Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 4 of 15 of Special (mostly raw food) diet

Looks like my diet is finally starting to paying off. By far the "Best day" ever in the recent times. 
  • Woke up at 5.45AM. 
  • 6 Yoga Classes instructed.
  • 1 hour in the gym.
  • 20 mins cardio.
  • No after-noon Nap
  • No idle time
  • Now it is 10PM
Still high energy! And finally no headache after 2 days.

The food intake today:

Breakfast: 7 Bananas (split over 3 installments starting from 6.30AM)

Lunch: Cabbage-tomato,-curd-salad (Pre workout).
1 protein shake + 3 egg whites + 2 Glasses spinach juice (Post workout) .

Dinner: 1 spinach juice + Pear + oat-milk-honey 
+ 2 cups of coffee (a small indulgence).

The real high points were i was able to maintain my motivation level on every task i took up and was living today with incredibly HIGH ENERGY LEVELS.  I was able to motivate my team and the people around. There was no sign of laziness, like, at all. A whole new level of involvement and aggressive actions towards my targets in various projects (work and personal life). The clarity was incredible and easy flowing.

The best of all, i have taken classes with a whole new level of involvement. 

Things i generally don't do after a long day of work (say after 9:30 PM) which i did today:
  • Working on ways to improve my targets.
  • Spend time with a person to discuss their goal (i did this with a client today after the last session).
  • Spend time to write this blog, which i am doing now.
  • Run in the park for 10 mins, which i kinda did (the park was closed, so went up and down 12 stairs for 10 mins).
  • Going to bed happily with the knowledge that day well spent.
The credit to this definitely goes to this new diet.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My 1 week Experiment on Special Diet (21 to 27 December 2012)

I always wanted to try eating raw vegan foods for some trial period and see how the results are as i had heard a lot about it. But for various reasons i thought of sticking to partial-raw healthy diet first. So i thought of trying for 1 week period to see if i will be motivated to stick to it before committing to longer time period. 

I successfully completed sticking to the healthy diet for 1 week. It meant  no potatoes, no oily chicken, no wanton fries, no momos, no KFC chicken, no pastries, no CCD melting moments etc. When i shared this experiment with friends, they wanted to know my experience and results. so here it goes..

Period: 7 days. 21-Dec-2012 to 27-Dec-2012

Stuffs that i consumed are split into breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Break Fast: Cut Fruits + Milk + Honey, sometimes bournvita + honey
Lunch: Protein Shake, 4 or 5 Egg whites everyday with Boiled Vegetables or cut raw vegetables, some factory product soup - chicken delite or tomato soup
Dinner: Raw vegetables or fruits or Oats+ Honey + Milk, boiled vegetables, soups, Subway (chicken) sandwich

Fruits: Banana, Grapes, Apple, Pear, Orange, Pine Apple, Papaya, water melon, 
Vegetables: Cucumber, Tomato, Radish, Beetroot, Cabbage, Onion

The Experience: the good and the bad.

Day1 was normal. 

Day 2 and 3 were very lazy. I was feeling sleepy through out the day. I was not feeling motivated to work at all. I skipped working out. I was irritated. Had mood swings. Vegetables (salads) for lunch seemed like punishment. Above all this, "friends" all of a sudden started posting photos of tasty pastries, etc.

Day 4 and Day 5 was really good. I was feeling very motivated towards workout, my work, during the classes. I got tired during the classes initially and some mood swings (of frustration, irritation) present here and there.
However, there was a certain mental clarity towards my goals and was feeling very alive despite various challenges which i had never experienced before. The major difference in this area i found is that earlier, when confronted with challenges in life, i used to recede back to my safe zone - reading books, watching TV shows/ Movies.. however in these 2 days particularly, i was able to consciously choose to do the "right thing" and take action towards challenges rather than settling doing "the convenient thing" and let the "to-do" list to pile up indefinitely.
People had started mentioning about certain "glow" in my face.

The Benefits:
  • Aliveness
  • Lightness
  • Motivation
  • Facial Glow
  • More Toning difference showed up in my muscles
  • The most important benefit is that i am finding more and more people got inspired and wanting to try this out
  • If you are living with many people and you are the only one trying this diet out, DO NOT ENTER THE KITCHEN.
  • Meditate and Keep reminding yourself everyday of the intention of this "stupid" experiment
  • Declare it in Facebook. On my day 1, friday evening, after my classes, the thought of KFC chicken pulled me towards chucking the experiment. But ever since i declared in facebook, many started following and looking up to the experiment and results. So i didn't give in to the urge. If will power runs out, fear of looking weak will get the job done for you.
  • Dinners are the worst challenge. Ask your cook/ friend to make something for you before you take a whiff of whats already cooked for others in the kitchen.
  • Keep something ready to eat always. You will get hungry more often.
  • Have lots of bananas kept all the time for instant energy.

I made this a short spanned experiment one because i slowly wanted to shift to this kind of diet and also i wanted to freak out at the new year's party ;) . I actually mixed some unhealthy items (like factory product soups, wine, etc) in a very less scale (about less than .05%, in my girlfriend's terms). I am proud of this experiment though! And major chuck of credit goes to Rachana.

I am planning to do this diet, a little more rigorously, for 2 or 3 weeks this time. Mostly from Jan 11 to Jan 24, 2013. I already have 2 or 3 more people joining me. Just let me know if you will also join. We can share the variety of fruit and vegetables recipes and also keep each other inspired and motivated!