Remember that post from a few days ago, the one where I mentioned that a smart person would have prepared their body for the raw challenge? Well, I was right. I am definitely not a smart person, and detox did indeed SUCK. There is really no other word to describe my experience the past few days.
Aches and Pains? Yup
General Feeling of Crumminess? You Betcha!
Now, I wasn’t even sure I believed this business about detox, but let me tell you : It’s Real, and it means business. I may have even had some of those mood-swings I’ve read about, but I’m pretty tempermental already (just ask my husband…or anyone).
I was planning on daily postings about the raw-experience, but I’ve just been so darn tired. Like, 2-3 hour nap in the middle of the day, and in bed by 9pm tired. I would sit down at the computer and my eyes would start to droop. I figured I would have more energy later, but then when later came I was already asleep. Today is the first day I’ve gone without napping, and I feel much better all around. Fingers crossed this is the light at the end of the tunnel I’ve been waiting for. Along with the light at the end of the tunnel mentality, I’m also being strangely optimistic and looking at the silver-lining of the detox situation. The bad things I was warned about happened, so hopefully the good things I was promised will also happen (more energy, better skin, improved digestion, etc.).
Anyway, fast forward to today and I am still going strong at 100% raw. I’ve lost a few pounds, and best of all, Fletch lost the bet. One doubter down, 3 to go (my mom got in on the betting with 2 weeks). Here is a quick “cliff notes” version of the past few days.
After 5 days I’m getting pretty into this raw food thing. It’s the first time an “eating experiment” of mine has had serious results, and even though they’ve been mostly unpleasant, they have been on track. Besides, results are results and I can’t help but be motivated by any sign of progress. I even
went so far as to purchase a raw food cookbook today (a big step for a 30-day trial, might this last longer?), and I’m very excited to try some of the recipes. Pancakes and maple syrup? Yes please!
As restrictive as this diet is, I’m finding it surprisingly easy to follow. I think the fact that you can essentially have any food, it just has to be raw, is very helpful. That may sound confusing, but what I mean is that there seems to be a solution or substitution for everything that you give up when you quit cooked food. Raw cheese, dehydrated breads and crackers, raw cacao, sprouted grains. It’s all there, just in a different form. I guess for me that is strangely comforting. Even the price of things isn’t throwing me off. It’s more like “this is expensive, so I should only eat what I need”. We’ll see how long this new mentality lasts, but for now it seems to be working.
Now if only I could get my hands on a dehydrator….anyone?