30 day turned into 10 day raw trial

Monday, March 9, 2009

We finished our, what turned into, 10 day raw trial on Friday. Besides the poor planning on our part and getting sick, it was a fairly successful trial. I am still not sure if the sickness I experienced was detox or something else. After I got better, the last five days of the trial were not as difficult or painful. After starting out well, Lindsay tended to feel worse in the last few days, having intense cravings and bodily discomfort.

I did not succeed in maintaining weight, and ended up losing around 5 lbs. for the whole trial. Ordinarily this would not be a problem, but since I am already at a low weight after months of slow weight loss, I would rather have not lost the 5 lbs.

I think we will probably try for the whole 30 days once more. However, I think we will wait until we can get relatively cheap fresh produce from the farmer's markets. I also do not want to try again until I have put on some weight. So, right now I have fully shifted from eating only raw foods to trying to gain weight as fast as possible. Contrary to what a lot of people experience, it is very difficult for me to gain weight and not very difficult to lose it (this was the case even before I became a vegetarian). While this seems like a blessing, and is in many ways, it has been difficult to deal with this as a male in our culture. Boys and young men are taught about ideal body image just as females are (granted not to the same degree), and I have always struggled to be comfortable with myself and my body the way it is.

For many years I tried with varying degrees of intensity to put on weight and become more muscular. As a soccer player and golfer in my adolescent years, it was always very important to increase strength to improve performance. My drive to succeed in sport caused me to want badly to become stronger, but my desire was outmatched by the difficulty of gaining weight in my body. My sophomore year in college was the only time in my life when I've successfully gained weight, but I did it by eating a lot of junk and taking protein supplement.

So, now I am faced with the same predicament I've had many times before, how to put on weight. Only this time I'd like to do it with the increased challenge of maintaining at least 35-50% raw diet and moving closer and closer to a vegan diet. I really have no idea how to do this beyond just not skipping meals and getting on a core muscle resistance training regimen, so if anyone out there knows more about this, please do share! I am genuinely worried about this challenge because it is like facing an old demon for me.

Hopefully, in a couple of months, I'll have put on 10-15 lbs. and we'll be ready to succeed at the 30 day trial!

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