I am a Raw Food Runner

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I have to admit, I HATE tracking my food! Even though SP makes it as easy as possible (I've entered all sorts of favorites and food groupings), I still cannot bring myself to track for the long term. Its been over 2 years since I started on SP. I have lost about 20 pounds. Much of this progress was made by receiving a lot of support from my awesome health coach. Even with these great tools and support, and despite enjoying a light running program, I recently have been at a standstill (reason? see the first sentence of this paragraph).

On 9/11/2011 I made the decision to start eating a raw food diet. This decision feels like a natural progression of my years of nutritional study, beliefs, and an organic lifestyle. And it comes with the possibility of never tracking again! My plan is to be about 80% raw - so in order to escape tracking I know I will need to use common sense for that other 20%. I have been on this plan for just one week. So far, its been easy and fun. And I've lost 2.3 pounds! At the beginning of the week, I felt hungry often. But every time I responded with produce or high-protein dairy (that's in the other 20%). That's another thing I don't deal with very well... feeling hunger. On this raw food diet, I can always respond with food to end the hunger. Surprisingly, about 3-4 days into this plan, I was suddenly a LOT less hungry. Times when I felt I ought to be ready to eat a big dinner, or a hefty post-workout snack, I just wasn't hungry. From what I've read, this could be due to getting so many more nutrients out of the food I'm eating (none of the minerals or enzymes have been cooked away). I have truly enjoyed embracing this new lifestyle. I hope to stick with this for the long term (without being one of those over-the-top raw-food fanatics). I writing this blog entry to mark the beginning of this journey.

ps. the title of this blog post is my new mantra
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    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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