Welcome to Day 7, the final day of Casual Kitchen's seven day raw foods trial! I'm sure you're all used to the routine by now: first I'll list the foods I ate and the eating schedule I kept, and then below I'll share my closing thoughts on the day. [See the full archive of posts on the raw foods trial.]
3 cups of fresh pineapple and 1/2 an avocado, plus a couple of handfuls of sprouted wheatberries
Post Race Lunch: 1:30pm
Two apples, then a salad with some walnuts
Pineapple, about 2 cups' worth
A big salad and a big plate of veggies with a small amount of plain tahini dressing.
All that remains between me and the end of my raw foods trial are these two huge plates of veggies:
Concluding Notes/Thoughts on the Day:
1) There are few things more discouraging than looking forward to eating an avocado that's been on your counter for three days, ripening until it's just perfect, and then cutting it open and discovering that it's mostly brown on the inside. Devastating.
2) No headache and no weird metallic taste in my mouth this morning. I feel totally fine. Which is a relief, because at noon today I'm supposed to run a 10k (6.2 mile) road race.
3) That's right: Today's 10k race was a final exam of sorts for my raw trial. Unless this week of raw food has completely sapped all my strength, I should finish in about 52-53 minutes (or a per mile pace of about 8:30). I'll be very curious to see what my endurance and energy level will be.
4) I felt great at the beginning of the race, but things went quickly downhill at about the four mile mark. I started to feel heavy and slow, and my body temperature went haywire. Despite the fact that it was a beautiful, warm autumn day, I started experiencing chills during the run. Normally, the only time I get chills during a hard workout is when I'm about to get heatstroke on a brutally hot day. Are there any raw athletes reading this series who have had an experience like this?
5) However, the race ended with an even bigger surprise: I finished in 51:56 (8:22 pace), a respectable time for an average runner like me, and a shockingly good time given how awful I felt midway through the race. It just goes to show that sometimes you really need some objectively measurable data to see how your body performs under certain conditions--you can't just go by feel. It turned out that in spite of (or perhaps because of) a week of 100% raw foods, I was able to push my body quite a bit harder than I thought.
6) My first restaurant meal: After the race, a group of us went out for lunch. And no, we didn't go to a raw restaurant--from what I'm told, there isn't a raw restaurant in the entire state of New Jersey (hmmm... business idea?). While we were waiting to sit down, my brain went wild imagining how I'd annoy the absolute crap out of everyone around me while I monopolized the waitress and systematically worked through the menu (is this salad raw? Is the dressing raw? Can you make this entree raw? No? What about this entree? That one? I'm on a raw diet--I can't eat anything cooked! Is this pasteurized? Is that pasteurized? Are you sure that's raw?, etc.). I figured it wouldn't be long until everyone within a ten foot radius was laughing and pointing at me.
Fortunately, nobody laughed or pointed. Heck, nobody even rolled their eyes, at least that I saw. There was only one thing on the menu that I could even order: it was a goat cheese salad that I ordered without the goat cheese and without the dressing. Basically what came was an $8.95 plate of lettuce with some apple slivers and a few stray walnuts. The entire experience was much easier than I made it out to be.
That's it for my seven day raw foods trial! Tomorrow, I'll run one more post: Day 8, The Day After Raw, where I gorge myself on alcohol and dark chocolate (just kidding.... sort of). Let me also say how grateful I am for all of the increased attention and interest from readers during the past week--your thoughts, ideas and comments helped me immensely, and I hope you all learned a few things while following along.
Finally, in a few more days I'll share my conclusions from the entire trial. This week of raw foods gave me a lot to think about on a whole host of food issues, including how to deal with food cravings, how I might adjust my diet after this experience, how my body changed after just one week of going raw, and how grateful I am for regular old everyday food. I can't wait to share these thoughts with you. Stay tuned!
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