Lose Weight the Raw Vegan Way

By Susan Ebacher

There is no better weight-loss program than eating raw vegan style!

The trick to it all is to concentrate most of your eating on whole, raw fruits and vegetables and go easy on the nuts, grains and fats. The simpler your foods, the more likely you are to lose weight.
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What to Eat

For example, begin your day with whole fresh fruit, a fruit smoothie or a green smoothie. This will start your day off right with plenty of energy.

At lunchtime, choose a salad with plenty of dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale or collard greens. Add several kinds of chopped veggies aiming for a variety of color. Top with a homemade raw dressing, preferably made with no or very little oil.

For dinner, eat another meal full of raw vegetables. You can add some fruit and sliced avocado OR a small handful of raw nuts to get your healthy fats. Be sure to include dark green veggies.

What to Limit

The key is to limit (not eliminate) the nuts, avocados, oils, concentrated sugars (such as dried fruits and sweeteners) and grains. If you are still not losing weight, then ramp up the veggies even more and pull back a little on the fruits. Always eat enough at a meal to satisfy your hunger. If you are hungry between meals, go for an apple or veggies with a raw dip.
A good rule of thumb for fats is to limit to 1/2 an avocado OR 2 oz. of nuts and seeds per day unless you are very active.

Following those guidelines, you will undoubtedly begin to see your weight dropping. In fact, you may be surprised by how easy it becomes to eat as much as you like, be satisfied and still drop the pounds!

NOTE: If you are vegan, but not a raw foodist, the same principles apply. Avoid starchy foods like breads and pastas, which do not help with weight-loss. Also beware of high glycemic carbs like white bread and refined sugar which will cause insulin surges and increase your appetite.

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