An Aspiring Raw Vegan in Portland

by thubten

Part of why I chose to move to Portland is its large vegan community. There seems to be a vegan restaurant on nearly every corner, and there’s usually a vegan option or two on even the most non-vegan menus.

I started down the path to better nutrition in the later 90s, when I was a Buddhist monk dealing with severe stomach spasms. I read a book by Dr. Peter D’Adamo about his Eat Right For Your Type program, and I was hooked. I followed the guidelines in the book and dropped 50 pounds.

By avoiding corn and wheat in all forms, my stomach spasms stopped. I later visited the D’Adamo’s clinic in New Hampshire and got a “prescription” for my specific needs, and dropped another 50 pounds. This was amazing to me!

Some raw gurus dispute the validity of the D’Adamo’s premises, but I know what happened to me. Regardless of the scientific arguments, I have not had another stomach spasm.

Ever since then I’ve been looking for ways to improve my health and how I feel. I was introduced to the raw/living food lifestyle by friends in Colorado, and dove in immediately. I blogged about my experiences on My Raw Year, expecting to be 100% raw for a full year. That experiment didn’t go to plan, but I learned a lot about raw food and about myself in the process.

I’ve been an aspiring 100% raw/living foodist since then, and have been slowly progressing back to that place. I have yet to find a completely raw vegan restaurant in Portland, something I hoped to find here. If I don’t find one, I’ll likely start one, and will keep you posted on that, too.

I have resumed blogging on My Raw Year, and have just recently posted some recipes.

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avatar Lisa November 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Hi There,

I also had success with D’Adamo’s plan but over the years I’ve slipped back to eating tomatoes, potatoes and some dairy. Thanks for the refresher and good luck with that raw/live restaurant – I’d be a regular customer!


avatar theculinaryaddict November 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

thubten, welcome to portland. i’m sure you know this but Blossomin Lotus in Ivirngton and Pearl have the most Live food options

I did a 30-day all live vegan cleanse/ bikram yoga thang a few years back and the lotus catered it. Christie is the owner and a live foodist and would be a good contact for you to make. She even teaches live food classes at her studio good luck! TCA

avatar Adam DiCarlo December 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Hi, Thubten,

Interesting to hear about your stomach ailments and getting better by avoiding corn and wheat.

Do you think you have an intolerance (IgG allergy, for instance) of those foods, or perhaps Celiac Disease?

I’ve read a bit of Steve Pavlina’s blogging about how his raw diet improved his energy and eating cooked food makes him sick. But a vegan coworker of mine had eaten raw for quite a while and said there wasn’t a noticeable difference… so I’ve been wondering if food allergies/intolerances are a component–at least for *some* people.

BTW, I recently took an allergy test at the NCNM… wrote about it at , with a pic of the test results, if you’re curious about my experience with food allergies.

avatar Jacob Reiff December 21, 2009 at 11:36 am

You’re probably familiar with it, but Gone Raw [ ] is a raw recipe site, run by a couple in Portland.

avatar thubten March 6, 2010 at 10:38 am


Thank you for your note. Sorry it took so long to reply. I look forward to getting to know you!


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