So, we are into our second week of eating RAW here at the Davis house. I must say, the first week brought on some surprises that I did not expect. The first surprise came from my mother-in-law, who stayed with us the first half of the week. I should have suspected that she was very concerned that the kids were going to get enough “nutrients” when she kept bringing up the fact that I was having the whole family go raw.
It turns out she couldn’t sleep at all Sunday night, and woke up early Monday morning to make the kids some breakfast before I got back from the gym! We had to have a little private “Granny & Me” talk, and I had to assure her that the kids were not at risk, and would be getting ample nutrients and protein. Let me add, she was not the only one concerned! My mom was also concerned that I was going to starve the kids. What was so surprising is, never have they been so concerned with a lack of nutrition when I’ve taken the kids through McDonalds. The idea of just eating raw fruits and vegetables exposed their fear based misconception that one can not get enough “protein” and “fat” in his or her diet eating a plant and fruit based diet. I must note, the kids are not going completely raw, but they are eating FAR less meat than they normally do.
Another surprise was how much I did not miss meat. Don’t get me wrong, I still like meat. My body did not miss it, though. I also. thought I’d be more tired but the opposite effect had happened. I did not have to take naps during the day (I think I only took one 15 minute nap all week), and my body was not as sore after my long rides and runs. I road 50 miles on my bike, and ran 6 miles on Saturday and felt no soreness on Sunday. My legs were very tired, but that’s to be expected. Tired, yes! Sore, No!
I did get a little headache on Thursday (and I don’t get headaches). The experts say that headaches are very common in the first week or two, as the body adjust and re-calibrates itself. It went away by Thursday evening.
Lastly, going RAW is difficult, not because of the limitations in food choices. In fact, food choices are only limited by your imagination (there are a lot of fruits and veggies, and an infinite amount of combinations and there’s youtube which surprisingly is a very good “how-to” resource). What makes it hard is the preparation (and that’s only because you must get used to thinking differently about food, and what new foods are available to you). Having a food processor is a must, and I can see why using a food dehydrator would be very useful because it opens up even more ways to prepare your foods.
Well, its on to week 2. Until next week…
KEEP IT REAL RAW!
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Daddy Does It Raw
P.S. Annett will be posting one of her favorite recipes from Week One Tuesday!
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