Going Raw 30 day trial – initial prep

by Crystal on February 16, 2009

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Raw Food Trial

Going Raw 30 day trialAfter that mammoth week last week of unexpectedly long posts, I’m going to try to keep things a bit shorter this week.  I do have an idea for another series, but I’ll hold off for a week or two to let you guys catch your breath first ;)

It’s taken me 3 months, but I’ve finally convinced my bf that he can survive a month without us doing our usual eating out together of a weekend, so I can do a 30 day trial of the raw food diet.  I plan to start on 1st March.  The timing works out well, since the night before, a Saturday, we’ll be able to eat out together as a kind of farewell to the routine.

Now, I’m getting into the preparation stage.  My checklist:

  • Baseline: Get my cholesterol etc checked before I start (I’m due anyway)
  • Picture: Get a ‘before’ photo – I’ll get him to take one on the Saturday night.  Since the diet’s been kinda going downhill since Christmas it really will look like a before photo :(
  • Research:  I’ve been following Steve Pavlina’s blog, and he recently posted an update to his raw food diet that gave a couple of links to resources.  One of them he specially recommended for beginners.  Having seen the author talk on the forums there, and knowing I like her way of thinking, I clicked through and bought it.  For the curious, the book is “The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide” by Laura Bruno.  I’ve printed it up, and it looks good so far (I flicked through and started reading last night), but that’s my train reading for the next couple of days…
  • Commitment:  I’m posting this intention publicly.  Ideally I’d like to find at least one other person I can buddy up with, preferably in or around my area, but whether that happens or not I’ll be sharing with you, here.
  • Planning:  After I’ve gone through the Guide I’ll be planning out the first week’s menu.  I want to have it done at least a week beforehand so I can find any stockists I’ll need.  There isn’t a lot of raw food stuff that I’ve seen around locally downunder.  There might be some in Sydney, but I don’t live in the city, so I’ll just have to hunt down what I can.  I haven’t heard a lot about the raw food diet in Australia – down here when you talk about going raw, it means something else entirely! ;)
  • Support:  Besides looking for a buddy offline, I’ve heard there are a fair few raw food communities online.  I’m going to surf through a few of them and join up – that way if I need help, or come across something unexpected, I can follow up on it with others that know what they’re talking about.

I’ll post back in a few days once I’ve finished off the book and worked out the next couple of steps.  They won’t involve buying a Vita Mix blender at this stage, which a lot of raw foodists seem to be obsessed by.  Nor will I be getting a dehydrator.  Since the consensus on both pieces of equipment is that you need to go for top quality, that’ll be down the track if I end up continuing on – unless someone has one they want to donate to me? [hopeful look]


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

curiousjessica March 2, 2009 at 12:44 am

Congratulations on getting your raw diet underway. Just be careful you don’t get deficient in vitamins that a raw diet doesnt provide. You might have to take a supplement. And remember some cooked foods are actually better for you – tomatoes and carots for example.
Are you speaking with a doctor or dietitian? These raw diets can be dangerous to go on without medical supervision. One of the things I have noticed is that the raw diet isn’t for everyone – see Erin Pavlina’s blog (steve pavlina’s wife) for her take on the raw diet and why it didnt work for her.

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Crystal March 2, 2009 at 9:06 am

Thank you for your concern. The short answer: Yes, in my pre-diet planning I saw both a doctor and a holistic health practitioner (couldn’t find a dietitian who knew about raw foodism) – they both continue to monitor me, and they both have those blood tests that I posted up for their take on any changes at the end. I’ve also made some great connections in the raw community that I can draw on if I need them.
I’m probably being more conscious of balancing my diet doing this than I was (and most people are) just ‘eating normally’. In any case, I think the only way to know if something’s right for you is to try it, so that’s what I’m doing ;)

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Kristen's Raw February 16, 2009 at 7:37 pm

AWESOME!!! Congratulations :) I can’t wait to read about your journey. My blog has a number of recipes and tips and tricks that you might find useful.

Cheers and Good Luck :)

Kristen

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Becky February 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm

I too am trying to become more healthy and have just started implementing a great raw food diet outlined by Susan Schenck titled,
“The Live Food Factor.” This book is full of great recipes. Some are not only delicious, but easy and FAST to prepare. The book is worth its price just for that one recipe! I love your plan of action- outlined above and if you don’t mind, think I will copy your idea. Thanks for the great tip!

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Crystal February 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

Definitely! Feel free. I’m discovering that reading raw food books gives you so much more than recipes myself – getting some fantastic insights from the one I got on Steve Pavlina’s recommendation.

Kristen, thanks for the tip, I’m planning on checking out your site along with Lionel’s and a few other tips I’ve got over the weekend.

This is turning into an AMAZING journey. Glad you guys have chipped in! I appreciate all your help.

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leonel February 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

thanks for the info love it. check this wesite out http://www.rawpeople.com/?utm_source=A&utm_medium=B&utm_campaign=C they helped me out alot and they have other people that can keep on motivating you.

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