Will they drive themselves nutty?
These two super vegans follow an extremely strict, plant-based diet that consists of mostly dried fruit and nuts — and no sugar or salt.
Allee and Hendry Gurung, who are both 29, call themselves raw vegans and live solely off of raw fruits, like durians and mangoes, and vegetables.
“We know it’s not for everyone, but we’re not trying to impose our lifestyle on anyone, only showcasing how we eat,” Allee, who works as a yoga instructor, told SWNS.
Not only do they tout body fat loss after slashing their oil and sugar intake, but they say their skin is glowing more than ever.
“I was really struggling with skin and digestive issues and nothing I did seemed to be working,” the New Yorker continued. “I used lots of different treatments before finally deciding to go vegan, and then high-raw vegan in 2017.”
Now, the pair haven’t looked back. While they rarely eat cooked foods — save for potatoes, rice and pasta once a day to every few days — they claim they feel “revitalized, connected and full of energy.”
“We always talk about how good we felt when we transitioned to a high-raw vegan diet,” she added. “We don’t feel like we miss anything as we’re always listening to our bodies.”
On a regular day, the two eat fruit for breakfast, a platter of exotic fruit for lunch and then a cooked, starchy meal or high-density fruit for dinner in addition to nuts and seeds as snacks during the day.
The minimally cooked food they do consume includes sprouted curry burgers or zucchini and yellow mung bean fritters, although they mostly rely on fruit that doesn’t fill them up as much, allowing them to “eat much larger proportions.”
“If you want to get used to eating a lot of fruit, you have to eat high-density fruit like durian and mango,” Hendry said. “This allows your body to get used to more calories from just fruit.”
While it might not seem like a lot of food, the pair swears they get their blood checked to make sure they’re getting the right nutrients.
“So many people eat more protein than they need,” he continued, saying the pair only consumes about 30 to 40 grams per day. “Protein is in everything. You don’t need as much as you think.”
Hendry, who also works as a yoga instructor, cites his upbringing in Nepal as the reason for being drawn to a plant-based diet.
“Food is big part of the culture, and fruit has a really powerful energy,” he said, adding that there is a “linked relationship” between plants and humans. “There’s a really vibrancy around plants and fruits, and there’s so much variety.”
The couple’s career paths as yogis flow with their lifestyle — waking up before sunrise to practice, integrating breathing and stillness throughout their days and emphasizing the need to “connect” with the earth.
While there might be some skeptics, Allee and Hendry encourage anyone interested in their diet to “eat seeded fruit” and “try lots of different fruits to see what works, as there’s so much variety.”
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