Friday, September 10, 2010


I know last time I said, "for sure you will see post for day 16", well here it is, lol...maybe I should have said for sure I will try. 

I lost the little pad where I was jotting down my food intake. I think I left it at study group or something. I can say that Iv been eating pretty well, except for yesterday. 

As it turns out I got the perfect lab partner for chemistry class. At first I thought it was funny because we were a bit odd for paring, His major is chemical engineering and mine is environmental science. He wants to blow stuff up and I want to save the world. Aside from that major difference we share many interest. Mostly that we are both surfers. Yesterday we were finishing up some homework and it seemed like the perfect time for the beach, so we went. It got late on me and I was starving as I had only packed a few snacks for study group. We went to this place on the island, all the veggies they offered were fried. I'm serious, they even had fried pickles. I thought about asking for some of the stuff they had raw, but as they serve fish and other meats there, I was worried to be victim of cross contamination so I ate the fried food. 

It's so strange, I was able to notice an immediate effect on my was not happy.

All this time and I can't remember to keep it clean and pack my own stuff. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

day 8-15 of 100

I'm starting to feel like I might be the worst blogger in the world. It just seems like I cant find the time to post regularly. I have been bombarded with homework since the first day of class. This week we were preparing for my grandmother's 80th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAMMY). My brother came down to visit for the party. The couple days he was here I strayed from raw foods twice. Then last night we got hit by a tropical storm. It almost turned into a hurricane, boy did we get lucky..

So, you will notice that the header says 8-15. Im just going to give a quick update for those days because there is no way I can find time to post for them all. Like in my prior post my weight continues to fluctuate. The lowest was 149.2 the day my brother got here. It has been up all the way to 154 and then back down again. I have learned not to focus so much on the scale but I like to keep record because I can go back and look at what I ate and how my body reacted. I have been all raw except for those two times while my brother was here. I'm pretty proud that after having some SAD (standard american diet) foods I was able to go right back to raw the very next meal. 

I have to say after almost 2 months of adding raw foods to my diet and just these few days of high raw to 100% raw, I feel great. Since I first learned and began to practice a raw food diet I have lost about 15 lbs. The 17th will be exactly 2 months. During this time it has been pretty hard to make it to the gym so it is all because of the diet change. I had begun to work out in Feb, because that is when I was first able to since the accident. Due to the accident I gained about 30+ lbs. Regardless all those months of hard work at the gym only got me down a few lbs. 

If your interested in looking and feeling your best I highly suggest looking into a raw foods diet. Now do not be confused, this is not a diet as to loose weight, it is more of a lifestyle. The word diet here means what you eat or the way you eat, not a specific program designed to make you loose weight. The thing about raw foods is that it provides your body with clean whole foods, which are rich in enzymes and nutrients that your body can use for many things. You will see your body change and heal as it cleans out all the toxins that have built up over the years. You will also see that your skin, hair, and nails look more youthful. This is because of the enzyme rich foods. 

O.k well thats all I have time for today, again I am sorry for not being constant with my post. You will, for sure, see a post here for day 16. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

day 7 of 100

Honestly I didn't jot down anything for day 7. Bad L.i.L....I know. O.k let's see here, Day 7 was a Sunday. Im sure I had coffee,  had a smoothie for breakfast, raw sushi for lunch, and I also know I had chili/lime kale chips. I have no idea what I had for snacks or dinner. Sorry..

day 6 of 100

Hi everyone.....I fell behind again, it seems as if it's becoming the trend here. Sorry I'll make a better effort. Well I totally slipped up on day 6. Here's the story. I'm pasting it from my confession to the other people on the 100 day challenge.......

So the cooked food that I did eat was super bad, it was fries from McDonalds. I was feeling pretty bad about some stuff going on here. Oh, well I can just tell you guys.

I have had this friend for over 5 yrs, but before we were friends we were bf & gf. After about 8 months I broke up with him. I had let a friend talk me into giving him a chance, he was nice and I thought he was pretty cool. As time went by I realized that even though I cared about him and I liked hanging out, I didn't want to be his gf and I didn't even have those kinds of feelings towards him. He took it pretty hard and I didn't see him for a long while. We ended up running into each other and we have been friends ever since. The whole time it was tough because he still had feelings for me and was still bitter about the break up. (he always denied both those things but would occasionally admit it) This would some how end up causing fights between us. I would get so frustrated that I would throw my hands in the air and say I can't be friends anymore. I hate conflict. He would make me feel bad saying that I didn't value our friendship. Then I would agree to be friends but we would have to try not to fight. Things went on this way for years. I let myself get caught in this cycle because when I was going through my self destruction era he was always there to save me. I was thankful to him because it was nice to know that there was some one I could trust to be there.
I finally had to stop this all on Saturday. For me arguing is tough. I have a lot of issues from my childhood and I'm just learning how to deal with my emotions. He would push me into these fights until I would get angry for me that is such a strong ugly feeling. Now that Im becoming more aware of myself because I stopped self medicating and I think because of raw food, I was able to see that this would most likely always be a toxic relationship. As much as I tried not to enter in conflict it was useless because the root of it all was his insecurities with me. There was nothing I could do to ease that as I couldn't see him like he wanted me to, I just didn't want to be his girlfriend.

This whole thing made me pretty sad for two reasons. 1) I did value his friendship and love. He was always the person I knew wasn't out to get me. With the exception of his opinion on other guys, he always wanted the best for me. 2) This left me with just 1 friend in the world, and she lives 4 hours away. With my brother away for school, this leaves me with no one. See all my friendships before were centered on parting and getting high. I had to let those people go. As I got sober I realized we had nothing else in common.....

All of this led me to McDonalld's. The reason I got into raw was because I wanted to become healthy and remove excess chemicals from my body. Since McD doesn't make the grade I had to ask myself why I wanted it. I realized that it was to comfort myself for what was going on. I decided to allow myself this. I drew the line at chicken selects, which is what I wanted. So all I got was the fries.

Ugh cleaning up your life can sometimes be drag, but I know it will be worth it in the end. Sorry to go on and on guys. Thanks to whoever made it this far down my post. 

So here is my intake for the day 6:

AM Weight:  150.4

*green smoothie: kale, carrot greens, beet greens, watermelon, grapes, goji berries, black plum, banana, & bee pollen 
*raw pesto on carrot/zucchini pasta with marinated mushrooms and tomatoes in olive oil, sea salt, & pepper
*french fries

So as you can see I was involved in some emotional eating but even then I did it knowingly and moved on. I think it is important not beat ones self up on small things. That guilt can lead you right back eating the foods you were trying to avoid. That's something to keep in mind for anyone on any diet. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

day 5 of 100

Finally I'm all caught up..This is great because I still have some more reading to do, but this time for chem. That is by far my most challenging class this semester but so far it seems pretty cool. Just one week in and Iv already been able to make a connection. Ill elaborate. 
About a month ago when I was researching the raw food diet I came across an article arguing for choosing organics over standard products. They gave many reasons like organics have been proven to contain more vitamins & minerals than non-organics, but they also talked about the use of pesticides and their effect on the environment. We wont get into the whole explanation here but as a supporting fact they stated that even polar bear cubs are being born with over 200 toxins that don't occur in their system naturally. I walked away with the feeling that we had been so careless in our use of chemicals for pesticides, war, transport, building, ect that we had contaminated the whole earth...even it's purest most remote locations. I thought that was pretty sad.
Then I was in chemistry class the other day and we were discussing matter (it's week 1) and an example the professor talked about pesticides. She explained how some of the chemical compounds in pesticides are very volatile. When the crop duster drops the pesticides  it doesn't all make it to the ground. We end up with what is called the grasshopper effect. Some of the chemicals bounce off the crops then get carried up in the air and end up in other places. This can be spread over many miles this way and stay for many many many years, in an even slower process it can travel through the soil and into our water supply (but thats another story).  So back to the polar bears, the chemicals that get carried up in the air can eventually end up all the way in the atmosphere. Once there the atmosphere begins to pull all the toxins towards its cooler regions. Particles and things caught up in the atmosphere travel rather quickly, it can take about 1 year and 1/2 for them to travel around the earth once in the atmosphere. 
So now I understand that it is not that we are so contaminated that even these beautiful remote locations are full of toxic chemicals but that these regions by natural design are more susceptible to this kind of pollution. Once the chemicals are in the atmosphere above the polar regions (or anywhere really) they are released in the form of rain or as gases in the air. Now we can find polar bears, fish, and Inuit people with high traces of chemicals which are found in many of the products we use. It is sad because those most at risk are babies, both human and otherwise. 
I'm not sure about you but I found the truth to be just as sad as when I didn't quite understand the facts. The difference is that I found it to be greatly disturbing. These people living in the remote locations are paying the price for our commodities. They have been exceptional stewards of their environment yet they are losing it because of a group of people who just don't get the gravity of the situation. 

Ooops I went on forever and I haven't posted my food intake, here it is:

AM Weight: 153.0

* coffee
* strawberries
* grapes
* 2 bananas
* goji berries
* raw pesto on carrot and cabbage (pasta), flax seeds, olive oil, & broccoli, tomato, & mushrooms marinated in cold pressed olive oil, sea salt, fresh ground pepper
* tamarind with lemon juice and dehydrated chili powder
* small salad mixed greens, lemon juice, sea salt & fresh ground pepper

That's it...All caught up...yay!!!!!, now back to reading

oh I almost forgot, a friend found a super cheap dehydrator for me and I'm picking it up later. I'm super excited about that, lets see how well it works for the price.

day 4 of 100

I had a couple classes on Thursday, so I felt like I was running around all day. I finally got my appetite back, which was good....but I felt like a had a huge hole in my stomach all day. Well lets get right to it...Here's what I ate 8/26/2010

AM Weight: 151.4

* red (green smoothie): spinach, carrot with greens, beet slices, strawberries, grapes, watermelon, & 1celery stick

*huge salad: spinach, mache blend, swiss chard, celery, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, pepita seeds, hemp seeds, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, & lemon juice
*raw pesto, on carrot/squash (spaghetti), tomatoes & mushrooms marinated in cold pressed olive oil, sea salt and pepper

The sea salt that I use is very coarse, I prefer these big crystals over the fine salt because it allows me to really see how much salt I'm adding. You will see me include salt in many salads and other foods but my salt intake is very limited. I add a small amount to some meals and I think this allows my body to make better use of all the water I'm taking in. 

day 3 of 100

Wow, Iv been super tied up with tons of homework, seems like this semester we hit the ground running...So Im 3 post behind here..luckily my 1 follower is most forgiving, lol

At the start of the week I wasn't feeling to well and I was having very little appetite. This was the last of those days...

AM Weight: 153.6

* (red) green smoothie: kale, beet, watermelon, strawberries, grapes, & banana
* (red) green smoothie: kale, carrot with greens, 2 kiwi fruits, strawberries, grapes, & watermelon  
*raw sushi

That was it for Wednesday...Again I want to say that this is not enough food to live on. It was the most I could get myself to eat, as the days go you will notice that I eat much more than that..

Now it's time for me to do my conversion homework for environmental science lab...Ill post the other two days as soon as Im done with that...