Raw Challenge – Day 1

Today I have consumed (including one green juice and one raw soup):

  • 1 bowl of carrot sticks
  • 5 leaves of curly kale
  • 4 dried figs
  • 4 slices of cantaloupe melon
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups of herbal tea
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 salad tomatoes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 bunch of green grapes
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful of rocket
  • 1 handful of sprouted beans
  • 1 avocado
  • A small lump of ginger
  • ¾ of a cucumber
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Nothing else!

This reads a bit like my daughters’ Very Hungry Caterpillar book. I’m not sure it’s reasonable to expect to turn into a beautiful butterfly, but some kind of physical transformation would be nice. My daughters did not do the challenge btw, but they did munch tomatoes, cucumber, apple, melon, blueberries, oranges and grapes along the way, in solidarity.

In addition to knowing my calorie count for the day (I have no idea what it is), one useful calculation would be to work out how much this little lot actually cost me in pounds sterling, as I have a sense that fruits and vegetables are very expensive. Then again, I know that I spend too much on food generally – much more than I need to – and I still have a nagging feeling that despite this and all my efforts to eat a healthy low-fat plant-based diet, I am not quite getting the benefits I am searching for.

Last night I was very tired, so I made some regular (non-wholemeal) pasta my granny had given me (she doesn’t eat pasta at all – I don’t know how it came to be in her cupboard). I added some tomato and basil sauce from a jar (just like the good old days as a student, when I was living on £12 per week and got very sick – another story), and ended up feeling bloated and lethargic with nasty stomach cramps, so it was a good reminder of why I don’t generally eat like that any more. Also I was bothered by the fact that I just wanted to keep eating and eating it. I didn’t seem to have an off-switch, and I was really craving this food that then made me feel ill.

So I decided to give this raw thing another go. I have never eaten 100% raw for even one day, although I do eat quite a high proportion of raw foods. Proponents make many claims of great benefits, but I don’t think it has ever been properly studied scientifically (correct me if I’m wrong), so the only way to see what all the fuss is about is to try it.

This morning I also did 90 minutes of Bikram (hot) yoga (my sixth class since New Year), and tonight I feel great. It is 23:00 and I am only just starting to feel tired, having been wide-awake all day. My head is clear and I feel alert and full of energy. I have taken the girls food shopping, made their dinner and given them a bath, and we have danced and played and none of it felt like a struggle.

I must admit to feeling a bit hungry at points throughout the day (no cramps or cravings though), and I might have another banana before bed, but I have not found it anything like as hard as I thought I would. I think I simply made up my mind. Also this morning the challenge only lasted one day. Having made it to the end of that day, it now lasts two. I want to know what this kind of eating pattern can do for me. I put on a few pounds over the festive season, so I have a bit of weight to lose, but a very strong motivator for me is simply to have sufficient energy to keep up with two very active three year olds, and still have enough left over at the end of the day for anything other than collapsing in a heap on the sofa.

I also want to live to be at least 100… Watch this space!

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