will make you feel and look like crap - that's my take after
two and a half weeks of downing avocados and nuts.
The experiment came about because I started noticing that a day or two
after I consumed overt fat (fats that are obviously very fatty, like
avocados, nuts and seeds), acne would appear on my face.
Prior to going raw I had continuous acne on my face, and was pleased
that it mostly disappeared when I shifted to a low fat raw vegan diet.
After making the connection, I wanted to test if high fat raw diets
were really the culprit, and decided to eat all the fat I pleased for
three weeks, with at least 20 percent of my total calories coming from
fat each day.
All fruits and vegetables have fat, of course, and on a normal day I
might average 5 to 9 percent of my calories from fat. Every day of the
experiment I added in enough avocados and nuts to boost my intake level
to above 20 percent. One day I even hit 30 percent.
By the standards of most people, 20-30 percent isn't high fat, but
merely average. I beg to differ.
Within two days of beginning my experiment, my face went from clear to
After 2 and 1/2 Weeks:
Not only did acne appear on my face and stay on my face for the whole
experiment, but my energy level dropped, my face looked puffy, I had
brain fog, and my stamina for normal athletic endeavors like running
decreased. Generally, I just didn't feel well.
After two and a half weeks I called it quits and ended my experiment,
satisfied that there was definitely a connection.
Now of course I'm not suggesting that fat is bad. Fat is necessary for
the function of the body. However, the small quantities present in low
fat raw fruits and vegetables are all we require
I'll still periodically indulge in overt fats from here on out, but
I'll do so knowing that there are consequences.