Today I begin my 5 day raw challenge.
I wanted to do a whole week, but Sunday is my birthday celebration, and I’ve invited my friends out for Vietnamese food. Sadly, there are no decent raw restaurants in Cape Town, or else that would totes have been the theme! Also, most of my friends are meat eaters, and I can’t deprive them for my whims.
So I’ve decided I will slowly ease back into cooked food on Saturday evening, because the last thing I want is to be sick after my birthday dinner. And then starting August 7th is a holy month for Hindus, where we also observe a fast of fruit for most of the day, and have only one cooked meal a day. So I hope I will still be reaping the benefits of a healthy diet.
I spent all of last week detoxing from caffeine, alcohol, added sugar, and only ate one cooked meal a day. So this week, I shouldn’t have too many side effects or withdrawal symptoms.
Breakfast is a smoothie made with 1 large banana; a sprinkling of blueberries; 2 big strawberries; 1 green apple; a quarter cup of my home made almond milk and a quarter cup of water. Topped off with some sunflower seeds and chia seeds, this smoothie is creamy, healthy, AND has a low glycemic index. Score 🙂
I had the smoothie at 9, so I figure my appetite will be satiated until noon. Oh, I started off my day with a mug of hot water to cleanse my system as well as jump start my appetite. If I am up at 7, I don’t actually get hungry until about 10.
I am not tired, hungry or grumpy as some have felt. My friend (who is a meat-eater usually) complained of headaches and some dizziness at the end of his first day. But he didn’t have the foresight to pre-detox like me 🙂
What I do feel, is cold! It’s usually fairly warm in the office, and I usually do just fine in a long sleeve top, but since an hour ago, I have been shivering and hugging myself a lot. I even took to standing under the hand dryer for a good 5 minutes to warm up my body. The lady who walked in on me was quite intrigued 🙂
I’m generally a small eater anyway, so my stomach only started growling at about 12, right on schedule. Since then I’ve munched on 3 dates and 3 pieces of dried peach.
Lunch was some grapes, cherries and blueberries. Then it’s off to gym. On my way I crunched down a handful of raw almonds. I spent a good 2 and a half hours working out, and I felt fine. Great in fact!
I devoured two juicy oranges when I got home. It was probably the most satisfying thing I’d eaten all day. Until … (cue the mysterious music)
A friend, who was also doing the raw challenge, came over for dinner. When we compared notes, we realized we were both craving something crunchy. So I experimented and came up with some lettuce wraps. Followed by a tall chilled glass of water, it was the perfect dinner.
Try them before you knock em – I will post the recipe soon 🙂
Today I have decided to re-structure my eating times. I ate a red apple before work, and now I’m having a cup of hot water.
Breakfast (10am) is a fruit salad of red and white grapes, cherries, strawberries and blueberries with a sprinkling of chia seeds.
Lunch (2pm) is a banana, blueberry and home-made almond milk smoothie.
For a snack and a burst of energy before gym, I keep dates and dried fruit in my drawer at work.
I feel quite tired today, however I am not certain if that is due to the diet or because I slept after 10pm last night (I have a good 8 hour sleep usually)
We will know tomorrow!
I skipped gym and decided to stay in and rest.
For dinner I had some raw macadamias and 2 lettuce wraps (these are becoming a firm favorite).
After going to bed, I started to feel hungry about 2 hours later so I gobbled down THREE oranges. They. Were. AMAZING!
I’m a pretty boring and routine person. So once again I had a cup of hot water to start my day, along with a date or two.
I’m about to have my usual feast of breakfast (same as yesterday)
I was tremendously hungry today and ate all my dates and dried fruit before lunch 😦 So I ended up having my smoothie at midday, and then wolfing down a pack of raw macadamias before gym.
I felt pretty awful today, and I’m not sure if it’s my mind or my body. I struggled at gym, my muscles ached, but I soldiered through. I also had some stomach issues. I won’t elaborate on that, but I have heard it’s a side effect, especially around the third day.
When I weighed myself, I realized I had lost 1 kg since Monday evening, which was the best part of this awful day, because despite all my crazy exercising, my weight has stayed exactly the same over the past 3 weeks.
The second I got home, I ate 2 oranges, and prepared 3 lettuce wraps for dinner, along with some baby corn and carrots with cashew cream.
I was in bed by 9. Drained, exhausted and with a pounding headache.
My housemate had awful stomach cramps on her 2nd day and she caved. My other friend reported his skin looking better after the 3rd day. Here’s hoping 🙂
Today was hard, mostly because my colleague (who eats like she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse) ate a few packets of crunchy chips during the day and I wanted some. I was quite irritable with her for eating all the time. Or was I jealous? I think my body was asking for more food so I’ve prepared a little more for tomorrow 🙂
So today I woke up on the right side of the bed, and I am determined to maintain a positive attitude to get through the day. I keep telling myself that’s it’s all in my mind. This is what I believe about cravings anyway. It’s my body telling me it needs something, and my mind translating that something to a packet of crisps, or a chocolate. Which means, what I need is more energy.
So, last night I made some strawberry cashew milk, which is pretty amaze-balls if I may say so myself. It’s creamy and easier to strain than the almond milk. So I’ve got a bit of that in today’s smoothie. I am going to be oh so daring and have my smoothie for breakfast instead of fruit.
The smoothie had 1 large banana; the juice of 1 pomegranate; half a cup of water and half a cup of cashew milk, along with the usual accompaniment of seeds – sunflower, chia and flax.
Now I feel good and full, but not Thanksgiving full.
I plan to keep myself busy throughout the day, and try to focus on work. I felt a dip in my concentration levels yesterday and struggled to work at the fast paced rate that I usually do.
I am doing MUCH better today. I don’t feel that slump that I felt around this time yesterday, where all I wanted was to get into my bed, hold my pillow and sleep until this raw detox is over.
For lunch I had a small portion of onions, yellow peppers, sugar snaps, baby corn, carrots, celery and tomatoes, topped off with cashew cream. I really enjoyed it, even though I was being informed by a meat eating colleague about how boring and weird my healthy life must be. Oh woe is me.
I’ve been drinking a lot more water today, and I definitely feel more alert.
I started feeling a little sleepy around 3, and ate the rest of my snack – a few dates, a piece of dried fruit and some raw nuts.
I opted against going to gym, and ended up doing some shopping. While browsing clothes and shoes at a sidewalk sale, I ate a small packet of macadamias.
When I got home at about 6, I had a lot of energy to do laundry and tidy up.
At about 7 I ate a huge with spinach, onions, tomatoes, celery, peppers, carrots, sugar snaps and baby corn, and topped it off with cashew cream.
I prepared more cashew cream and some lunch for work today, and decided to get to bed early. At about 10, I made 3 baby lettuce wraps and quickly ate that. It’s actually a great midnight snack cos its super healthy.
It’s the last day! I woke up starrrrrrving! I had some baby carrots and corn with cashew cream and an orange before leaving home.
Breakfast at work is the usual array of fruits. I am trying to eat a little less today because I plan to have a big late lunch. There is a company called Earthshine, who produces raw products which are found in most health stores in Cape Town, and every Friday they make a raw pizza.I haven’t sampled it before. What better way to end off my raw challenge?
I ate a mix of cashews, macadamias, almonds and dates for a snack and I have some dried fruit in case I get hungry.
My beauty therapist told me my skin looks exceptionally healthy today, which is great news 🙂
A small pre lunch is coming up soon – a small “salad” sans spinach like yesterday.
I am going to post a review of the VIVO Pizza soon, as well as the recipes I have discovered along the way!
I most certainly learnt a few things from this raw challenge, especially about cravings, and what my body needs and is asking for. There are many lessons I will take away from this, and I plan to make changes to accommodate certain foods into my diet. Here’s what I discovered:
– If you are going to follow a raw diet successfully, you need to up your intake of fruit and veggies, even if you usually have a small appetite.
– Water, water and more water!
– Raw nuts are actually better than roasted and salted nuts.
– Lettuce wraps are a healthy midnight snack
– You must include a good variety of superfoods and supplement powders in your diet like pea protein isolate, hemp powder, maca powder etc.
– I need to eat more oranges! Ha ha.
– Raw eating takes planning, organizing and good time management.
– Listen to your body.