had a lot of raw cheese, ghee, eggs, kefir, yogurt, whole milk... Now that I am not consuming dairy or eggs, I have upped my fruit/veg intake by a lot.

I know there's always detox and odd symptoms when you improve your diet Just curious what kind of symptoms and reactions others experienced during the detox process? Also how long it lasted before your body re-regulated and started healing and you started seeing noticeable improvements? I think I'm getting over the worst of it, but curious what others went through?
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Off the top of my head I can just remember headaches for the first 4 days.
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#3 Old 11-19-2014, 04:56 PM
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It's been over 2 months now, and any detox and adjustments are done, and now I'm feeling great! So glad I stuck it out. Never got headaches, but definitely digestive issues and felt like I had the flu with body aches and general tiredness. Now I have been gradually upping the amount of raw. Cooked foods are just holding less and less appeal to me. Now it's starting to become this "thing" in my mind that cooked foods don't really belong in my body (just like meat did after I went veg and after I cut out junk foods) and I kind of feel gross eating them. Anyone else ever experience that?
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I was quite fortunate to have a smooth transition to raw foods even if my previous diet was filled with animal products. Just a few headaches and an overall lack of energy for 3-4 days. Afterwards, nothing Just energy for the entire day, perfect digestion and less hours of sleep every night.
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I can't speak for being raw but I had some horrible detox symptoms when I first went vegan. I jumped right from the SAD diet into a vegan diet so I think that played a big role in the detox. If I remember correctly the worst of it only lasted a few days but it was pretty bad. Headaches, stomach aches, crazy fatigue, breaking out, horrible bloating, even passing out in the shower...
I blame some of it on lack of calories too as I didn't realize I should be eating more since plants are less dense than animal products.
It's no wonder that my dad did not agree with this lifestyle change. Thankfully I've learned a lot since then and now I feel better than I ever have before.
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I can't remember any physical withdrawal symptoms when going vegan, but emotionally I was all over the place
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I went straight to a nearly full raw veg - fruitarian transition from a very unhealthy consumption in one day and got real sick for days. Best thing I've ever done! Stuck to a nearly 90 to 95 percent raw fruitarian in the tropics for 17 years (my teeth are now ruined from not brushing) The first six years was a heavy struggle with desires for processed cooking. I got real high and healthy but got really alienated from people (still am). This still happens because being on a pure diet - consumption can be considered defined as being extremely sober (junk foods are intoxicating effects). Seems people are a bad influence and it is hard for me to be around people when wanting to be strict raw. That isn't all that hard for me to stay away from people anymore. But too much of that isn't good and I purposely don't strive for strict raw consumption anymore because of that.
I lived in places where i had received support... up to a point and then even became offish with those who were doing the same. I'm mostly around meat eaters now including my family. And that is helping me with understanding things and not the - Oh i am so much better than everyone mentality that can come with vegetarianism. Even though I do know that in some ways including diet i actually am better than others, there are lots of other things (including deep personal problems) that I need to work on. And I'm appreciating my family now (after decades of disgust) and working with them in order to understand people better and try to help them.
After more than 30 years vegan and most of that a non-processed diet, I have to still work hard to cleanse to improve myself (learn and gain knowledge in the direction of pure consumption and relative relations) and plan on doing so for the rest of my life.
So part of this intends to express that struggles for me with self-discipline have been and are constant and ongoing and also totally worthwhile.
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