Grapes; Apples or Pears; Nuts; Dates; Milk +Hazelnuts
Breakfast was rather uninspired: Milk, a pear, and some hazelnuts. It made me jones for the end of this experiment.
I went out for a beer after work, a small infraction against my diet, but managed to resist joining my coworkers for a hamburger. I made my way home to Queens and fixed a salad from my remaining vegetables: lettuce, cabbage, celery, olives and almonds with a little dressing. I have a new-found love for cabbage, I must admit.
For dessert, I made a bowl of apples, hazelnuts and cream, which has been one of my favorite meals this week. Then I watched tv, went to bed, and woke up to a different life.
It always feels strange to shed one of these immersive experiments. I made tea and a toasted bagel with cream cheese, then sighed with happiness at the sensation of warm food touching my lips and making its way down to my tummy. But I didn’t miss cooked food as much as I thought would.
What I’ve Learned:
- One of the major complaints of a modern raw diet is you feel hungry all the time. Although I did have some bouts of the munchies on a historic raw diet, in general I did quite well. I attribute it to the additional of dairy in the historic diet: milk, cream, and cream cheese. Although it’s pasteurized, I made an exception because I thought the inclusion of dairy was more historically appropriate.
- I didn’t notice a huge change in the way I “felt” this week, which is the number one question people asked me. I eat a pretty healthy diet regularly, so I think I was in ok shape to begin with. My friend Kat, who was also raw this week, said she felt more energetic in general. I did enjoy having extremely regular bowel movements that were of a healthy consistency.
- Having my first cup a tea in a week this morning was extremely satisfactory. I’ve somewhat unstained my teeth by abstaining from tea drinking, but I’ve still glad to have my cuppa back.
- I didn’t drink alcohol–until the beer I had last night. Alcohol is really bad for me; it tends to trigger my migraines, which makes me feel awful. So I have felt a lot healthier for not drinking…but I do love drinking.
- I need to include more raw foods in my diet. I want to go back to cooking, and I want to go back to eating meat. But what this diet has taught me more than anything else is not to fuss over “preparing” raw foods. A luscious apple or a pile of salad greens are good the wat they are; I don’t need to stress about finding a recipe. I should just eat them, and enjoy them in their natural state. And from now on, I will.
Other thoughts? What do you think?