Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Raw Diet Day 1 - Just after lunch

My main blog is beginning to get some serious traffic now. In the last couple of weeks I have never been below 40 visits a day and I have had one over a 100. I have responded by lavishing attention on it in a way I have never done before, but now I need to get back to my other blogs. None of these are getting any visits beyond the odd random one. I somehow need to get more energy from somewhere to keep them going. Well I guess we would all like a bit more energy so I was surprised to find a reference on Steve Pavlina's blog that his raw food diet was giving him so much energy that he was finding the surplus to be a problem. Steve is an interesting and prolific blogger on a wide range of subjects most of which have to do with personal growth, interpreted in the broadest possible sense of the word. One of his interests is diet and he often mentions that he is a vegan. Most people would regard that as a fairly extreme way to eat. But his latest diet is one step beyond that. Last January he ran a thirty day trial of a raw food diet. Since then he has apparently been keeping it up with some lapses. I don't want to steal his thunder and he takes these things a lot further than I think I am ever likely to do so if you are interested you will find a lot of detail on his experiences on his website. As I said, Steve Pavlina is a vegan and also has a reasonably unconventional lifestyle as he supports himself pretty much via income from his blog. Like most people I have a day job. I also have what I think is a pretty conventional diet. I eat meat, fried food, drink tea, consume alcohol and I like the odd cake. I probably eat fewer sweets than most poeple, but I make up for this with a conscientious committment to barbeque flavoured Mini-Cheddars. I have a bag of these most days. Two sometimes when I am bored. Another unusual feature of my eating habits is that I have a cooked breakfast with bacon, eggs toast and tomatoes most mornings. I don't think it would be possible for me to get up one day a become a vegan. It might even be medically unwise to unilaterally impose something so radical on my digestive system without warning. However, I do like the idea of more energy and I am aware that there probably is room for improvement in what I eat. So following Steve's cue I am going to adopt a new eating regime and document my experience with it on a day to day basis. My approach is going to be that I am going to try and incorporate a large amount of raw food into my daily intake. I am going to build it up over time, and I am going to continue eating conventially at least some of the time. However, this is an experiment so I might vary what I am doing over the duration. This morning I tucked into a hearty cooked breakfast consiting of a fried egg, two rashers of locally grown bacon (absolutely delicious!) some tinned tomatoes and toast all washed down with a cup of tea. At tea time in the morning I enjoyed a jam donut to help celebrate a colleague's birthday. As I was rather conscious of what I was eating I eat the apple I had brought for lunch straight away afterwards to sort of clear my mouth of sugar. Lunchtime represents my first raw food meal. Some raw cabbage, a few cauliflower florets and a couple of carrots. I then ate an enormous banana, and settled down to blog about it. How do I feel? Well no surge of energy yet. I will say though that the meal was a lot more satisfying than I imagined it would be and I am certainly not craving my normal savoury biscuit treat I usually have about now.

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