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Update on the Rawfood Diet

Posted Jun 15 2009 6:28pm

Hello there,

It’s been almost 4 months and I’m still on the raw vegan 80-10-10 diet although I’m not 100% raw right now. I got really tired of the limitations of the diet. You can eat all of the raw fruit and raw leafy greens you want and pretty much everything else is not allowed.

I thought I would never get tired of fruit but I did. Breakfast is fine. I make a fruit soup of papaya, strawberries, kiwis, pears, whatever I have, and I also have a grapefruit. Snack at mid-morning is two bananas and lunch is a fruit soup with lettuce, spinach and celery added. That tastes surprisingly good and is a change from the sweetness.

It’s dinner that is the problem for me. I just don’t seem to be able to face another fruit-based meal. I could have salad, and often do, but without dressing salad is pretty boring. So I’ve been making green soup out of steamed broccoli and veggies. I just steam them for 5 minutes and then blenderize them but they are cooked.

The truth is I am feeling less ebullient on the diet now I have added back some cooked food. I seem to be maintaining the health benefits. I am totally off the thyroid and adrenal medication and I’m weaning off the stuff that stops my blood pressure from going too low. My pulse is down to 75 from over 100 before. My brain is clear and I’m exercising well, doing some fun bodyweight exercises.

People have asked about my Omega 3 levels, protein levels and B12. I downloaded Cronometer for free and check all that stuff and the fruit and leafy greens give me all I need in the way of nutrition, 10% fat, 10% protein and 80% carbs. Vitamin D has to come from the sun or a supplement but B12 I think is sufficient. If not I can always do a sub-lingual once a week. This way of eating has got to be really good for my bones because of all the natural calcium and magnesium that I’m getting. It’s truly the best source of minerals because they are fully assimilated by the body, unlike supplements.

I think the diet is hard for me right now because the winter fruits are not as abundant and varied as summer fruits. When the apricots and cherries and figs come in I will be happy to eat them all day long.

I still have abundant energy and am working on remodeling my house instead of sitting in front of the computer all day. There is a great support forum for the 801010 diet and I think I would have given up before now if not for them. It’s here in case you are interested.

So the bottom line is that I’m really glad I found the diet and it has been life-changing but the cons are that it is very limited and kills my social life. I just can’t peacefully sit and watch people eat cooked food without wanting it, depending on what it is. That day will come but it’s not here yet.

I read a great article about what happens in your body when you drink a Coke - or any other soft drink. It is pretty mind-blowing. You can read it here  as contrast to my diet news.

The only other piece of news is that I’m thinking of putting Google ads on this site to help pay the site bills. I could exclude drug companies but they are the ones that pay the click money. So if you have an opinion about this let me know by email.

Take care
Pam

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