Raw Vegan Day 4: Sprout Your Own Beans!
Made it to day 4 and… I am alive!
It’s important to note here that this is not a “How to go vegan guide” because I am absolutely no expert. It’s more of a “I wonder what will happen to this guy if he dives head first, unprepared, into veganism?” adventure!
But, given my extreme lack of unpreparedness, it’s honestly been pretty simple so far. Definitely been having cravings for “normal” food, or at least what our culture considers normal, but I truly think that cravings are out of simplicity more than anything.
Throw a burger onto a BBQ = Simple.
Through some potatoes into the oven = Simple.
Eat what everyone else around you is eating = Simple.
BUT, it’s really not all that difficult to make my own food. I did a smoothie cleanse about 2 years ago for a week. Afterwards I thought “Wow, I am going to have a smoothie at least every couple of days!” I didn’t do that. I didn’t even have one once a week, or once a month, or once a year… I actually never made another smoothie until yesterday…
For some reason, in my head, the idea of making a smoothie was difficult. Throwing a few eggs into the pan and making an egg sandwich for breakfast everyday seemed easier. But that’s not true at all. If anything, piling some fruit and veggies into a blender and pushing a button is less work. Our brains are funny, aren’t they? I think part of the reason is my personal conditioning as a human and conforming to the collective conditioning around me: sort of doing what’s the “norm”.
Overall I feel physically great! I am mentally aware and everything seems fine. I’ve been making sure to add in lots of protein sources: mostly nuts and bean sprouts (more on that below!). One thing I read up on that I should be adding in is vitamin B12, as it’s only contained in animal protein. Also, I have to be aware of my iron intake, but I have been eating lots of dark leafy greens which are loaded with iron. However, I learned that plant iron is best absorbed when eaten with food containing high vitamin C counts, so I need to up my citrus game.
Now for the sprouts! Over the past 3 days I sprouted some mung beans and green lentils. It’s literally the easiest thing in the world to do. Here is how I did it:
Step one, add beans and lentils to a mason jar. Cover with some sort of mesh, I used cheese cloth (not as gross as it sounds!) and secured it with an elastic on one and tied the cloth on the other. Finally, soak in water (just enough water to go a bit higher than the beans) for 12 hours.
You might think “Wow! He barely put anything in there?!” Just wait… Here is what they looked like after 12 hours of soaking:
Notice how much they’ve expanded in just that short time. Now, all you have to do is keep them in a dry/dark area and rinse them in water 3-4 times a day and let the water drain off, that’s it! I balanced them, one jar on another, in a regular bowl like this:
Now this is a pretty simple way to do it, but there are better ways as well. Be creative! Here is a photo of my buddy, Justin Andrews, with his massive jars of sprouts from the Blue Apples Arts and Wellness Centre. Justin is a cook at Blue Apples and is very knowledgeable in plant food and plant medicine, check him out!
On the 3rd day this is what my sprouts looked like and they were ready to eat! You can let them grow longer if you wish, but this is what I wanted. Just have to store them in the fridge now and they last 3-4 days 🙂
Super simple! Great to add, fresh, to sandwiches or pretty much anything. Good to just grab a handful here and there too. They have a fresh, earthy taste.
Overall, I’ve been feeling full, no problems there at all. My farts are smellier than they used to be, but I am okay with that. If anyone gives funny looks I just say “It’s okay, guys, I’m a vegan now!” I’ve still been going through some tough emotional situations, as I eluded to in my first post, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the new diet. I have been noticing various tingles in my body (as someone who meditates often, I am very aware of bodily changes). But the combo of the emotional releases and new diet, I am not sure which one may be the cause of that. I’ve had vegan friends tell me that they notice a sort of tingle of life through their body that they never felt before, so maybe that’s it!
Another cool thing is that it is impacting the people around me. My partner Cathy saw my salsa and smoothies and has said both times “Mmm! I want what you’re having!”
I think the biggest benefit so far is this sort of mental/placebo effect thing: Because I KNOW I am doing something good for myself instead of taking the “easier” route, I feel better about it all. Like when I made my smoothie yesterday I was like “Yeah, smoothies are good!” and it felt good to know I was treating myself well. So it’s sort of this combo of discipline plus doing healthy things which has been really nice so far 🙂
What I’ve Been Eating:
Breakfast: for the past two days I made myself a smoothie containing bananas, beet greens, spinach, an apple, frozen blueberries and strawberries, flax seeds and a tiny bit of water. I also grabbed a few handfuls of nuts to get extra protein to start the day.
Lunch: I made another smoothie with some of the same ingredients, finished off my salsa from the day before and more nuts!
Supper: I made this dip out of onions, avocado, spinach, beet greens, zucchini, garlic, and ginger and dipped carrot sticks and cucumber in them. It was pretty good, but a bit overwhelming. So I snacked on an apple with peanut butter to hold me over.