Don Matesz has a gem of a post discussing Steve Pavlina’s raw vegan diet experiment(s). Pavlina, like Seth Roberts and Tim Ferris, does a lot of self-experimentation and then blogs about it. I do like much of what all three of them write. Pavlina’s post “How to Become an Early Riser” is a classic I’d recommend to anyone. His Polyphasic Sleep experiments are fascinating. I did read his raw vegan diet experiment posts back when they were written or shortly thereafter. Anyway…
I’ve written before about how our digestive system is not like that of chimps or gorillas, but I didn’t go so far as to figure out what I would have to eat to sustain myself on a chimp-like diet. Long story short, if you’re interested in this kind of thing, go read Don’s post. Here are two gem quotes from it [emphasis is mine]:
Eating would be a full time job. Given a 16 hour waking period, I would have to eat 1.25 pounds of food every waking hour to meet my energy needs. I’d probably spend a good chunk of the time I wasn’t eating sitting on the toilet excreting all the undigested carbage. My life would consist largely of eating and crapping, just like other primates. Not quite what I had in mind, how about you?
If you believe that humans are designed to eat a diet that leaves 38% of people vitamin B12 deficient, 15% of males and 25% of females underweight, and stops the menstruation in at least 30% of women in their reproductive years, good luck to you.
Remember, if you feel lousy on your raw vegan diet, it’s just detox!