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Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
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You'll have to forgive me my modesty. I'm only comfortable posting the back view right now. I'm sharing this in hopes of having a positive effect on someone out there.

What you see here are the results of an experiment: starting a nearly all raw vegan diet simultaneously with the Insanity program. Before this I ate healthily to the best of my knowledge at the time – eggs, fish, fruit, vegetables (both cooked and raw), a little dairy, and high quality breads, frozen foods and cereals. I first heard of the concept of a raw diet about a week before I started Insanity. A few days into it I was sold enough to give raw a shot in hopes of getting the maximum benefit for my efforts. At first I didn't intend to go all raw, but after a few days of switching back and forth I decided I was having better workouts on raw food. After the first week of Insanity I had only three cooked dishes: half a Pad Thai at a restaurant and two servings of cooked egg whites. I also ate about 10 raw egg yolks scattered in there until I decided to go all vegan with about three weeks remaining.

I've watched some videos of fit tests, including my last one, and form seems to vary so widely that posting my numbers doesn't seem very useful. I think what matters more is the degree of improvement. My scores improved on average about 88% from my first fit test. That's the most important number to me and I'm thrilled at that! I should say that I switched to much lighter shoes for the Max workouts and I am sure that gave my numbers an artificial boost.

Other numbers: I'm 38 and 6'1”. I weigh about 176.8 in the before photos and 162.8 in the afters, so I lost 14 lbs. My low weight was 160.6 a few days from the end. One possible reason my weight varied a bit was due to all the experimentation I was doing with diet. I have a lot to learn about raw food and I'm sure someone else could do better than me with some more forethought and research.

I now have a huge appreciation for a plant-based diet and I intend to stay high raw vegan for a while. To me, optimum health can't be fully captured in photos, although I am blown away by some of the results I've seen from other users here! I see this diet as part of an intelligent strategy for minimizing the potential for illness while maximizing the potential for happiness over the long term. It's benefits go beyond measures of weight and strength, but I'm satisfied that it effectively fuels serious exercise as well.

I have a ton of respect and admiration for every single person who has undertaken the Insanity program and seen it through. Whatever diet or workout you choose, I wish you the best health possible!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
8/21/10 9:01 AM as a reply to plantivore.
Finally another vegan on Team Beachbody!!!! I thought I was the only one! Great results my friend! I amy about 5 workouts away from finishing Insanity and then going to start a P90X and Insaity hybrid! I myself am an ethical vegan but I do find I feel so much better eating a plant based diet so it's a win win for me! Good luck on your journey!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
8/21/10 10:16 AM as a reply to sandypants.
Thanks for the kind words, Sandy! I'm glad you're out there, too! I know it's a great feeling to be so close to the end of the program. Finish strong!

I'll take a short break from structured workout programs and then plunge into P90X myself. I know I will have great results and I know you will, too.

I've come to realize veganism is all about the win-win. It's a great thing any way you look at it. Ethics are important to me, too, but you have to meet people where they are. I believe one can choose this diet out of pure self-interest and I'll do my best to prove it.

I think Insanity is all about the mental challenge so you've definitely impressed me getting this far. Good luck!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
8/23/10 2:36 PM as a reply to plantivore.
congrats - you look great, and congrats on finding a diet that has worked well for you.
I have tried the raw diet and I do like it, although i dont follow it anymore, I found for me that i appreciate my hot bowl of oats in the morning more than any other meal, except maybe the Beach body Shakeology, which is alot of plant based ingredients,

Also one of the best protein powders I have tried is Raw Power with brazil nuts, hemp and maca root - with raw cocao powder added - makes a great shake

Continued success!

Peace,
OCGurl
49 years young!
Round 2 Insanity AM, P90X PM
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
8/23/10 4:56 PM as a reply to OCGurl.
Thanks, OCGurl! You're one of those people with the amazing before and afters. Great stuff!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/14/10 2:51 PM as a reply to sandypants.
Hi Sandy,

Wasnt sure I'd find another ethical vegan on here! I'm at the start of my journey emoticon

Do you have any good tips for adding more protein into your diet without adding calories and fat?

All the best emoticon
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/14/10 8:25 PM as a reply to colourscollide.
Vegans unite! Seriously, we should start a group or something.

I'm on month 1 of Insanity, and I've been using products by Sequel for protein - www.sequelnaturals.com/

Just discovered their new 'shake and go' mixes, which are very handy.
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/16/10 3:23 PM as a reply to colourscollide.
GREAT results!

I love seeing all the raw foodist into INSANITY emoticon

colourscollide:

Do you have any good tips for adding more protein into your diet without adding calories and fat?


I absolutely LOVE the raw food lifestyle. Although I do eat raw sushi-grade tuna. I found in the first month of INSANITY all the seeds and nuts and avocado were putting my fat way over 20% of my calories. For month 2 of INSANITY I caved in and started doing grilled chicken/beef/salmon for the protein.

But we did find RAW Protein from Garden of Life—a certified organic, raw, vegan protein powder for a supplement. It tastes awful, so I just mix it in water and drink it fast. It's also very expensive, especially at the local market. But I found it on Amazon.com for $29 HERE.
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/22/10 2:17 PM as a reply to colourscollide.
I'm not sure anyone is asking for my opinion, but I'll give you my thoughts on protein.

This is for me one of the lesser concerns in this diet. I decided to eliminate concentrated proteins, as they are acid forming. This is one reason I stopped with the egg yolks and animal products. I think the objective should be efficient use of the protein you consume. This means consuming enough fat and carbs to avoid the conversion of protein in gluconeogenesis. Eating a little protein all the time to stay in positive nitrogen balance should be easy. I eat a ton of greens (mostly blended) and a fair amount of nuts and seeds.

It should be noted that vegans are often deficient in the amino acid lysine. Peas, hempseed and sprouted mung beans are favorites of mine to address this.

Good luck!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/22/10 2:52 PM as a reply to plantivore.
I did an analysis of everything I ate some weeks back. (Without any protein mix) I was surprised how much protein I was getting from all the sprouted seeds, nuts, grains, etc. The only reason I started with the protein mix was that my fat (albeit good fat) was higher than I wanted during my first round of INSANITY. Also, although I was getting a lot of protein, it was not up at 1g/lb of lean muscle I was carrying.

Also, for those who haven't seen it, this is interesting video regarding Tony Horton, a vegetarian.
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/22/10 4:37 PM as a reply to greg61b.
Thanks for the video, Greg! Tony Horton has the Old Spice guy, Isaiah Mustafa, on a vegan diet the last I heard.

For any women wondering about protein, you may be interested in this video:
http://www.3news.co.nz/Kiwi-fitness-model-takes-up-raw-food-diet/tabid/367/articleID/169209/Default.aspx

This guy is a raw vegan:
http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_jackson

So is this guy:
http://naturesfitnessmodel.com/about
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
9/29/10 4:30 PM as a reply to plantivore.
The raw vegan diet can get expensive. Ways to bring the cost down are visiting farmers markets (especially at closing time), finding a grocer that sells their overripe or cosmetically imperfect produce at a discount, finding a good bulk foods seller, starting your own garden, and learning what common plants in your area are edible. I've only done a few of those so far. I am big on green smoothies, so a nice high-speed blender is part of the entry fee into doing this well, sorry to say.

Good luck with P90X! I'll join you soon!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
4/16/11 10:27 AM as a reply to colourscollide.
Hi-

I am very happy to see that there are some fellow vegan/raw vegan-esque people out there participating in this! I am a raw vegan and have been for about a year and a half...I just began the P90X and Insanity (hybrid) a month and a half ago...it is intense as I am sure everyone knows so with caloric intake and protein I have had to tweak my usual meal consumption.

As someone mentioned below- green smoothies..tons of kale/collard/spinach...whatever your preference will definitely add lots of enzymes, minerals, etc... sprouted beans,legumes,peas are fabulous.

What I really want to share with you all is my own recovery formula for us non dairy vegans out there!! emoticonOkay so post workout recovery smoothie for me...everyday..is:

- 1 cup soaked almonds (placed in the fridge the night before)
- 2 bananas
- 1 large chunk of ginger root (great for minimizing inflammation, among other things)
- 6 tbsp of hemp seeds (or powder)= 22g protein with the seeds
- dash of celtic sea salt (sodium replenish)
- tons of cinnamon and some nutmeg...(optional, I just happen to be a fan)
- 1 nutmilk bag (or paint straining bag-can get at most any hardware store for $3)
- 4 cubes of ice
**a side note- occasionally I add some Vitamineral Green and Spirulina in or ingest it before I comsume even water in the am**

...okay..so after the workout- rinse out your almonds-throw em' in the blender with about a cup and a half of water (depending on the consistency you want)-throw your ginger cube in that bad boy- blend away (on high...if Vitamix set variable to max)

..once blended-pour the milk through the bag and strain
..pour the fresh almond milk into the blender again-add your bananas-hemp seeds-salt-cinnamon and nutmeg-blend again on high and you are good to go!!!!

Please try this- you will so love it...it is deliciously INSANE!! emoticon
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
4/17/11 4:04 PM as a reply to sandypants.
It's awesome to see other vegans on here! I'm an ethical vegan too. I'll be starting Insanity tomorrow and could use any words of wisdom from the vegans who have come before me. Glad to know there are others who have done it!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
4/20/11 10:01 PM as a reply to plantivore.
Cool!
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
7/15/11 2:37 PM as a reply to plantivore.
Thanks for posting! Does anyone have any recommendations for a very specific vegan diet plan that would be compatible with P90x or Insanity? Or a nutritionist that would be reasonably priced and able to help with this? I need a very specific plan...I am not getting the body composition changes I want and I know it is my diet...but I am finding it difficult to know exactly what to do and am too busy with young children to take the time to research and figure it out.
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
8/11/11 8:31 AM as a reply to feelingstrong.
I have the same question. I'm on a different program, ChaLean, but am raw vegan and am having a hard time figuring out what would be best for a diet. I saw above all the mentions of the vegan diet for p90x but the only one I see online is vegetarian. Where did you all get the plan?
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
12/9/11 5:15 AM as a reply to plantivore.
I am practicing being a vegan also. Got inspired by a gentlemen i seen on youtube name Dan The Man LifeRegenerator. Here is a link. http://www.youtube.com/user/liferegenerator Check out his videos for the benefits of eating raw foods. emoticon
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
12/17/11 9:53 AM as a reply to plantivore.
I've done raw food (raw food vegan) a number of times over the years. I started Insanity, but didn't change my diet. After three weeks, I gained 3kg, mostly muscle I imagine. Hmmmm. So, I started a raw food diet while on Insanity. I've been doing this for three weeks now.

First, my weight started to drop. I started around 78kg, went up to 81kg on Week 2, and now I'm at 75kg after three weeks of raw food. Bodyfat went from about 20% to about 15%, so I'm well on the way to my goal of 10% or less bodyfat.

Second, my energy levels and stamina during the workouts are getting quite impressive. There would be some improvement anyway, so I don't know how much is the effect of raw food, but in my case I've made huge gains in the ability to do the workouts. But, I've done raw food before and ate pretty healthy anyway. If this is your first time with raw food, it is common to have detox symptoms during the first two weeks or so, which can leave you rather weak.

Raw food is not normally a calorie-counting diet, but I'm counting them anyway. I find that it is easy to maintain a 2100kcal diet, without feeling hungry. This compares to about 3000kcal estimated use. If you avoid excessive nuts and oils, and juices, there really aren't many calories in raw fruits and vegetables. For example, I just had a whole pineapple for lunch, and I'm stuffed. It was about 350kcal.

However, raw food is rather low in protein. Thor Bazler of RawPower.com, a bodybuilder, says that it is easy to lean down with raw food but hard to build muscle. He uses rather aggressive raw food protein supplements, in the form of nut/seed meal and "superfood" algae pills, which are about 75% protein. I started using some hemp seed meal in morning fruit smoothies (a nut/seed meal is what's left after the oil has been squeezed out), but even with this my protein is low and I'm not building much muscle. I'm fine with this for now as I wanted to be lean but not bulky. However, I might make some adjustments to add more protein.

Green leafy vegetables have a lot of protein. 58% of the calories in spinach comes from protein. However, spinach doesn't have many calories so you have to eat a LOT to get a lot of protein this way. For example, a pound of spinach would make a BIIIG salad, but has about 12g of protein (and 78 calories).

So, overall I'd say that it works well, but if you want to build bulk, you have to add protein somehow. See rawpower.com for more info. Bazler's recommendation is 1g of protein for every 2lbs of your target body weight, or 80g for 160lbs. I'm considering trying a raw food PLUS 16oz. of cooked meat per day combo diet. Yes, this violates the raw food principles, and you would probably lose some of the raw food detox/health effects, but it would be closer to the recommended 40% protein/40% carb/20% fat ratio. It would still be healthier than most other options since you're still eating a lot of raw food.

Nuts have protein, but they have so much oil that they have a ton of calories. For example, a pound of raw cashews has 77g of protein, but they have so much oil that only 12% of calories (2650 per lb!) come from protein. So, if you want nut protein, consider the nut/seed meals I mentioned, which have the oil squeezed out. Hemp seed meal is about 50% of calories from protein and Brazil nut meal is about 35%. Beans are another vegan option for protein, although one that would have to be cooked. Boiled broad beans have about 68% of calories from protein. Kidney beans are 44%. Sprouts are another source of protein, about 62% of calories from protein. However, the problem is like spinach, that you would have to eat a lot of it. A pound of sprouts has about 12g of protein.
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RE: Insanity on a Raw Vegan Diet: Results
7/31/12 8:41 AM as a reply to plantivore.
So glad I was able to find other vegans doing insanity/p90x...im on week 2 of insanity and was questioning whether or not I should go vegetarian to eat eggs and cheese for protein. after reading this, im sticking with my vegan lifestyle. I'm looking more to get lean than bulk up anyway emoticon Thank you so much for sharing! it's been a great inspiration for me!
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