I have to say, I feel good.
Not bouncing off the walls, radiating raw energy kinda good. But clear-headed, even-keeled, alert kinda good. I've noticed I'm waking more easily in the mornings, and don't feel like I've been hit by a train when I roll out of bed. And whereas Eric and Cindy are growing bored with their menus, I'm finally hitting a groove with mine. I'm experimenting with blended soups, protein-rich blue-green algaes like spirulina, and fruit salads sprinkled with coconut shavings and raw granola. I've found as I've slipped into a simplified routine, the preparation time isn't as long -- or maybe I've just grown used to it.
I started to feel this subtle shift somewhere around the middle of last week. I'm thinking it has a lot to do with boosting my intake of water and greens, and easing off the dried fruits and nuts. So that's what I've come to figure out works best for me. And that's what's key in an endeavor like this, or in trying to improve your health in any way -- being able to get a little intuitive, listen to your body and figure out instinctively what agrees with you and what doesn't. There's so much advice out there, so much information on what to eat, how to eat it, when and with what. It can be more than a little crazy-making.
But I figure, we're the ones walking around in these bodies of ours. We're probably the ones to know best what's working for us, and against us -- if we really listen to what our bodies are telling us.
I also realized something about expectation. I had put a lot of it onto this raw challenge, hearing so many testimonials of people who reported feeling brand spanking new just days into going raw. I wanted a taste of that, and was getting testy that I hadn't been getting the same results. I've since realized the absurdity of expecting such staggering results so quickly, and of comparing my experience. (Especially to people who were making extreme shifts from fast food and fries to spinach and kale. Of course they'd feel fantastic in a whole other way than I would).
That's all to say, I feel good. And good is better than what I've been feeling the past few months. So, I'll take that. And I'll be open to wherever this final week takes me.