Friday, November 06, 2009
So sorry I've been off the boards for a few weeks. I was managing three - 3!! - conferences- one in Chicago, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco. Now they are all behind me - a big success every one of them. No more long nights and weekends for a while -at least not until next April when it all picks up again. And I'm looking forward to my vacation coming up in two weeks. I'm going to spend two lovely weeks with my wonderful parents at their home in Montana. The last time my Mom saw me I weighed 256 pounds. Today I weigh 212. Boy, is SHE going to be surprised!!! I can't wait to see the look on her face when she picks me up at Glacier International Airport. I just know she's going to cry. And I probably will too.
I'm just so darn happy....... :)
You may have noticed that I'm no longer tracking at the top of my blog how many days I've been a Raw girl. After hitting 100 days this last Monday, I'm not counting anymore.
When I started the 7 Day Raw Challenge on July 27 I could not imagine that I would still be Raw 100+ days later. I did 7, then committed to 14, then another 30, and another 30. It just got easier and easier as I went along.
Here's the latest review of the stats:
July 27: 247 pounds (I only lost 9 pounds from January 09 (256) to July 27 on a low carb plan)
Today: 212 pounds
July 27: Size 18 -20 pants, 2X - 3X on tops depending on style.
Today: Size 16 Misses, XL Misses
I am no longer shopping in the Women's department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When that happened 2 weeks ago I ran out of the dressing room and grabbed the closest saleslady to share the good news. She gave me a high five. It was sweet.
July 27: Energy Level: -(negative) 5
Today: 8 on a scale of 1 - 10
July 27: Brain Fog ----- Bad, bad, bad
Today: What brain fog?
July 27: Complexion ----red, pimply, tired, grey in areas
Today: Clear to sunny, glowing. Still have occasional breakouts in the chin area. I'm going to take TRUSTYRUSS's advice and avoid the citrus for a few days. Could that be the reason?
July 27: Mood - Depressed, angry, sad, frustrated
Today: Happy, hopeful, looking forward to every day
In case you don't know already, I have hypothyroidism. Since being diagnosed in 2000 I have struggled and struggled with my weight. I have tried every diet under the sun. I exercised like crazy. It took forever to just loose 5 pounds and by then I'd be so frustrated and depressed I'd drown my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's or a bag of Snicker's bars. The 5 pounds it took 2 months to lose came back on overnight.
I lost 8 pounds after only 7 days Raw. Finally, FINALLY, I have found something that works for me. I am NEVER bored with my food. I never go hungry (I eat until satisfied). I don't measure. I don't count calories. Honest to God, I don't really even THINK about food anymore. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm CALM around food. I control it. It doesn't control me.
AND - over these last 100+ days I have not had the time to exercise as much as I should. (I'm not recommending that you don't exercise! Just pointing out that this 35 pound loss came with very little exercise). At most I have walked or hiked 2 days a week and I do occasional yoga. Now that my schedule has returned to normal I am beginning a weight lifting routine and have committed to a 30 minute minimum walk every day.
I have decided when I reach my first goal of 190 pounds (sometime in late January I'm guessing) I will share my first set of before and after pictures. I, like many of you out there I'm sure, have avoided the camera for some time. I'm the one hiding in the back behind everyone else.
I'm not hiding anymore.
I'm just so grateful I found this lifestyle. Or, did it find me?
Thanks to all my SPARKIE FRIENDS for their love, support and encouragement.
Monday, October 12, 2009
[77 days Raw and counting]
You would think that after 77 days living on raw foods that I would be past the detox stage.
It's interesting, doing a cleanse, when you already think you're following the system pretty well. It reminds you that you it takes more than 77 days to clean out years and years and years of toxic build-up.
Other than the lightheadedness yesterday afternoon, I haven't had any headaches. But my face is beginning to break out. Not the huge, subcutaneous stuff (sorry to gross you out) from my first week raw, but unattractive little bumps nonetheless.
Also, I had trouble sleeping last night.
But by this afternoon I felt renewed energy. I got outside and did some yard work (we're supposed to have heavy rain and wind all day tomorrow). Right now, I'm feeling pretty good!
I just want to give you an idea of what you might expect if you decide to do this cleanse.
Here's what I ate today (so far):
About 10 valencia oranges - juiced. This came out to four full glasses. I sipped on this from 7:00 am - 8:00 am.
Later I had about 5 bananas.
Around lunch time I had a green drink (juiced, not a smoothie) consisting of 1 head of kale, about 1/4 head of spinach, 3 stalks celery, 1 whole cucumber, and 1 apple.
I confess this one was not easy to swallow. I do not like kale and spinach. Fortunately, I plan to only have this 3, maybe 4 times this week (until the ingredients run out).
Later in the afternoon I had a whole apple.
I just finished a salad of romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, celery and tomatoes with lemon juice squeezed on top.
Now, I LOVE my salad dressings so I thought it would be really hard to have a salad with no olive oil.
My taste buds have changed quite a bit since going raw! It was a delicious salad. Very flavorful. I'll try it tomorrow with lime instead of lemon.
Later on, if I'm feeling hungry, I'll have a papaya/banana pudding. The papaya is getting pretty ripe so I need to eat it soon.
Oh, by the way, 2 pounds down since yesterday. But this week isn't so much about the weight loss as it is about getting back on track with the raw basics of fruit and veggies. And also, building up my energy stores for a challenging week next week as I'm off to Chicago for another event.
P.S. Someone, I think FLAMENM, was asking about B12. That is the only supplement I take. Every AM, sublingual.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
[76 days Raw and counting]
I decided to do Frederic Patenaude's "Fall Cleanse" because I felt I needed to re-focus on the raw food basics - fruit and veggies. I've been eating way too many nut-based and dehydrated raw foods over the last few weeks and I was feeling a little lethargic. I'm happy to share Frederic's notes and my own here.
If you are considering trying raw for 7 days to see if you can hack it, this program would probably be the most challenging for you as it kicks off with a full 24-hour fast. Remember, this program is only a 7 day cleanse. After the 7 days, other raw foods will be incorporated into the diet. I want to emphasize that this is NOT the way I eat every day. After the cleanse, I will re-introduce nuts, seeds, oils, avocado etc., into my diet, but in smaller quantities.
I started my fast at 5:00 PM yesterday and broke the fast at 5:00 PM today with a papaya & banana pudding, plus 3 more bananas. Fred emphasizes having mono meals (one type of fruit at a time, like a bunch of bananas, or a mango, or some kiwis, etc.) as the best way to break the fast.
I drank a lot of water today and didn't feel any symptoms other than a little lightheadedness towards the end of the fast. I don't expect to have the same detox symptoms (headaches, breakouts) that I had when I went 100% raw almost 3 months ago.
If you jump into this 7 Day Cleanse from a SAD plan, here are some detox signs you might experience:
1. Low energy, depression in the first few days
2. Cravings for unhealthy foods
3. Self-doubt and fear
5. Mental “fogginess”
6. Sweating, bad breath, etc.
Remember, you often have to feel worse before you feel better. Just think about all the toxins that are being released from your body, and focus on how good you're going to feel after as little as one day of detox!
Some common benefits you can expect during/after the 7 Day Cleanse are:
1. Weight loss and fat loss, often around 5 to 7 pounds in these 7 days.
2. Energy increase
3. Overcoming cravings and addictions to food
4. More energy and desire to exercise
5. New outlook on life, positivity
6. Symptoms of chronic diseases start to fade away
7. Renewed happiness
8. Sinuses cleared
9. Vision improvement
10. Sexual energy renewal and increase
11. Improved blood sugar metabolism
12. Improved complexion
13. Improved sleep
14. And more!
What You’ll Eat
The basics of the cleanse are very simple. You’re only allowed to eat raw fruits and vegetables.
1. Sweet and juicy fruits (including bananas)
3. Vegetable that are normally eaten raw
The foods that are NOT allowed on this cleanse are:
1. Nuts, seeds, avocados, and any food containing fat (including oils)
2. Powders, supplements and any food coming from a factory
3. Any type of cooked food (including steamed vegetables)
4. Bread, cereals, and any form of grain product (including sprouted grains)
5. Any type of animal products (including raw milk products)
6. Salt and condiments of any kind (including seaweed)
7. Dehydrated foods
In a nutshell (no pun intended) the food you eat for these 7 days must be:
1. Either a fruit or a vegetable
2. It must be raw
3. It must be fresh
4. It must be fat-free
Blending and juicing is allowed.
To prepare for the Cleanse:
if you want to get the best results from the cleanse, you should avoid certain foods in the days leading to it. These foods to avoid starting 3 -4 days before the cleanse are:
2. Meat and Fish
4. Highly refined foods
If you drink coffee and you give it up during the cleanse, you will experience more detox symptoms than people who don’t drink coffee and do the cleanse. In fact, most of your detox symptoms will come from caffeine withdrawal.
Note: If you are a heavy coffee drinker, it can take some time - up to a month - to rid your body of the toxins/symptoms. Fred has written several articles on his website about coffee. Here are a few:
Here's the Shopping List for the week. Because I will continue on raw after the cleanse, I did take Fred's recommendation and bought a case of bananas and a case of oranges. It made a hefty dent in my pocketbook, but I am saving money in the long run. Whatever I don't use this week I will freeze (if it's getting too ripe).
Mango: 6 to 10 pounds (if available)
Apple: 4-5 pounds
Pears: 3-4 pounds
Orange: 1 case or several pounds
Kiwi: 3-4 pounds
Banana: one case
Papaya: If available: 4-5
Melon: If you can find good ones: 3-4
Cherries: 2-3 pounds
Lemons or Limes: 2-3 pounds
Coconuts (for water): optional
Romaine Lettuce: 4-6 heads
Carrot: 1 bag (large)
Celery: 4 heads
Kale and other greens: 3-4 heads
Parsley: 1 head
Cucumber: 2-3 pounds
Tomato: 2-3 pounds
Spinach: 1-2 heads
If you are the type who needs detailed daily menu plans and recipes, be forewarned. You won't have them here. You just prepare what you want using the fruits/veggies on hand. Here's a typical day:
Fruit for breakfast - example: 7 oranges juiced (I put the whole orange in the blender since I like the pulp)
Fruit for AM snack: example - mango and bananas
Fruit/veggie for lunch: 4 oranges, kale or romaine, cucumber, apple blended
veggie for PM snack: carrots, tomatoes, celery
Big leafy green salad for dinner with tomatoes, carrots, etc.,
Note: you cannot use oil. Use your fruits (lemons, limes, oranges) for dressing.
As I said, this is not the easy 7 day plan. If you are interested in the 7 Day Challenge that jump started everything for me, I'll send you the link.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
[75 days Raw and counting]
I have just begun Frederic Patenaude's "Fall Cleanse" which over 2500 people so far are participating in. I'm really excited about this because I've been over-indulging in nut based products and avocados and raw desserts. My daily diet should consist of 70-80% fruits and veggies and I know I haven't hit that number in the last few weeks.
When I travel I have to rely more on dehydrated raw foods, nuts and avocados, and I believe that's what triggered my "dependency" on those foods.
Frederic's "Fall Cleanse" is a 7 day program that is all raw fruits and veggies. I'm really excited about this plan since I know it will get me back on track. If you're interested, go to his website: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/
Of course, he would love for you to buy his books and other products, but you can skip all that. The 7 day program is free.
Since this probably wasn't enough advance notice for you, I'll track the daily plan here so those who are interested can do their own 7 day cleanse in the future.
Frederic's lesson today was all about protein. I've had many questions about protein since I went raw. Am I getting enough? Won't my body "suffer" without meat and dairy protein?
We have been SO brainwashed people!
Here's Frederic's article:
"Humans are taught to eat a large amount of protein and to obtain this protein from animal products such as meat and dairy products. Vegetarians worry about lack of protein and substitute meat with tofu, cheese, beans and other meat substitutes.
The person that wants to follow a raw food diet and eat completely naturally will choose nuts and seeds to supply their protein needs.
How Much Protein is Enough?
The idea that a person needs to search for hard-to-find protein sources is a myth! In fact, as long as you eat enough calories to meet your body's needs for energy, you'll probably never experience anything close to a protein deficiency.
Think about this: when a newborn baby is growing rapidly, their nutrition requirements are higher than any other time in their lives. This is because the baby's little body is growing so rapidly. And, nature clearly intended for humans to be able to provide breast milk for their infants. This should give us a clue to the proper amount of protein required to remain healthy. Breast milk contains a meager 6% protein! Interesting and surprising, isn't it?
This would indicate that less than 6% protein is optimal during other life phases. So, let's look at the protein content in various raw food choices we have available.
Protein Content of Fruits
Average protein content of fruit: 5%
Protein Content of Vegetables
Average protein content of vegetables: 20%
Protein Content of Nuts & Seeds
Sesame Paste (tahini): 12%
Sunflower seeds: 15%
Pumpkin seeds: 17%
Average protein content of nuts and seeds: 15%
- Average protein content of a low-fat raw food diet: 7-8%
- Average protein content of human milk: 6%
In fact, some cultures that survive on root-based diets actually obtain less than 5% of their calories from protein, yet remain in better health and live longer than the average American.
As long as you eat enough to meet your caloric needs and you eat a good variety of foods, there is absolutely no need to fear any protein deficiency. A raw-food diet of fruits and vegetables, even if it doesn't include a lot of nuts and seeds, provides about 7-10% of protein a day.
Excess protein is actually not healthy, just like excess fat."
Monday, October 05, 2009
[70 days Raw and counting]
So earlier today FLORIDASUN had asked me a question about green tea. Now, Bobbi, my friend, just because I've been following a raw program for over two months does not make me an expert on raw by any possible stretch of the imagination! Like you, I'm learning as I go here.
To be honest, there are so many "Raw Gurus" on the web, and so many different "rules" it's hard to know who's right, or if one method is better than another.
Since that first conversation with my hairstylist that gave me the nudge to jump on the raw bandwagon I've been following my instincts - my initial gut reaction.
I viewed many different websites that Friday night 73 days ago and the one that struck a chord was thegardendiet.com. I liked the their simple 7 day program and the basic recipes. Lots of fruit and veggies, only 2-3 recipes with nuts.
I followed those same recipes - or slight variations of - for the next week or so and then invested in a couple raw cookbooks - Alissa Cohen's Living on Live Food and Ani Phyo's Raw Food Kitchen. I've prepared many recipes from both of them but, lately, I've been pulling more from Ani's book than Alissa's. And I'm finding that I prefer the recipes that don't call for nuts, or very few nuts at all.
And though I just sang the praises of the lovely avocado, I realize that I've been eating too many of them.
You see, I haven't experienced that Raw High yet.
The closest I came to it was the very first week, when I was eating a diet with a higher concentration of fruits and veggies and less fats (nuts and avocados).
So, there I was today researching Bobbi's question and I came across Frederic Patenaude's website. I'd never heard of him before today.
As I read his blogs, I bet my colleagues could see the light bulb shining above my head!
I don't believe in coincidence. Bobbi's question was meant to lead me to Frederic's page.
I haven't experienced the Raw High, because I haven't been eating the right balance of raw foods!
No wonder I've been feeling a little lethargic at the end of the day for the past week. I was blaming my crazy work schedule. But that's not it at all. I've been eating way too many nut-based recipes my friends! Too many fudge balls! Too much guacamole!
Forget trying to make Raw meals look like SAD meals! I don't need "mock" tacos or burgers that rely heavily on nuts and oils. I need more fruits and veggies!
I am so excited I found Fred's website! And today, TODAY, was the first day he posted his invitation to join his Fall Cleanse which begins this Sunday, October 11.
I'm jumping on this new, shiny bandwagon this Sunday. Do you want to try it too? Here's Fred's website.
The Fall Cleanse is totally free. You just need to provide your first name and email address. Of course, Fred would like you to buy his books (which look very tempting - but I've exceeded my raw book budget for now). Skip all that and get right to the Fall Cleanse page. He provides the shopping list for the entire week. Lots of fruits and veggies - no nuts, no avocados.
I know this will re-energize me for the week after next when I'm off to Chi-Town for my next big conference.
Also check out Fred's blog about the health benefits of going on a raw diet:
I'm just so happy to share this with you. I hope you can do the Fall Cleanse with me!
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