Eating RAW! – 1 Week Test Run

February 26th, 2009 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

In November of 2008, I embarked on an exploratory experiment as a Raw Foodist. Right now, I’m gearing up for an actual 30-day all-Raw trial, to span the entire month of March, 2009.  In the coming days and over the course of the next month, I’ll be writing a lot about the Raw Food philosophy, ‘uncooking’ recipes, and my own experiences immersed in this unique lifestyle.  

In the meantime, here is a synopsis of my original weeklong Raw adventure. Each day I recorded everything I ate, as well as my physical activities and other relevant information.  One is considered a Raw Foodist if they consume greater than 75% raw foods, which is why I allowed hot tea during my November test run.  During my upcoming March month-long trial, I will attempt a 95% Raw Food diet, sans tea.

One Week RAW!


A quintessential Raw supper - the 'Green Plate' - note, this platter is HUGE

Wednesday, 19 November:

The Day – worked an early morning shift, walked the dogs, practiced for summer ’09, ‘SAYrobicize’, no BM

  • Pu-ehr tea w/ Agave
  • 1 Braeburn apple
  • 1 head of Broccoli florets w/ Tahini
  • 1/2 bottle Kombucha
  • Peppermint tea w/ Agave
  • handful each of Walnuts and Kale Chips
  • Carrot sticks
  • Dinner ‘Green Plate’ : Red Leaf, Celery, Green Pepper, Red Onion, Tomato, half a Haas Avocado, and Cucumber, with spicy peanut dressing 
  • Chamomile tea w/ Agave

Thursday 20 November:

The Day – worked from home all day, exercised, practiced for summer ’09, walked dogs, ‘SAYrobicize’, good BM

  • saline flush
  • Pu-ehr tea
  • 1 Gala apple
  • 2 Celery stalks and 1 giant Carrot
  • Ginger tea w/ Lemon
  • handful each of Walnuts and Kale Chips, + some Raw ‘onion rings’
  • Dinner ‘Green Plate’ : Red Leaf, Broccoli, Green Pepper, Red Onion, Tomato, half a Haas Avocado, Cucumber, with spicy peanut dressing 
  • Chamomile tea w/ Agave

Friday 21 November:

The Day - worked an early morning shift, worked more from home, ‘SAYrobicize’, no BM

  • Pu-ehr tea w/ Agave
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1/2 Kombucha
  • a Pear, a Banana, a Honeycrisp apple (heaven!)
  • Ginger tea w/ Lemon
  • 1 peeled Broccoli stalk in Tahini
  • a handful each of Walnuts and Grapes
  • Green tea w/ Lemon
  • 1 Pink Lady apple
  • Dinner ‘Green Plate’ : Mixed Greens, Carrot, Cucumber, Green Pepper, and Red Onion, tossed in Tahini dressing
  • 1 Raw Chocolate

Saturday 22 November:

The Day – exercised, walked dogs, went out to a party, ‘SAYrobicize’, no BM

  • Pu-ehr tea w/ Agave
  • 1 Grapefruit, 1 Apple, 1 Pear
  • 1/2 Kombucha
  • 2 handfuls Walnuts
  • Raw Sesame+Nuts Bar
  • handful each of Raw ‘Onion Rings’ and Kale Chips
  • Green tea w/ Lemon
  • Dinner ‘Green Plate’ : Mixed Greens, Carrot, Celery, Green Peppers, Red Onion, peeled Broccoli stems, tossed in tahini dressing
  • 1 Raw Chocolate
  • Peppermint tea w/ Agave
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple (!)

Sunday 23 November:

The Day – worked a closing shift, ‘SAYrobicize’, good BM

  • Pu-ehr tea w/ Agave
  • 1 Banana, 1 Apple
  • 2 handfuls of Walnuts
  • Green tea w/ Agave
  • handful Mixed Nuts
  • 1/2 Kombucha
  • head of Broccoli (florets and peeled stem), 2 stalks of Celery, 2 Carrots, Tahini dressing and Sesame dip
  • handful Mixed Nuts
  • ‘Bedtime’ tea 
  • handful Mixed Nuts 
  • Guacamole on a Carrot

Monday 24 November:

The Day - worked an early morning shift, ‘SAYrobicize’, no BM

  • Pu-ehr w/ Agave
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1/2 bottle of Kombucha
  • 1 Apple, 1 Banana
  • Ginger Green tea w/ Agave
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Celery stalks of Guacamole
  • 2 handfuls of Walnuts
  • Peppermint tea w/ Agave
  • 1/2 Raw Sesame+Nuts Bar
  • 3 Prunes, 1 Orange
  • dinner out at Blossoming Lotus – Live Platter w/ Zucchini Pasta & Red Pesto, Mixed Greens & Spicy Nuts, Raw Pizza w/ Olives & Sundried Tomatoes, and Cashew Hummus on Flax Crackers
  • Chamomile tea w/ Agave

Tuesday 25 November:

The Day – worked from home, dentist appointment plus Novocain, ‘SAYrobicize’, 2 small BMs

  • Pu-ehr tea w/ Agave
  • 2 Pears and 1 giant Apple
  • Green tea w/ Lemon and Agave
  • 1 Apple
  • Carrots, Bell Peppers and Celery dipped in homemade Raw Hummus made w/ Zucchini & Pine Nuts
  • leftover Live Pizza and Live Pasta
  • Chamomile tea w/ Agave

End of RAW Week Wrap Up -

I feel awesome!  If Thanksgiving weren’t right around the corner, I would love to continue this experiment.  I’m already experiencing some incredible improvements in just this short week.  My skin is super moist – very clear and glowing.  I feel like I am ‘anti-bloated’, and my energy and moods have been very stable.  I feel this acute mental clarity and have been very productive, academically.  However, I do have to say my bowel movements have not been as frequent and full as I expected.  As far as comfort and consumption, some days I just couldn’t reach satiation (Saturday, Monday), and thus ate a lot trying to feel satisfied.   


But, when faced with the prospect of eating the upcoming Holiday treats, I really just keep thinking that I want to eat Raw Foods.  How awesome!


5 Days Post RAW Week - 

I was primarily Raw on Wednesday 26 November, and then Thursday was Thanksgiving.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were vacation-y, restaurant-y kinds of days.  I feel bloated, saccharine, and saline.  After just three days of eating poorly, I already feel awful again.  Interesting . . .




  • TC

    The plate of veggies looks yummy! Are you conducting this experimental diet under the direction of a dietitian or nutritionist?

  • TheOrganicSister

    I tried a 30day challenge. I’m sure you’ll do better than I did! My friend is a raw foodist. If you need recipes, her blog is

    Good luck!!


  • Sayward

    @ TC – No, no ‘professional’ direction. I consider myself well versed in basic nutrition, and connected enough to my body to know if something’s up. I’m also fortunate to have a few MD’s in my life, as well as Chinese/Asian Medicine practitioners. For me, I’m not concerned. For others attempting a RAW diet, I can make no assurances.

    @ Tara – Thanks for the blog, that may just give me some ideas!

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