It’s been over 6 weeks since I started this 2-week Raw Food Diet experiment. I kinda got into a groove and am enjoying it so much I just want to keep going. I feel great, the eczema on my skin is completely cleared up and I have more energy and less brain fog than I did.
I am not being purist or rigid about being a raw foodie and do have cooked food (yes that includes cheese!) every now and again. But when I do, I immediately feel bloated and uncomfortable and my skin gets very itchy, so that is a huge incentive not to stray.
The first 3 or so weeks as a raw foodie, I had this huge appetite, it seemed like every couple of hours my body yelled “more food please.” However, that has calmed down now and I do not feel the need to eat a small horse to satisfy my hunger cravings. Sometimes it is hard to get all the calories in. On a raw food diet, for my gender, and weight I should be shooting for 2000 calories a day. That’s an awful lot of bananas! In addition, a lot of that intake is supposed to be leafy greens to get in all the nutrients and protein that your body needs. I hate greens, I know silly, right? So, I have added a daily vitamin and vegan protein shake to my daily intake to try and make up for what may be lacking in my diet.
This is what my breakfast usually looks like:
This is what my lunch looks like:
This is what my snacks look like:
Also, on a recent trip to Vegas I wondered how much I would be able to eat raw food in a city where burgers and nachos are king. We actually saw a restaurant called Heart Attack Burger where people over 350 pounds ate free - there is something very wrong with that. But it was not hard at all. The hotel had a marketplace downstairs with a cool fridge stocked with fresh watermelon, pineapple and grapes. And of course, everywhere you go there was a famous Vegas Buffet so it really was not hard to make a beeline for the salad bar and load up.
You may be asking yourself, how much weight has she lost? I am happy to report I have lost a whopping 4 pounds. Let’s alert the media! However, this whole exercise was not about weight loss but health. I have also lost almost 2 dress sizes and that makes me very happy.
So, I will keep going and I will continue to post updates.
Has anyone out there done a raw food diet? What were your highs and lows?