High Raw Food Diet Challenge - Day 22
(Growing Raw Health)
I open myself up to miraculous health.
I’ve had a solid increase in my energy and lifted my outlook on life over the last three weeks. The pick-up was rapid but seems to have plateaued after the first week at about 8 out of 10 on my subjective daily rating system. I think the last 1-2 points are all about coffee.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think coffee is evil, and I love it! Even when I’ve removed coffee as a daily habit I still enjoy it occasionally.
However, when I’m aiming for peak
health, coffee needs to go for a number of reasons:
- Daily coffee is an addiction and I don’t like the dependency.
- Coffee gives me skin break-outs and holds me back from my green smoothie glow.
- Coffee leaches calcium from my body.
I had confirmation of the last point recently when I received the results of a hair sample analysis. I had the hair sample analysis done by Interclinical Laboratories in Sydney as a baseline for comparing my health before and after eating high raw. I was surprised to realise my calcium levels were at the lower end of the acceptable range. I’ve just wound up breastfeeding my son, which would also contribute to the result, but I know that my diet is generally well supplied with calcium. The culprit is most likely to be coffee.
Not only was my calcium level low, but my calcium/potassium ratio was out of balance. Either the bananas or the coffee have to go, and I can’t live without bananas, so.... looks like my December health challenge is reducing my coffee intake as much as I can.Day 22 High Raw Food Diet Menu
Breakfast: Green smoothie (spinach, rockmelon and banana). 1 apple. Coffee with soy milk
Morning tea: Ladyfinger banana. Leftover green smoothie.
Lunch: Avocado with spicy sauce. 4 raw falafels with hommus. 2 spirulina crackers with raw peanut butter.
Afternoon tea: ½ cup cooked sesame tofu. Garden carrots and sugar snap peas.
Dinner: 3 spirulina crackers with coriander dip. ½ mango. Fruity smoothie (pineapple, organic coconut milk, banana and ginger). Chamomile tea. Day 22 Ratings
Raw calories: 80% of approx. 2200 calories