Today was wonderful. I felt very energetic and alert the whole day with scattered bursts of low-level euphoria. The diet seemed muchÂ easier to follow, and I didn’t feel nearly as much resistance as I did duringÂ the past few days. I’m not completely in love with it, but at least I’m not hating it.
I did my best to incorporateÂ lots of greenÂ veggies today, includingÂ a pound of spinach. That may have had a positive effect on my mood.
My appetite was higher than usual this morning. I had a strong craving for green smoothies, so I drank 4 liters of them today. They do a great job of satisfying hungerÂ while controlling cravings for non-raw foods. They’re very tasty too.
Setting new records
I broke two of myÂ records today. First, I broke my one-day banana eating record. I ate 19 bananas, about 4.5 pounds worth. 16 of them were mixed into the green smoothies I drank.
Secondly, I managed to do 36 push-ups today. That’s a new lifetime personal best for me. My previous record was 35. This is interesting because I’m still lagging well behind my peak strength in my chest (which I reached last summer), butÂ my muscular endurance is noticeably higher than before this trial. When I do weight training at the gym, I can do a lot more reps than I’d normally expect with the weights I’m using. My muscles just don’t seem to give outÂ as quickly. I’ve gotten a little stronger during this trial too, but the muscular endurance gains put the strength gains to shame.
I can see why this diet attracts a lot of endurance athletes.
The bad morning breath is pretty much gone as far as I can tell. It was really nasty for a while, but now it’s no worse than before this experiment.
I still detect no blood sugar problems whatsoever. My blood sugar remains incredibly stable no matter how much fruit I eat.
I continue to get a lot of feedback about this experiment, both in the forums and via email. It’s almost getting ridiculous though because everyone is voicing wildly divergent opinions about why I’m experiencing certain negative effects and what I might do to correct them. I’m sure everyone believes their advice is sound. I’m not planning to change the constraints of this experiment as I go along, but I can see many ideas for future trials.
Please forgive me if I don’t personally respond to your feedback. The volumeÂ isÂ more than I can keep up with.
My weightÂ went up 0.4Â poundsÂ to 177.8. Net weight loss isÂ 8.2 pounds inÂ 23 days.
2 bananas (190g)
169Â calories, 0.6g fat, 43g carb, 2g protein
- green smoothie: 4 bananas (444g), spinach (94g), 1 cup water
- blueberries (180g)
- blackberries (196g)
- 2 stalks celery (76g)
614Â calories, 4g fat, 152g carb, 12g protein
- green smoothie: 4 bananas (448g), spinach (102g), 1 cup water
- green smoothie: 4 bananas (438g), spinach (114g), 1 cup waterÂ
838Â calories, 4g fat, 210g carb, 16g protein
- salad: mixed greens (158g), spinach (40g), cucumber (74g), grape tomatoes (126g), avocado (110g), lime juice (18g), lemon juice (18g)
- veggie juice made from carrots, apple, celery, lime (16 fl oz)
- 3Â stalks celery (124g)
445Â calories, 18g fat, 70g carb, 11g protein
Even for a colorblind person, these meals lookÂ colorful and visually appealing.
- green smoothie: 4 bananas (448g), spinach (90g), 1 cup water
- Asian pearÂ (298g)
- 2 stalks celery (50g)
552Â calories, 3g fat, 139g carb, 9g protein
1 banana (100g)
89Â calories, 0.3g fat, 23g carb, 1g protein
2708 calories, 29g fat, 638g carb, 51g protein
814mg sodium, 105g fiber, 333g sugar
9% of calories from fat, 7% from protein, 85% from carbs
For a while my physical energy was stuck in a yo-yo pattern, but I eventually got through it. Now it seems like my motivation is going through a similar oscillation. Perhaps my mind is following my body.
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