Okay, so let me just get this out of the way. I technically lost the best, ten days in. I had a long talk with my friend who threw the original gauntlet and she and I were talking about the peaks and valleys of going "cold cucumber." I admitted it was in fact more difficult to be raw than to juice all month. The planning and prep is expensive and time consuming and while delicious, ya gotta sometimes eat like seven bananas to feel full. I'm still excited about my personal raw-volution as it was revelatory in many ways...
Although I don't think I picked the right month to try being raw for the first time (totally up for it again though, maybe this summer particularly in that Kentucky heat!) I'm still going to finish the month out mostly raw and all vegan. I just couldn't do all the meals a day raw. Again, it's pricey, I spend a LOT of time at the store...more time then I can afford for both shopping and prep (Mak was right), the food selection will be much more enjoyable in the summer (Lily was right), I could do salads five times a day everyday for thirty days to prove a point, but I don't think that's the real point of an exercise like this. I definitely enjoy this new eating light all day...choosing a whole food instead of a candy bar or drive-thru if I'm feeling peckish, and so on.
And after drinking so much water...I'm sleeping better, skin is clearing up, and in addition to no sleep aids in ten days, this is my THIRD day off of allergy meds...do you know how huge that is in Allergy Country?? There are too many perks to eating raw and laying off dairy and processed foods to turn completely back. So, I'd venture to say I could actually see being raw at least 75% of the time.
So, I technically lost the bet (breaking down and going after a wonderful kale and chickpea dish Poohbear has perfected), but! I''m going to finish out the month in a way, the way I started it: optimistic. Especially since I have this raw cheesecake to look forward to (it's currently defrosting)!