I am now in my third week of eating raw, give or take a few days. As of last Friday I had lost 5.8 pounds, without trying, definitely without suffering, and I hadn’t even been working out yet (which I started today). DOPE. I have thus far not had many detox symptoms, haven’t broken out all over like last time, on the whole I am doing quite well. I was VERY tired the first week, and had a caffeine-withdrawal headache for several days before my body got over missing coffee. I also was in the bathroom a LOT the first two weeks. That seems to be settling down now, but I would not be surprised if a good portion of the weight I lost those first two weeks was just due to that alone! It feels good to have that gone LOL. My cravings for cooked food have been pretty much nil, rather to my surprise. It helps that I’ve gone to a gourmet raw place a few times, and bought “sandwiches” from Waverly once or twice. And of course the fact that I have been making my own nut pates, flax crackers, and kale chips helps a great deal as well. YUM. I have a good number of containers (mason jars and such) that I use daily to bring food to work. It’s a bit bulky but efficient. I’ve also been known to bring salad ingredients in and do the actual job of making a salad at the sink in the kitchen area. Another thing that I think has made a big difference in making this habit change easier is social support. Not really overt “You go girl!” type of stuff, but more like the fact that I have a coworker who has started bringing in salad every day and we eat together. And my dates have all had blenders at their homes (making my morning smoothie a default) and everyone thus far has REALLY liked the crackers and such that I have made. They don’t care whether it is raw or healthy – they only care that it tastes GREAT! And really, so do I. I am a hedonist at heart – if it doesn’t please my tastebuds, it really doesn’t matter how healthy it is! For the record, not only is it all yummy, but I still feel fabulous – tons of energy and just, GOOD. I am pretty sure that is the only way I was able to get up early enough to work out today. I’ve also noticed I am not napping nearly as often during my commute (this used to be an absolute given – ferry = sleep). So, eating-wise, my day looks something like this: Green smoothie for breakfast (I usually use bananas with my greens) Ridiculously large salad for lunch, with homemade dressing and maybe some nut pate Nibble on some flax crackers/kale chips/raw nuts during work Maybe have some fruit (there will be way more of this once my fruit vendors start popping back up near work!) Another enormous salad for dinner I’m going to start trying sandwiches (made with nute pate and my flax crackers) and nori rolls soon, I just need to make more crackers (they go fast and I have backorders for friends to fill now LOL!) and buy nori. I’ll probably get to that next week. I’m also going to try my hand at making kimchi soon – details to follow! I know I promised a nut pate recipe or two (and I made a new one today that seems promising!) and I WILL get them up here, I am just waiting to make more so I can measure things and take some photos of the process.