Day 4: Success! That wasn't so bad, now was it? :-)
In true detox fashion, I woke up from another food-related dream (I was ordering food at a rooftop bar) and to another 1.5 lbs released...wow. I do want to emphasize that losing 6 lbs in 3 days is NOT typical, but it does reflect that I made some poor eating choices the prior week (I'm not perfect either!) and the excess weight fell off as soon as I started nourishing my body mindfully with clean foods in the appropriate amounts.
I decided not to workout this morning and my body appreciated the break. My arms and legs were ridiculously sore from 3 consecutive days of hot yoga and I enjoyed "sleeping in", waking up at 6:40am without any assistance from my alarm clock and fully relying on my body to tell me what time to wake up. Tomorrow will be another 5:10am morning, so I'm glad I got to catch-up last night.
So I had originally wanted to steer clear of this topic, but my results were so amazing that I really want to share it with all the ladies out there. My week of erratic eating contributed to some of the worst PMS I'd ever had. But as soon as I started this raw food detox, my symptoms went away and I've experienced zero "that time of the month" cramping, zero cravings, and zero bloating...amazing! I've had similar experiences in the past where eating a high raw diet during certain times of my hormonal cycle alleviated my usual symptoms. Anyways, if you're someone who gets bad PMS or severe menstrual cramps, you might want to take a look at your diet. Avoiding (or at the very least, significantly reducing) caffeine, alcohol, sugar, salt and greasy/heavy foods around your cycle should make you feel better.
So now what? Well, I am enjoying feeling lighter and am not craving anything in particular. I am taking a flight in a couple of days, so I think maintaining a high raw diet for these next few days will be beneficial. I don't like feeling "heavy" when traveling and I want to make sure I continue eating nutrient-dense fruits and veggies to keep my immune system up in case there are people coughing and sneezing around me on the plane.
Thanks for coming with me on my raw food journey :-) Every time I do one of these, I am reminded that even just 1 or 2 days of giving my digestion a break by eating lighter foods makes me feel so much better, in both mind and body. It's okay to feel a little bit hungry. It's okay not to feel stuffed after a meal. Be gentle with what you nourish your body with and appreciate the eating experience. Eating this way makes me feel more connected to my food and to myself. I always feel like I have a "clean slate" when I get off of it too. This afternoon, my friend told me that I was glowing...that comment made my day! What an incentive to continue nourishing myself with a healthy lifestyle!