Soooooo hungry! Not directly after I eat, but within 2 hours I have been ravenous. And bloated, ugh, SO bloated! Since starting this high-raw diet experiment, my stomach troubles have gotten worse. Shortly after eating any type of fruit or veggie my stomach has been reacting badly. I’ve always eaten raw foods in one form or another, but never to this extreme, and apparently my tum tum does not love! I’ve lost 3 lbs, but my stomach is so bloated that my pants feel skin-tight, needless to say I am extremely uncomfortable. Last night, my entire body felt so weak and sore, as if I was covered in bruises. I’m pretty sure that my irritated, swollen digestive tract is pressing on nerves and other parts of my body. This sucks. Being I’ve kept dairy in while I am doing this trial, it could be that or a combination of the fruits and veggies. Not sure yet. The only gluten I have eaten in 3 days would be in cross-contamination form from oats, but other than that, I haven’t had any other grains. I don’t know if my stomach symptoms are food-related, or if certain foods just aggravate an entirely different underlying issue, but so far this semi-high-raw diet hasn’t been the solution. I’m not giving up on it, though. I’m going to keep going for the remainder of the week.
The unofficial definition of a high raw diet is 80-99% raw foods, obviously I’m on the lesser end of that spectrum with my dairy consumption and various other things, like condiments and nutritional yeast. Most raw foodists that I know of still keep some vegan cooked foods in their diets for 1 or 2 meals a day. I’m typically not one to do things down to the letter, so I modify the heck out of everything I do, lol. For instance, being I’m past the initial 3 days (my blog updates are lagging by a day), I’m going to include one cooked food per day besides dairy, like a potato or lentils, and then eat raw around the rest of my menu. This is the list of “rules” I made up for myself…
Jenn’s 7 Day High Raw Diet “Rules” — that are made to be broken !
Eat at least 80% raw vegetarian foods
2 to 3, maybe 4 servings of dairy per day is ok (yogurt, milk, cheese)
One cooked food per day, e.g., a potato, lentils, or cereal
Eat a large variety of foods, not just raw foods bars and raw ice cream
Condiments like vinegar, hot sauce, mustard, mayo, salt, pepper, dressings, etc., are ok
Coffee, tea, seltzer are ok
Keep raw grain servings to 2 or less a day
Nutritional yeast is ok
Olives are ok
You can change your mind and get off this raw ride anytime you want, the food police are not going to arrest you!
Silly, right? That’s how I roll. Just to clarify: this raw diet isn’t a punishment or a crazy weight loss tactic, it’s simply an experience that I was curious about, and hoped to see some signs of improvement in my health. Raw food diets have fascinated me for a long time now, and while I could never commit to this as a lifestyle, I am sort of enjoying it despite my gripes. Mainly because I know that I can end it anytime I want, and I just might. Last night I was feeling like you do when you’re little and staying over a friend or family’s house for the first time; in theory you’re all excited about it, but as the night wears on you find yourself feeling completely out of your element and wanting to be back in your own bed. That’s how I felt all day yesterday, especially before I went to sleep. I was seriously considering ending it right then and there. Not just out of hunger, but out of the exasperated discomfort I was feeling from whatever I ate. By now I’m all but used to my tummy troubles, but they have definitely increased in the past few days. Whether that’s a coincidence or not, I don’t know. All I know is that I’m looking forward to Sunday, lol. If it gets completely unbearable, I’ll throw in the towel, but I think I can hang for a few more days. I’ll just be hungry. And whiny.
By the way, I’m also on day 7 of taking Culturelle, and that also hasn’t shown any signs of helping matters. I’ll stick with that, too.
Raw Diet Day 2 Menu:
Granny Smith candy apple: almond butter, raw honey, raw sweetened cacao nibs, raw pumpkin seeds
1 small container Breakstone 2% cottage cheese
1 Pure trail mix raw food bar
Caprese salad with Price Chopper reduced fat mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, basil, fresh baby spinach, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, and cold pressed EVOO
Raw hemp flax seed crackers with raw almond butter
Mixed spring green salad with raw defrosted frozen peas, raw milk cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, red onions, cold pressed EVOO, red wine vinegar, fig infused white balsamic vinegar, and a drizzle of honey
Grass-fed yogurt – not eaten, exchanged for another piece of cheese
Half-handful of raw cacao nibs
LOVE these organic PURE bars! They’re so tasty.
Breakstone cottage cheese — I wasn’t crazy about this. I like Friendship cottage cheese better. I haven’t had Breakstone in awhile and noticed that it’s much creamier than Friendship, which I don’t particularly like.
Guys, you HAVE to make this raw candy apple!!!! It was AMAZING!
Just take an apple of your choice, core it, slather almond butter on it, sprinkle with raw sweetened cacao nibs and raw pumpkin seeds, then drizzle with raw honey. OMGAWD!! It was DELICIOUS! Tasted even better than any candy apple I’ve ever had. Yum x bajillion! Not to mention, HEALTHY!
Yes, Dustin was eating a microwave pizza right next to me. It smelled REALLY good! lol
Raw hemp flax seed crackers with raw almond butter
Pitiful green grapes. They weren’t that firm.
The most incredible caprese salad made with: fresh grape tomatoes cut in halves, 2oz Price Chopper low-fat mozzarella cheese (120 cal), 1/2 TBSP cold pressed EVOO, red wine vinegar, and fresh basil from my pot on the deck, tossed with fresh baby spinach and sprinkled with a little salt + black pepper. Wish I had some crusty bread to go with this!
The raw hemp flax seed crackers are slimy. I need to take out my food dehydrator and make some of my own!
This is the grass-fed lemon yogurt I bought at Mother Earth’s — I didn’t like it, so I swapped it for another piece of cheese. The yogurt consistency was just too liquid-y and I wasn’t feeling the flavor.
Simple leafy green salad topped with raw milk cheddar cheese, defrosted frozen raw peas, red onions, grape tomatoes, cold pressed EVOO, black pepper, and red wine vinegar. Plus a drizzle of raw honey and about a TBSP blue cheese crumbles added at the last minute when my dinner didn’t look like much sustenance, lol.
The salad was delicious, but not very filling. I ended up refilling my bowl with more leafy greens being I had a pool of EVOO + vinegar sitting there, and my tummy was egging me on. hehe This salad also inspired me for today’s lunch, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it! Ooooh, the suspense! hehe
Ok, I’m going to eat dinner now. I’m really looking forward to this boiled potato with my salad. I can’t wait actually. Today’s menu was much better than the first 2 days, so that’s probably why I’m still going through with the rest of this trial, lol.