After nearly three weeks of high energy good feeling fruitarianism I began to feel drained and weak. I was eating plenty - greater than 5000 kcals most days. My belly hurt after each meal. My water intake was around 2 - 3 litres a day. Sleep? I was getting a good amount of time in bed although getting up 2 or 3 times a night to pee was a little annoying and I wonder if this was contributing to tiredness? My running back from the coffee shop each day became easier and my time for this little run dropped by several seconds each day.
After 3 or 4 days of feeling progressively weaker and a growing obsession with the concept of boiled root vegetables I broke my 5 and a half week old raw diet. After 2 or 3 days of this I was feeling re-energised, but I'd also lost that buzzing lightness I had on the fruit.
While I miss this lightness I'm happy to say that this change back to some cooked veg has given me some grounding: for the five weeks of raw I had been virtually unable to meditate. I dutifully sat every morning and some evenings attempting to meditate, but my mind was bubbly and fickle and I couldn't hold my focus regardless of which technique I attempted. This was a major down side to my raw diet as I get great benefits from meditating and these benefits were absent for this period.
Speaking to people I know who have tried raw diets (although not 811) I know I am not alone in this lack of groundedness. Freelee says her mind is sharp and Harvey says the unfocussed mind of raw foodists comes from the excess of fat in the diet, but I barely touched 5% of calories from fat on the odd day I ate a few grams of nuts, and on most days it was less than 3%. So, why the giddy head?
I'm not saying this diet doesn't work, and I don't pretend 2 weeks is long enough to be making judgements or drawing any final conclusions. I'm simply logging my experiences here.
So where now? I love the sentiments and attitudes of the people here and find the arguments for this diet persuasive, but I'm not into forcing a regime endlessly when it isn't working for me. I've been eating a fruit breakfast for years now, so that will of course stay (although I'm now in the habit of having a much bigger quantity of fruit!). I'm still having another fruit meal most days - that is I'm having 1 or 2 cooked meals a day. So I'm not back to where I started. The main change in habit is that I'm still keeping my fat intake low - much lower than the nut-munching diet I had previously. It's hard to monitor when I've eaten out, but I'm still more or less 811.
I intend to eat just fruit (and leaves) at least one day a week, and on most of the other days to have at least 2 meals fruit while all the time keeping the fat low. I'm thinking I will probably dip into a pure fruit diet temporarily from time to time, and perhaps I will extend these periods indefinitely, but I am not intending to apply strict discipline in contradiction to how my body and mind are reacting.
Where I am now with my diet is quite a change from my previous diet. I gave up meat 23 years ago and gave up dairy 3 and a half years ago. Now I'm low fat and eating much more fruit. Perhaps in the future I will transition to RV811 permanently, but I am happy with where I am now - with the changes I've made. I'll still keep one eye on 30BAD as I am interested in other people's experiences and, generally, with this whole RV811 thing :)