Friday, March 27, 2009


We've been eating extremely unhealthy foods for the past month or more - stuff I had really gotten away from eating, like Chicken McNuggets and cheeseburgers and fries and chips. I had been doing pretty well before - I wasn't losing weight, but I was eating mostly vegetarian, and lots and lots of fruits and veggies. Too much bread and pasta and butter and oils, but at least soda and processed chicken parts were no longer a part of my daily diet....

I eat when I'm stressed, when I'm sad, when I'm celebrating, when I'm bored - you get the idea. When I'm packing up my house and moving, healthy eating is generally too much to ask of me. I know this is bad, and I know this leads to my body feeling horrible. I'm sure part of the reason for this ungodly sinus infection is because I hadn't had a single healthy thing to eat in weeks.

But now that all that fun stuff is behind me, I'm attempting a raw diet. I've done it in the past - briefly, for about a month - but I really felt great while I was on it. It was a good way to kick start healthier eating habits then, and I'm hoping to do the same thing now. Most of the weight I'd lost over the last few years has slowly found it's way back home, and it's time to do something about it.*

Tuesday, the adults of the house started raw. Our commitment is for two weeks, and then we'll re-assess.** I'm finding it's much easier to stick to soemthing like this while living with other people who are doing to do it with you. (MM was a steak and potatoes kind of guy, and he would have no part in the experiment.)

So, day four into the whole thing, and other than some hot tea one day and organic brown rice (vegan, even!) sushi, I've done well. Other than the bread*** I haven't even felt like I had to try that hard to stay raw. (Although, there's home-made bread in the other room, and I swear to you it is summoning me as we speak.) I haven't even had COFFEE for four days. Considering all the coffee and coke and diet Dr. Pepper I'd been guzzling before this, that's quite an accomplishment.

I do find it odd though - going from all caffeine all the time to nothing, I'd expect some side-effects. Maybe they're building up, waiting to burst forth at some inopportune moment. I'll let you know, should that be the case. In the meantime, I'll take it as an sign that my body was sick of the garbage I'd been giving it, and happy for the change.

Wish me luck, everyone. It's not easy for me to eat healthy, as my ass constantly reminds me. I need to make some permanent changes. Hopefully this will get me started with a healthier, more whole way of eating for good.


*Hopefully this will last longer than my half-marathon training plan. And by plan, I mean I walked for a week or so, skipped several days, started over, and then gave up all pretenses of doing it and deleted all records from my blog sidebar.

**I originally typed re-assess as reasses. Which amused me because I instantly tried to use re-ass in a sentence. As in, "I've re-assed since I stopped exercising." [Thank you everyone, I'll be here all week!]

***I swear I start to salivate every time I think of it. Home made bread.....Mmmm.


Zayna said...

Good for you. It's not a piece of cake (pun totally intended) to make healthier eating choices.

I think I too would be waiting for the side effects if I quick caffeine altogether.

Glad to hear things are going well.

SuziQ's Daughter said...

If we lived near each other Lisa I could help you with the sushi fix. I am an addict! Laugh, but its the God honest truth! Good luck and if it works out let me know. I need a change in my life too!

Lisa said...

Sheri - ha ha ha! :)

Michelle - Mmmm. Sushi! I love everything I try, but I'm still not brave enough to try all of it. If I'm ever out your way, you can show me the ropes!

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