365 Raw: Day 90 with “Orange/Strawberry Smoothie”

Ninety days! I’m doing a little dance. These past 90 days have been rather interesting. I feel like I’ve been on an emotional and physical roller coaster some days. I’ve gone through phases of things that I like, and things that I don’t. The thing that I’m most into right now is my orange/strawberry smoothie. YUM! Inspired by Megan Elizabeth’s winter smoothie, it’s super simple. I juice 8 oranges and blend that with 10 ounces of frozen strawberries. This has become my favorite “lunch” lately. I just love it! So, if you’re needing a new twist on orange juice, give this a try. Sorry, I don’t have a photo because I already drank it today lol. Trust me, is lovely to look at and to taste.

strawberries and orangesAntibiotic update – I’m really not enjoying taking them. I feel like I’m “off” a bit, they taste yuck, my stomach feels yuck, lovely monthly showed early, and I swear that they knock me out. I’ve been sleeping sooo much these last few days. I am glad that my mouth isn’t hurting though.

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What I read: Judges 3-5

What I ate:

  • 6 bananas, 4 oz Kale, 4 oz spinach, 24 oz strawberries, 34 ml wheatgrass juice, 8 oranges juiced, pickles & kale chips

What I did: more rest

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 90:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – root canal 3/22/2013
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 89 with “PJs”

I think I’ve been in my PJs since I got home from the dentist on Friday… yes, I have. I’ve needed the rest. Of course, tomorrow starts a really busy week, so I’m taking advantage of PJ time while I can.

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What I read: Judges 1-2

What I ate:

  • 6 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 12 oz strawberries, 11 oranges juiced, 4 cuties, 6 oz apple juice, kale chips, 1 small pickle

What I did: more rest

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 89:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – root canal 3/22/2013
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 88 with “Sleep”

I’ve been sleeping a lot since yesterday’s root canal adventure. I’ve been a bit behind on sleep lately, and it feels like my body is trying to catch up now that I’m not in pain. I did throw up most of my smoothie (and antibiotic) this morning because I didn’t time my meds correctly. Not fun.

On the upside, I haven’t been eating overt fats these last few days. My digestion has been fabulous and I’m feeling far less bloated. I’m sure this, coupled with being pain-free is helping me to sleep so much better.

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What I read: Joshua 16-24

What I ate:

  • 5 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 34ml wheat grass juice, (but I threw up half of my morning smoothie) 17 oz strawberries, 8 oranges juiced, 16 oz apple juice (because I was afraid I would throw up my meds if I took them with water)

What I did: um, slept a lot

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 88:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – root canal 3/22/2013
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 87 with “Castaway”

Yesterday’s crying on the floor of my bathroom wishing for death wasn’t a good place to be. Last night was rough. We have multiple pair of figure skates in this house, so you know something is seriously wrong when you start thinking Chuck Nolton’s (Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway) solution to tooth pain begins to sound reasonable.

castaway-5toothMy dentist was out of the office today so the Husband got me an appointment at an emergency dental clinic. Ugh. After some x-rays and “tooth tapping”, I needed a root canal. I really didn’t want to do the root canal, but I was so sick of being in pain.  Not long after the drilling began, the doctor noticed a fracture in my tooth. I’ve suspected my tooth was cracked for a long time, but the other two dentists I’ve mentioned it to blew it off. She said that more than likely the fracture is what’s been causing me the most pain all these years (about six years) and now it’s badly infected. Lots of dollars, Novocaine (it wears off on me super quick), and drilling later, I’m home without part of my tooth (she removed it to see how deep the fracture went) and some antibiotics. I am not excited about taking antibiotics, but by the time I got to the dentist I had a fever and chills. We’re not finished with this whole process, but I’m hoping that the pain part is over. I think I was ready to resort to whatever it took to make the pain stop… yes, even by enlisting the help of my daughter’s figure skates. On the plus side, at least I haven’t started talking to volleyballs yet 😉

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What I read: Joshua 9-15

What I ate:

  • 5 bananas, 4 oz Kale, 4 oz spinach, 34ml wheat grass juice, 17 oz strawberries, 13 oranges juiced, 6 oz apple juice, 6 oz coconut water

What I did: spent a good part of the day at the dentist’s office

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 87:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – root canal 3/22/2013
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 86 with “Extreme Pain”

So, the mouth pain went from sort of bearable to extreme. Spent most of the day after TKD class popping ibuprofin and trying to nap between flare-ups. Oh my word it hurts. Will probably have to get in to see a dentist tomorrow.

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What I read: Joshua 5-8

What I ate:

  • 4 bananas, 4 oz Kale, 4 oz spinach, 34ml wheat grass juice, 12 oz strawberries, 8 oranges juiced, 6 oz apple juice, 6 oz coconut water

What I did: TKD class (1.5 hrs)

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 86:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain – yikes, it’s back
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 85 with “Pain”

My mouth started hurting again in the last couple of days. It’s as though it’s going through these phases where it feels really good and then feels really bad. I’ve had to take ibuprofin because otherwise I would not be able to function. I’ve been to the dentist multiple times over the past five years and have asked about this tooth pain. Two different dentists have not been able to figure out what’s wrong with it. I felt like it was healing, and although the pain isn’t as bad as it was, it’s hurting again and I’m hoping it doesn’t become unbearable. I’ve taken a mirror to my mouth and can’t see the cause. I’ve thought for a long time that the tooth was cracked, but neither dentist confirmed this. Pain gets really old after a while. I’m starting to understand why my grandfather would tell his dentist to “just pull it” when his teeth would hurt. Of course, I have a feeling that had to do with money too.

Overall, my teeth are much whiter and far less sensitive than they were. I just wish this one issue would clear up for good. Lord, I need some healing.

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What I read: Joshua 5-8

What I ate:

  • 2 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 34ml wheat grass juice, 34 oz strawberries, Kale chips, 2 small pickles, 10 oranges juiced

What I did: paperwork

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 84:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 84 with “Pull”

dog-pulling-leashI’m noticing that the pull of cooked food is less and less as the days pass by. I remember watching a YouTube video of Michael Arnstein, that made me think if I could just make it to 90 days then perhaps the “pull” would lessen. A few short days from that mark, I would say it is absolutely true. The standard American fare is so addicting, it’s no wonder that people keep going back to poor eating habits. The only way to break addictive behavior is to stop feeding that addiction. I think the other draw to SAD food is that we are nutritionally starved in general. Because our bodies believe we are starving, we crave calorie dense foods all the more. And so the cycle continues.

For the most part, I don’t really care what others are eating around me anymore. Eating is no longer the “event” it used to be for me. It’s also no longer one of the things I use to “drown” my sorrows, emotions, or stress. Even television is losing it’s luster. Yes, I watch, but I can get up and leave in the middle of a show, not caring one bit how it ends. I’ve been in much prayer about my television consumption over the years, and I really believe there was a strong link between my former diet and TV.

I was so discouraged a few days ago because I felt like my size had stalled these last couple of weeks. The Husband told me that I needed to trust the process. This led me to think about the positive things that are changing. The diminished pull of SAD foods was one of those things that encouraged me in that moment. I’m not doing this to lose weight, although I hope that will be a positive side effect. I am hopeful that healing will continue to come to my mind, body, and spirit through this journey.

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What I read: Psalm 91; Joshua 1-4

What I ate:

  • 5 oranges, 5 bananas, kale chips, 16 oz fresh OJ, sweet potato “chips”, pickles, AJ

What I did: walked around a mall

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 84:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 83 with “Cues”

listenI feel like I’ve been forcing myself to eat some days. It is quite difficult to find the fine line between calorie restriction and calorie forcing. After watching a couple of videos by Megan Elizabeth yesterday and reading an article by Don Bennett, I really feel I need to just “let it be”. I don’t think I’m gaining weight, but it does seem like the weight loss has stopped (or has ridiculously slowed). I keep reading that people who eat this way should drop weight rather quickly, although I know it is different for everyone. Initially I thought that I should take the advice given on 30BaD and up my calories again (which I did by adding to my morning smoothie). I’ve actually felt heavier the last few days. After doing some more research, and listening to other successful raw foodists, I think it is flawed to make a blanketed statement that all women should be eating 2,500+ calories every day, regardless of activity level. I also think it is flawed to eat for a calorie deficit every day. So, where is the happy medium? We need to eat what our body requires, nothing more, nothing less. I believe I should be listening more closely to what my body is saying instead of worrying that I’m restricting or forcing. I’m not in the beginning stages of raw where you have to make yourself eat a higher volume of food just to get in enough calories, so I should be able to listen to my body’s cues… at least I hope so. I’m considering tracking calories for one week just to see if staying within Dr. Bennett’s calorie recommendations will make a difference (he also recommends 80/10/10). Additionally, I’m considering not “drinking” my food for the next week. It is so easy to push in more food in liquid form. Of course, the temptation to weigh is enormous. I’m going to discuss the possibility of a “blind” weigh in with God and the Husband. Basically, all I want to know is if changing things up this way makes a difference… but I don’t want to step on the scale if it is going to hinder the journey I’m on.

Are you looking to make some changes in 2013? Check out The Journey for more information.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 25-34

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries, 34ml of wheat grass juice)
  • AM Snack – 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – 1 banana, pickles
  • PM Snack – Apple juice

What I did: 1 hour TKD class

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 83:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Days 81 & 82 with “Conflicting Information”

I’ve been thinking about changing the format of my weekend posts, simply because I would like to have a day or two off from blogging all the little details about this journey 🙂 So, since a friend asked my thoughts regarding a post she read, I thought I would address that out here for my days 81 & 82 post.

The question the author intends to answer is “Are green smoothies good for you?” She is completely right to say that not everyone agrees on the health benefits of green smoothies. My thought on this is, “well, of course they don’t.” Things would be far too easy if all the “experts” agreed on what’s best for human consumption. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of all the confusion.

Often, the bulk of the confusion comes when we focus on just one aspect or component of something without looking at the whole picture. For instance, she cites that the “oxalate content of some greens can cause kidney stones.” Ok, so, that might be a valid observation in some study somewhere. Oxalate or oxalic acid (as mentioned in this post) is singled out for some reason, but what about the rest of the diet of these people plagued by kidney stones. My experience has been that people with chronic kidney stones don’t eat a lot of greens. Most often they eat a lot of meat and dairy. This was me before cutting out meat and dairy 18 months ago. Since then, I’ve had green smoothies almost daily and I’ve stopped having kidney stones. Do I think green smoothies magically made my stones go away? No. But, I figure if it was oxalate in the greens I rarely ate causing my stones, then I certainly would have an increase in stone activity with my increase in green intake, especially already being prone to them, right? Apparently not. I often feel like we’re “tossing the baby out with the bathwater”. We hear “oxalates” and “kidney stones” (which are sooo painful by the way), and suddenly greens are to be avoided?

Although the post is about green smoothies, she talks about raw vegan diets being bad for digestion (certainly not what I’ve experienced, although maybe some do) and the need for fat (particularly full-fat dairy) to uptake vitamins. I respect her thoughts on it, but I don’t entirely share the same view. Many people are thriving on a raw food diet, and so I certainly couldn’t dismiss it as “bad” for you, like so many do. I’ve spent a lot of time out here talking about the raw food diet, so I won’t dive off into that pool today.

Yes, you will find studies that show cooking your food is better, and you will find studies that show raw food is better. Whatever you’re against or for, you can find something that will back up your reasoning. You’ll find studies that focus on one nutrient alone, which will cause people to run out and buy bottles of the stuff in the hopes for lower cholesterol, better moods, weight loss, better thyroid function…etc. And then there are the “studies”, “articles”, and “blog posts” warning us of naturally occurring substances in veggies that may or may not be harmful in a whole food setting, and we shun them. Honestly, what it really comes down to is common sense. Whether you cook your food or not, whether you believe you need dairy to uptake vitamins from your raw veggies or not, what we’ve lost sight of is the “whole food”, common sense aspect. Americans eat foods laden with chemicals, hormones, and toxins, but we tell them to turn their nose up at a natural green smoothie because someone says it might cause kidney stones in some people? Experts argue over whether cooked or raw is better when what we should be saying is, “just eat them”! However your body tolerates them best (cooked, raw, blended), just eat your fruits and veggies. People don’t need more excuses to avoid organic, living fruits and veggies. We’re easily tempted to avoid them without any help whatsoever (we’re “lovin’ it“, right?). I enjoyed what Sue Kemple said in her post, How Green Smoothies Devastated My Health:

“Big Macs will devastate your health.  Diet Pepsi will devastate your health.  The regular consumption of highly processed pseudo foods, eating pints of ice cream at a time, smoking cigarettes and choosing a sedentary lifestyle will all devastate your health.

But green smoothies?  Not a chance.”

Sue is addressing a different post than the one my friend asked me about and she goes on to say, “Hysterical hyperbole like what we find in this post only serves to confuse and distract from the basics of living a healthy, happy life, which aren’t confusing at all.  Eat real food, drink lots of water, get your rest, move your body, and do what you love in your work and your life.”

Although I personally can’t agree with Holistic Squids take on the meat/dairy and raw veggie thing, I do agree that we shouldn’t get caught up in dietary fads. As she points out, “Green smoothies are not going to forgive all your sins, so if you’re still eating a diet high in processed food, you are only scratching the surface on your way to optimal health.” I completely agree! Is it a step in a more positive direction? Absolutely, and we should encourage those making these brave steps. I also believe like Sue, Squid, and Sarah, that we need to listen to our bodies, which is rather difficult to do when we’re hopped up on processed food.

One thing this raw journey has done for me is to make me more aware of what my body likes and what it certainly does not. For example, my taste buds think raw cashews and raw cashew butter are awesome. My stomach, however, thinks they are a bloating, gaseous nightmare. I wasn’t able to recognize these signals when my gut was full of so much other junk. My husband, on the other hand, has no issue whatsoever with cashews – Ok, so not everyone is exactly the same, and what works for one, may not for another… but we already knew that (are you saying, “duh”, me too).

Personally, I’m tired of all the conflicting information and constantly second guessing what’s “healthy”. I’m tired of wondering if a “diet guru” or “scientist” or “industry” has some ulterior motive for promoting something. We need to take a step back and say, “what makes sense”? Eating fresh, whole, real foods is an undeniably healthy practice. The last thing we should feel conflicted over are fruits, veggies, and greens. If we listen to what our body says when we eat them, and respond in kind, do we really need to make it more complicated than that? I don’t think so.

365 Raw: Day 80 with “Energy”

Eighty days in! I’m really surprised I’ve made it this far. Skimping on the calories yesterday (not on purpose) bit me in the rear when it came time for my run today. I felt really sluggish. So, I tried to eat more today in the hopes of helping myself out a bit tomorrow. Over the past few days I’ve beefed up my green smoothie slightly by adding another ounce of greens & a third banana. Of course, as I mentioned yesterday, I also added wheatgrass juice. The wheat grass juice tore up my tummy a bit today too. I’ve read that this can happen when you first start taking it. I’m hoping it’s temporary.

Other than the run, I felt better today than I have lately. More alert. I don’t know if it’s the wheatgrass, or if it’s all in my head, but I am hopeful that more “feel good” days are coming.

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What I read: Missed today

berriesWhat I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries, 34ml of wheat grass juice)
  • AM Snack – 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – bowl of strawberries & blackberries, Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • PM Snack – apple juice & Kale chips

What I did: 2.51 mile run with the dog

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 80:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth