This is a couple of days late in coming but I’ll be making a couple of posts a day till I catch up.

Challenge: Eat Nothing But Raw Fruits, Vegetables, nuts and seeds for a whole 30 days and document any changes.

Day 15 was a Friday and I had a thought on the purpose of this diet and it’s long term application.

I’ve switched up my diet countless times over the last few years. The easy part is to do these challenges but what’s the point if you can’t implement it in the long term?

I’ve come to the conclusions that incorporating a high amount of raw food in your diet is essential for the mental, physical and spiritual health of every human being,

I don’t want to do this 30 days and switch it back to eating junk like I used to.

Also, it’s a very difficult diet to sustain during social settings. I can get away with eating small salads and things but when I’m invited to birthdays and dinners, especially in our indian culture, it’s difficult and rude to say no to food cooked specifically for you.

So I’m going to modify this challenge a little so by the end of it, I’ll be able to keep going.

Since we’re at the mid way mark this is the perfect time to do that.

Modified Challenge: Eat a minimum of 2,000 calories of Raw Fruits, Vegetables, nuts and seeds for a whole 30 days and document any changes.

Eating 2,000 raw calories fills me right up. 2,000 calories is like 5 x 750ml smoothies. That’s more than 3 and a half litres of smoothie!

If I were to eat that then I’d be able to control small portion sizes when I go out. A small piece of cake at birthdays or half a meal at a restaurant.

I have a friend that always go’s halves with me since portion sizes in Australia are so big, it works out perfectly.

This way, I feel like I can maintain the diet once it’s over and still get the energy benefits of eating a predominantly raw diet.

So with that in mind, somewhere around midday I had my first cooked meal in 15 days. It was nice to eat cooked, warm foods again.

I had half a plate of rice and chicken curry.

The rest of the day, I continued to eat raw food and didn’t really feel much different from the cooked meal.

I think the body does a good job of getting rid of unwanted food sources but we overwhelm it with too much food that it needs to shut us down or put us to sleep to digest it all. Having 2-3 plates of foods or a massive burger with fries and coke puts in 2,000+ calories in the one sitting! No wonder we feel so crappy.

This diet is now manageable and I feel I’ll continue feeling great and still have a stable, non-socially awkward diet.

I also lost a few pounds so far. It might be good for those that need to lose weight but for me, it’s not good at all.

I need my weight to spar and compete. losing too much weight will set back my boxing training!

Anyway, overall, I like this diet now.

I had pretty much the same as what I’ve been having the last 14 days.

  • Plate of fruits
  • 2 x banana/strawberries/avocado/almonds/chia seeds
  • Protein balls, (almonds/walnuts/dried apricots/dates)
  • fruit juice

And of course the small plate of rice.

Energy levels were still high and mainly positive throughout the day. I didn’t feel the effects of the rice at all, probably because I didn’t have much.

That’s all for this update.



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Written by Mateen