I know a lot of you enjoyed learning about eating raw food and I hope I gave you so valuable insights. Overall, I think I did well on the plan. Here's a summary of my results:
1. Lost 9 pounds!
2. No migraines the entire week
3. No major drop in energy
1. I never slept throughout the night
2. Starting bruising around day 4, which means iron deficiency
3. I was tired and cranky by the weekend.
So although I got great results I'm probably not going to be purchasing food from Raw Girls again. I know a lot of people in town really like this company and it's not my intention to bash any business but I amlso think a fair and accurate view of why they are not for everyone is in order.
My deal breakers:
1. lack of flexibility in food availability
2. Delivery timing
3. Lack of personalization / customer service
Although the price was high it's only my bottom deal breaker, more so I felt overall it was not a good value. It was really expensive , $135 plus tax plus $10 delivery for 5 days of food (two off program meals enabled me to stretch it out), so it's a little over $30 a day for not a lot of food. I understand the raw girls spend a lot of time making the food and this is their jobs but it just wasn't worth the price tag in my opinion. There were a few things I just really did not like and threw away, I felt terrible being wasteful but I couldn't have eaten it and not been sick - this has nothing to do with the quality, more so certain flavors I find to be gross. For example, I hate taco meat and most ground beef meals, so a fake version of this was less than pleasing to me - the dogs loved it though. For the price, I would expect to have a little bit of a say on what is brought to me, maybe not go crazy but allowing one substitution per delivery really wouldn't be asking for the moon.
However, speaking of quality my lettuce started to turn brown or get soggy. The meal description says the delivery is free but I was charged $10, this was explained that they used to do one delivery but moved to 2 to provide better food. (to be fair, they offered a refund due to the wording). I think they should move to three deliveries so people don't get soggy lettuce by the end of the week. I also think since people are paying over $12 for a tiny salad delivery should still be included; offer more deliveries to enhance the customer experience and food quality not to enhance profits. ( I did the math, they profit at least $150 a week by adding the 2nd delivery)
My biggest disappointment continues to be a lack of customer experience. It really would not be that hard nor would it cost them anything to make this an experience and not just buying food. For example, guidelines on what to expect, vitamins that should be supplemented, a grocery list of foods that could be supplemented when still hungry and just simple words of encouragement would have been great. And they really need to figure out what needs to be eaten when if their food isn't going to be fresh for more than 2 days. It was only through online research that I found out cold pressed juices are only good for three days (and the 1st day is delivery day which was 8pm so really I had two days to consume it, which I didn't)
Basically, raw girls are not the only players in town but they are the most expensive. The home delivery was nice but not enough to put them on top.
That being said, I do plan going raw again this year, ideally the first week of each month. I learned a lot from the experience, things that I should probably know from common sense but experience drove it home. My lessons for the week are:
1. Quantity of food can decrease by eating high nutritional value foods
2. My boby is pretty good at telling me what I need if I listen
3. When meals are planned out and ready for the week it's easy to stay on track
I'm incredibly appreciative of what Raw Girls do, and for all my FB friends who have talked about them so I knew this program was even out there. I appreciate thyat they made going from the typical American diet to 100% raw so easy. Despite not finding them a good value for the long term I do not regreat my decission to give the program a one week try, I learned a lot, found that raw food doesn't have to be terrible and met my goal of gettying unhooked for terribly unhealthy things.
I'll be checking out other prgrams and places around town so be sure to keep up with my blogging if you want to learn more about diving into healthy eating in Memphis.