Wednesday, March 31, 2010
For a few weeks I was really tired.
Even the entire first 5 weeks, I was disappointed with my workouts. It seemed I just didn't have the energy. I was discouraged because I indeed felt the difference running without stimulants. And then I would be ready for bed by 8 pm and nauseous at nighttime (I felt like I was pregnant!) and it would take me at least 2 days to recover, before I felt like I could run again. I was having such a hard time working out, that I questioned whether it was really good for me! I wondered if maybe I should be resting more, if I needed to focus more on healing as I adjusted to the new, clean diet.
Even last year, eating some cooked foods and salt, I had an easier time running but recovery was difficult. I could not run two days in a row.
Well baby, all of that is changing!
Perhaps my body did need some weeks to heal and adjust to the new diet. And now, things are suddenly different. Suddenly I have such endurance, and recovery in no time flat! No soreness, no early bedtime. This week I feel incredible.... I am amazed that I can run 3 miles, and not be exhausted the rest of the day. I am ready for more! I haven't been tired for an early bedtime for more than a week. I ran 4 of the last 5 days! And stayed up til 10 pm, a bedtime I can feel good about. And I'm not sore at all!!!! This is so wonderful.
I am so excited to see my endurance improve as I train for my upcoming races. I plan on running 4 miles this weekend and 5 miles the next! I was planning on running only 3 days a week, as typical training schedules include days off for recovery. But on the 811rv diet, rest days are not necessary because recovery is dramatically quicker. So maybe I will run more, who nows? I will just do what I feel like doing. I am so excited to excel! Time to find out what I'm made of! How wonderful :)
Monday, March 29, 2010
And yet these pictures I've seen on various blogs lately look so scrumptious!! Can I get some farm fresh tomatoes please? Some mangoes at a decent price? Loads of spinach and herbs? mmmm I could make so many yummy dishes but I feel like I'm stuck in winterland.
Today has been sort of a low day. I haven't been emotional since those first few days of 811rv but I guess after such an active day Saturday-- running my 5K and spending all day in the yard--I have unleashed some things. Luckily I had a good chick flick to watch and just cried it out :)
The work isn't over yet! I have 7 miles left to go for the month, to meet my goal of 50 miles. It's pouring down buckets this week but watch me go! I will do it. I wanted to run to be a part of a group and that backfired on me. But now I am doing it for me. It's been so long since I had a goal and actually pushed myself physically! I am looking at running a 15K race in Eugene May 22nd. That would be incredible. I have never been a runner, I've never been athletic. I played tennis in high school but could never complete the warm-up run! Likewise, a few other ladies from church ran their first ever 5K with me on Saturday, Hooray for them too!
Transformation is so much fun. It is never too late!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- The Fruit Predominant Diet based on my experience these past 4 years
- Unassisted Pregnancy & Childbirth on the Fruit Predominant Diet based on the archives of this very blog, as well as experiences of others
- BLISS: The Fruitarian Diet based on my future experiences as a 100% low-fat raw foodist (writing as we go but won't come out until my year anniversary, at least)
- maybe something on raising "Fruit-Predominant" children, and hopefully (fingers crossed!) a book about fruitarian pregnancy and childbirth, once I experience my upcoming successful 811rv pregnancy!
I feel confident that I can offer something that isn't already out there in the raw food world literature. Indeed, I am not aiming for the raw food audience at all; "Fruit Predominant" is a term I coined, which I will use to bring the benefits of a high-raw, low-fat diet to the mainstream audience, without requiring a 100% raw food, or even vegan, diet. I want to offer some inspiration and hope to normal, every-day people who may not be ready to give up their cheerios, but nonetheless are seeking some sort of diet information that rings true to their natural selves and motivates them to make permanent changes for the right reasons!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
- gained 1-2 lbs.
- hair is definitely cleaner! (I haven't used any shampoo)
- more sensitive to my level of wellbeing - if I don't sleep enough I feel it
- moods are even, a few periods of bliss but generally a calm, moderate feeling of wellbeing (which is definitely something I didn't have before)
- physical energy constant and sufficient for all my activities and daily exercise (which is a new thing for me, so wahoo!)
- bloating has subsided when I take a probiotic and drink plenty of water
- acne subsided after initial detox period
- complexion clear, brighter
- teeth whiter
- quicker recovery after working out
- more strength and endurance to work out longer
- dry skin problem go away
- improvement in nail biting habit
- Consolidate eating into 3 meals a day
- Be more dilligent about bedtime
- Minimize overt fats
- Work on emotional eating
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
3. Protein as a Synonym for Meat. I had somewhat of an epiphany, and now I understand exactly where people are coming from when they ask where vegetarians get protein. On the show they had various whole foods sitting out, from various food groups. This represents the idea of a "balanced diet," as you have your complex carbs (grains), your protein (meat), your fruits and your vegetables. To the mainstream dieter, this is a complete meal, a balanced diet, the sum of all its parts. So when a person excludes a food group - a vegetarian takes away that "protein" - the uneducated, mainstream person is left questioning "How can you remove your protein? Then where do you get protein from?" Since to them, grains equate to carbohydrate, and fruits and vegetables are neither. So to answer their question, they only need a sentence or two of information. No sarcasm or wit required. When somebody asks you where you get your protein, simply inform them that grains actually do have quite a bit of protein, and that fruits and vegetables actualy do too; in fact, fruits and vegetables have just as much protein as the World Health Organization recommneds and that all credible research indicates that humans require.
We've been dealing with my son's Aspergers for some time now, and since he's been off his allergens he's been so much more bearable. But I am curious how much further he could improve on a 100% raw diet. He has eaten this way for periods at a time, and I'll tell you the difference.
Right now, as a matter of fact, it's been 7 days since he's eaten anything cooked. His cooked meals for the past month have been very small, and next to a large sprout salad which he enjoys just as much. But when he eats 100% raw there are some changes, definitely. He is not sad and whiny....... but he is more energetic and giddy. Sounds like a good thing right? Well it's difficult either way. An energetic Aspergers kid can be really difficult. I hate to say it, but he can be down right annoying. Or just too much. Like, chattering away, singing, saying nonsense all day long; being extraordinarily hyper (and disobedient); following me around and begging for more attention (he has never played well by himself the way most kids do). So it's just a different ballgame but it's difficult all the same.
That being said, I admit that these traits are probably wonderful, healthy traits in a child! Yes they ought to be energetic and full of life. More reason to live in a sunny climate where they can play outdoors all day long! Secondly, I also wonder if this is just a phase since it's only been a week! So I think I will keep him on the diet and watch what happens.
Here's his diet:
-various fruits all day long
- green smoothies
- nuts for dinner probably half the time
- sprouts almost daily (he loves them! He calls them "popcorn" and eats them plain!)
- carrot juice
He's not fond of too many vegetables, except carrots and cucumbers. He will eat lettuce if there is a good dressing on it. And of course he drinks his green smoothies, so I'm not too worried. Besides, I believe in following Appetite so generally he just eats what he wants to.
We have introduced tangelos, which he seems to handle just fine (remember he is allergic to oranges). If he can eat a raw diet for a month at least, I would be curious to try oranges also.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
On the importance of physical health, above all else (and above all other financial investments):
"There is nothing worse than being captive in a body that won't let you do what you want to do." (p.101)
This sentence struck me like a bolt of lightning. I am going to do my elderly self a favor and prevent this situation from ever happening.
Also this keen insight, from the epilogue:
There are so many similarities between the vegetarian vs. vegan & the raw food vs. fruitarian movement. There will probably always be more vegetarians than vegans and more raw fooders than fruitarians, at least in my lifetime. People tend to flock to vegetarianism or raw foodism for health reasons, whereas many people are drawn to being vegan or fruitarian for more spiritual or environmental reasons. Vegetarians and raw fooders tend to concern themselves with a lot of needless data regarding nutrition because they're not certain if the diet is nutritionally sound. Vegans and fruitarians don't do this much because they usually have a knowingness that their diet is correct and therefore must be nutritionally superior, which it is.
I just love that last part. How well said!! If you know a diet is correct, you don't need any data. If you trust nature to have given you a correct diet for your species, then it must be nutritionally sound. Elephants don't analyze their vegetation, they trust Mother Nature and thrive on what She gave them to eat.
The author's diet is somewhat different from Dr. Graham's recommendations, however. He does not limit his fat intake, and his diet is rich in avocados. I guess if you're not prone to candida, this might not be a problem. But I wonder if that habit has caught up to him in the ten years since he published this book? Another difference is that he does not consume any vegetables at all, focusing on how our species is attracted to the bright colors, rich aromas, and juiciness of fruit. He says he is not attracted to eating vegetables plain; however, he should not assume that others are not as well. As a matter of fact, I am currently eating handfuls of spinach leaves like there is no tomorrow. My body craves spinach. It is delicious to me. To each his own!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I will continue to post on this blog, as it is my more casual, day-to-day blog about my personal life; but most of the food-related stuff will be at 811family. Pulling Daisies will be about natural mothering, unschooling, and my goals. When I am pregnant again I will post here about my unassisted pregnancy and birth.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
- Keep various leftovers and ready-to-eat meals in the fridge so each person can choose their foods and warm them up
- Have family "fruit time" or family "salad time" even if it means the entrees will be eaten separately later on
- Make easy variations; keep veggies separate so some people can add them on
- or keep some veggies raw, others stir-fried for those not wanting cooked food
- Have both raw food and cooked food on the table to choose from, even knowing that one person will only have one, and not the other, and vice versa with a different member of the family
- Have "Salad Bar" for dinner, with optional beans/ham/cheese toppings for non-raw family members, and lots of fun raw toppings using spirilizer, mandolin, or saladacco
- Cooked food eaters can eat a raw appetizer with the family, and their cooked food later on privately
- Carob jello
- Sprout salad
- soaked raisins
- soaked almonds
- ground sesame seeds
- cut up veggies for dipping
- romaine/celery salad
- pitcher of smoothie
- half-eaten apple for Elisabeth to come back to
- cooked millet (we usually have either this or homemade refried beans ready in the fridge)
This particular change sits well with both my logic and my intuition. My left brain likes it, and so does my right brain. I think my cells like it too.
I would have to agree :)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
*mental clarity, better focus, no brain fog, very alert
I also appreciate his testimony at the end about investing in his health rather than buying cheap foods and paying for it through doctor visits, hospital bills, etc. (although our grocery budget hasn't changed in this house)
Monday, March 1, 2010
I was realizing this recently as I became emotional eating fruit. I realized that before, I didn't believe I deserved it. I didn't deserve the pleasure. I didn't deserve the simplicity, or the extra energy, or the extra time I would have when I wasn't preparing recipes, cooking food, doing dishes, planning the week's meals, etc.
I was overcome with emotion - sitting down with a feast of bright colors for me to eat with pleasure. Allowing myself to actually nourish my body with no guilt. No rationalizing why I chose to eat something less than ideal (whether conscious of not). I was overcome with emotion, feeling finally "Yes, I deserve this!" and releasing all the subconscious blockage that was preventing me from this in the past.
It takes self-love to allow yourself to have your heart's desire.
And if that means convincing yourself that you "need" more protein, or that fruit "doesn't work" for you, or for whatever reason just directing yourself elsewhere, focusing on what your body craves as stimulants versus what your heart desires for true pleasure and nourishment, then you subconsciously will do these things.
So for the past couple years, I have been under this impression: "A fruit diet! That sounds so romantic! That sounds so lovely. Yes, I believe that is the ideal diet. But it's not practical. So I will just eat a high-fruit diet, and eat some healthy cooked foods too." Sounds rational right? It was just a subconscious strategy to keep myself from it. For me at least, if there is a cooked food dinner, that is the main meal of the day and everything else is just insignificant. You can't really enjoy or take pleasure in your fruit when you are waiting for dinner. You don't really understand the pleasure that comes from a large fruit meal until you do it, as a staple in your diet, as the primary food, or as the only food.