Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Step One: Water Consumption Plan for a Raw Food Diet.

I'm starting a raw food diet on Feb 19th, 2009, and blogging/journaling/youtubing the details.  I will change things one step at a time, learning as I go.  The first step is changing water drinking habits.

This is following Dr. Timothy Brantley's advice listed in his book, "The Cure."

Note:  Unable to find information on Timothy Brantley outside of his Myspace and personal website.  Wiki yields nothing, and you-tube brings up a musical artist.  Related?  Hmmm...


Basic Guidline:  
50% to 75% of body weight in oz, per day, so one pound of body weight needs one ounce of water. 

Table conversions:  33.81 oz = 1 liter, 32 oz = 1 quart

Example: I weigh 139 lb, so where one lb of weight needs one oz of water, I need 70 to 141 oz per day.  This is equivalent to 2 to 5 liters, or 3 to 5 quarts per day, rounding up.

Note:  Too much water is bad for the body, as well!  
How much salt would help balance it out if I find I've possibly drank too much?  Hmmm....

Water Treatments:
Always drink water at room temperature
Exception:  Glass of chilled water may help with headache.  Hopefully I won't have to find out.

Once in the morning and before each meal:
Add fresh, organic lemon juice from 1/4 of a lemon
Add one pinch of organic, unprocessed salt (sea salt?)

Type of bottled waters recommended:  
Fiji, Hawai'ian, Iceland.
Note: NO TAP WATER! Ever! Rawr!

Drinking Schedule: (water, not booze!)
Upon waking: 
One 8 oz glass (treated with lemon/salt)
20 to 30 mins before each meal:
One 8 oz glass (treated with lemon/salt)
Do not drink liquids with meals
Throughout the day:
5 to 9 oz of water every half hour.

Note:  These numbers are according to my body weight and schedule.  If you'd like to try this, FIRST talk to a doctor, especially if you have any major health concerns.  THEN do your own math.  :)

How my math works: 
I sleep roughly 8 hours a day, so that leaves me 16 hours to divide my water consumption with.
Taking the numbers from my body weight/water needs above...
16 goes into 70 roughly 5ish times, and 16 goes into 141 roughly 9ish times.
I'm rounding up because I know I'll be lax, to begin with, at least.
So 5 to 9ish oz per half hour.

Shopping List:
Hawai'ian Water (three 1.5 l per day, so 45... per... shopping trip?  Ow.  Good thing it's cheap.)
Sea Salt (Um... one bag lasts a life time.  Ish.)
Organic Lemons (one per day, so 15ish per shopping trip.  Wow.  At least my house will smell pretty.)