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Well, I am in the last part of a month of about 99% raw-ness. I leave off that last 1% for any accidentally eaten cooked foods (like bottled lemon juice and twice-eaten soy milk). So far, I still just feel more tired than normal. Unless a large change occurs sometime this week, I think I will probably incorporate some cooked foods into my diet. This is because much of my research outside of the raw food world (which is the mainstream nutrition world) counters the very basic principles of raw-foodism which is that the plant enzymes help digestion.
However, the one thing I can definitely give to raw food is that it has helped my acne on my face so much! I think I might have a food allergy to dairy. I ate a small amount of yogurt a few days after I started eating raw foods and, although my skin was already clearing up, that yogurt caused a breakout. So, I am planning to stay vegan for sure. I read that acne can often be caused by food allergies, and people just don’t realize it because their acne is the only symptom. Therefore, if I still feel exhausted in the next few days, I think I will slowly incorporate a few basic cooked foods such as rice, soup, tofu, and soy milk.
This disappoints me quiet a bit. Perhaps raw foods are more suited to some people and not everyone. I am just tired of being so low energy. I like the philosophy that everyone is different in our nutrient needs and no single diet can be perfect for everyone. I am glad that I venture into new diets and experience what they are like. I think through this experimentation, I am creating the perfect diet for me as a unique individual.
As far as raw diet is going, I made it through Thanksgiving very well. The hardest part was answering all of my family’s questions and concerns. The only thing I cheated on was having some soy milk with my gRAWnola for breakfast. I did strongly want some of my grandma’s Oreo ring pudding cake, but my cravings for cooked food have diminished unless it’s sitting right in front of me.
I feel good that if I do stop being completely raw it isn’t because I wasn’t able to stop the cravings or that it was too hard, but that I don’t feel good while on it and I think it isn’t the best diet for me. Still waiting for that fuzzy feeling in my head to go away that has been with me since the first week of eating all raw foods. It’s like I constantly feel as if my blood sugar is low (like when I haven’t eaten in a long time), but I don’t think that is it because I have been eating enough and well.
One thing is for sure though, I will always love my green smoothies!
Notes to self:
From the American Dietetic Association:
The “Raw Food Diet”
Raw foods provide fiber, which is important to our overall health. But is it really better to eat only raw foods?
The premise of the raw food diet is to cook foods below 160 degrees Fahrenheit to keep food enzymes intact so that the body can better absorb nutrients in the food. The problem with this theory is that the body already makes the enzymes needed to digest and absorb foods.
The raw foods diet encourages you to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, which is a definite nutritional plus. But there are real food safety risks. The diet calls for eating a variety of sprouts, many of which grow in environments that can promote harmful bacterial growth. And cooking foods below 160 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to food-borne illness.
As with any diet, when evaluating the “raw foods” approach, ask questions. If you think “This sounds too good to be true,” it probably is. – Produced by ADA’s Public Relations Team