Raw Vegan June


I've lost over 40 pounds since I began my vegan journey. 40 pounds in about 5 months. Then I hit a standstill.

In my mind, I thought that it would just melt off, and that my obsession with potato chips would disappear. I started reading labels and drinking teas that promised to remove all the toxins from your body. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not a pessimist, so I can say that being vegan is one of the best things that ever happened to me, however being vegan is just part of the journey. You have to be ready to confront yourself and square up in the mirror sometimes. For me, I had to learn to actually step back and look at what I was doing, and what I hoped to achieve. Fitness is equally important as what you eat, and what you put on your skin. To see great changes, you've got to be willing to sacrifice. It's all about balance, which is why I've decided, for the month of June, to go ahead and do the raw vegan thing again. The last time we did the Raw Vegan Challenge in January, I felt great. Now that I've grown in my vegan journey, I know how to approach going raw vegan.


"I had to learn to actually step back and look at what I was doing, and what I hoped to achieve."



One of the most important things when going raw vegan is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of spring or distilled water, and making sure to still get your protein in by consuming foods like nuts. Almonds, pistachios and cashews range from 5-6 grams of protein per ounce, which is great. Plus you can snack on them when you feel peckish.

Anyway, I promised my lovely followers on Instagram that I'd list out some foods that they can eat for the month of June during our raw vegan month. Hopefully, we can all share pictures of the many variations we create from the list and have fun in the process. If you don't already, follow me on Instagram @thejamericanvegan, and tag me to your pics and hashtag #thejamericanrawveganchallenge. This will keep us all motivated together. Also, feel free to share your fitness goals or direct message me with any questions you might have. Let's encourage others to get on board as well, and remember, do your own research to find what works best for you.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. If you have any medical questions, please seek assistance from your primary care physician before completing the challenge. 


Keep in mind: 

  1. Consume all the colors of the rainbow to get a full spectrum of nutrients.
  2. Make nutrient powerhouse green foods the largest portion of your diet.
  3. Buy local and organic wherever possible and always get seeded fruits.

Mix and match these fruits, nuts, sprouts and veggies as you see fitting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner examples are listed at the end of weekly suggestions.

Week 1: June 1-2

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews,

blueberries, oranges, bananas, and Avocados,

Dates, Lemon/Lime, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mango

Leafy greens, including kale, Arugula, cabbage, and romaine lettuce


Breakfast: fruit bowls
Lunch: salad with fruit
Dinner: Lettuce wrap


New month, new you! Go vegan!


Week 2: June 3-9

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews,

Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomato, Watermelon

ginger, bell peppers, turmeric, onions

Leafy greens, including kale, spinach, cabbage, and romaine lettuce


Breakfast: smoothies with/ without chia seeds
Lunch: salad with fruit
Dinner: simple salad

Wow, two weeks in already! Check you out!


Week 3: June 10-16

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews,

Apple, Banana, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cucumber

Leafy greens, including kale, Arugula, cabbage, and romaine lettuce


Breakfast: juice (from juicer) [If you do not have a juicer, blend on the lowest pulse and strain.]
Lunch: salad with fruit
Dinner: Lettuce wrap

More than halfway through!


Week 4: June 17-23

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews,

blueberries, oranges, bananas, and Avocados,

Dates, Lemon/Lime, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mango

Leafy greens, including kale, spinach, cabbage, and romaine lettuce


Breakfast: fruit bowls (Get creative and sprinkle chia seeds and cinnamon on your fruit)
Lunch: salad with fruit (toss some raisins or dried cranberries on your salad
Dinner: Lettuce wrap (onions make this better)

You're almost there!


Week 5: June 24-30

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews,

Lemon/Lime, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mango, Mulberries, Orange, Pineapple, Raisins

Alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, Coconut Water

Leafy greens, including kale, Arugula, cabbage, and romaine lettuce


Breakfast: smoothies with/ without chia seeds
Lunch: salad with fruit
Dinner: simple salad

You did it! We did it! Go us!


Drink plenty of water, tea an coconut water to stay hydrated. Do not consume sugar or any processed foods. Do not heat your food, but feel free to soak some foods, like quinoa, for a salad. Let me know how you're feeling. Should you begin to feel sick or experience excessive dizzy spells, please, please contact your pcp or consult a holistic doctor before continuing.

Remember, whenever you want to give up or cheat, remember why you started. You got this, so let's go!


Peace, love and light,

Sher

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