This raw experience, (19 days so far), has been nothing like my first time. I've been expecting the same detox symptoms. Maybe going raw off and on so many times since that first year has kept me less toxic than I was then. I hope so.
The first time was scary. Fifty years of S.A.D. had made me severely toxic. It took my digestive system a month to learn how to handle all that raw food. (I'm not going into detail on that!) After the second week I started getting dizzy spells when I exercised. I took my daily aerobic walk in a park that had lots of benches. When I started feeling drunk and walking sideways, (Yes, really!), I would sit down until it passed. At the time I was reading David Wolfe's "The Sunfood Diet Success System". If it hadn't been for the chapter on detoxification, I probably would have stopped eating raw right then. The way I understood it was that live plant food cleanses the blood, which allows the blood to draw more toxins from the lymph fluid. And the process repeats itself, until the body is cleansed. Exercise stimulates the process. Each time a load of toxins entered my bloodstream I was being poisoned! The dizzy spells stopped after about 2 weeks, and never came back.
Today I reread Alissa's chapter on detox. Whatever detox is, I'm sure it's unique and very personal for each of us. Whatever it brings me, I am ready for it. If necessary, I can slow down the cleansing by increasing my consumption of plant fats. This time, I am not going to stop the process by eating cooked food.
If success lies on the other side of failure, then I've earned my way.