Raw Food Trial: Day 2

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

At the close of day 2, I am now able to start noticing some patterns. My first impression is that during the day I notice little difference to a normal day. Instead of oatmeal when I wake up, I ate a banana. Throughout the day I drank my green smoothie and felt little need for nuts and dried fruit. I made a glass of fresh juice with our juicer at lunch (an orange, three carrots, and a nub of ginger) and ate some bulgar wheat which I soaked in water for an hour, with nuts, dried fruit, and some almond milk.

However, upon leaving work and heading home I noticed the same intense cravings as I had yesterday. I guess I'm hungry at that point anyway, but I seem to crave some sort of comfort food. I start to get anxious about what I will eat and then I begin to have visions about pasta, potatoes, beans, bread, chips... I think I have these sensations normally, but normally I would calm myself down by planning what I would cook that evening to satisfy that craving. Throughout the evening I snacked on a variety of little things while Lindsay made a thai salad with spicy peanut dressing. The salad tonight was much better than the soup last night, but was still not near the same as a normal dinner. I am finding it very difficult to feel full and satiated. Right now I feel full, but it is a very light full. I guess I'd say I am full, but not satiated. The benefit of that is that I don't really feel drowsy or weighed down. It seems to give me a light airy feeling, which I would guess will translate into more energy the longer I eat only raw.

We both remarked all evening about how intensely we were craving certain foods and how we couldn't wait for it to be over. I suppose that's normal. One thing that I keyed upon is that it seems to be so much work to eat raw foods. By this I mean literal physical chewing. I find myself eating 4 or 5 bites of whatever I'm eating to come to the conclusion that it's just not worth the effort. Another day comes to a close with me doubting the efficacy of this whole thing. I know I can do it, but I think it will have to be on pure will power, rather than some sort happy balance that I've found. The good news is that aside from cravings, I've noticed no adverse physical effects. If anything I feel lighter and a bit more attentive.

Raw Food Trial: Day 1
Raw Food Trial: Day 3
Raw Food Trial: Day 4
Raw Food Trial: Day 5

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