Wednesday, October 31, 2012
OK, who is messing with my bathroom scale? I've lost yet another 2.2 pounds since Monday - just two days ago. And I lost 4 pounds the week before that. (And 3 pounds the two weeks prior to that as I started slowly.) The body cannot lose weight that fast. Females can burn 2.2 pounds a week (2.5 with, what do they call it again, oh yeah, exercise.) One of three things: (1) my scale is incorrect, (2) I'm still losing water weight, or (3) grazing all day long on raw foods has raised my metabolism incredibly. Crazy. I'm drinking fruit/veggie blends all day long, nuts probably once a day, maybe a small piece of meat, and maybe 4 bottles of water. This can't possibly keep up like this. BTW, I feel normal, not over-peppy or fatigued or anything, just normal. Que pasa?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
"Why aren't the corners of my mouth cracking?" I thought, as I opened my mouth to take a bite of papaya this morning. Then it occurred to me that perhaps this eating right thing might actually work! Oh, I fully intend to eventually lose weight, and feel better, but such a little thing as my mouth not cracking/bleeding was not expected, and surely not as soon as just my second day!
I fell from grace on my first full day, doing my duty to clean out the leftover bbq ribs in the fridge before I "really" started my diet. Noble of me. But, as I was smartly told a few days ago by a raw food chef and author, I should worry more about adding good foods into my habit and not worry at all about subtracting anything that I want. She said if I add the right foods then my body will take over and tell me at some point to eat less and less of those other toxic foods. Stop eating bad food: Not my job. Start eating good food: My job.
So, my first full day shouldn't be counted as either success or failure, but just a day. I ate some good things. I took my vitamins/minerals. I drank water. It was a day. And my lips don't crack anymore.
Hurrah. My first reward, and I wasn't even all that good about my eating. I think my body likes me.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Having learned the hard way that one cannot simply dump random fruits and veggies into a blender and expect anything palatable to result, I admit defeat. But I have a Plan B. (I'd call it Plan 9, but how many of you would catch that esoteric reference to an old B movie?) I suspect it was the papaya seeds that ruined my first attempt at eating raw. Not even an expensive high speed blender can save the biting pepper taste of the wrong ingredient. But, who knew? All my excitement was in acquiring lots of books, a Vitamix blender and watching motivational videos. I didn't take the time to actually follow anyone's recipe. Seeds are good, I thought.
I won't try that again.
Plan B will give me the time I need to work into this slowly, and the right way. I'm ignoring the money right now, because it's probably not as bad as I think, spread out over the next week, and because I'd give any amount to be thinner and healthy, anyway. So, what I did was go to the grocery store and load up on pre-mixed juices. They might be processed, they probably contain sugar, possibly not the end goal, but it's a good Plan B to give me time to get started.
So, I'm juicing for a few days, riding on the coattails of someone else's commercial blenders. And that's OK. As we all know, this is about the right direction, not the perfect steps. In the meantime I'll read more about food compatibility, find some recipes, make a shopping list, and eventually slip slowly into making one or two things here or there. But no more papaya seeds, no matter what anybody says.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I've spent so much time buying equipment, books and watching videos that I spent no time thinking of what I would actually eat. So, here I am, ready to eat healthy, raw in fact, and not one idea or item in the refrigerator to help me. Despite all the knowledge and motivation I've been picking up I wasn't actually doing anything toward my next meal.
So, what's in the fridge? I see some carrots, papaya, blueberries and plain yogurt. Should be fine, I say to myself. What the heck, I've heard greens and seeds are good for you, too, so I toss in the carrot tops and the papaya seeds. I have no idea if these things are even poisonous or not.
My first whirrrr of my new Vitamix! That looks blended enough, so I take a spoon and try it. *sour face* It's terrible! ... OK, look around, maybe some Splenda will help. So I add 8 packets. whirrrr some more.... try it... It's still terrible! I think the papaya seeds are what's mainly killing any nice taste - it's very hot and peppery, too spicy.
I'll probably have a cup of it and toss the rest. I think I should actually find myself somebody's recipe and go shopping. I did get myself four recipe books, plus SparkPeople recipes, after all.
Ah, take a deep breath.... and go shopping.
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