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Just had around 2.5 weeks of having cooked evening meals.  Low fat vegetable soups with plenty of roots.  I'm really seeing the difference, now, between this and full 811rv.  I wanted to go raw again about a week ago but I didn't have enough ripe bananas :(  It's the old problem of needing to wait 5 - 6 days for them to ripen.  Now my banana collection can sustain me and I'm glad to be back online.

The reason I went to cooked meals this time was a week-long tummy ache.  I'm still not 100% sure why, but I think my body had enough of dates.  When I began cooking I also stopped eating dates almost every day - there was precious little else apart from dates and bananas at the time.  Then, on the couple of occasions I've had dates since, I've had that belly discomfort again.  Squashy medjool dates and soaked deglet noor dates both did this.  I'll test this theory again before giving up totally on the dates.  This makes the challenge greater for me as dates are really useful for staying rv, but part of me is happy because I don't really like dates that much any way - not like other fruits.

Thankfully, the late summer in the UK has bought a plentiful supply of organic berries (straw, rasp and blue) and grapes in the supermarkets (and the best organic raspberries ever that I picked up at a farmers' market in Blackheath, London).  And papaya and organic watermelon have been good too.  So I've been making the most of this while it lasts and before long I hope to leave the looming winter behind and trip to the tropics for some proper food :) :) :)

This is day two back on raw and I'm feeling so much better already.  The cooked evening meals (oh, and occasional rye bread toast) were delicious but made me sluggish and heavy-feeling.  My spontaneous breaking into a run as I walk down the road stopped with the cooked food, too.  My energy levels are still way better than before I started this journey around 5 months ago, but raw is another level again.  There's a thing that happens when I set out on my bike:  for the first 30 seconds or so my quads ache, then the ache goes away.  This has happened for years.  When I went raw, this disappeared.  When I was having cooked evening meals, it came back.

Having a body that feels 20 years younger is easy to deal with :)  The change in my style of consciousness is trickier as the old mental habits try and keep themselves alive though they don't fit in to my new head.  Emotions are more vivid, too, as the sedative comfort of cooked food is removed.  This can be challenging but I love these challenges - I know I'm growing in positive ways and relish the journey.  Bring it on!

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Comment by Tom on September 23, 2012 at 6:00am

Your web site looks cool :)

Comment by Tom on September 23, 2012 at 6:00am

Hey I just commented on your other post :)

I've felt sluggish the next day but not ill, and I stuff myself if I have soup ... so I don't know.  Experiment, I guess.  Cassava, yam, sweet potatoes, ...

Another thing to try might be to have half a fruit meal followed by half a cooked meal - I find even a little cooked food can be warming.

Good luck!

Comment by Tom on September 21, 2012 at 8:46pm

Cheers Lisa :)

Comment by Lisa Dee on September 21, 2012 at 8:54am

I hear you on the date thing.  They are useful because they are the one thing you don't have to wait forever to ripen, but yech...not really loving the dates.

"My spontaneous breaking into a run as I walk down the road stopped with the cooked food, too."  That's one of the major reasons I'm putting up with the hassle of buying so much fruit - the incredible "I can't sit in my chair another minute!  I must get up and move!!" feeling.  Never experienced this on any other diet.

Good luck!


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