My original plan was to be completely raw for the entire month of March. Based on some advice here in the forum, I reconsidered and decided that maybe trying to go completely raw overnight instead of transitioning gradually might not be a good idea. (Thanks, guys!) Given that I'll have the stress of both changing jobs and moving during the month of March, it seems like a particularly bad time to also be dealing with intense & random detox symptoms.
So, I decided that "high raw" would be my goal for March. No particular percentage; I'm sure it will vary from day to day. I don't know what the guidelines are for what constitutes "high" raw and what doesn't, I'm mostly concerned with being substantially more raw than I've been in the past and improving as I go.
Basically, for the entire month I'm going to eat raw all day every day... plus I'm allowing myself one cooked meal or cooked item per day if I feel having one. So far, the transition has been easy and the detox has been mild.
Since I didn't start this blog at the beginning of the month, I'll update what's been happening so far:
Last Friday, I attended a Living on Live Food chef certification class. It was an extremely small class, so my instructor was able to do it as a totally hands-on class rather than a lecture and demonstration. We really had a lot of fun, I learned a bunch, and I also came home with some tasty treats. So yeah, I'm now an official raw food chef... at least, as much chefdom as one can acquire in 6 hours.
Tuesday, I got the "your application has been approved" phone call for my new apartment, and I pick up the keys next Tuesday. Yay!! I'll still be near Houston, but a bit north in a town (suburb) called The Woodlands. The area is way more bicycle-friendly than where I'm living now, so I'll probably be getting one soon after we move. I'll also be able to walk to the grocery store and for a lot of my other errands and won't have to drive nearly as much as I do now, which I'm happy about.
Yesterday, the raw cacao, blue agave and raw maca I ordered arrived. That's right, a whole POUND of raw maca! I haven't quite figured out what to do with them yet, but when I do... I'll post it. I have sampled a few of the cacao beans straight out of the bag with a little squirt of agave... by the third one, I figured out they were in a shell and they tasted much better after that.
Other than that, there's just been a whole lot of smoothies going on.