Perhaps I'm ready after all...
Thanks Doe, LayLay and ShelShel
ShelShel, that is a great idea, and one that didn't even occur to me! I haven't weighed myself in about 18 months but I'd guess I'm about 74kg/163lb and I'm 5'8" so I'm not overweight as such, but I am carrying about 24lb more than my 'average', the docs say from PCOS, I think something else entirely. So yeah, I have weight to lose but I'm in no hurry.
Doe, you know, after writing a few days ago that I don't think I'm ready for a 30 day challenge, it seems that maybe I am - I went to a conference today which I had to specify my dietary requirements for: Gluten-free Vegan. Anyway, yesterday I decided that I didn't want to eat cooked at this function, even if it was GfV, so I made a raw brocolli curry to take with me for lunch and fruit salads for morning and arvo tea. I've never done this before for a work function but it went fine - I didn't even look at the food everyone else was eating! It was events like this that I was saving my 1% for, but now I stayed raw for that, it's actually been EIGHT days straight of raw, and as it happens, the 4kg I lost doing the liver flush have stayed off!!! Unlike last time when I 'had to' have a SAD day a few days after it and the weight just came straight back on...
So, it seems I'm doing the 30 day challenge!! GO ME :D LOL
Wish me luck...
Great post re fat & protein, Teri.
Excess weight has more to do with overall body toxicosis than eating too much or eating too much fat. The reason why we notice weight loss when we stop eating fat is that fat digestion requires energy that the body would otherwise use on cleansing the toxins that it stores in fat cells. This is why some people, including long-term raw fooders, can eat lots of fats at certain times and not gain weight at all. I overdo fat sometimes but weight gain is never a problem -- there are other, more subtle signals that tell me I'm overconsuming fat, like lethargy, mucus, or cold sores.
The weight loss you're noticing in such a short period of time is probably mostly water, because even though the "cleanses" that are ingested are harmful, there is little eating that is done during them so the body is able to divert the energy it would normally spend on digestion to eliminating the stored and circulating poisons that it normally needs water to dilute.
It's not only the eating of fat that causes a (toxic) person to retain weight, but eating complicated recipes, spices, and 'foods' that are eaten only to flavor other foods like vinegar, salt, raw soy sauces, etc. However, it's very important in transition to stay entertained so that being raw is not a sacrifice. This is so important that the trade off of having to be a bit more patient with weight loss is well worth it. People who get in a hurry to lose weight and move to a very strict fat-free diet too soon usually end up going backwards.