EDIT: I have no idea why this post is so popular. People love to read about it and flip out because I said that I am "basically a vegan" even though I used to eat raw fish every couple weeks back when I was a raw foodist. A few things to make clear:
I love doing stuff that normal people don't do. Especially stuff that seems crazy but is actually really good for you. Let's add another one to the list - eating raw eggs!
Being a raw foodist, the only "meat" I eat is the occasional fish. That basically makes me a vegan. The biggest problem with being a vegan is that you naturally don't get enough B12.
"But what about the vegan animals?" you might ask. Well, most herbivores actually consume a lot of bugs when eating plants. Those bugs provide the B12. Without B12 you can get depressed lose your energy, or become a hideously deformed troll (just a guess).
I was researching ways to get my B12 without taking a supplement (I've never swallowed a pill before in my life), and I found a site about eating raw eggs. It turns out that salmonella bacteria only cause a problem in people with weak immune systems. Why do people have weak immune system? Because they don't consume enough bacteria.
That's right... Bacteria (in proper doses) is good for you!
In fact, if you build up a reasonable tolerance to bacteria, you all but eliminate your chances of contracting disease in foreign countries by drinking the water. Thus, the benefits of eating raw eggs is two fold.
I don't remember why, but you only eat the yolk, and not the sac that holds the yolk. If you start out eating too much, you will get sick (just temporary, not a big deal), so you start off with half a teaspoon for a week, and then a full teaspoon, and then one yolk, and then two yolks. Two yolks gives you the full amount of B12 that you need every day, and more doesn't really provide any benefit.
Interestingly, the reason that most people eat yolks isn't for the B12 or the bacteria. They consider these to be side benefits. Most people eat yolks because doing so is apparently excellent for your skin.
Luckily for me, my friend Kristin has a chicken coop and is going to give me some really fresh eggs. Until then I decided to just get the best ones I could from a store.
Tonight was my first try. I cracked the raw egg at my desk, poured the white into a cup and stared down the yolk. All my years of being warned not to eat raw eggs were coming back. I poked into the yolk with a spoon and got a little more than half a teaspoon.
Hesistantly I sipped the yolk. Wow! It's actually pretty good. It tastes like a custard that isn't very sweet and is thicker than I expected. After I finished, I found myself wanting to eat the rest of the yolk, but I'll stick to the recommended amount for a while.
I'm pretty psyched about this new development. A lot of animals eat the raw eggs of other animals, so it stands to reason that I would too. Who knows? Maybe I'll be chasing down gazelles by next year and eating huge chunks of their flesh with my bare teeth. I mean... I wouldn't predict it necessarily, but then again who thought I'd be eating raw eggs?
Ok, I officially LOVE raw food. I started eating raw about five weeks ago, and have been 99% raw since (my trespasses? a tiny brownie, a few sprouted grain english muffins, and a stupid eggplant pizza). Let's do the math on this baby :
First I ate 100% of whatever I wanted. I loved fried foods, desserts, and pizza. Thanks to miraculous metabolism, I never gained too much weight. Then I read Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever, hacked away at my diet, and cut out probably 70% of the foods I used to eat. Later I researched more and cut out 90% of those foods, leaving me eating about 7% of what I initially ate. I wrote a book called The Skinny Snob about that. Going raw eliminated at least 70% of those foods, so now I'm down to about 2-3% of the foods I ate a year ago. Based on my daily diet I would consider that wholly accurate.
Now... that is a wild change. Especially coming from me. I would constantly mock anyone trying to go on a diet and explain that you should just eat whatever you wanted. No amount of logic would get me to change. What did get me to change was my inclination to try things for 7 or 30 days, and the accompanying drastic results.
Im at a café and I just had to go through a 15-20 minute discussion with 2 staff members and then a manager to be able to be able to get a cucumber-tomato-avocado-sallad without any dead animals on it (which was not possible in the end anyways even though they had all ingredients). They couldnt just charge me for a Salmon sallad for example and just not put the Salmon on it. Nope, that sounded very difficult for some reason. I would have to get it made with the Salmon and then throw the Salmon away (which would still not be vegan, it would be killing for nothing which is as bad or worse than killing for eating). They had all these ingredients as separate side orders too, but to be allowed to order side orders I would have to buy something with animal products on it. Even 10 side orders would not be allowed to order without a animal main coarse. Believe it or not as a raw vegan you have to expect this insanity so I had a plan b which was asking them to put my bananas and water in their blender and blend it for me for a charge plus tip. Even though they do make smoothies with stuff I dont eat in it just putting my bananas and water there and charging me without having to give me anything was to advance for them as well. Finally after speaking to three people I got my bananas blended, but without water, that was to advanced. Sometimes it just feels that the World has gone completely mad. So many places dont even have one sallad without dead animals on it and when you just want the most simple thing like cucumber-tomato-avocado that is actually on the side-order-menu then people have no idea how to solve that "complicated situation". The reasons i didnt just walk away is that I need a place to sit and work with the laptop today when the electricity is not working at the childcare center where Im staying PLUS that I cant believe that it can be so hard. What on earth are people thinking? The scariest thing is that these people are most likely thinking that I am the "weird and crazy one" even though Im the one doing something good for the environment and for other living beings like the animals on the menu and even though their restaurant is the one discriminating against a certain groups of potential customers instead of just seeing the potential and putting just one vegan dish on their menu or at least being flexible and keep their dead animals when asked to. I was never angry or upset but I do feel that it is a completely brainwashed and upside down world I live in at times and that some people are completely unable to just stop for a second and consider what is reasonable or not. Another example of that was a company that found it reasonable to charge me 500 USD for something that took 30 seconds for a staff member that does not even make 500 USD per month. So in those 30 seconds the Company wants me as a customer to pay 500 and the worker to get a few cents or something and the rest is the company profit... That´s greed for you..