What I Learned From Eating Raw for a Week

IMG_1887-001Today is day 8 and I’m proud to say I did it! I ate raw for 7 days straight without cheating. I ate more fruits and vegetables than I ever have in my life, and I imagine my body is grateful for it. The odd thing is, I never felt very different. It was a sort of a big disappointment that I never felt that “raw energy” everyone on the internet talks about. I felt the same as eating cooked food which to me either means I didn’t do it long enough, I eat pretty healthy already, or I was missing something in my raw diet. I read a few books and did tons of research online so I’m pretty sure I ate well enough. Let’s break it down.

In seven days I ate the following-

2 lb celery

1.5 lb spinach

10 oz kale

2 lb mandarin oranges

1 pineapple

1 head cauliflower

1 head broccoli

1 head red cabbage

3 avocados (I would have eaten WAY more but they weren’t ripe!)

2-3 cups of nuts including cashews and almonds

1 cup of sunflower seeds

10 dates (I try to control myself with dates since they’re so high in sugar, and also I waited till day 4 to get them)

5 apples

1 pear

10 bananas

2 english cucumbers

1.5 lb zucchini

2 red peppers

2 cups sprouted quinoa

1 cup sprouted garbanzo beans

10 lemons

1 cup sesame seeds

10 oz sugar snap peas

1.5 lb tomatoes

1 package basil

Also that Rawsome Burger from Harlow which was sorta life changing.

This was a little less than a weeks worth of food, nuts aren't shown either.

This was a little less than a weeks worth of food, nuts aren’t shown either.

The total cost not including the burger out, was about $63. It actually isn’t as much as I thought it would be considering it is 90% organic. It’s a LOT of money for a week of food, don’t get me wrong, but it felt like more when I was buying it! That’s around $250 for one person to eat in a month, and that doesn’t include any beverages other than water or eating out. I ate way more than normal, but looking back at all this food it doesn’t seem like all that much? What do you think?

You’re probably wondering how I felt throughout this whole experiment. Sorta normal, except for Day 3 when I cried like 15 times over nothing and had to consult my sister who has done many cleanses in the past. Apparently there’s a thing called an emotional detox. I assumed a detox was just physical, and it sounds like a bunch of hullabaloo but hear me out. When we eat a Standard American Diet, or even if you are a gluten-free vegan like me, we still put sugars and processed foods into our body. They make us feel good short-term, but are known to change your brain chemistry to give you a great high feeling. This distracts us from the mundane, everyday life crap. We eat and drink socially and don’t really put much thought into everything else. Once you take that all away and eat pure, fresh, organic raw foods, your brain is all, what? I have time to think clearly now? Well, here are all the emotions you’ve been blocking with chips and wine! Mwaahhahahah! Okay maybe your brain isn’t maniacally laughing, but this totally happened to me and took me by surprise. A lot of stuff I hadn’t thought about in a long time came up and it was really uncomfortable. This is normal, which made me feel better after I looked it up online and talked to my sister. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck, you just have to face your emotions and know they can’t harm you. After I cried and moped for a good 24 hours I felt grumpy and moody still, but at least I wasn’t crying when I spilled soap on the floor. Yes, that is something that happened. Also I got weepy over every Olympic athlete story, thanks NBC!

Make going raw easier by preparing foods in advance! A huge salad and cut up veggies for snacking.

Make going raw easier by preparing foods in advance! A huge salad and cut up veggies for snacking.

 

The good thing is, I definitely have a better appreciation for food, especially raw and organic. I’ve had trouble absorbing vitamins recently as I have had blood work done, and eating raw and soaked/sprouted foods is the absolute best way to absorb all the protein, nutrients and enzymes a plant has to offer. Although I don’t feel much different I do believe it takes time to get all the crap out of your body and to start feeling the benefits. I am going to stay about 80% raw until I feel good about where I am in my life and see how it goes from there! If anything I’m glad I got back into green smoothies, I used to drink them every day when I lived in LA and I’ve been too cold to drink them here in Portland.

All in all this was a good experience. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be, I actually think my elimination diet was harder. I’m all or nothing type of gal, so the more restrictive I am, some how the easier it is for me No room to cheat I guess! Not eating carbs and processed sugars really stops your cravings pretty quickly. On top of Subway and McDonald’s commercials every five minutes (again, thanks NBC) I had to watch Josh eat veggies burgers, french fries and pizza every night right next to me. Talk about will power! Another great thing I took out of this was experimenting in the kitchen. Changing my diet awakens the chef inside of me and I just start throwing crap into a food processor for fun (and out of desperation). I came away from this with plenty of recipes which I will post over the next few weeks, as well as an appreciation for delicious fruits and veggies. I’m not much of a fruit person usually but now I can’t get through the day without a few pieces!

Have you ever gone raw? How did you feel? I would love to hear from anyone in the comments section below!

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Hi there, I tried a raw diet for one month and I felt amazing. I’ve been vegan for 2 1/2 years, but had never tried raw until recently. The only reason I stopped was pure laziness. The preparation involved is insane. However, I am planning to try it again. I’d like to move towards being mostly raw, around 80% (Like the 80/10/10 book suggests, if you’ve heard of it). I also saw you commented on trying a gluten-free diet to see if it helps with migraines (Facebook). I’ve had migraines for over 15 years and notice that every time I do the Master Cleanse, they go away almost completely. I’ve wondered what it is exactly, and have thought maybe it’s gluten.

    • Great job on going raw for a month! I ended up doing it for 10 days and then cooked food tasted really weird for the first day. I probably could have gone longer but you’re right, it’s a lot of work! Interesting about your headaches, a lot of different things factor into mine, but gluten doesn’t seem to be one of them. Maybe after a longer period of time they’ll go away, sometimes it takes a long time to get it out of your system. Have you ever tried to add back allergens one at a time kind of like an elimination diet? For me adding back gluten was very obvious that I was intolerant, heartburn and stomach aches immediately and for days! Sometimes it’s delayed though. Migraines are the worst, have you ever tried butterbur? It helped me immensely and it’s a natural herb.

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