Last week I started on the path back to raw food. I had been pretty much back to “average” in the past 9 months or so (mind you, average for my family is still pretty damn healthy, and home cooked) and I kept pondering going back. I was missing the extra energy, but the social aspect can get hard to manuever and it’s so easy to let “just this once” turn into “all the time”, which is how I slipped off last year.
Why now? I’ve been thinking it over a lot, very often had transitioning back on my mind, and then the place that I am working until May started a weight loss competition. And just when I was a bit on the fence still, my husband made a green smoothie over the weekend. And it was soooo yummy, and I just said right then, that’s it, I am going back!
I had to think my way past a few mental hurdles – that it’s more work, more money, etc. Now, I know it is not necessarily hard to do, but I needed to convince my lazy-natured brain that this was definitely true, so I started plotting ways to ensure that eating raw is easy for me. I reminded myself that most of the basic things I like to make (like nut pates for my salad, and sprouts) really don’t require much “active time” at all. For instance, soaking the nuts takes a while – but it’s really simple actually since I just set them to soak and then don’t have to look at them again until the next day. Then, I drain them, throw them in my food processor with a few other ingredients, and five minutes later have a nut pate done and ready to go in the fridge. Eight minutes if you count washing the food processor. How hard is that? There are lots of other little things I do that make my life easier for this too, and I am always learning more. I’ll talk more about some of those tricks in a later post.
So anyway, last week I started transitioning, and by the end of the week I was pretty much 100% raw again. I haven’t had as much detox as last time yet (my face is still pimple free, thankfully!) but I know from past experience that it will probably come, but it will also pass within a few weeks. The first few days were fairly hard, because I went off of coffee – which meant I was tired, and spent Wednesday with a migraine like headache that lasted all day. This was very similar to when I went raw previously, day 3 post-coffee was the worst, and after that things started getting much better. I have been having green tea, usually 1-2 cups a day. I will probably cut that down to 1 soon, but at the moment having something hot to drink at work is really nice. I also tried to make my coffee transition a bit easier by cutting down a bit more gradually, which I think helped a small bit in mitigating the withdrawal.
This week I am starting to get some good energy levels back, even though I drank wine Friday (a little) and Saturday (much more than a little). It will be interesting to see if I get the same random euphoria I had last time. Time will tell.
This week I am also starting to work out again. This has been one habit that is the hardest for me to sustain. I had the most success when I was working out with Deme, but as he works out in a rather different way now, and I am not sure even at what time(s), I don’t think it will work to coordinate again. This is one thing I will just have to figure out for myself. I am very determined however – a few times now I have gone out dancing and done SO MUCH body movement that I was actually sore the next day. And I LOVED it, I love that feeling, the reminder of a fabulous night, so why not replicate that at home? And hey,maybe with more dancing. I think a key for me is to set up some playlists on my ipod that are timed for working out.
I am going to drop my laptop off for repairs this week, so soon I hope to post much more often, especially about my progress with raw food – it keeps me honest LOL! Plus, kale chips. Sooooo yummy, I promise, I will post pictures of the process soon – it’s another of those things that looks complicated but really isn’t!