Transitioning off of Raw
Thursday, September 16, 2010
So this week, I have been trying to transition off of the Raw thing because I am leaving out of town for a week and it is really hard to eat even 90% raw when you are on the road. Well I have to tell you, I did not realize just how much food affects the bod. until I added back 1 cooked meal a day into my diet.
First my hands swelled up and then my lips did and it looked like I had just gotten a collagen injection. . .the sodium in foods was a real eye opener here. I try and get free range with no added anything poultry etc. but even that didn't matter in this case. I did not realize how much that affects you when you haven't had any for a few weeks. I don't know if you can relate, but after you eat something really salty, like shelled sunflower seeds, your lips get sore from all the salt. That is exactly how mine felt!
Constantly thirsty. . from the increase in sodium or the decrease in the naturally occruing water. . .not sure which, but found myself drinking 2-3 times more water.
Immedate pot belly bloating. . .while I was doing the Raw thing, my belly was nice and flat. . .2 days later. . .puffy tummy.
It made me realize that not only could I be totally happy with a completely vegetarian lifestyle. . .that I could probably live the rest of my life eating 90% raw foods.
I know that sounds crazy to most, but boy, I sure did feel a heck of a lot better.
The other upside. . .it could make a person a very cheap drunk! (just kidding.) I do not drink that often, maybe 1 or 2 drinks every 3 or so months. . .but I met a couple of friends out at a bar and had 2 glasses of wine with them and needless to say, the raw foods do affect your body so much differently, that I was drunk from 2 glasses of wine! Sheesh. I really don't know that's a good thing, but was definitely one of my many observiations over the course of this Raw food trial.