View Full Version : First Day of Going Raw
08-04-2006, 05:03 PM
I started raw today and so far I'm liking it. It hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be, mainly because I let my diet get crazy the last few months, with moving and my parents (non-vegans, of course!) visiting me. So I've been lethargic all day, my body temperature has been a little whacky (I was cold in the morning, now I'm hot...) and my body is aching like I have a touch of the flu. I expected that, though, so I'm not too concerned. It reminds me of when I cut out carbs to try and lose some weight - same type of symptoms :D.
I'm trying to keep a variety of food while at the same time keeping it simple. I had a fruit smoothie in the morning (with whey protein powder - I'm about 85% raw starting out) and a cole slaw with pecans and citrus dressing. Plan on having a salad with walnuts for dinner. I'm eating fruit throughout the day but not in huge quantities. So far I haven't been starving, which is a surprise, since I expected to be ravishing. That's one reason why I decided to keep the whey protein powder - it gives me a big protein boost in the morning and that helps control my appetite.
I'm hoping the detox symptoms will go away soon, since prior to the last two months I was eating a very healthy vegan diet. I'm anxious for the benefits of going raw to kick in.
08-04-2006, 05:54 PM
YAY for day one!!! You're doing great :D
08-04-2006, 07:51 PM
Don't rush it, it will come. Sit back and enjoy your Journey....The Word for today is........MELLOW........
08-04-2006, 08:04 PM
Be good to yourself :)
Do other things that make you as comfortable as you can.
Nice shower or bath, scrummy comfy things to lounge in, a soft Teddy Bear to keep you company and Lots of lovely water to flush out the oookies :)
Great job, every day is a another step forward :)
08-04-2006, 08:50 PM
You could always try adding tahini or coconut oil to your smoothies in the morning, the fat will help with the satiation, and that way you eliminate a non-raw food for a raw food. And congrats on the decision to be raw! :D
08-04-2006, 11:13 PM
Yes the juice and meat of the young coconut (not those old brown ones) have really eased the transition for me.
08-05-2006, 02:26 AM
Welcome! You are doing great and there are many people here with great advice and support to help you along. I needed that when I first began and still am amazed at what I learn each and every time I sit down at the computer.
I add ground hemp seed to my smoothies for protein, fat and EFA's.
Would you pass on your recipe for the coleslaw? the citrus pecan bit peaked my curiosity. :)
08-05-2006, 01:36 PM
Thanks you all for the support. Yesterday I was feeling the detox terribly and I was starting to wonder if I could really do this. Today I'm feeling much better, though still not 100%. I did get a migraine and held off on taking a pill as long as I could but I caved in at the end (but at least my headache is gone now). I think my mistake was that I was trying to keep it too simple - mainly doing fruits and some nuts throughout the day and then a salad in the evening. I'm actually much more of a veggie person than a fruit person so that was a mistake. So today I'm adding a salad in the afternoon and I redid my menus for the week to include some of the wonderful nut pate and salad recipes I found on the web and I think that's going to work out much better for me. It's more preparation, sure, but I'm the type of person who likes variety.
08-05-2006, 01:47 PM
congratulations on going raw :)
If you feel the need for a protein supplement, you can try a Raw Protein Powder (http://www.rawfood.com/cgi-bin/order/index.cgi?id=961577841452-1155&d=single&item_id=1017&c=Supplements&sc=Protein_Products&tc=) in place of whey.
It's a very good product; one of the best vegan available.
08-06-2006, 12:20 PM
jaurequi, thank you for the link. However, being a starving grad student (well, not literally, but you know what I mean ;) ) I can't afford to buy a protein powder for 30 bucks, since I intend on using it every morning for breakfast.
However, shocker of shockers, I did manage to find in my local grocery store Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder for a good price (and I live in a town of about 10,000 people, so this really is a shocker!) and tried it this morning and it seems like it's going to work well.
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