On June 18 I started a 30-day challenge to stay 100% LFRV.
My problem is this: after doing 811 for 2.5 years, I can't tolerate any cooked food. The slightest indulgence in even the best cooked vegan food (rice, steamed veggies, etc.) gives me a terribly painful reaction. I get these intense pains in the intestines about 4 hours after the meal, and sometimes they keep me up most of the night. This must stop!
When I'm at home, everything is fine - easy to stay 100% raw. It's the social and work situations that cause problems, usually due to lack of proper planning. So I have written a plan of action for the next time I will eat a meal out, which boils down to bringing a cooler with plenty of fruit and a green smoothie.
Days 12-17 were uneventful until last night.
Our meditation group has a vegetarian potluck dinner once a month, and my wife I came prepared with a large bag of fruit, along with another large bag of romaine leaves and a few other lfrv items. The problem happened with someone's mango and spinach salad, which looked great, but had some olive oil in it. Even after I realized this, I still continued to eat it because it tasted so good. This was not a major deviation, and didn't cause any stomach pains.
However, it taught me a lesson - you need to be prepared mentally in addition to being prepared with your own food.
My plan is to continue reading as much as I can about the problems associated with eating cooked food. Richard Blackman's article continues to be an inspiration. Victoria Boutenko's book 12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food is another excellent source. While I would not follow her specific dietary recommendations, her information about the addictive nature of cooked food is excellent.