Today was definitely one of the best. I slept well last night and didn’t have any trouble getting up. I felt a little sluggish during my morning aerobic workout, although it was nothing serious. On the way home from the gym (6:15am), I started feeling pretty good, and I felt great for most of the day with a very steady, even energy. I wouldn’t quite call it euphoric, but I felt happy, mellow, and motivated.
I seemed to enjoy the raw food meals much more today. I wasn’t bored with the food and was happy to eat this way. I didn’t crave cooked foods today, but they still look perfectly edible to me.
I don’t feel like today was a struggle, but this way of eating doesn’t feel quite normal and intuitive to me yet. I still have to think a lot about what to eat.
While working on my book today, I found it extremely easy to focus and concentrate. The work seemed easier than it should have been. It’s hard to describe the sensation, but I felt like I was smarter than usual. I was stuck working on a challenging part about emotions that seemed to present two options for how to write it, but I didn’t like either option. This was really the only part of the book that bothered me because I didn’t feel like I’d nailed the core truth I was going for yet. I was only scratching the surface. I was about to make a choice anyway when I had the intuitive sense that I could push beyond to find a third option. I was doubtful because I’d already tried every creative trick I know on this problem, and it was only leading me in circles. But within a few minutes, a whole new way of looking at the topic opened up to me, and it was precisely the vantage point I was looking for. It incorporated the best parts of the original two options while transcending their weaknesses. By the end of the day, I had that whole section worked out, and it was a beautiful reflection of what I wanted to express.
I enjoyed this heightened sense of clarity throughout my workday. It’s like I could see deeper into each section I was working on, and I noticed subtle connections between ideas I didn’t previously see.
I can’t say for certain whether this was diet related, but I’d love to have more days like this. It made some otherwise challenging work seem almost effortless.
I almost felt like the guy from Lawnmower Man. Hmmm… I hope that isn’t an omen of what’s to come.
My weight stayed the same at 179.8. Net weight loss is 6.2 pounds in 13 days.
I asked Erin if I looked any different, and she said, “Nope!” She did point out that I seem to have a few new pimples though. My skin is normally very clear, but I got two new pimples on my face in two days. Yuck!
1 Fuji apple (188g)
98 calories, 0.3g fat, 26g carb, 0.5g protein
4 bananas (428g)
381 calories, 1g fat, 98g carb, 5g protein
I wanted to get an early start on my work, so I opted for a simple breakfast. I also wasn’t as hungry as I usually am at this time.
- 1/2 cantaloupe (438g)
- 2 small peaches (214g)
232 calories, 1g fat, 56g carb, 6g protein
- fresh juice made from 1 apple, 1 beet, 6 carrots, lime, and ginger (14 fl oz)
- salad: mixed greens (130g), cucumber (78g), avocado (120g), grape tomatoes (106g), lime juice (12g), lemon juice (8g)
407 calories, 19g fat, 59g carb, 8g protein
Since I couldn’t find nutritional info for this particular juice concoction, I estimated it as 5oz apple juice plus 9oz carrot juice and used the nutritional info for that. I’ve made this juice many times before — it’s my all-time favorite combination.
Here are the ingredients I used to make the juice. I eyeballed it just right, since the juice filled the one glass perfectly.
7 bananas (830g)
739 calories, 3g fat, 190g carb, 9g protein
- salad: mixed greens (84g), spinach (36g), cucumber (52g), grape tomatoes (106g), avocado (40g), lime juice (10g), lemon juice (10g)
- okra (54g)
153 calories, 6g fat, 23g carb, 5g protein
This is basically the same salad I made for lunch. I liked it so much that I wanted to have it again.
This is the first time on this trial I’ve had salads with no real dressing except fresh lemon and lime juice. It was surprisingly good. I liked this even more than the tahini-based dressings I’ve been using. I’ll definitely have more salads like this.
3 tangelos (358g)
170 calories, 0.4g fat, 43g carb, 3g protein
2180 calories, 32g fat, 494g carb, 36g protein
354mg sodium, 73g fiber, 290g sugar
12% of calories from fat, 6% from protein, 82% from carbs
A very good day overall. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll continue to enjoy this positive state instead of crashing again.