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15 March 2014
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@Bungalow Bob  You asked if I could let you know how it goes, so I'll give you some comments after 4 weeks :)

First of all, I've craved chocolate more than I have ever done - don't know if it's related (maybe just really bad timing?). Making something with dates and/or figs can help ease it a little, for me.

I feel more energetic than I have done in a while, and it's been taking me a lot less time to get to sleep. May or may not be related, but I've also been having less nightmares. I've felt more motivated to start exercising again (I used to run a lot). Some people have commented on my hair and how healthy it looks which, again, may not be directly related to this after so little time, but it does seem a little coincidental. No more heavy-stomach feeling after eating, which has always bothered me. I suppose this is because I'm digesting my food a lot easier.

I think I should point out that not only am I on a mostly vegan diet (except when my mom insists on putting cow's milk in my tea, or on days when it's gone a bit wrong), but it's also mostly fruitarian (maybe 85%). So I don't know which of the side effects are to do with not eating animal-related products and which are to do with eating a raw fruit-full diet. I'd like to think that they are all to do with both.

Bad side effects: really very little, if anything. The only thing is my stomach took a while to adjust to eating so much fruit, but then this needn't happen to you if you're just on a vegan diet.

Recap: I would definitely encourage you to try this if it's something you've been thinking of for a while and feel commited to trying, but I would do it gradually. First stop eating meat, then substitute milk for almond, soy, rice... (whichever you like) milk, and so on. I think if you do it in one go then it'll be too much, and very hard to carry on with. I've found it easier than I thought I might, but it hasn't been entirely straight-forward, either.

Hope this is helpful?

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fabfouremily said
@Bungalow Bob  You asked if I could let you know how it goes, so I'll give you some comments after 4 weeks :)

First of all, I've craved chocolate more than I have ever done - don't know if it's related (maybe just really bad timing?). Making something with dates and/or figs can help ease it a little, for me.

I feel more energetic than I have done in a while, and it's been taking me a lot less time to get to sleep. May or may not be related, but I've also been having less nightmares. 

Thanks for the update, fabfouremily! Besides all the usual benefits, I really like the idea that you are experiencing less nightmares. Now, the next time I have an (infrequent) unsettling dream, I'm going to wake up in a pool of sweat, and wonder "Whew! Was that caused by the corned-beef sandwich?" ;-)

I'm kidding of course, but that's great to hear about all the good side effects of such a diet. I would imagine that one would have to introduce a lot of fruit rather slowly and carefully to the digestive system, to get used to so much fiber. But we will definitely be taking steps in this direction, because as a wise Beatle once sang "You know that what you eat you are…"*

* True story: when I was a kid, and I first heard the song "Savoy Truffle," I was not aware of the British candy company that made the "Good News" candy. So, to better understand the song, I looked up the words "Savoy Truffle" in our family dictionary. And the definition I got was… "cabbage fungus." :D I remember thinking to myself: "Wow, the Beatles are singing about cabbage fungus."

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