10 Days Raw: Completed!

September 30, 2016

It feels really good to complete something.

I challenged myself to eat fully raw for 10 days and I completed it! (Check out why I decided to do this and what I have been eating if you haven’t already!)

I feel good. I’m not surprised about that. As I mentioned before, I was eating a lot of raw food throughout my day. I usually ate cooked meals for dinner. However, I did experience cravings and some interesting side effects.

Over these ten days, I ate A LOT of fruit. Between smoothies and snacks and lunches, I pretty much wasn’t eating a vegetable until dinner time.

Despite all this energy-filled food, around day 3 and 4 I started feeling tired and a bit nauseous. This is very unlike me, however,  I figured it was part of the detoxing process.

After I made it through those days, nausea stopped and the tiredness fades a bit. I can’t be sure this has anything to do with eating fully raw, though. I have been exercising a little less than usual, due to time constraints and I am due for my period this week. I am putting into account that these two factors could have been the cause of my issues, not the raw diet.

My skin also broke out a lot during these 10 days, which I’m a little upset about. I did some research on skin and diet and found that my issue might be with keeping my body alkaline. Because of the amount of fruit I ate, mostly moderately acidic food like mango, bananas, and dates, I think my body was really off the alkaline scale.

Because I enjoy more of my vegetables when they are cooked, like broccoli, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc, I wasn’t getting any of those in my diet for this period of time. I was only consuming zucchini, cucumber and raw spinach for vegetables.

My next endeavor is to try following a more alkaline way of eating, which will hopefully help my skin. If you haven’t already read my skin story, I was having a lot of success with my past acne by eliminating dairy and thus becoming a vegan. However, in the past few days, my skin seems to be falling back into its old patterns.

Again, this could be because of the factors I mentioned earlier, however, I am going to delve into some more information on alkaline and see where that brings me.

Another little challenge I had to overcome was thinking of what to pack for work. I just got a new job, with traditional 8-5 hours. I now have to plan, pre-pack and prepare what I am going to eat during my work day. For lunch for the past few days, I have been packing this DELICIOUS fruit and granola bowl, that has left me feeling full and energized for the rest of the day.

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The granola is simply dates, coconut, oats and 1/2 of a ripe banana. Blend it up in the food processor and pour over bananas, strawberries, and mango. In order to stay full, I chopped up a whole mango, two or three bananas, and about 10 strawberries.

Despite, this lovely lunch idea, I started craving cooked foods around day 5.  I was dreaming of beans, sweet potatoes, and hummus. What really saved me was finding this raw vegan Pad Thai recipe. I found it on tastemade.com and was immediately intrigued by the main ingredient: kelp noodles.

The only seaweed product I have ever had was sushi. After reading about how to prepare the noodles (just soak them in water!) and taking a trip Whole Foods, I was really excited to try a different textured noodle and also have something that would hopefully taste a lot like traditional pad thai.

Oh and it did.

Between the flavors of soy sauce, almond butter and a little spicy from chili flakes….I was sold.Such a treat after a few nights of cucumber and zucchini noodles.( I mean I love them, but maybe not so many days in a row?)

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I have since made this twice during my 10-day challenge and would HIGHLY recommend trying out yourself!

So in conclusion, this was a good week. Despite my few “problems” or side effects, I felt healthy and clean inside. I am proud that I disciplined myself to stick to this challenge and that I fought my cravings. I want to continue eating raw, however at this point, I am going to be eating cooked food on occasion, or for dinner/lunches. The cooked food I have been eating isn’t full of oil or processed chemicals or an overabundance of salt. As long as I keep eating fresh, wholesome ingredients know I will continue to feel strong and healthy!

Have a beautiful day! 🙂

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  • Reply Lauren umano October 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Congratulations! I love your bloggs

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