LBS Lost: 8 pounds as of DAY 21! I had a goal of losing 10 lbs going into the Challenge, but have to admit, I really didn’t do much working out, so I’m pretty happy about 8 – Was probably the most effortless 8lbs I’ve ever lost!
How I’m feeling: Excited to eat some cooked food! I’m hoping to take with me some of the new recipes I’ve tried, and stick to eating as clean as possible. I got a compliment this week that my skin looked like it was ‘glowing‘. WHAT! I’ve never heard that before, so I attribute it to fully the 21-Days-Raw! I could tell about halfway in that my skin had a smoother texture so it was nice to have someone else notice.
All-in-all, this was really a great experience and I’d likely do it again! I think next time it’d be easier to stick with if I had a family member or friend going through it with me.
The one downside I found of eating Raw is trying to be social and eating out with non-raw friends. It’s really hard to find raw options at most restaurants (at least in my little three week experience) unless I want to eat lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad with oil/vinegar everywhere I go :(
That being said, one thing I was surprised by is how much variety is actually in a raw diet – when you make things yourself! Aside from Storm & Jinjee’s plan, I did lots of searching online and found so many fun recipes! Some I still need to try (Like this one —> Raw Mac)!
My Advise to Anyone Thinking about doing the challenge or starting it!
- Look up Raw Cashew Recipes! Those have been my favorite! Raw Cashew Cheese and Cashew Tacos were both amazing!
- Be aware of your protein, and just make special note of how much of it you’re eating. I kept track of my daily protein intake and did feel like I was lacking a bit in that area. In normal non-raw-challenge life, I’m vegetarian, so I still eat things like cooked beans, lentils, and tofu for protein, without some of those staples I did find getting protein a little difficult. (Not saying it can’t be done! Only saying it’s something you have to make a point to get in every day in with this diet!)
- DON’T just go out and buy everything on the shopping list before DAY 1 without looking through the menu! I did this and didn’t use a lot of my produce since I didn’t like a few of the recipes. Look at the menu before the week starts; make a new shopping list for yourself customized with YOUR week one plan. There’s a chance you won’t like everything on the menu. Or, in my case, had to make substitutions because I didn’t have certain appliances, like a blender.
- Write down everything you eat everyday as suggested in the overview! It does help you stay on track when you write everything down AND for some extra accountability, share on a blog, OR if you’re really brave, share your blog with your Facebook friends so they can follow along with you on the challenge!
…. now I just have to figure out what my NEXT food challenge will be! ;)
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