Apart from a few meals of potatoes and some nuts and seeds, I’m a few days shy of eating a diet solely of raw fruits and vegetables for a full month.
It would be a lie to say that it was extremely easy, however, every time I go back to eating this way, it seems to get easier.
Changes over the last month:
- The quality of my skin has improved. This is one of the most noticeable effects of not eating processed foods, salt and oils and instead eating a diet of an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables. After a few weeks my skin starts to become much more evenly toned, my face isn’t puffy and my eyes look brighter. I start to get that raw food glow!
- I smell better. I don’t have bad breath, smelly gas, smelly bowl movements or very smelly body odor. My body in general just smells better and as long as I’m combining my foods properly, there isn’t much odor from the normally odorous processes that happen in the body.
- I wake up with more ease and I need to sleep less. I still go to bed early and wake up early as I prefer to do but I do it with much more ease.
- Meditation has gotten easier. I’m finding my morning 10 minute meditation much easier as I’m able to focus easier on my breathing.
- My mood has become more stable. I find that I don’t get as overwhelmed and irritated as easily and that I can stop and think before I react much easier.
- Fitness feel more effortless. I think feeling good when exercising and playing depends heavily on getting enough calories, water and sleep the day before.
- I’m getting more calories. One of the biggest struggles when going raw is trying to eat enough raw fruits and vegetables. I’m still working on this one but it’s gotten a lot easier to eat more these days and I’m feeling much more energetic because of it.
- I don’t crave processed salt or cooked foods. My mouth waters when I smell cooked food, especially if I haven’t eaten recently, however, I don’t have the cravings like I did initially. I also don’t crave processed salt the way I did previously when going raw. Evenings, are often the times when I had the strongest cravings for salt and recently, Ill have a desire for savory foods (my salad) but not salt specifically.
- My joints feel better and the mucus is minimal. My fingers are not swollen and my joints don’t hurt anymore. I barely have any mucus in my my eyes or nose when I wake up. Hallelujah!
- My emotions are easier to experience. In the beginning of eliminating stimulating cooked foods, I began to feel everything. No emotion was numbed and no feeling able to be ignored. This was extremely overwhelming and made me want to hide out. Recently, I’ve found most of my feelings and emotions much easier to experience and because of this I feel more at peace.
Hiking in Sardina
Some challenges I’m still experiencing:
- I’m very thirsty. I’m still not sure about this one and I haven’t found an answer yet but I’m drinking a lot of water because I feel thirsty. Often my lips are very dry and I feel dehydrated in the evenings. Update: Dec 2016 I heard Dr. Graham speak about people often being more thirsty when they transition to this diet due to detoxification. He says that when toxins are coming out of one’s body, the body will require more water to move them out. This makes sense!
- Digestion. My digestion is better and bowl movements are better quality. However, I still am only going once a day and it takes a long time to feel like I’m actually ready to go. Bowl movements should happen more than once a day, be effortless and basically come out very similar to what you put in. Healthy babies are a perfect example of what our bowl movements should be like.
- Blood sugar. My blood sugar has balanced out SO much I should actually put this in the improvements section. However, I am still paranoid about having a blood sugar crash when I’m out and about and not having food. My goal is to not have to worry about it anymore because I have gone long enough without an episode.
- Vegetables. I’m probably not eating enough of them but there is improvement.
- Being on the boat. I am very lucky that I have space to put my fruit and veggies on the boat, however, I still need more space to ripen fruit and stock up on veggies properly.
- Being social. I’ve gotten better and better at being able to live and eat this way around people who do not. There is an abundance of different cooked food around me every day and people who eat it and talk about it constantly. This can be challenging but it has gotten much easier over the years. When it is tough, I remind myself of what my goals are and I how I feel when I eat and drink they way they do and I become grateful for where I’m at.
Eating watermelon at a restaurant in Olbia with the crew
The biggest challenge of all is about to take place. In a short time we will have guests on board and that is the time when I have gone to my comfort foods and fallen off the proverbial wagon every time. I do have a plan in place for this time which I will blog about in another post and I’m hoping it will work.
One thing I have worked into my plan is eating potatoes and root vegetables if needed. They are an easy way to get calories and will keep me on my goal of eating a low fat, high carbohydrate diet.
I hope this blog post has found it’s way to you if you are thinking about going raw or are already there. I hope that reading this will help you feel some comfort with what you’re experiencing during this exciting yet often overwhelming time. Just remember, one day at a time, one fruit at a time and one step at a time.
Lots of love to you!