Only 696 hours to go.
Just kidding. This may have been our official first day, but I've been eating this way for almost a week now, so today was a piece of raw cake. Something hot would have been nice on this depressing, rainy day, but I spent the day focused on my grazing and tried not to think about the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the office or the cinnamon buns everyone else was eating with the freshly brewed coffee in the office.
My early start has given me a sense of optimism and enthusiam I might not have had otherwise. One of my biggest fears (besides failing) was feeling hungry or being too weak to function at work or home. But I'm not hungry, and I have as much energy as ever. It may be too early to say I have more energy, but I certainly don't have less, and I just finished an hour at the gym. And so far I've had none of the detox symptoms I was so nervous about. Maybe it's because I gave up coffee and sugar and processed foods a month ago, or maybe I ate better than I thought I did.
A lot of eating happens on this diet, and it takes awhile to get out of the mindset that you are overeating. I seem to have settled into a pattern of eating fruits early in the day, with some fat throughout but mostly at night. Today's menu included:
A green smoothie for breakfast, with one cup of almond milk, 1/2 a pineapple, 2 frozen bananas and a couple handfuls of kale (you really don't taste it). This takes a while to drink, but keeps my hunger at bay longer than my previous life's breadfast or toast with butter and jam and milk and oj.
For lunch, I had two apples with 2 tbsp of almond butter and an orange.
Around 2 or 3, I had a raw bar, a dehydrated concentration of dates, almonds and cherries. These pack a higher-calorie punch, with about 200 or 300 calories, depending on the brand and flavor. Some have flaxseed, which I'm told is a complete protein, so it's essential.
At 4:30, before dinner, I had a chocolate smoothie, a delicious discovery I made this weekend. It consists of almond milk, which I have learned to make, raw cacao powder, agave sweetener, a frozen banana, and I threw in a few frozen strawberries. It tasted like a chocolate truffle!
These are destined to become a staple.
For dinner, at 6, I mashed an avocado with a bit of seasalt, threw in 1/2 cup of mung bean sprouts (that I sprouted myself) used celery sticks to scoop it up. Good, crunchy and satisfying. It's now 9. I'm not hungry and don't expect to before bed.
And all this I washed down with liters and liters of water.
So, it's not as horrible as I thought it might be, but there are some real downers. It takes a lot of preparation time, I have to go to the market every couple of days, it's hard to grab something on the go, except a piece of fruit or an cucumber, and I still have to cook for my family (although they have been put on alert that they will be fending for themselves more.)
It could all get terribly boring, eating this way. But we're going to a raw-food workshop this Saturday, so I'm sure I get some recipes and ideas then. But for now, I've got to go to the bathroom,
something I do alot these days. More on that next time.
Bet you can hardly wait.