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Food Journal + Weigh In Week One of Mostly Raw Diet

Here is my food journal plus weigh in week one of mostly raw diet.  Last week I finally took a step towards losing weight, which you can read about here.  While I'm not wildly overweight by looking at me, I wasn't my best self.

What tipped me off or tipped the scale off?  Honestly, it was my clothes.  They started getting tighter on me and uncomfortable.  Some clothes don't fit me at all anymore.

As far as the weight scale goes, I don't weigh myself very much.  I tackled an eating disorder some time ago, so I try to only use the scale on a minimal basis.  

This week didn't go according to plan, but I've learned to roll with the punches.  First things first, I wasn't able to weigh myself.  My scale ran out of battery and I will probably just buy a new one as soon as I can afford it.  

I can tell that I've lost at least a couple of pounds though.  My stomach is flatter than it was.  

Maybe not being able to weigh in right now is for the best.  I was thinking about it and for now, my clothes and a flat stomach are the best way for me to gauge if I'm losing weight or not.

I have a pair of shorts and pants that I plan on using to test my weight loss transition.  Once I can fit into those, then I know I'm golden.  

This worked for me back in 2012, when I lost over 33 pounds, which you can read about here.  

What I've Learned:  That it's okay to throw the scale away if you need to.  In my case, at least temporarily, I have to.  It's not working.

Diet Tip:  Use a Transition Food Like Oatmeal for Dietary Changes

I had to use a transition food.  It wasn't at all what I was planning while converting to mostly raw veganism.  That transition food was oatmeal.  

It seems that I am more flexible with my diet this time around, allowing myself to eat things, not on the menu.  Oatmeal, which I would have once a day, would offset some of the hunger pangs.  It made for a great transition food.

I also read up on oatmeal, only to find out that it aids in weight loss, so I was happy about that!  It was like I was cheating and being rewarded for at the same time.

Since I'm going mostly raw vegan, this means that I'll be eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables during the day and some cooked veggies for dinner.  Basically, the raw till four diet.  

Eventually, I will start weaning myself off the oatmeal and possibly add some quinoa salad instead.  Quinoa is not considered a grain like wild, rolling oats.  Therefore, I can use it for a meal at dinnertime.  I'm kinda excited about this because I love quinoa!

What I've Learned:  That it's okay to have a satisfying transition meal in between fasting and detox foods.  

Diet Tip:  Be Prepared to Go Off Your Diet for a Day or Two

I mean, it's never the goal to go off your diet for a day or two, but life happens.  I ended up with a flat tire on my car this week and the auto body shop still has my car.  There ended up being a lot more work that needed to be done to the car.  This kind of threw me for a loop.

I ended up not having time to fix my juices in the morning and waited too long to eat anything.  I was starving, after walking back and forth in the Florida heat all day, so I gave in to my base urges.  

In the past, this would have made me feel really bad about myself.  Since I was doing so much walking trying to deal with my car situation, I actually felt okay about it.  

I noticed too, that I didn't really binge on food.  Well, maybe a little the first night, but nothing compared to what I've done in the past.  

What I've Learned:  It's okay to go off your diet if a stressful life event happens, so long as you gather up your strength and get back on the horse.  That's what I'm doing today, as a matter of fact :)

Diet Tip: Never Restrict Your Fruits and Veggies

One of the reasons I hated the keto diet was because it's preposterous to me, to have to worry about the carbs in veggies.  Vegetables and fruits are nutrient dense, and many of them are water-based.  I think you should never keep any kind of fruit or veggie off limits unless your allergic to it!

While my plan was to mostly juice, I'd have about three or four juice recipes a day.  The rest of the day was spent noshing on organic carrots and hummus dip, celery and peanut butter, apples and oranges.  I made sure that the snacks I ate were wholesome.  

Yes, fruit does have a lot of sugar in it, but so what?  It's natural sugar, not sugar made in a factory somewhere.  Follow your natural food cravings to greener pastures!

I also didn't restrict starchy vegetables.  Maybe it's the Irish in me, maybe not, but having a baked potato every day made a difference.  Sure, potatoes are known for their carbs but they are quite filling!

I would eat a baked potato loaded with cooked spinach and mushrooms or natural mashed potatoes with sauteed mushrooms.  Cooked asparagus and corn on the cob also make for whole foods that will help you lose weight.

So, I didn't restrict myself from eating my veggies.  I strongly believe that the more veggies the better and going completely raw, will leave you feeling a little unsatisfied in that department.  

What I Learned:  To eat as many raw veggies as possible, but to fill up on cooked veggies too where needed.  

Overall, even though I wasn't perfect, I didn't have a cow.  I'm really proud of myself for that.  I will definitely find a way to weigh in soon, but maybe it's better to wait for a bigger reveal.  I don't know.  I do know something is happening.  My clothes aren't lighter but my tummy is flat, so that's a start!

Be sure to check back every weekend for an update and weekly weigh in on my diet.  I'm hoping it will inspire others, maybe even you, to take the plunge and start doing some intermittant fasting and eating healthier!

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