Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Reflecting on my Raw Adventure

sample photo from Microsoft

Looking back, I realized that it has been officially 18 days into my raw adventure, with no non-raw food cheats. I am amazed at how easy it was to go raw, but also at how difficult it was to not abuse my body with food (albeit raw food). I had to give away trigger foods, like cashews. I learned a lot about why grains, high fat foods, and dehydrated foods can be harmful, and I felt the effects of various foods on my own body.

And I learned that if I want to be able to eat this way, some of my food is going to have to come from a dumpster. Luckily, I love the thrill of the hunt! (Did I mention that last week we scored 21 cantaloupes?!?)

How has 18 days of raw food affected me?

  • I have lost 6 pounds, which I attribute to water weight from a decline in salt consumption, since my body fat percentage is still about the same.
  • In the beginning, I did experience some detox symptoms, such as mild headaches, acidic nasal drainage, sore throat, etc. But those passed fairly quickly.
  • My bowel symptoms such as bloating, gas, and constipation go away, as long as I don't eat lots of nuts, dried fruit or dehydrated foods. When I eat those things, however, I am very uncomfortable.
  • I don't crave cooked food, salt, or sugar. However, I don't like watching food commercials on t.v., because I have a combination of revulsion and attraction, almost like the feeling you get when you pass a fatal car accident on the road.
  • My normally sharp sense of smell is even sharper. My friend came over with gum in her mouth and the smell almost bowled me over. Very chemically!
  • My skin is clearer and seems to have a glow about it.
  • I am anxious about other's reaction to my diet. I feel fearful about people's views about my parenting skills. I am also anxious about being able to afford good quality fruit.
  • I feel like I am on an emotional roller coaster, going from ecstasy and joyfulness to frustration and depression.
Thanks to all of my supporters who have helped me on my journey!



Courtney said...

Interesting post--congrats on the 6 lbs! And 21 cantaloupes?! That is crazy amazing! I am going there tomorrow...

I am anxious about what others will think of my diet too...I don't tell anyone I follow E2L. I just say that I am a vegan and leave it at that. I know I need to get over it and just accept what others think/say, but it is hard! Know that you are doing what you feel is right for YOU and that is what matters. Also, know that you are a GREAT mom and that others cannot possibly know how much you love your children!

How is the new job going??


Greenmama said...

Dearest Courtney!

I have really appreciated your support!

Hope you find something awesome when you hit that dumpster.
(However, if you don't, don't be discouraged. I have found that the best time to go is Friday night.)

The new job is scary, but exciting. I go again on Thursday for training. But it doesn't start "for real" until the fall.