August 4th - Day Fourth
Karen, I figured you wouldn't see this on the Day 3 thread so I posted it here. You wrote:
"My lifelong food cravings virtually disappeared when I went high raw four months ago. For the first time in my life I felt unchained and set free!! But now that I've committed myself to this challenge a new demon has appeared. He talks to me all day long saying "You don't have to do this. Nobody can tell you what to do. You don't have to be 100%. This challenge isn't the boss of you!! ..... and on and on and on." I haven't succumbed but he's a pain in the ass! I hadn't really been aware of that defiant-independent part of myself. Now that I'm not stuffing my feelings and emotions with all that cooked food, the hidden me emerges!"
I find I go through this too at times. I decided to do the 100 day raw challenge over a week before I actually started it. I was playing around with the idea for a few weeks before, but once I really decided and committed, immediately all these fears came up, all these thoughts like "You don't really think you can do this forever do you?" and "What if you do do it forever, what will your life be like? You'll never have ____ again, and you can't go to your favorite restaurants again, and...." And it was so silly to be having the fears about being raw for life when I hadn't even done one day yet!
I wonder what that's all about? Maybe some part me fears this extreme change, fears the unknown, fears being someone beyond who I ever thought I could be? Maybe some part of me knows that being raw will change me and my life in major ways, and that fearful part of me prefers the status quo, because it's comfortable even if it's not really what I want?
100 Day RAW Challenge starting 8/1/09 until 11/8/09 (hopefully much longer!)
HW - 227.2 (1/08)
SW - 167.2
CW - 160.4
GW - 135-145
Garden salad with herbs and sprouts, brazil nut cheeze
Chia Pudding yum
Honey herb tea
I blogged how I made my chia pudding.
You have the Answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it. ~Pat Obuchowski ;)
4Aug09 - Day 2
I still have left-overs from yesterday's fruit bag.
Also brought a banana-nut-date salad, bananas, apples for the morning.
Lunch will be cucumber pasta with tomato, wild rocket, marinated mushrooms and avo.
Oh yes, and some marinated baby corn.
Yesterday, after eating lunch (a salad), I was very tired. Hope it doesn't happen again today - otherwise I'll be eating all fruit during the day.
Only thing, the evenings seem to be a bit of a problem for me ... visiting friends. Oh well, if I stick to raw food for breakfast and lunch (and snacks), it will be worthwhile for me. :)
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Edmund Hilary
Saved by the smell: I went into the kitchen for a midnight snack. And boy...i sure felt like i wanted something NOT vegan and NOT cooked. Let's see what my bro has in his fridge...oooh! coconut bliss icecream. And peanut butter yum. and granola. Let's mix that all up and pour some cow mother's milk on it. And my heart said "no! no!" and my cravings said "Go! Go!"
haha! but the milk was rotten and chunky and smelled terrible! I felt great dumping all that stuff in the compost. I ate a cherry and realized i wasn't really hungry anyway, and i wasn't missing out on anything. I think it will be easier in the future to ignore a silly craving.
Kidkid, you nearly lost it there! Good for you, but sad that you had to chuck all that food in the bin. I work in Africa and after my first visit, my heart ached if I threw away any food. I guess sometimes you can't avoid it.
Carly, welcome! I have been raw once before with my Mom in Cali, where I felt amazing but tortured because I wasn't comitted. Check out Alissa on Tyra Banks Show, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCz7zhrWnxg awesome clip. She talks about commitment to this or any other diet, you have to be ready. Now living in the Netherlands and 98% raw, I'm going into my 4th week tomorrow. I had the same feelings and had to yell back at myself, "THIS. IS. A. CHOICE. It is MY choice, for empowerment, health, purity, for beauty, and for euphoric teenage lightheartedness."
Re: the never evers, I just think I will allow myself the option to depart from the lifestyle ocassionally so it doesn't ruin my social life, but reign in and come back. You might also consider the addiction approach of "Take it one day at a time" and re-evaluate your desire and % of raw at certain set points. This helped me. Also, see Andrew Perlot's site re: cravings and your relationship with food while raw, it is excellent support for me. http://www.raw-food-health.net/CravingControl.html
Think, "I love that (cooked, SAD, bad) food, but it doesn't love me back" .
B- Banana, nectarine
S- raw food bar
L- monster salad
D- ralafel with avo, raw hummus
D- raw choco with dried mango
PS- For those around since last month, I finally got over all that awful detox feelings, deep emotional, moody, exhaustion and insomnia and I FEEL GREAT!
PS- I have lost 4 kilos = 8.8lbs in 21 days! I know it would be double if I could get some hardcore workouts in, I'm cycling to work 36k a day, but at medium effort in FLAT lands of the Netherlands.
Today, my Dad is visiting to see my son in a play and my husband is coming home from a business trip (to the bahamas!) tonight. So I'll be going out to lunch with my Dad... Though Ive been shy about doing this before, or maybe lazy, I'm going to make and whip out my homemade salad dressing at the restaurant. I dont usually make salad dressing--unless avacado is a dressing=p--but if you havent had it Alissa's caesar dressing is great.
I find that unless Im at a salad bar there's never enough vegetables in my salad and eating a bowl of lettuce seems like such a ripoff--but I'm there for the company..
B- blueberry green (or brown) smoothie
avacado & tomatoes
L-caesar dressing salad
honeydew melon, I think (hard to know that far ahead heh)
I hope you smile a lot today=)>
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So far today:
Green smoothie (spinach, OJ, pineapple, banana, frozen strawberries)
spinach dip w/a HUGE Pink Brandywine heirloom tomato, celery & yellow peppers
raw chocolate bar
coconut lara bar
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6th GW: 125
Thanks for posting that link Hilarya, will go straight to it now!
Ate a citrus breakfast, 5 tangerines and an orange...
As it's winter, citrus is a staple though I am rinsing my mouth carefully each time as a little wary of the acids!
Will probably eat bananas later in the day. Have a stage tango class today which I'm really looking forward to as it always gives me an endorphin rush!
I haven't really had much today. Haven't been too hungry.
a peach. Surprise!
Then my husband texts me and says that he wants me to join him during his lunch break. I sliced up peaches, cucumbers and green peppers. I also packed apples, oranges, grapes, flax crackers and onion bread in the basket. My kiddos and I went down to visit him and have a quick picnic. It was nice.
I have fruit salad on the brain for dinner!
These feelings are what I have been afraid of, keeping me from doing a raw challenge. So far, I haven't had any feelings of this type, thankfully!
Originally Posted by Carly
hilarya - who won? Thanks for the link, very interesting.
So far today - watermelon juice
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Don't tell me the sky's the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon. ~Paul Brant
This evening I'm very very tired, like I've been drained of all my energy. I need to go to bed.
Just a minute to say I had salad both for lunch and for dinner. The first with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and green bell pepper, the latter with tomatoes, avocado, carrots, red bell pepper, celery, onion, cucumber (horrible!!) and pine nuts.
I think I'm eating too much avocado, but it's so rich and tasty it seems I can't live without.
See you tomorrow.
I have not posted since Day 1, but I have been 98% Raw since. Today I had:
Org. Green lemonade
Org. Raw kale salad
Live lasagna (spelling)
Raw nuts (1/2 handful)
I intend to fast one day a week during the challenge. I will fast starting tonight at 6:30pm through tomorrow at 6:30pm. I am going to see how this makes me feel to give my digestive system a break 24 hours each week. If I feel better I'll take this beyond the 30 Days.
I went to a five course gourmet Raw food dinner yesterday. It was very interesting. I had a wonderful time. It was in Clarksville, MD at the Great-Sage. This is their second one.
Anyone going to the Raw Spirit Festival in Upper Marlboro, MD the 29th and 30th. I am so looking forward to it.
Have a wonderful evening everyone.