Going Raw Update – Day 4

This is an update to my 30-day raw diet trial.  I’m still raw.  Yay!  Thank you to everyone who has sent me supportive and encouraging emails (and recipes!).  It’s going well.

Weight Loss
Remember that I started on Tuesday morning, Day 1, with a weight of 198.6.  On Wed, I weighed 195.0.  On Thursday I weighed 194.2.  And this morning, I saw 192.8.  I am stunned, but of course ebullient.  That’s a net loss of 5.8 pounds in just a few days.  That’s what I used to lose each month on my previous weight loss plan.  Where is this weight going?  Is it just melting into the ether?  Is it coming out of my body?  I have taken a few more trips to the bathroom than usual so that probably has a lot to do with it.  I no longer dread getting on the scale.  Whoa, I might have to say that line again.  I no longer dread getting on the scale.  Yeah, that feels mighty fine. 

Detox Symptoms
I was wondering what, if any, detox symptoms I would experience.  Yesterday I found out.  When I woke up I was unusually tired.  Usually I wake up feeling peppy and energetic, but not yesterday.  I skipped going to the gym, hopped in the shower, and when I was done I felt like taking a nap.  But I had kids to prepare for school.  Around 10am I started feeling so mentally foggy and incoherent.  I could barely concentrate.  I was trying to find an appointment spot for one of my clients and I think it took me 20 minutes to do what normally takes 5, mainly because I kept forgetting my appointment procedure.  It was really odd and concerning.  I ran immediately to Steve to express my fear that I might be having an episode of… something, and he reassured me that it was just detox.  Unfortunately for me, I had to go to a Toastmaster meeting and be Toastmaster (a bright and peppy job).  I really wasn’t sure I would make it.  I ate some almonds before the meeting and that seemed to help.  I perked up and got through my meeting.  I ate some dates after the meeting and went Christmas shopping.  When I came home I still felt okay, but around 3pm I crashed again.  I was so tired and mentally foggy.  I went upstairs to take a nap, but I had a raging headache and could not fall asleep.  After an hour I gave up.  I had a salad and that helped and I was fine the rest of the night.  I hope that’s the only detox I get.

Psychic Abilities
My psychic abilities are on the rise as well.  I stopped doing drive-by readings long ago, which is where I can look at someone and pick up on their predominant thought or the predominant message their guides are trying to send them, because I don’t want to be working all the time and tuned in all the time.  But on Wednesday, especially, it just kept happening over and over again. I had to pull my energy back and adjust my “radio” so I would stop hearing/seeing/sensing other people’s stuff.  I don’t need or want to know everything about everybody.  But put me in room of suspects and I’ll bet I can find the criminal. :) 

Cravings
I wouldn’t say I’m having cravings for cooked food, per se, but I’m starting to remember all the yummy things I used to eat and thinking, “Well I won’t be eating that, possibly ever again.”  So I’m sorting through my feelings about that.  But so far, I’m managing in this area quite well, mainly by remembering the weight loss I’m achieving.  The one item I do crave is some roasted butternut squash.  I just have a bee in my bonnet about it.  I had some a few weeks ago and it was divine and I was looking forward to making it again, but it will be at least 27 days before that happens, if ever.  I really thought my sugar cravings would kick in.  I’m the sort that needs to eat something sweet after each meal in order to feel done, so sometimes I would eat a piece of candy to satisfy the craving.  But now, being raw, I don’t really have that same option.  Instead I’m eating fruit, dates, and cashew cream.  However, I’m feeling grateful that I’m not jonesing for sugar, or bread for that matter.

Blood Sugar
I’ve seen some pretty low numbers throughout the day.  But I’m also still seeing some high numbers too.  My main goal with this trial is weight loss and good health, so at some point I’ll want to adjust what I’m eating to make sure my blood sugar is more stable.  But for now, as I’m still getting used to making new recipes and just being raw, so I don’t want to futz with it too much.  The weight loss will help the diabetes, and I will continue to exercise which helps as well.

The Food
I’ve been eating mainly fruit for breakfast, sometimes with a dollop of cashew cream and sometimes without.  For lunch and dinner I’m eating things like salads, tamari almonds, celery with nut butter, and I made a thai coleslaw which was divine but Steve devoured half of it so now I have to make it again.  Later in the day I go back to fruit or a banana spinach shake.  I also made some dried apples, which the kids devoured (and I hear they were a hit at school too) so I have to make more of those, probably 5 times as much as I made before.  We’re running out of ingredients really fast now that two of us are raw.  This weekend I’ll sit down with some recipe books and plan to make some more interesting foods, but right now the high fat in my diet is really staving off any hunger, so I don’t actually feel like I’m eating too little.  I also treated myself to a couple of raw cheesecake slices from Whole Foods.  Mmmm, passion peach.  So good.  But at $7 per slice I can’t really justify buying too many.

Overall
I’m doing well, aside from the two bouts with detox.  I’m so excited about the weight loss.  I feel like I’m dreaming.  When I see a number in the 180’s then I’ll really know it’s not just my imagination.  I can’t wait to see what happens.

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