Is it possible to get sick while eating 100% raw vegan?
I didn’t believe it. It’s been over a year since my last cold (since I went paleo) and I figured that doing a stint all-raw would elevate my immune system to Clark Kent levels of efficiency.
That is, until I woke up this morning.
I almost didn’t remember what having a sore throat felt like, but I definitely remember now. I’ve been tired all day, and it hurts to swallow.
So what happened? Why’d I get sick?
A lot of the books and speakers out there would have you believe that going raw is the end all, be all solution to every health problem under the sun.
Others, often families and friends eating S.A.D.(standard American diet) are quick to discourage you from trying something that surely must lead to malnutrition.
They tell you going raw will make you sick.
When you wake up with a sore throat after 30 days of raw, it’s easy to start listening to them.
But let’s take a look under the hood. Join me, as I pull back the curtain and we figure out what went wrong. Maybe we’ll discover an easy change you can make in your own life?
Let’s look at what was going on the last few days.
- big trip down to Portland. First time on a train! (woo!)
- my diet got all messed up. I probably wasn’t eating quite enough, and I was eating WAY more sweets and nuts than usual. I also overate the night before getting sick. Overate on raw cheesecake and truffles -_-.
- the weather was COLD. For a Seattleboy, under zero C is stupidly cold. Even when I switched to warm gloves, and a nice warm military surplus Russian hat, I was still cold almost all day every day. It’s a myth that being out in the cold can make you sick, but grandma’s wisdom is easy to take to heart when things goes wrong.
The easy answer.
Maybe I overdid it. My immune system could have gotten hit with the cold and the travel, I wasn’t getting as much of my favorite superfoods, and I (probably) overdid it on the sweets, giving plenty of room for some nasties to worm their way in.
But here’s the missing piece I realized after a few hours.
See, there’s something I didn’t tell you yet, because it’s something I didn’t think about until after I got sick.
The Right Answer.
for over a week and a half now, my urine has been a really, really deep yellow. Like, I’m talking cantaloupe colored almost.
Seemed a bit strange… but I figured it was just the detox.
I mean, we all know about the ‘detox’. Eat healthy, and the body dumps all that stored up garbage as fast as it can. Nothing to worry about here, move right along.
I didn’t do much to help the detox out. More specifically, I’ve been drinking about as much water as most of you are probably drinking. That is, not enough.
So today I decided to add up how much water I’m supposed to be drinking every day. A good rule of thumb is ‘drink half your body weight in ounces’ every day. My body weight is around 160, so I should be drinking 80 oz of water every day.
Well, I measured that. You know what I’ve probably been averaging? Maybe half that. MAYBE.
Lesson of the day? If you’re off the sidelines and taking action, you might be starting to get some heavy detox signs going on. If so, take steps to give your body a helping hand. We’re not invincible here, we need to be kind to ourselves while we’re going through this whole journey.
Your Action Plan for the Day.
You’re not improving if you’re not measuring. I want you to measure how much water you’re doing in a day. If it’s under 30 oz, then make this priority. Soda, diet soda, and coffee do NOT count, since they’re all diuretics. You actually have to drink even more water to make up for them.
Also, if your urine is especially dark and you haven’t been power loading on riboflavin or beet juice, it’s time to do more water. That’s one of your body’s ways to give you a warning. Catch it now, and you won’t get sick.
That’s it. Simple, right? DRINK MORE WATER. I’ve been told this constantly for years, but I’ve never stuck with it (until now?)
Are you getting enough water? Do you want to never get sick again? Are you going to get up from your chair and do something about it? Leave your questions, comments, or amusing anecdotes below.
Now, time to get up and get something to drink: ).
much peace and love, namaste