Sunday, January 29, 2006

Weekly Summary for Week Four on Raw



NOTES



  • I cut down on hummus and saw an immediate improvement in that pesky intestinal problem I've been dealing with. I'm sad because I really like hummus! But I feel better without its side effects.

  • I ate more fats than I planned this this week

  • I visited a great raw food restaurant and found raw nori and nama shoyu, plus "bread" that really is raw.

  • I got a bunch of culinary toys: a blender, a citrus juicer, a spiral slicer, a digital scale and a dehydrator. I love all of them, but I still want to eat as many whole, fresh foods as possible. The dehydrator while help me with school because it'll be nice to take dried fruits with me. I will also start making smoothies with the blender.

  • Although I haven't experienced what people call detox, don't feel closer to nature or more spiritual, and don't have any new "electric" feelings inside me from going raw, I can say that my depressive mood has lifted.


  • A Word about Depression
    If any of you has ever been depressed, you might have had experiences like mine. I created something like a groove in my brain - this worn down path I kept automatically treading that was full of negative thoughts and imagery. I used to think about death- my own, my loved ones... I would think up all sorts of sad and terrible things that could happen to me. I imagined failing at school or on the job. I had my "favorite" little depression fantasies that I'd go over again and again before I went to sleep at night and in the morning when I woke up. Those negative thoughts went around and around and I was used to them and thought they were normal. (When I met with a therapist I learned otherwise).

    Interestingly, since going raw, I notice that thinking those old thoughts no longer give me any of that - I don't know the word... comfort? That "comfortable" feeling you get when you go over the same thoughts over and over. They might be sad thoughts, but they are YOUR thoughts and you're used to them. But lately I find it more difficult to think those old thoughts. They don't do much for me anymore. This past week I actually made the effort to sustain my negative thinking and I couldn't do it- it felt foreign! All I can say is that it seems that my depression has lifted and that when my mind tries to drift back to that negative thinking, it finds no satisfaction because those thoughts are not needed any longer. If "needed" is the right word. Does anyone know what I mean? Not being depressed opens my mind up to new possibilities, like maybe I will reach my weight and fitness goals! Maybe I will succeed this time! Hey, maybe that's a form of detox- I'm detoxing my mind!! Without medication!

    Here is the summary for this week:

    NUTRIENTS


    Fat ranges from............ approx 45 to 85 grams


    Protein...........................approx 35 to 55 gms


    Calcium.........................approx 0% to 800% RDA

    Magnesium....................approx 39% to 165% RDA


    Folate............................approx25% to 175% RDA


    Carbs............................approx 100g to 220g


    Cholesterol....................approx 0 mg to 60 mg


    Potassium.....................approx 1000 mg to 4000 mg


    Calories.........................887 to 1589


    B12 ...............................5.83% to 100%


    Iron...............................approx 0% to 200%


    Water.............................average= 5 glasses a day.



    WEIGHT LOSS


    STARTED WEEK AT: 323


    ENDED WEEK AT: 316


    TOTAL POUNDS LOST SINCE JANUARY 1ST 2006: 25 lbs.

    3 comments:

    Michele Deradune said...

    Beautiful website, wonderful blog that is sure to help many people! Congrats on already getting such great results. You go girl!! I have a raw blog too:

    http://curezone.com/blogs/f.asp?f=67&t=58990

    After losing 70 lbs. on raw I've been treading water for about a year and looking forward to more weight loss. I started out at 297 lbs. so it's a long haul, especially at my age (52), but SO worth it! The only reason I haven't lost more weight this past year is because I have not been staying raw, just "trying" to stay raw. The difference between "trying" and "doing" of course makes all the difference in the world!

    Best wishes -- you ROCK...!!!

    Michele

    Laney Ray said...

    Allison,
    Congratulations on doing so well. Your progress is awesome and very inspiring. Are you doing raw for a certain period of time or intending to make a lifetime change?

    It is great that you have not "cheated" or really even been tempted. In the past I've had a downfall at around 28 days which spiralled me totally out of control. My mistake was that I planned to only do raw a month and had that first "bad" meal, which was then a bad day, week and so on.

    Also, I totally know where you are coming from with the depression and "death and dying" thoughts. Today, I actually checked myself and thought 'what in the world would make me think things like this?'. I know I regularly do, too. But it makes sense. Death and dead food in = death thoughts, living and live food in = life thoughts. I am ready to recommit, not for a month or six months - but with the mindset that this is a lifestyle change! Thank you for inspiring me!

    Best,
    Laney (Sorry so long!!)

    Allison said...

    Hi! I am doing the raw thing "for the forseeable future". I can actually imagine myself never going back to the way I used to eat- prepackaged foods, etc. It's too scary to think that far ahead, though. :-)

    -Allison

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