12. January 2006 09:37
With the overeating and decadence that is holiday eating, Kristin and I decided to try a raw food diet for a few days. The main purpose was detox and giving the body a chance to recover from all the rich holiday food. I've done liquid fasts for 5 days before, so this is definitely a bit easier. Still not as easy as you would think though. Going to the grocery store is a real eye-opener, there is really just a lot of stuff you can't buy, even at Whole Foods or something like that. Here are my thoughts so far.
It's healthy for the most part.
Environmentally friendly - fewer dishes to wash, no gas/electric for cooking, you can compost most of the scraps (I haven't started composting yet, but am considering it), plus all the reasons trotted out by vegetarians why meat production is bad.
My sense of smell is getting clearer.
My digestive system is happy, if you know what I mean.
I'm getting my daily recommended amount of fruit and veg.
My juicer is getting used (and I do really like fresh juice and I'm remembering it isn't that much of a hassle).
I'm discovering a few new foods I like (dried pineapple, jicama)
I'm hungry a lot.
It's a bit boring, there are definitely lots of tricks you can do if you do this diet on a regular basis, but it still isn't easy.
You have to prepare all your food (i.e. hard to go out for lunch or dinner, although we did find a raw food restaurant here in Chicago that we are going to try)
My stomach is a bit upset at times.
I really like meat and cooked carbs (potatoes, rice, etc.).
So anyway, wondering if anyone else has tried anything similar and has any comments?