This is my first ever blog post, I'm going to write about my journey during a raw food diet 30 day trial. I'm going to start the diet tomorrow but for today I thought I'd write a little about me, why I've decided to do the trial and what I hope to achieve.
If you've had a look around my site you'll see that I'm a Kinesiologist, so I know full well what I should and shouldn't be eating and how eating the wrong type of food can effect the body. But like many people, I find it difficult to follow my own advice even to the detriment of my health. I'm not â€œillâ€ but I'm not well either. I don't wake up in the morning with loads of energy to face the day ahead, I feel tired most of the time. My hair has started to fall out this week, great. Hopefully I'll manage to get my diet sorted before I loose it all.
In May last year I had a beautiful baby boy called Sean. Before I had him I weighed 9st 11lbs (by the way I'm 5ft3 so I was verging on overweight. He had eczema so I was trying to eat carefully as his eczema was connected to food I was consuming; I also started to exercise about 3 times a week when he was 3 months old. By January this year I had lost all of my baby weight and another 7lbs. With regard to the weight loss I was feeling really good about myself and a lot more confident but in other parts of my life I wasn't feeling so great. I found the first few months really difficult, I think he was an easy baby I just found being a Mum really difficult and tiring. I just wasn't expecting it to be so hard. When my son was 2 months old my husband had to work away so I only saw him every 3rd week which was quite difficult, I don't know how single Mums do it.
In January I started to feel quite depressed, I was totally exhausted and I started to drink a lot of fizzy caffeinated drinks and chocolate. Before I had Sean I would never have eaten more than one bar of chocolate or cake a day, I know even that's quite a lot. But these days I'd quite happily eat three a day. In the last 8 months I've put on 13lbs and 7 inches around my body and I now weigh more than when I had Sean. I can't see things getting any better until I make some serious changes so I've decided to follow the 80/10/10 diet.
During the many hours that I've spent on the internet and reading books looking for something to get me out of this rut I came across the 80/10/10 diet by Dr Douglas Graham http://www.foodnsport.com/. The 80/10/10 diet is a low fat high carbohydrate diet. 80% of your daily calories come from carbohydrates (mainly from fruit but some from vegetables), 10% from protein and 10% from fat. I'm aiming to eat about 2000 calories a day. It also involves making some lifestyle changes such as exercising and sleeping more. I will do my best to make these changes but it's a little difficult with a toddler, I will mainly concentrate on the dietary changes and anything extra will be a bonus. The 80/10/10 diet make perfect sense to me, there are no difficult recipes, menu plans or lists of foods or supplements that I need which is a bonus.
On Saturday a fellow Kinesiologist did a general balance on me where she tested muscles covering 14 meridians, she didn't fix anything as I want to do the same tests again when I finish the raw food diet 30 day trial to see if there are any differences in the results. If there are it does not conclusively prove that the diet has caused these changes but it is an indication that something has happened positive or negative depending on the results.
She found imbalances in the following meridians:
She also tested to find out if I was short of any vitamins or minerals, I will also check these again after the 30 day trial to see if there are any differences.
I was lacking in the following vitamins and minerals
In the last few weeks I have also measured my body pH which was 6.25 on all 3 occasions. This is pretty acidic which is normal for someone who eats a pretty unhealthy diet but our bodies should be alkaline. When our bodies are acidic we can become more susceptible to degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer. I also took my blood glucose level twice, at 8am on 15/08 it was 6.8 mmol/l and at 7am on18/08 it was 5.3 mmol/l.
During the 30 days I plan to update my blog daily with pictures of what I've eaten, information on the % of carbohydrates, fats and protein that I've eaten, calories I've eaten per day and how I'm feeling. Throughout the trial I will be weighing myself every day before breakfast, taking my body pH and my blood glucose level using a machine which diabetics would usually use.
By the end of the 30 day trial I would like to have lost some weight, to feel healthier and to be free from cravings for chocolate and fizzy drinks. I will aim to eat 100% organic but it may not always be possible, so if needs be I will eat conventional fruit and vegetables if I have no other options.
I decided to write a blog about my experiences to motivate me to keep going, I feel that if I don't write about it I will probably give in to temptation and have a chocolate bar or some fizzy drink. It would also be nice if I inspired someone to give a lifestyle change a go 30 days isn't too long in the scheme of things but it's enough time for us to break old habits. If anyone, is in the same boat we could always keep each other motivated just leave me a message.
I'm a total blogging virgin so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.