week of raw!

February 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm (raw)


I made it… almost! Friday and Saturday I had coffee, because work was brutal and there’s no way I could’ve gone through a 13-hour shift without caffeine. but as far as food goes, I was good and raw for seven whole days. :>

alrighty, so here are the things countless raw sites promise you on the ‘diet’:
* more energy!
* clear skin!
* better digestion!
* weight loss!
* less risk of heart/cardiovascular disease!

the first day I was a complete zombie, but the next day I definitely felt a huge spike in energy as soon as I woke up. it fluctuated throughout the week, but I was able to function without coffee which is pretty good for me.

I have noticed slight improvements in my skin and my friends have mentioned that it’s looking clearer too. I haven’t worn foundation all week because I felt I didn’t need it.

I pooped a bunch! I now know why it’s called a cleanse; it really does get everything out of you lololololol.

I lost about three pounds during the week! although I have a feeling I’ll gain at least some of them back now that I’m not raw anymore.

I’ll let you know when I’m 50 about the heart stuff. ;D

so pretty much all I ate was salads. but for me, it was the easiest and most efficient way to get everything I needed. they got me full fast and gave me tons of energy throughout the day, so no complaints there. I added lemon juice to all my green salads and ate my fruit salads on their own. speaking of which, I realized I LOVE fruit salads. they’re probably my new favorite thing now, and I’m going to start incorporating them into my daily diet.

I didn’t eat as many nuts and seeds as I should’ve, but honestly, buying all that fresh produce didn’t come cheap and I just couldn’t afford to spend more. that’s the major negative factor in going raw for me is it cost me A LOT more than usual.

the other problem I had was mostly bad timing. it’s been frigid here for the past few weeks, with lows of 30s almost every night. as a Floridian that’s been here for almost 15 years, this kind of weather is completely foreign to me and I don’t really have the proper wardrobe to handle it correctly. so when all the food I ate was cold on top of that, it kind of made me miserable and all week I was craving nothing but warm baked goods. so I think what I’m going to do is attempt this all over again in the summer, and then try to go for a month. I’m sure it’ll be tons easier then since ALL I’ll be wanting is cold foods (apparently it’s an El Nino year so this summer is going to be hotter than usual, oh boy oh boy).

all in all, I think this was a great and extremely rewarding experience. I’m now going to proactively strive to eat 100% raw at least a couple times a week, and hopefully work up to a 50% raw diet with time. it really does make me feel a lot better and cleaner. it feels awesome knowing I can eat almost as much as I want and I’ll never get that gross, bloated, overeaten feeling or the guilt that comes with knowing how many calories I’ve consumed. and the lack of mystery products in my food is also a huge weight off my shoulders. I know the food industry in America is disgusting and when I prepare my own foods that come from completely fresh produce, nothing frozen, nothing boxed, nothing compressed, nothing packaged, it’s just gives me a really nice, calming feeling.

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3 Comments

  1. Roxy said,

    Oh my gosh. That salad looks awesome! What’s all in it? I’d love to make one. Yummy. 🙂

  2. aleener said,

    in the veggie salad, it’s romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, napa cabbage, regular cabbage, kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, baby carrots, radishes, alfalfa sprouts, and bean sprouts.

    in the fruit salad, it’s grapes, clementines, apples, strawberries, bananas, and cantaloupe.

    I didn’t really use any specific measurements when making those, I just kinda cut stuff up until it looked like enough.

  3. Roxy said,

    Thanks. 🙂

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