Hello all, my name is Ryan and I'm located in Arkansas. About a year and a half ago I decided to step up my diet(not as bad as the SAD, but far from great) and activity level(which was about average). I've been disappointed with my results for a while(or lack there of), and after about a month of Insanity(a fitness program) I decided that while there were a few things holding me back(like stress and lack of sleep) the only one I can really control is nutrition. So I decided I'd try 100% raw for 30 days(I'd like to try it for 60 days, but I don't think I can afford it for that long).
Anyways I also thought if I'm going to lurk here or offer my input, I may as well introduce myself; so hello.
Hello Ray! How are you doing on raw? If you find 100% raw too expensive try going high raw/wholefood- that's what I'm doing- far better than being on processed.High raw for me is getting my fortnightly £20 organic fruit and vegetable order then having other produce like some organic rice or lentils, some organic peanut butter, beans, ryvitas, tinned organic tomatoes to go with it.
I'm doing fine thus far(no different, but I'm only on day six), though I did break 100% raw. I was having some trouble meeting my caloric/nutrient requirements, and spending more than I estimated, so I bought some juice and frozen vegetables. Though not my original goal, I figure it's better to get them not 'raw' than not at all. I'm still having a little trouble meeting all my nutrient requirements, but I'll keep working on it. I've been far less active the last two weeks than normal, and I figure lacking a little bit of this and that is fine for the short haul(of course, not keeping track of the long haul I really don't know what it looked like either).
It takes time to get used to a new way of eating. I'm high raw which means for me some cooked wholefoods with salads, or the evening meal cooked. I was feeling cold today (it's really cold here for August) and really wanted a bean and veg stew, so I made one. It was about 90% organic and very nice. Got some saved for tommorrow.I might have it with salad or organic rice. It can be more expensive raw/wholefood but I think it is so worth it to have a better diet and better tasting food! I spend £20 a fortnight on organic fruit and vegetables. Best wishes to you!