This morning, I woke up surprisingly fast for having only slept 3 hours. That’s right, I went to sleep at 3 am and woke up at 6 am. Although I did not wake up before the alarm clock rang, I jumped out of bed fairly fast. I took care of the hygiene and measurements, then headed to the kitchen. I’m glad I changed to the simple raw food philosophy, which involves me eating raw food that doesn’t take too much time to prepare. I certainly gained some time by eating simpler meals.
Although I like having more time, I don’t know if I will stick with the simple raw food philosophy in the future. This philosophy drastically reduces my food choices. That may be all right in the short term, but not if I plan to incorporate this diet into my way of life. I am currently eating whole raw foods in order to gain some much needed time for a few speaking engagements I have over the next couple of days. Today I spoke in front of a group of 14 people. That’s not a lot of people, but it is a start.
As you can see from the picture, I want to keep things simple. Just peel and eat. And measure and document of course.
- organic bananas (591g)
- organic grapefruits (683g)
I was able to eat this whole meal in around 15 minutes. The preparation time was around 3 minutes max. That time was spent peeling the bananas and grapefruits. This meal energized me and I was fine until lunch.
Near lunch time I started to space out a little. I was experiencing some spacing out effects much like I did on Day 3 of the diet. There was no mental fog, but at times I had thoughts that I wanted to communicate and if I did not verbalize them right away then I lost them. Normally when this happens, my thoughts came back after a couple of seconds, but this time they were gone for good.
- mixed salad: organic and romaine mixed salad (230g), organic spinach (60g), organic orange bell peppers (225g), organic tomatoes (170g), organic onion (40g)
- salad dressing: organic avocado (105g), banana (65g), 1 T spoon lemon, 1/4 cup water
After lunch I was in a normal state again. I could definitely tell I was not as sharp as I had been up until this point. This is to be expected because I had only slept 7 hours in two days. After I ate lunch, I was in a more functional state. I had no more mental blank outs until after dinner.
For dinner, I had a simple meal. I made a green smoothie and ate some of my favorites.
- organic tomatoes (443g)
- cucumbers (282g)
- organic Fuji apples (190g)
- organic grapefruit (394g)
- green smoothie: organic bananas (366g), organic baby spinach (56g), 3 cups water
After eating dinner, I drove to give my speech. The speech was not raw food diet related, but I did share some facts about the raw food diet with the audience. My speech lasted around 30 minutes and I barely missed a beat during my initial presentation.
I have spoken in front of 100 people before so I am used to public speaking. Even so, sometimes I become a bit nervous before I am introduced. Today I felt completely at home in the environment, finishing my speech with only a couple of errors which came near the end. I think this also happened because I was excited to give the speech, but excitement only lasts a short while before it is defeated by fatigue. I certainly felt tired after the speech.
This is probably the earliest I will be going to bed in a while, but I feel like my body needs it. I pushed myself too hard. Three hours of sleep is not enough. Still, if I had to sleep three hours on the raw food diet or the SAD, I would pick raw foods hands down. On SAD, I could not even drag myself out of bed. If I also had to give a speech, I would probably spend half the time admiring the pretty colors on the wall while drooling on my shirt and the other half babbling incoherently about needing more sleep.
Weight: I’ve lost .7 lbs. This puts me at 178.4 lbs.
Body Temperature: My temperature today was 97. 6 °F.
pH levels: The pH level today was still 7.25 pH today. Went back to a more acidic state, but I don’t know why.
Blood Pressure: Systolic today was at 126 and diastolic was at 68. An increase in systolic, but not by much.
Endurance: I did not hit the gym today.
Strength: I did not do any weight lifting.
Cognitive Capacity: I feel my mind was not as sharp as it had been on previous days. The 3 hours of sleep was not enough. Even though I functioned fine on this amount of sleep and even completed a 30 minute speech. I did not feel as sharp as usual. I also experienced spacing out effects and some blank out periods. For example, after I gave my speech some memebers of the audience had questions. I would listen to a question, think about it, then I would blank out on what the question was about. This happened only twice, but still, that’s not the mental processing power I’m looking for.