posted on Oct, 16 2015 @ 08:11 PM
So, I brought a one way ticket to Nicaragua to spend my fall/winter to get out of the Babylonian system that is the USA for a while. I've been here a
little over a month and have no plans to leave anytime soon. A little bit of background information about me; I have been a pescatarian for a year,
have previously been vegan (not raw) for 3 months, and am very conscious in choosing what I eat.
So, I'm hanging out in the Pacific town of San Juan Del Sur and I meet this raw vegan guy and immediately we begin to have a pretty intense
conversation about food, God, fasting and the prana energy all around us and how to harness it, among other intense topics. He describes to me his
state of mind and how he feels as a raw vegan as well as the proclaimed health benefits he attested to. I remember the 3 months I was vegan I noticed
a similar but definitive "buzz" of well being so I figured there may be some truths to his proclaimed mind, body, and soul health benefits he was
In case you don't know or are not familiar with the term raw vegan, you basically only eat uncooked fruits and veggies, seeds, and cold pressed oils.
No animal products(except raw honey), and no cooking foods above 116 degrees Fahrenheit. It's a diet that can make even vegan and vegetarians cringe
at the thought of. Me being a massive fruit lover, and being in the tropics where fruit is abundant, cheap, and literally all over the place, I said,
what the heck, I'll try it for a week, and if I hate it I'll take the experience and run with it, and if I love it I may go longer than a week. This
was my mindset when I first went pescatarian and it's been a year already. Fast forward a month and I broke the diet last night at a cheap local
eatery and ate some rice and beans with avocado, some plantains, and a tortilla, and, as simple as this meal sounds, it was ecstatic. In fact, it was
too good and I ended up slightly overeating and today my digestive system is paying for it! Here are some things, both good and bad, I've noticed or
felt during this period.
I gave up coffee, a beloved substance of mine that Ive consumed everyday since basically a kid. Well, at least for the 30 days. Today I gave in and
picked up the cup. Keep in mind, I had absolutely no intention of doing this whatsoever. If I could tell my self a week before my trip that I would
give up caffeinated beverages, I would have never believed it. It's in my identity to drink coffee. Honestly, I can do an entire thread on just this
subject alone and the withdrawals I faced, but here's how it all started. On day 3, I noticed after drinking the coffee, that, for the first time, it
actually made me feel slightly worse. It's as if, because I was putting raw, healthy stuff in my system, the nervous system shocking stimulant known
as caffeine made me feel bad, because it was the only "poison" I was still consuming. So I gave it up cold turkey after researching that night about
how caffeine basically shocks your central nervous system and puts it in a fight or flight survival state, and that's basically your caffeine buzz.
The following ten days were hell, to say the least, but I figure it would have been much worse if I wasn't a raw vegan. After 20 days, it slowly got
better, but never "as good" as my caffeine state of mind. However, like I mentioned, I was living off a buzz from the diet that made it much easier;
I couldn't imagine coping with the withdrawals without the diet. It's as if, the fruits were controlling my brain, and no matter how bad it got, I
didn't give in. As I already mentioned, I threw in the towel today, because after all I am on vacation, but the lessons I learned were invaluable,
such as taking periodic breaks from caffeine, eventually going completely sober from it, and how relying on any substance as a crutch is just bad for
your mind, body, and soul. To people scoffing at the idea of "caffeine withdrawal", it's real, serious, and in my personal opinion harder to give
up than cigarettes. Also, I haven't touched alcohol since I've been here when normally I'm a 1-2 beer a day kind of guy.
I also felt a heightened spiritual state. I feel almost like I'm fasting, but obviously not quite as I'm consuming quite a bit of calories. I
remember my dreams every night. This may seem strange, but I've noticed animals have been approaching me more, as cows, horses, dogs, and other
animals would come up to me during my nature walks. This was borderline scary at times, but they were just kind, curious animals. Also, kids would
more often than not smile at me when walking by them. They would run from their parents site to give me a high five, then get yelled at by their
parents for approaching a stranger like that. Could they be sensing my heightened "spiritual" state? Perhaps, or it may just be coincidence.
Another benefit is digestion is incredible, and it's almost impossible to overeat; you would have to eat a ridiculous amount of fruit to overeat and
the water in them will make you feel super full before any serious overeating can occur. This was huge, as I would binge eat 3 times a week, sometimes
more, back in the states, and I would suffer the next day feeling like crap the whole next day, like a hangover. On the flip side of this, however,
you never really quite feel "full". Well, you do for like 2 hours, then your hungry again. You have to constantly snack on stuff. Instead of relying
on just food for energy, however, I learned you have to amp up your "spiritual" muscle and sun bathe to receive additional nutrition or "prana"
from the sun, plant your feet to receive information from the earth, and focus on deep breathing in fresh air. These three things I just mentioned is
how "breatherians" live off of, as they eat no food; they just live off the prana energy all around us. By doing these three activities, my
continual hunger subsided and instead, I was filled with spiritual energy. To many readers, this may sound crazy, but we are solar beings and we need
to remember how to be solar beings again.
My skin was also glowing during this time. I don't know if this was because of the daily sun exposure or not, but my skin hasn't looked this good in
years. I did lose a little weight but not as much as you would imagine; I took hemp protein supplements daily and worked out 6 days a week. Working
out, I would feel lethargic at times, but I think this had to do with the caffeine withdrawals more so than the diet. I still had a nice muscle
composure when I flexed, but I think a lot of this has to do with genetics; I've noticed people of African decent and darker skinned people maintain
a healthy muscle mass and still look muscular while following such a diet, while European descended raw vegans tend to look more like "Gandhi", for
lack of a better way of putting it. Again, this is just my speculation and obviously I could be wrong or there could be exceptions.
I required much less water as most fruits contain high water content. This I consider a benefit as fruit water is alkaline and uncontaminated, as
opposed to tap water, or even bottled water which leaks BPA's into the water. My pee was always clear and I drunk maybe 2 glasses of water tops a
day. Hydration was never an issue. One drawback, however, is that I would consistency wake up in the middle of the night to pee. I don't think I
slept through a whole nights sleep without waking to pee