Day 14–Raw Foods and the Garden

posterToday is day 14 of having only juice, nuts, and seeds.  I did have a “raw” snack bar yesterday after the gym, and despite my trepidation, it was really good.  It was a Raw Revolution Raspberry Chocolate bar stated to be 90% raw.  I will more than likely pick these up when hiking in the future.  Other than that, it is still carrots, celery, apples, oranges, lemons, and ginger.  I do have the occasional grapefruit, orange, lemon juice, but only a few times a week.

I did pick up some Chia seeds this weekend to add to my juice.  Strange little seeds that swell up and turn gelatinous when left in the juice too long.  A little motivational poster is on the left.

I was having a few energy issues the first week of my new diet, but those have past.  What I find is that while I have quite a bit more mental energy and clarity, my stamina was not as great as previously.  Yesterday and today at the gym however, all has returned to normal, and I actually did more exercises than I usually do.  So, things look good for now.  One possible negative effect is sleep.  I sleep well, but I either cannot fall asleep or I wake up early.  I also wake up very tired, but feel great by the time I leave for work.  I hope the small negatives change as I really need to sleep more, though I did wake up at 8:30 yesterday after a fairly good nights sleep.  Anyway, 16 days left before I re-evaluate my diet to see what I go from here.

The garden is almost through for the year.  We had our first frost last night, but no plants were damaged.  Garden_25Sep11_DSCF0873Planning is already underway for next year, and there will be a few modifications to what and how much is grown.  I will more than likely plant less cabbage, which I grow only because it looks good, more carrots, more spinach and baby Bok Choi, and a different type of pea.  I may plant only snow peas, or include just a row of shelling peas. 

I am currently in RSH 9102E (Research Design) at Northcentral University.  I have this class, two more research classes, an my comps to do before I start on my dissertation.  While all of my previous classes (33 hours) have been moderately difficult, the current batch of classes are becoming quite difficult.  I just turned in my Theoretical Framework paper and I have no idea what the reception will be.  And, to make motivational factors into consideration, I am not sure if this will be my last class.  At the completion of this class I can obtain another Masters, or I can decide to continue on and “attempt” my PhD.  No idea yet.

I think what is making this difficult is the complete change in thinking processes and writing style.  I feel that rather than reporting on others work, I am creating my own work.  Maybe I just need to get used to the changes. 

Oh, and I have lost 13.4 pounds in the last 14 days….

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