Tomorrow, or technically today, February 1st, 2009, starts my 1 month of trying to go raw. I think this will be the biggest challenge, definitely diet wise, that I’ve done. I’ve done a fair amount of research and I’m going to try my hardest to stick to it for 30 days (actually, only 28). At the end of the month I’ll see how I feel and determine where I want to go from there.
By “raw” I mean, I’m going to eliminate anything cooked or processed from my diet. No meat, animal products, dairy, or anything heated. Only ‘living’ foods.
I went grocery shopping tonight for a few things so I wouldn’t wake up tomorrow and eat something not raw because I didn’t have anything in the house. I bought:
2 bunches of broccoli
1 horned exotic fruit thing
4 blood oranges
1 can of cashews
2 lbs of baby carrots
18 oz romaine lettuce
1 package celery
(Grand total, 25 bucks)
I already have a decent amount of juice and an avocado too. And I’m going to get bananas and possibly cantaloupe from the school.
I bought the tea because I really do love tea, and I figured if I got a detoxifying tea I could let it slide. Maybe I will eliminate this later, but for now tea will be my little luxury item.
I’m also not cutting out all alcohol, mainly because I just bought a case of beer that was on sale and I would like to have one every now and then. I might switch to only organic wine when the case is gone. Again, we’ll see. I haven’t been the biggest drinker lately anyway, but I like having a cold one in the fridge just in case.
My last meal was from Taco Bell. I know, probably the worst food you could possibly eat, but it was my last cooked meal and I can’t resist the Bell. A whole month of uncooked foods scares the heck out of me honestly. I’m not even sure I can do it.
Going vegan for a month was incredibly hard and I found myself cheating towards the end. I didn’t see much difference, and I missed pizza with cheese so much. If I don’t stay raw I might try vegan one more time, but I don’t think it will stick.
Tomorrow I’m going to weigh myself, I’m guessing I should be around 115lbs. I’m planning on fruit salads for breakfast/brunch and then mostly veggies for dinner, with snacks throughout the day. I’m not a huge fruit fan, but hopefully that’ll change. Apparently, I only like the expensive fruits like blueberries and strawberries and I just can’t afford those on my no income-income.
-I’ve had a kidney infection for about a week now. I wasn’t sure if I should postpone this experiment until it was completely gone, but I’m going to give it a shot and keep an eye on it.
-Stiff neck and lower back. Lower back probably from kidneys, neck usually bothers me from the Lyme.
-Feeling pretty down lately, I’m curious to see if this will have an effect on my moods. I’m on anxiety medicine now and it’d be pretty cool to be able to get off of it.
-Vivid dreams, not so much of a complaint, because they’re pretty cool and I remember them all in great detail. I’ve found my head to be clearer and I remember my dreams a lot more since I’ve been changing my diet. I’m interested to see if this will bring about more lucid dreams, or possibly needing more/less sleep.
The reason for this challenge is really to experiment with my body. I enjoy trying different diets, sleep cycles, heck-even living in different countries just to see what effect they have on my body. I like to try things for myself and that way I can really see what happens. I miss meat sometimes, but I’m extremely glad I tried vegetarianism. I used to criticize vegetarians all the time, but honestly how can you judge something if you don’t try it out for yourself. I never thought I would continue to not eat meat, and now I feel really good about it.
Well, I’m going to get some sleep and get a fresh start on my first day. I have a feeling my roommates are taking me out to lunch for my birthday, and I also feel like we might head to the Olive Garden. I have no problem ordering a salad, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to turn down those bread sticks. I’m not strong enough!! Well comment if you have any advice or questions. I will try to update regularly.