Dan: My tongue is green.
Laura: Really? That's cool. I guess.
Welcome to Day 3 of Casual Kitchen's seven day raw foods trial! As I've done on Day 1 and Day 2, I'll list the foods I ate as well as the eating schedule I kept, with explanatory notes where necessary. Below, I'll share my closing thoughts on the day. [See the full archive of posts on my raw foods trial.]
Smoothie: 1 apple, 3/4 cup red raspberries, 4-5 Tblsp soaked wheat berries, 2-3 ounces water. Yield: a bit over 1 cup.
Note: I went for a 2.4 mile run at about 1:30pm. I'm tapering my workouts in preparation for a 10k road race which is (coincidentally) happening on Day 7 of my trial. That ought to be a solid test of the fitness aspects of a fully raw diet.
Late Lunch: 2:30pm
1 apple, followed by a large salad of green bell pepper, cucumbers, spinach and tahini-lime dressing. Tossed in a couple tablespoons of wheat berries too.
By around 5pm I had some mild indigestion.
Smoothie: Juice of 1/2 a lime (plus the lime's pulp and even some rind), 2 apples, about 1 1/2 cups of cubed cucumber, 3-4 Tblsp soaked lentils and 4-5 Tblsp soaked wheat berries. Yield: about 18 ounces.
Note: Best smoothie yet! It was so filling I could barely finish it.
Concluding Notes/Thoughts on the Day:
1) More dehydration: Just like yesterday, I woke up shockingly dehydrated--again, it's strange because I'm drinking more than my normal amount of water each day (my normal water intake is a lot as it is), and because I'm mainly eating water-based foods.
2) My headache from yesterday is gone and I feel relaxed and peaceful. Hard to say how much of this is due to not drinking coffee and how much is due to three days of raw foods.
3) One of the key things I'm trying to understand is how well I can train and run when on a 100% raw diet. So far my runs have felt just like normal.
4) I spent the entire day writing and had a really successful day--with much better than average mental clarity. I was able to work on several different posts simultaneously, which is not my normal pattern of writing.
5) I'm also getting a lot faster at making smoothies. After a few days of practice, firing up a blender for a quick smoothie is almost as easy as pouring a bowl of cereal, and it's much easier than cooking up some eggs and sausage. Yet a smoothie is far cheaper, far healthier and (if you include these laws-of-physics-defying wheat berries), just as satiating.
6) I craved cooked foods this evening, both before, during and after dinner. "Cooked foods" is sort of a strange thing to crave--in my case, it's not a desire for any specific thing, it's more of a vague, indistinct craving for a generalized category of food. Really weird. Normally when I crave a food, it's with a fair degree of specificity, like "I crave a bar of Lindt 70% Cocoa. Right now."
7) Another weird appetite-related feeling: even after the huge smoothie at 6:30pm, I was actually hungry again around 9:00pm. Even more weird: By 10:30pm my hunger totally went away--even though I didn't eat anything. Are there any raw foodists out there who have had similar misleading hunger sensations in the early days of a transition to raw?
Onward to Day 4!
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