Raw Day 16: Checkin’ the Vitals

Breakfast: 1 c. pineapple

Midmorning: Tea; 1/3 c. cashews

Lunch: Smoothie – 2 bananas, 17 strawberries, ¾ c. spinach

Dinner: Smoothie – 2 bananas, 1.5 c. pineapple, ¾ c. spinach; 2 brownie balls

The big half way mark is now past! Just such an occasion deserves a decent check in on the vitals…

Mood: Overall, I’ve been more easy-going and happier. However, I get some mad flashes of frustration which are entirely due to those days when I haven’t gotten to eat and the hunger trolls are pounding away on my empty stomach.

Complexion: Definitely more clear. I had a smallish breakout a few days in and since then my face has been consistently blemish free.

Cravings: They come and go, but are intensifying more so lately. I’ve been dreaming of a big ole pile of steaming shanghai noodles drenched in sauce and topped with shrimp… cooked veggies are a part of the dream too.

Energy: This one I’m not sure about. I’m pretty pooped by the end of the day, but I do feel like I’ve been doing better with my ability to last longer (that’s what she said) playing sports.

Scale: That sucker has been going down pretty consistently. It’s gone down and up, but overall I’ve lost 8 pounds.

Satisfaction: On the higher end, for sure. It feels really good to be eating so healthy – it’s been a big boost on my physical and mental well-being. On the flip side, I do get hit with the typical, “Ugh. I just want _____.” and when my dining companion is frying up some onions in a pool of melted butter, well, little green monsters come out to play, but I can usually keep them mostly under control.

Since delving into this challenge, I’ve been paying attention to raw foodists and learning and seeing what other people are doing. I’ve also realized that lots of people do a 7 day, 14 day, 21 day or 30 day raw food detox cleanse. That’s great and I think there is definitely value in that – I may even become someone who does a raw food cleanse every once in a while after the challenge; however, I don’t want to be confused with these people right now.

I am not in it for a detox, weight-loss, cleanse. I’m in it for the challenge of it.

Therefore, I’ve been playing with the idea of bumping it up to 2 months. I know, I know… that’s getting cocky. I’m only halfway and I’m already thinking of doubling it. I’m not saying it isn’t hard, because it is. But when it’s over, I want to be able to say that I pushed myself farther than I thought I could go and I want it to be clear that this isn’t a cleanse, but rather a way of showing that I can control what is in my life no matter how hard it may be.

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