Saturday, February 21, 2009

T-Minus Two Days

We've decided to officially start on Monday. In the meantime, we've been easing into our diet, experimenting with products* and recipes, and emptying our fridge of things we don't want tempting us during the next thirty days. I've been focusing a lot on guacamole, salsa, smoothies and dehydrated bananas. At the moment, we're enjoying the things we'll miss the most. As I sit here slogging down an ice-cold Surly Furious**, Kelly is bartering for a bottle of tonic water at the corner convenience store.

*One of those products

**Perhaps what I will miss the most. Goodnight, sweet prince.

All that aside, I've realistically been about 80-90% raw for the last few days. On a couple of those days, my only cadaverous, non-living food has been some whole wheat Saltines to go with the tomato salsa I made in the super blender.

I've noticed a couple things: 1) My appetite has gone down and I feel pretty good after my morning smoothie; and 2) Later in the day, I feel like I used to feel every time my parents brought me to a rodeo at the Met Center when I was a kid. People and objects appear as distant mirages, and I can't focus enough to really read and comprehend anything (as a child, the problem was more about just not knowing what the alphabet was yet). I'm lightheaded and disoriented.

I have no idea why I'm feeling off, but my guess is that I'm either: 1) Just taking in fewer calories than I'm using now, so my body has abandoned the higher brain functions in favor of basic tasks like keeping my heart beating; 2) Just missing a key nutrient that I was getting before; or 3) Going through some weird detoxification transition as conspiratorial chemicals are flushed away by fruits and vegetables and I metamorphosize into an uberhuman cherub who will begin aging in reverse.

I think I'm probably just not eating enough, and to counteract that, we're going to continue to experiment with more substantial recipes. We're also on a hunt for containers so we can begin sprouting***. More later.

***A sprouting container



  1. Jason from PittsburghFebruary 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    I'm bookmarking your blog and really looking forward to seeing how things go. I went (L/O) vegetarian on 1/1/09 and I'm interested in transitioning to vegan/raw over the next few months (by 7/1).

    I'd really appreciate it if you could go into detail on sprouting. It's something I really want to try, but I'm completely clueless on how to get started. Plus I live in a tiny apartment so I don't have a ton of room for big sprouting trays or whatever. Using jars looks like it could work for me as I have one big windowsill that would be perfect. Please be sure to mention (or link to) where to get seeds, how to construct the jars, etc.

    Thanks so much and good luck!

  2. Jason, we're probably more clueless than you are right now, but we'll post everything we learn in detail, including how successful we are.


  3. We've finally created a seperate post outlining how to make sprouting jars and successfully sprout.