I haven't been keeping up with my photos or blog because I've been super sick. Pretty sure my son, my daughter, and I all have the flu. Blah. Will update when I can crawl out of bed without tossing my cookies.
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One week into the raw food diet, and I'm feeling pretty good! I've lost 5lbs so far, and my skin has already cleared up quite a bit.
I have been having some cravings for pasta and dairy, so last night I made an exception for some vegan "cheese". I also ate waaay too many nuts. Bad idea... I honestly knew at the time that it wasn't a good idea, but i just couldn't help myself. Anyway, this morning I had such a terrible stomach ache. It was awful... So, I won't be doing that again.
I went to my parents house this weekend, and I was pretty nervous about falling off the wagon, because my dad is SUCH a good cook... So I packed a bunch of fruits and veggies so I wouldn't be tempted. I did pretty good, and thankfully, my dad made a huge, delicious salad for me. I don't know what it is, but everything tastes better when my dad prepares it, even salads. Haha. I'm feeling pretty comfortable now with the diet, and I'm not too worried about visiting friends and relatives, or going out to eat.
My energy levels are still much better than they were prior to beginning the diet. I feel much more alert and focused, and much less stressed out. It's been pretty amazing so far seeing such big changes in such a small amount of time, all because of eating lots of clean, raw, fresh produce. I'm still also drinking about a gallon of water per day.
I've decided that if I don't stay fully raw at the end of the trial, I will definitely be staying vegan. I'm almost certain that I have some level of lactose/dairy intolerance. I'm considering getting an allergy test done just to see everything that I'm sensitive to.
Week 1 was super easy, and I'm so excited about continuing to see results!
I am on day 3 of the vegan raw food diet. So far, I love it!
I feel more energized than I have felt in a long time.. And not the jittery energy that you get from caffeine, it just feels like nice, clean energy. I couldn't be happier about this because I have been battling fatigue for some years now. I would attribute the fatigue to my fibromyalgia and my not-so-great vegetarian diet. As a vegetarian, I would obviously not eat meat, but I really didn't consume nearly enough fresh produce. Instead, I would eat tons of processed garbage, tons of rice and pasta, and tons of dairy. My skin suffered and I have felt so run down, depressed, and anxiety ridden.. I really got to some dark, low places.
After doing tons and tons of research, I decided that enough is enough... I need to get down to basics and eat raw, clean, natural food. After all, that IS the kind of food that humans are supposed to eat. We didn't evolve to eat so much processed and pasteurized crap. Don't even get me started on the huge, positive environmental aspect of going vegetarian, vegan, and raw. Not to mention the horrible treatment of those sweet, innocent animals.
Anyway, here we are at day 3, and I feel absolutely wonderful. My energy is at a great level, I feel more focused and centered, and my inflammation has gone down considerably. I haven't had any fibromyalgia pain. Also, no new blemishes! I am expecting a detox breakout, so if/when that happens, I'll just go through the motions and hope for good results when it subsides. A few blemishes have surfaced that were already under the skin and cystic before I began the diet... So that's a good sign, and I'm happy with it.
I have also lost 2 pounds! I am keeping track of everything I eat, which really helps to keep me nutritionally balanced and stable. I am also drinking about a gallon of water a day, which has also been wonderful.. Apart from peeing every half hour. Normally it would take a lot of effort for me to enjoy drinking plain water, but since going raw, I can't seem to get enough of it.. Which I'm sure is helping with the detox. I have been a little itchy which could be from detoxing, but I also think I may have a tomato allergy/intolerance.. Gotta keep an eye on that.
A friend of mine is also going raw with me! So it's been great to have that support, since most people think I'm crazy. I think you'd be crazy not to at least try it.