Saturday, January 14, 2012
13-DAY RAW FOOD EXPERIMENT REFLECTIONS
A flare up of eczema and aiming to assist my body in recovery from a recent surgery led me to go on a raw diet journey! As a breastfeeding momma, it was important for me to ease into increasing raw foods as to not lose weight too quickly & risk losing my food supply for baby, and also to avoid a toxic load in my milk supply---if you lose weight too quickly the toxins released in fat loss can transfer to the baby. So, being careful, I decided to eat 2 meals a day plus snacks as raw foods until 4pm each day. The evening meal was cooked food, whatever I happened to prepare for the fam is what I also ate.
I kept a journal through this, and joined a raw online forum to stay encouraged.
Obstacles I encountered were: a family friend died during this trial, I attended that memorial service, complications arose from my surgery in December, and also a menstrual cycle came along. Plus, as I said, I'm feeding a baby who happens to wake up 4 or so times a night to eat. So sleep deprivation plays a role too. These events greatly affected my desire for "grounding foods" that would keep me centered and fix my "lightheaded & woozy" feeling I had during the influx of these emotional & hormonal events in my life over the past 13 days.
Yes, I lasted 13 days with this experiment! I'm proud of doing this, and learned alot. I do wish to comment that since I'm not a seasoned raw fooder, I did not have "go to" raw grounding foods that would calm my nerves during all the stress. (If any raw people are reading, be a sweetheart and comment below to let me in on your personal favorite raw foods that help you during stressful times. Please note: I'm interested in low-fat raw vegan foods/savoury soup recipes. No high-fat nut pates please!) I believe this was my downfall as the days went on, that I did not have the experience to know how to help myself with wholesome rawness.
I am back to eating more cooked foods now, but this is what I learned on my 13 Day Journey with Rawness:
1. Starting slow is best.
2. Drinking water & swishing after eating fruit is recommended.
3. I slept better at first.
4. My body began craving salads & fruits!
5. I had some detox symptoms, like worsening eczema & hand swelling for about the first 7 days, then all began to heal.
6. I noticed an increased sensitivity & awareness of how my cooked evening meal would affect how I felt the next day in general. Also, I had an angry dream after eating beef for supper one evening.
7. Don't eat bananas and cantaloupe together! And other food combining tips because they cause terrible gas, bloating & indigestion! I learned the hard way!
8. The more fruit you eat the better to keep energy up. You can eat so much more when eating Low Fat Raw Vegan because most foods are so low in calories.
9. I was more patient with my kids when eating more fruits & veggies.
10. I feel lighter & lost weight.
11. I can only eat about 4 or 5 bananas at one sitting! Ever try that?
12. Raw foods are a natural & easy way to stay gluten & dairy free!
13. My body was so nourished that I didn't even crave cooked foods, even when preparing for my kids, until later when the stress came.
Thanks for encouraging me on this experiment! I'll definitely continue to eat more low-fat raw foods. I'm going to take it slow, continue to learn, and keep trying new fruits & veggies! Cooked foods are also an enjoyable part of my life right now, and though I'm not going to give that up completely, a higher percentage of raw foods is undoubtedly a vital element in my diet.
What have you learned by eating more raw foods?
Here's to your whole body health!