365 Raw: Day 2 with “Citrus Juice”

I woke up the morning of Day 2 feeling “OK”. This is a slight improvement. I slept through the night despite napping the day before. I had periods where I felt wide awake during the day and other periods where I just wanted to close my eyes and sleep. I wasn’t as thirsty on day 2, woohoo!

This was another “down day” for me. Except for getting up early to take the 13 year old to the rink, I spent most of the day sitting in front of a fire writing and reading. I found myself thinking about my son a lot today. It was the anniversary of the last appointment we had before he died.

citrusjuicerThe Husband gave me a citrus juicer for Christmas. All it took was having him juice my morning oranges by hand once, and he was convinced I needed one. I’ve been juicing them manually for a few weeks now. I started with 4 oranges in the morning, and I’m now up to 10. After only three uses, I really like the juicer. I am getting more out of each orange. It doesn’t save time, but it does save my hands.

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My 8 year old holding dates :) Her fingers are wrinkly like the dates because she just got out of a bubble bath.

What I read: Genesis 4-7

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – HUGE glass of fresh squeezed OJ (Ten oranges juiced with electric citrus juicer)
  • Lunch – 10 Bananas blended with 8oz of water – YUM!
  • Afternoon Snack – 7 Medjool Dates
  • Dinner – 1/2 large watermelon, 1 pound mixed greens (romaine lettuce & spinach), 2 cups grape tomatoes with dressing (2 cuties & 1 cup of purple grapes blended)
  • PM Snack – 4 Cuties

watermelon2Because I got up earlier on Day 2, I had to throw in an afternoon snack. I chose dates because they are like sweet, gooey candy to me 🙂

It was more difficult to finish the big salad on day 2. The Husband and I watched Hungry for Change on Netflix with the 15 year old last night. There really wasn’t much in it that I hadn’t already read or seen. A couple of the “gurus” in the documentary are a little too “out there” for me (not necessarily because of what was said in the film, but because I’ve read up on them).  The overall gist was right on the money though, and I agreed with much of what was presented. There was a whole section on sugar addiction that I think would shock anyone who might still be “in the dark” about it. I also agree that Americans, while overfed, are still starving due to malnutrition and stress. We have a nation full of fat (and thin) starving people… Yeah, it sounds totally bizarre, but if you consider the cellular level, if you consider that our bodies ar1lbsalade desperately trying to get the right nutrients into us, but our food is void of what we need… well, it makes perfect sense that we’re overweight and still hungry.

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 2:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating) – digestion is definitely picking up 🙂
  • headaches – off and on day 2, got really bad at night, but I didn’t take advil
  • puffy hands, feet, and face (thank you, salt) – feeling less puffy, still look puffy though
  • sinus congestion – woke with some blood in my sinuses, still having some pressure
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp – still dry, but feeling less itchy
  • acne – new zit popped up… grrr
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms – even worse today
  • foggy brain
  • irritability – I got pretty upset with the dog. He was really whiny today and I told him to “shut-up”. The kids asked me more “mom, can we…” questions today… lots of deep sighing to keep from acting out my irritability like I did at the dog.
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations – more stable
  • fatigue, but unable to sleep well – slept much better, but still had bouts of fatigue during the day
  • unquenchable thirst (again, thank you, salt) – not as thirsty
  • cravings – I thought about french fries for a few minutes … but then I pictured that vat of fat from Freaky Eaters and the craving passed.
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