Today is day 25 of the challenge. I don't know here, mamas. I'm not struggling. I'm not finding it difficult to eat this way, other than on those special occasions when I'm out and can't find something truly raw on the menu, but then it's a practical difficulty, not an internal struggle. But I'm beginning to doubt this is right for me.
When I went to 70-80% raw at the beginning of the year, I felt *fabulous*. I really did. Food cravings went away. My blood sugar stayed so constant, I found that not only did I not need to snack, sometimes I only ate two meals a day - not that I was trying to restrict food, but I thought it was amazing that I felt so good on that. I rarely had gas.
A lot of people swear that when they went from 75% to 100% raw, they felt a huge surge in energy and their health quality soared. Well, I didn't experience that. Although I felt a huge improvement after the first step, to 70-80%, I didn't feel any further improvement upon going to over 95%. One might argue that it's because I wasn't truly at 100%. But, people swear they felt the difference within a couple of days - all my few transgressions have been on a weekend day, offering about six days in between. By that logic, shouldn't I have been feeling this incredible difference by Wednesday or Thursday each week?
But, since beginning this, I've been having constant foul gas. Not the painful kind... well, not painful unless I remain standing in the cloud I've created. I try to hold it in until I can fart on the run, or in the wind.
I'm back to food cravings, not as bad as I've experienced in the past, but nevertheless. My blood sugar isn't as steady as it was - I'm finding I have to snack in the afternoons, and I'm craving sweet snacks. I've been satisfying that with fruit, raw "bread" with raw honey butter, raw granola occasionally and raw ice cream twice. But, still, it's an indication that my blood sugar is fluctuating more rapidly, which I don't like. While on average I'm mentally satisfied with my diet, I'm finding I can't finish individual meals because I get bored with them really fast, even though I liked it at the outset.
I lost five pounds in the first two weeks, which was cool... I've gained four of them back these past 10 days. At this rate I'll weigh more than I did when I started! I'm not eating any more sugar or grains than I was. I think the biggest carb difference is that I'm using a banana in my smoothie instead of avocados and eating a little more apple. (I switched to banana because I wanted to use avocado elsewhere in my diet, and couldn't afford to be eating two or three of them a day!) I don't think I'm eating more calories, or more fat on average: I'm using the same amount of coconut oil, nuts, avocados, other oils (olive, flax seed). I've subbed a little more dairy for the meat, but not so vastly much that it should make a difference in calories or fat or anything else. Since it's cultured, it's not even so bad in the carbohydrate department.
Now, my original goal was 90-95% raw, with the assumption that I'd be eating a little meat here and there. I haven't been: the only cooked meat I've eaten was at the Joel Salatin lecture, and it was only a few bites. Otherwise, it's been entirely raw fish. If I had to guess, I'd say my total raw percentage has been like 97 or 98%.
So I'm going to revert to my original plan of 90%. I'm going to add back in a bit more meat. I started this morning with a little bacon with my breakfast, maybe 1/2 oz. What I was doing before, the 70-80%, was basically tons of raw food + a little cooked meat + a little bit of whatever I was cooking for the rest of the family once or twice a day (like, a small serving of cooked veggies at dinner, or if I was hard boiling eggs for the girls, I'd have one for lunch). Cutting out that third catagory will bring me up to the 90-95% range, especially since some of the meat I'd be eating would still be raw. Like, 1/2 oz. bacon at breakfast, 1-2 oz. of raw fish at lunch, and 2 oz. of chicken or steak at dinner.