Hey everyone! I know it’s been a few days since I’ve posted. I actually ended up feeling really sick (again) and just haven’t felt like posting. I guess I never got rid of my bronchitis because I felt enormous pressure in my chest and even had difficulty taking a deep breath. It was pretty scary but then my cough came back which really alleviated the pressure. I’ve read it’s normal for the cough to linger for weeks after you get bronchitis so I’m just going to bear with it for now and see how I feel in a few days.
It got me thinking though. And I’m actually really afraid to say what I’m about to say because I think it’s weird so I can’t imagine how you are all going to react. But I decided that I need to really focus on eating in a way that is most efficient for my digestion and hopefully that will lead to some healing. I decided that I’m really going to try and eat (just about) fully raw for the summer. Not just any raw program though… I’m going to attempt to try the 80 10 10 Diet.
For those of you who don’t know, 80 10 10 is a low fat raw diet. You eat fruit all day and a huge green salad at night. Overt fats are consumed in limited quantities. I’ve researched this diet for months and months. I honestly think it’s weird but I’m kind of desperate. After 6 doctors, 2 MRIs, Xrays and a CT scan with nothing to show for it I really need to focus on healing my body through diet.
There are some really appealing things about this raw diet that I think will lend well to success. First, the reason I failed at my previous raw diet attempts was the fact that it took forever to make everything and plan. On this diet there is less prep and planning is a lot easier. I think that the fruit meals are a lot easier to prepare and a big salad won’t take too long to make. Second, I really really love fruit as you know so I won’t mind eating it. Lastly, I’ve seen a lot of videos from two ladies who have seen success living this lifestyle (links are later in this post) and they look healthy and happy. Their skin glows, they are super active and both were very sick prior to adopting this lifestyle.
I also understand that there are probably questions and concerns re: this diet. First, yes I’m aware that this is really weird and kind of crazy. I don’t want to be the weird chick eating a shit load of fruit. But at the same time, I don’t want to be in pain every day either. I’m aware that it will certainly affect me socially. I’m not really telling people “in real life” that I’m doing it… we’ll see if they notice.
Second, I am aware of how much I’m going to have to eat. I’ve considered this a lot and I have made some plans of ways to get all of my daily caloric needs met. You can bet I’ll be eating large portions of melon, large smoothies and calorie dense fruits to meet those needs. I am also aware that it can potentially get very expensive. I have a plan that should hopefully keep the cost down to what I usually spend for a week’s worth of groceries (my weekly fruit choices will depend on the sales at the store – and bananas will be a staple!).
I’m also approaching this with a healthy mindset (at least I think so lol!). I’m not going to be super militant about it. If my family is going out to dinner I’m not going to sit at home because there may not be a big raw salad available. If I have to eat steamed veggies or whatever I’m not going to beat myself up. I’ll just choose the healthiest, cleanest option available. I am also walking into this knowing that this is not going to be a permanent change. I’m going to take it one month at a time with the ultimate goal being three months (until my birthday). Then I’ll see how I feel and will probably start adding grains, etc. back into my diet. Part of my timing with this is knowing that this is probably only possible for me to do in the summer.
Now as you recall, I cooked some beautiful food and bought some yummy stuff at the grocery store earlier this week. I am not a fan of wasting food so I will be easing into this new diet over the next week or two but adding in fruit meals while I finish up my cooked food. Once I finish my cooked food I’ll be adding in the large raw salad for dinner. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been researching this for a long time (I’ve read the book as well as watched all of Megan Elizabeth’s raw food videos and Kristina’s raw food videos) so I have a pretty good plan of how I want to approach this.
Who knows, I could try it and hate it after two weeks. I’ll never know until I try. I wasn’t really going to say anything about it on here because I know that it’s a pretty controversial diet but I figured you’d all see a pretty big difference in my meals and know something was up. But for now, I’ll be finishing up my cooked food and slowly transitioning. I hope you’ll all stick around and cheer me on while I am on this journey and help me end the three month with my 30th birthday celebration.
I hope you don’t think I’m nuts. But if you do it is what it is I guess. I’ll be back tomorrow with a Fun Friday post and it’s a post you won’t want to miss! I promise I hope you all have a great night!