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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Today has been a good day. I did a little mall walking, ate some great fruits, experimented with a new recipe (it was a near bomb unfortunately) and saw the engagement ring my brother got for his girlfriend. :)

Great day all around.

My dinner tonight:

BurRAWtos with no fats added and a huge plate of fruit.

As far as how 811rv is working out. There is a great deal of focus on food combining. I've been focusing on mono-eals (meaning eating one fruit per meal) but today I wanted to mix it us. The reason there is all this talk of food combining is because of digestion purposes. I have to say, I'm am far from knowledgeable on this topic but I'll learn in time. Today I just ate a lot of fruit without notice of combinations and my stomach didn't feel too great after. But, I'm thinking the method is essentially the same - lots of great fruit.

Also, last night I had a killer headache which I'm sure was caused from detoxing my system. I drank water and went to sleep and feel fine today. I do need to make more of an effort to get in more dark greens so I'm going to make a green drink tonight.

I really want to make a trip to the Asian market and get some coconuts, I'm dying for some coconut water. I'm actually getting pretty tired of the fruits I have chosen but it's also the season, there is just not that much available. I'm loving the dates, banana and grapes though.

Tomorrow I am going for a run. I have to. I haven't worked out in over a week and if I want to benefit the most from 811rv, I have to workout everyday. I was doing so good but then I was putting exercise before my homework and that was not good. I just need to find a balance.

I am (so far) loving 811rv. But I also love to cook and I haven't been cooking at all while being on this because I don't want to temp myself with good foods I am making for the family and I don't want to be tricked into BLTs (bite, licks, tastes). I have been doing so well. Day 3 is complete and, at this point, I've had no troubles. It doesn't feel daunting at all. But I do miss cooking for my family.

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TRYINGFOR20 11/8/2009 1:54PM

    This isn't a fast. It's actually a ton of food. Because you are getting 94%-98% of your calories from fruit, you have to eat more than you normally would because your body digests it so quickly. It was suggested that I eat 2,000 calories a day in order to continue losing weight. I just can't eat that much!

I'm not a big faster, I don't think I could do it. But I have always wanted to go on a raw retreat, unfortunately, I'm pretty shy and could never go by myself and no one I know is into this stuff like I am. Maybe someday my brother and his soon-to-be wife will go with me.

I haven't tried colonics yet but I always thought they would be great - however, we don't have money for things like that, LOL.

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MURPHIG 11/8/2009 12:55PM

  I hear you on the working out... I haven't run in a week because I finally realized that although I was getting really fit, my grades were slipping!

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NEWNARAYAN 11/8/2009 11:16AM

    30 day fasting at a farm sounds fun to me, hah!

well not fun per say, but something i'd love to do!

i've done the raw food diet. it was a great experience. it really helped me in the kitchen after i began eating cooked foods again. gave me so many ideas etc, now i eat pretty much 70% raw. it's a total must now. eating fresh fruits and vegetables are def. my staple.

have fun with it! it's great for you and you will find your balance : )

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FITKAT2010 11/8/2009 6:49AM

    I spent a year of my life studying food combining and raw food eating.

One of the factors involved in this food program is to do a 30 day fast at a fasting farm.

No thank you! LOL

I wish you the best.

Have you tried colonics yet? Not fun. And, expensive. But, part of the program also.

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Strawberry Fields

Friday, November 06, 2009

Strawberries will not be a fall/winter staple of the 811 diet. I had a whole package of them for lunch - nearly 2lbs!!! I blended them into a straight strawberry smoothy (which was about 4 cups of strawberry goodness). The price of strawberries this time of year is just too high. Regardless, today will still cost me just above yesterday ($7.60). Strawberries are a better treat and not for mono-meals this time of year.

I found a recipe for a banana, date and persimmon pie that I might make some time. Right now I'm focusing on mono-meals though (one fruit per meal) to help with digestion. Plus, it makes it really simple for me. Perfect for the way I like to eat.

My Strawberry Fields Smoothy has filled me with energy. I feel like I could run all over the city. But, my little one is napping and I have homework to work on. And I am SUPER full. I can't believe how much I just ate and it was only 250 calories!!!

I weighed in this morning (129.2) and my plan is to eat like this with 100% dedication until my next weigh in next Friday. Then I'll re-eveluate and determine if the feeling, weight-loss, cost and effort is worth it.


811 Day 1 Complete

Friday, November 06, 2009

So I completed day 1 yesterday. I got a bit hungry before lunch and again before dinner but my 3 course dinner was so much food that I had to stretch it out over several hours to finish it. And I was still under calories for the day. So, today I'm upping my food even more. Normally those doing the 811 diet eat only 2 or 3 times a day but I just can't eat that much food. So I'm sticking with what works for me and that's breakfast, lunch, snack, pre-dinner smoothy, dinner salad and then an evening snack. I did figure out that blending things into a smoothy is way easier for me to eat, so I did that twice yesterday.

I didn't have ANY sweet tooth cravings yesterday. In fact, I didn't add my normal flavoring to my water either. The taste of fresh, pure water didn't both me like it normally does.

And, my salad was great. There is no dressing or oils in this diet so I took 75g cherry tomatoes and about 50g red bell pepper and blended them together and poured it on my salad. Then I added 25g chopped cherry tomatoes and 50g chopped red bell pepper as a topper. It tasted SO salty and tangy to me. But really good. I'm totally having it again for dinner.

Today is day two. I decided I'm going to go a full week as a test to get a good idea of cost and how it makes me feel. If it doesn't totally kill me and if it isn't super costly, I'm going to try to go for an entire month. Apparently, 30 days on 811 changes the way your body needs foods and I'd love to break my dependance on processed foods.

Yesterday cost me about $7 for the day.

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DAGNYTAGERT 11/6/2009 2:55PM

    I've never heard of 811 but your salad dressing sounded like a marvelous idea. I'm going to start experimenting with pureed vegetables as a dressing or dip.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

So, it's 3:30 and I'm still eating lunch. Why, would I be eating lunch for 3 and a half hours? Because my lunch was an entire cantaloupe and I just can't eat that much food in one sitting. So, I ate half of it at noon. A bit more at 1 and am finishing the rest right now.

So far I feel great. I'm filled with energy (enough to totally clean and organize the kids' playroom) and I'm not hungry at all. It is only day one however... things may change.

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ZAHNASGRANDMA 11/6/2009 10:35AM

    I eat at my desk most days, and start and stop so often that I take 3-4 hours to eat most days.

I am doing real good on my program and seeing it on the scale and in my clothing.

I don't eat all raw foods, but most. I am a vegetarian, but I do like some cooked veggies. I also try to eat dried beans for the protein.

Have a happy and healthy day!

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QHAMOM 11/6/2009 5:33AM

    I do that a lot, but because I often eat a salad while driving from one patient to the next, and I don't have time to eat it all at once. Plus I find I eat less later in the day if I spread my lunch out over a few hours.

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Testing out 811rv

Thursday, November 05, 2009

So I just got Dr Douglas Graham's book, The 80/10/10 Diet and it sounds perfect for me. The 80/10/10 Raw Vegan Diet (or 811rv) is basically getting most of your nutrients from fruits. To insure proper nutrition you break down your calories by percentage: at least 80% of your calories come from carbohydrates, and a maximum of 10% from protein and 10% from fats. For more information visit

So, the reason this is only a test is for a few reasons:

1. This sounds almost too good to be true. I love fruit but was always under the understanding that too much fruit will make you fat because it is high in sugars. However, Dr Graham explains that this is only true if you are eating fruits as part of a standard diet but that fruits really should be a staple.

2. The calories are throwing me off. Dr Graham recommends a lot more calories than I'm used to and he claims you'll still lose weight if you are following the 80/10/10 rule. I'm not talking about 200 or 300 more calories, I'm talking about doubling my current calorie intake. This concerns me so I'm going to be playing with my calorie intake to make sure I don't get hungry and I'm still losing weight.

3. The cost. Fruit is expensive and if I am eating 3 meals a day of just fruit, the cost can really add up. I went to Costco and picked up a crap-load of bananas and also strawberry, cantaloupe, grapes, dates and apples. We'll see how long it lasts and that'll give me a better idea of what the cost of this diet will be.

So, I have my day planned out. I had bananas for breakfast (which I love). I wasn't stuffed after eating but I was satisfied. It's almost lunchtime (in about 45 mins) and I'm feeling a bit hungry. I am having cantaloupe for lunch.

Anyways, I'll keep you all updated on the progress. I want to log it and keep track of the food and how I'm feeling (as well as weight loss, duh).

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DOOBRIE 11/10/2009 1:23PM

    I read the article. Please remember that there are no fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc, that contain vitamin B12. You cannot get it from this diet. It only comes from animal food and supplements. The person who wrote the website seems to think you can "make" your own vitamin B12 in your body. Here is a quote from the Vegetarian Society website:

Bacteria present in the large intestine are able to synthesise B12. In the past, it has been thought that the B12 produced by these colonic bacteria could be absorbed and utilised by humans. However, the bacteria produce B12 too far down the intestine for absorption to occur, B12 not being absorbed through the colon lining.

Good sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians are dairy products or free-range eggs. pint of milk (full fat or semi skimmed) contains 1.2 g. A slice of vegetarian cheddar cheese (40g) contains 0.5 g. A boiled egg contains 0.7 g. Fermentation in the manufacture of yoghurt destroys much of the B12 present. Boiling milk can also destroy much of the B12.

Vegans are recommended to ensure their diet includes foods fortified with vitamin B12. A range of B12 fortified foods are available. These include yeast extracts, Vecon vegetable stock, veggieburger mixes, textured vegetable protein, soya milks, vegetable and sunflower margarines, and breakfast cereals.

Stay safe!

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DAGNYTAGERT 11/6/2009 2:59PM

    Okay, I get it now! I hope you don't end up with a huge overdose of fiber emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/6/2009 2:59:46 PM

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PARISGIRL04 11/5/2009 9:07PM

    Costco also has pears that are in season right now. I get a really big bag for $4. And they are amazing!!!! they only have them there right about now til spring time. Also try Aldi's.

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JENNNVA 11/5/2009 3:11PM

    It does sound interesting! Keep us posted :)

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QHAMOM 11/5/2009 2:33PM

    Sounds interesting. I look forward to hearing how it goes.

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