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?
I'll continue to eat cooked eggs sunny side up, because it deactivates avidine which causes us to lose the biotine. Raw eggs are obviously going to contain a little more vitamins and protein, but you have to also remember that cooking it makes the eggs protein more available. This is all according to studies I have looked at on the internet, but I don't feel like telling what sites :P.
I am an omnivore. I get my panties in a bunch when people who eat meat or fish or eggs or milk call themselves vegan because it misleads other people into thinking that one could actually be healthy and be a true vegan. All the true vegans I know are 1. not true vegans 2. f'ing crazy and on drugs and not really true vegans. I aspired to be a raw food vegan for several years, being completely strict for several months at a time and I was 1. crazy 2 depressed 3 absolutely starving and cold!!!!
Now I am 60 % vegan. The other 40% is animal products!
It is ridiculous to call oneself ANY % vegan, as if it were some sort of accomplishment to get the number lower or something. It is a 100% pipe dream to try to be vegan. It almost killed me. And yes I "researched" the heck out of it and did it right. The only problem was is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to do right!
Try raw, grass raised, organic, animal products which actually help cure and prevent disease, unlike the regular store bought animal products which are as bad as the John Robbins and Robert Cohens of the world say they are.
Of course I am not anti vegetable. It would be great if the general population ate more vegetables. It would also be great if they ate more CORRECTLY raised animal products instead of the "death on a stick" variety available in most stores.
Im another one of these 'vegans' that occasionally eat some fish. I also eat turkey on thanksgiving.
Never any chicken
never any red meat
no direct dairy products (cheese/yogurt/milk)
**I eat deserts on occasion with milk as an ingredient**
I consider myself a 'vegan' for simplicities sake (makes life at resturaunts easier and the endless questions from typical meat eaters, usually end quick when I say Im a vegan).
I don't know about Tynann, but I don't really care about animals more or less than a typical hamburger eating american. It's just irrelevant to how I eat.
So for all you peta lovers getting your panties up in a bunch over someone calling themselves a vegan when they eat fish like once a month...
Relax. Go chew on some carrots.
No one's posted in a year! I must fix it!
I eat raw vegan foods a lot. I find that they are more colorful and appetizing, and I feel much better after eating them. However, I have always been a bit leery about going completely vegan, mostly because strict vegans have a reputation of being 1) Preachy, 2) Condescending, and 3) Judgemental, emphasis on the mental. Of course, I live in Southern California, where vegans run rampant in the streets.
I'm also not willing to completely give up a lot of the cultural dishes I love that remind me of home, animal products and all. I've grown up eating raw eggs at least a few times a week. My mom's Japanese, and raw egg over rice was a cheap, affordable and delicious dish that I've been eating since I was maybe 3, and I never got salmonella. PROOF THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL NOT JUST DROP DEAD IF YOU GIVE THEM RAW EGGS. Japanese eggs are beautiful - they're so deep orange and rich! We made that raw dish using conventional rather than organic free range eggs after moving back to America when I was 7 - still never got sick.After being diagnosed with diabetes at 17, I had to give up my favorite dish because I couldn't have the rice, and I had no other ways to eat the raw eggs I loved. (The Japanese have one other dish I know of where you dip thinly sliced meat in raw egg and boil it for about 5 seconds, but most people reading this probably don't do the meat thing).
It's funny - I found my way back to the raw food diet because after years of struggling with high blood sugar, a week of raw carrots and beets seemed to bring it down to pre-diabetic levels without medication. Since that worked so fantastically, I'm exploring other raw food options, and I'm so happy to come across these egg recipes that I never knew about! I tried raw eggnog last night, and it was one of the best things I've ever had. Matterfact, I'm going to make more right now.
The thread continues! Why not?
I was vegan for a couple years, about a decade ago. True vegan, uptight about it too.
Lately I refer to my diet as "mostly vegan and mostly raw". Occassionally I'll eat cooked food and/or animal products--never touch proccessed junk however. Unless it's that or starve. I eat more fruit than anything else--and I feel awesome.
Had my first raw egg today. It was fun to approach that taboo and yuck factor--and overcome it.
Lets keep this thread going pimps and hookers. Egg whites are anti-nutrient even though they have protein. I like getting my yolk fix by making a sunny side up egg on extra virgin coconut oil and eating just the hot liquid yellow yolk. Ever since the gov had fastfood switch to vegetable oils have you seen how heart disease is still on the up? Vegetable oils are not stable at high temperatures like EVCO which the body can also break down more easily. Ask a chemist!
lol u have a teaspoon of egg yolk and u say u could b chasing down bears or some shit next yr.... dude u sound like you have some serious thinking to do about ur sexuality, lol theres some sick twisted people in this world... but at just for the recod i still hate the media more then you
I find it hilarious that people are still commenting on this post... Holy shit:
a) This post is over 3 years old
b) He is an honest-to-god vegan now
c) I can't believe you are all wasting time and intertubes on this.
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.
I love back yard gardening…it’s one of the best and most economical ways to take control of your food source, not to mention lessen your reliance on the grocery store, if even just a little. I could be easily persuaded to take up farming as a new occupation, but for now, it’s not in the cards. Add to that some chickens and bees and I’d be one happy backyard farmer. Maybe the title “farmer” would be a stretch, but something I would surely be enamored by.
However for the past two years, we were lucky enough to fall into the great fortune of joining a local chicken co-op just a few minutes from our home. Our kids also attend the only public Charter Montessori in the US that runs from pre-K-12th grade. As a part of the community, the school has a complete working farm that fits neatly into Dr. Montessori’s teaching. Despite dog and cat allergies, we’re an animal loving family and the co-op offered an exceptional source for farm fresh eggs. More importantly however, is the experience of knowing where some of our food comes from and the work involved in getting it home.
The co-op started with almost 40 chicks and a dozen or so eager families. Nine of the chicks we raised ourselves in our own home for a few months. It was fun for the first 3-4 weeks…then when they tripled in size yet lived in the same box, the dust and noise got old rather quickly! What an experience for everyone though. The co-op’s intention was not to get cheap eggs, but when the eggs did start coming, they were exceptional. They were all we had heard about of a farm fresh egg, with bright yellow/orangey firm yolks and non-runny whites. The taste of a 5 minute poached egg from the farm is out of this world. A few times I would collect a warm egg from the coop, and it was in the pan 20 minutes later. Nothing better.
For our own needs, we have the best source at the moment, and we know how lucky we are to have the opportunity. It’s nice to know more and more families are becoming backyard farmers, and some are even selling excess eggs. Many municipalities are quickly changing regulations to accommodate this trend too. If you buy from a local or backyard chicken farmer, be sure you know what the chickens are eating, and visit the coop before you buy. Remember, chickens are omnivores. They really should have full access to the outside air/and the earth underfoot. In a true free range scenario, they would have access to grasses, bugs, worms, and grubs in addition to some supplemental organic grains and tons of your green waste from the kitchen. You would think they were never fed when I would arrive with a bag of kitchen waste….it was devoured within minutes. In a more perfect world, mimicking nature is how Joel Salatin runs his Polyface Farm in Virginia (we got to visit a few years ago, and loved it). He explains how he rotates his livestock through each paddock, and why the soil, growing grass, and each animal is so critical to one another in this brief video.
In my opinion, eggs are truly an exceptional food source, and finally research is backing this more and more. Many people avoid eggs due to the misunderstanding that they contribute to high cholesterol, but studies have shown that even an egg a day does not change your cholesterol levels. Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe) says in a recent cooking segment/blog post that yolks are good for the brain, even helping to protect us from Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She pointed out David Perlmutter MD gets into detail on this in his book ‘Grain Brain’. Even Dr Oz chimed in by saying to “ditch the egg-white-only mantra!” He goes on in detail to saying how “yolks contain the bulk of the egg’s nutrients, including minerals like calcium and magnesium and vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12 … the list goes on! In fact, eggs are loaded with so many nutrients that some scientists suggest a few eggs a day could provide a bigger health insurance policy than a multivitamin. They have 100% of the carotenoids essential for healthy eyes, protecting them against vision loss. Eggs are also rich in protein and an energy-sustaining food that helps stave off fatigue.”