The Raw Vegan Plan: Keep it simple

Get in the game and get your low-fat raw vegan plan going.

So many people come to me feeling completely overwhelmed after trying to jump into a vegan or low-fat raw vegan diet without any real support or education. It’s easy to get caught up in the concept: “Well, everything I eat should be whole food and raw, so I will just stick to that—the basics.” I applaud that. And, yes you should stick to the basics—just naked, beautiful raw food. However, life is messy—good or bad—and things always come up that can derail all of your best intentions for maintaining raw vegan. Despite how simple the actual ingredients seem, our lives are a bit complicated.

The Vegan Diet: Do Different. Get Different.

We all have a default mode. During times of joy, crisis, celebration, mourning—you name it—we have our own coping skills. For some, it’s forgetting to feed the body during these periods. For many, we eat our way through the emotions.

Here’s the thing. These are moments in our lives that we can always expect no matter how unexpected they feel. So, you have to do different to get different. And once you discover how to overcome your default mode, you can create your plan and leave yourself options.

Keep it simple.

Whether you’re in the moment and facing a challenge head-on or you’re anticipating how a BBQ crowd will respond to your snap peas and zucchini noodles—do not become overwhelmed. At that moment—whatever it is that you’re fixing to choose—choose differently, move into action.

I want you to master this moment without the complication of overthinking each scenario.

This is all you need:

  • A liquid in the am. (celery juice or lemon water)
  • Smoothie (or chew the ingredients)
  • Smoothie (or chew the ingredients)
  • Snack (your required amount of fruit balanced with something green)
  • Simple Dinner (A base of greens, taking your amount of fat, stretching it out into a raw vegan dressing, a soup, or a sauce. Add your seaweed and other veggies.)

For each, use your amount of fat required. Your amount of seaweed. Greens. Bulk it up with veggies.

Have 2 recipes on hand.

Label them “A” and “B”. File those in your little 1970s style recipe box; And, just keep adding those recipes until you have Dinner “A, B, C” and so on. Sauces “A, B, C” and so on. Snacks, soups, dressings “A. B, C”—until you feel you have a nice file of options to grab as you prepare for the times you just won’t have the capacity to think fast or could default into a not-so-happy place in your diet,

If this, then that.

I call this an “If this, then that” plan.

How do we prepare for the messy stuff and prevent going “off the wagon?” Have a plan.

What happens when you’re making dinner for your family and you start reminiscing about the good old days of cooked food? Have a plan.

Your cousin calls and invites you over for one of her awesome picnic pool parties, but you’re worried you’ll be tempted by the potluck. Have a plan.

If we are unable to predict how we will act in {blank} situation, we leave ourselves unarmed without plan leaving us in default mode—something that hasn’t worked many times over.

When you have a plan, you have protection. And you can go anywhere and you can do anything. You arrive with “Here I am.” It’s powerful.

Will it be the demise or your time to rise?