Raw Cleanse – Process & Results
We did it! Boyfriend & I survived 3 days raw. Neither of us cheated, and no one was harmed in the process. It wasn’t very long, but we’re both new to this!
If you’re curious, here’s how it all went down.. What I ate (his lunches were slightly different & snacks were increased), and how I felt each day during, and the first day returning to cooked food. Plus read about my results.
Breakfast – fruit with cashew butter & a few pecans
Lunch – giant salad with assorted veggies, avocado, sunflower seeds & tahini lime dressing
Dinner – mushroom, cashew & carrot lettuce wraps with a side of cucumber tomato salad
Snacks – chia seed pudding, flax crackers with nut butter & sun dried tomatoes, almonds, apple juice
I felt pretty hungry on the first day & ate a lot of snacks. I tracked my food intake on myfitnesspal.com. Looking back on it now, I see my calorie intake was divided evenly – almost the exact number of calories each for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks. Coffee withdrawal hit me hard. l felt really tired and foggy most of the day. My energy level dropped dramatically several times on day 1.
Breakfast – banana
Lunch – giant salad with mixed lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber, seeds & an entire avocado topped with tahini lime dressing
Dinner – cucumber slices with mushroom pepita spread & raw slaw
Snacks – banana, raw trail mix
My energy level was more stable on day 2. I didn’t feel as hungry as day 1… The whole avocado at lunch probably helped. I still felt a little foggy & tired, but better than the first day. Calories distributed most heavily on lunch and dinner; lighter on breakfast and snacks.
Breakfast – banana
Lunch – flax crackers with nut butter & sun dried tomatoes; raw slaw
Dinner – zucchini pasta with creamy garlicky tomato sauce, mushrooms, peppers & lemony green beans
Snacks – raw trail mix, pecans
I felt great on day 3! Energy was stable & I was alert. Calories distributed most heavily on lunch and dinner; lighter on breakfast and snacks. My skin was glowing. I wish I was able to continue for the rest of the week.
Making tasty raw food was a fun challenge. Balancing it nutritionally was a little tough. Funny enough (to me.. and probably only me), without planning it, I ate almost the exact same amount of calories each day. The breakdown of calories from each macronutrient was similar.. also unplanned: 10-12% from protein, 39-44% from carbohydrates and 46-49% from fat each day. I would like to have had the protein number a bit higher, and fat lower, but I found my significant protein sources were nuts and seeds. Next time I will try soaking and sprouting beans.
The day after the cleanse, I ate pumpkin flax granola for breakfast. I had eaten it every day the week before starting the cleanse without noticing a thing. It tasted fine, but left me feeling a little ill… Interesting. Leaving for work, I thought the first thing I’d want was coffee, but it wasn’t. In fact, I wasn’t craving anything at all. When lunch time came around, all I wanted to eat was salad.
I had class that night, and we worked on sweet egg recipes like meringues, souffles & custards. All involved a lot of sugar (at the Natural Gourmet, that means maple crystals). Because there were dairy products in most of the recipes, I could only taste a few things we made. Still, those few bites contained a significant amount of sugar. I quickly got a headache & became irritable. By the time I got home, I was congested and felt awful. Having eaten really cleanly for a few days, I was really able to see which foods had a negative effect on my body. It was very eye opening.
Overall, I’m down 2 pounds from the cleanse. More significant, though, is how I look. I’m shocked to see how much flatter my stomach looks, and thinner my legs look. Pants that were snug are now loose. This isn’t from weight loss, because it wasn’t a significant amount. My assumption is this is from toxins clearing my body, and reduced inflammation. Over the 3 days I didn’t have any stomach pain or mysterious bloating. Aside from fogginess & tiredness on the first 2 days, I felt good. My stomach felt great.
It has now been 3 days since going back to cooked food. I find I’m eating a lot less than I did before the cleanse. I’m also incorporating a lot more raw food into my diet, because it makes me feel good when I eat it. I’m still not craving any particular food. I’m really happy with how this went. I learned some new things, and was pleasantly surprised with the results.
Interested in the recipes? I’ll be posting my favorites in the coming weeks. Check back soon!