I have now officially been eating 80% raw or more a day, for one month. What an accomplishment!
The benefits I have felt over the last month are :
An increase in energy and an overall feeling of well-being.
A weight loss of 10.5 pounds.
More days of mental clarity and sharpness.
Food cravings, especially for sweets, are almost totally diminished.
The downfalls I have felt the last month are:
I cannot think of any, really really!
I do still have health concerns. I am continuing to have irregular menstrual cycles. I had my first cycle last month for seven days, then a week and a half later, I had a second cycle for seven days plus ? (it is not quite over yet)… Two years ago, I did a green smoothie and juice cleanse for 17 days and for three months afterwards, I had normal cycles (yet during those three months I ate whatever I wanted and then I started having abnormal cycles again). At that time, I was also 40 pounds lighter than I am now. I know a womans menstrual cycles have a greater chance of being irregular, if she is under or overweight. Estrogen is stored in fat. Being overweight, I have too many fat cells and too much estrogen. I also know many toxins are stored in fat, so I know I have a good share of toxins in my system. I need to let my body cleanse itself and to release some extra weight.
That all being said, I have decided to start a Green Smoothie and Juice Cleanse (I also have an herbal kidney and liver cleanse I am doing along with this). This is something I have been previously postponing for many months. I just had no motivation to start a cleanse. However, the change over to raw foods and the benefits I have felt, has brought on a need to go to the next level in regards to my health, particularly for the benefit of my entire female system. I want to clean out my system, just like any good car owner would care for his vehicle, by changing the oil and filters. Most Americans take better care of what they put into their vehicles and how they care for them, than what they put in their bodies. I am way overdue!
I don’t know have a time frame for this cleanse… A week, 10 days, 21 days, 30 or 40 days…??? I have considered all the numbers. I believe we should have goals to make something work, but I don’t have a number in mind yet… I am sorta feeling, I will let my body dictate how long it should go for…
So I will keep you posted! ~ Rose