One Week On Raw Food
What a week it has been. This week has shown me a lot about myself. The biggest thing is how strong I am. I journaled every day and am planning on continuing throughout the 21 days.
Day one was . . . Well, not what I had expected. I went to Whole Foods and spent around $150.00 to feed two people. I bought a pineapple and had planned on juicing it the first morning. After cutting into it, I realized it was not ripe at all. I didn't want it to go to waste, so I juiced it anyway with some mint, green apple, and ginger. It tasted sweet, so I didn't see any issues. Man, was I wrong!
About an hour after drinking the juice, I started to feel incredibly nauseated. Then I had diarrhea. I googled side effects of pineapple and found out unripe pineapple is toxic to humans causing excessive abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. I couldn't believe it! I was sick for a few hours and then started to get an itchy rash around the outside of my mouth.
Long story short, I didn't eat much the whole day, and when I went to eat some collard green wraps for dinner, I wanted to throw them at a wall and order take-out. I forced dinner down my throat and hoped for a better day tomorrow.
On day 2 & 3 I was incredibly hungry and not liking the recipes that were provided for the challenge. I knew I could not starve myself and luckily I had followed a number of raw vegans on youtube, and I had a good idea of how to eat raw. I added more fat and started to eat more fruit. I felt full and satisfied as the days went on.
During the week I defiantly noticed I had a few cravings but by the end of the week, the cravings had vanished. I am finding alternative ways to stop cravings and eat satisfying snacks that don't involve refined sugar or processed carbs.
I have noticed fruit digests better in my body. Vegetables tend to cause a lot of gas, but I think if I keep up this lifestyle everything even itself out. My acid reflux is much better. I have been able to cut back to half the dose of my meds. My goal is to get off acid suppressants all together, and I know I can do it!
At the end of the week, I stepped on the scale. Now, in all honesty - of course, I want to lose weight, but that is actually not my main goal. I was and still am looking for better sleep, mental clarity and more energy. I have noticed I have a pep in the step when climbing stairs. A week ago I hated stairs and was incredibly tired after climbing them. So the verdict from the scale . . . I lost 5 pounds! Awesome bonus!
Another thing I need to point out . . . I did not eat 100% fully raw the whole week. I ate store bought hummus, salad dressings and some oils I wanted to stay away from. But I did not use my oven or stove, and that is a big deal! Working full-time makes it incredibly hard to be perfect, and after a few days, I realized it is not about perfection anyway.
I have decided to be gentle with myself and let go. There is no need for perfection. This journey is a learning experience, and even though it's only been a week, I have already grown, and I am so proud of myself. I have already learned how to make healthier choices, and that is big for someone who is an emotional eater. This week has shown me I am stronger than I ever believed.
Do I see myself being fully raw for life? No. I am pretty sure after this is over I will be adding some cooked food back in. But when I say cooked, I mean organic tempeh, organic tofu or some cooked vegetables. I do want to keep my diet high raw. Probably around 80-90%. This way of eating makes me feel way too awesome to go back to regular pasta dinners and processed foods!
This week I was tempted with cake in work and a BBQ at a family member's house, and I was perfectly fine sticking to my diet in both circumstances. That is major for me!!!!! I don't feel the need to eat all the crap around me, and I am so happy about that. I am super excited to see what the next two weeks bring! I am already so happy with the results.
If you are interested in my journey, I post every day on Facebook and Instagram. If you have any questions or are trying to transition into a vegan or raw vegan lifestyle let me know! You can comment below or even email me. I'm here for you!
Love you guys so much! Catch you next week ;)