If you are thinking of cheating, read this first:
I have been as close to 100% raw as possible for over 2 months. I survived a vacation to Disney, detox, exhaustion, and other unpleasent things along the way….along with losing 12lbs. I really wasn’t “suffering” at all eating “cheese burgers”, “brownies”, smoothies and other delicious treats. And for the past couple weeks my energy was picking up and I was feeling great.
Then I planned an overnight trip…and I did it half-as*ed. I knew there would be no restaurants to eat at so I had to pack everything. I packed all fruits and stuff for a salad. The thing I didn’t plan for was the 4 hour trip either way and eating in the car. The way down was good…but on the trip back I had just had some fruit for breakfast and an hour into the drive I was starving. I had nothing but dried fruit to snack on and it wasn’t filling me. The thought of eating a salad was unappealing…let alone having to stop and make it. So what did I do? I opted to stop and get a hoagie at a gas station with gluten and cheese (which I have an intolerance to). It didn’t taste good but it was certainly filling. Too much so. It felt like lead in my stomach. I tried to get over the guilt-trip but unfortunately the exhaustion and agitation it caused me kept reminding me of it. On top of that, I had gained 7 pounds in water weight from eating it. Yes, 7 lbs! I already lost 4 of it over 5 days but what a set back. And a week later I am still suffering from exhaustion.
Needless to say, I learned that it isn’t worth it to “cheat” by eating SAD foods…and I also learned to pack more satisfying, varied, and readily available foods for travelling in a car.