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Raw Day 4

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. and had an apple and a banana. (Organicgoddess suggested I just eat fruit for breakfast, and not soaked grains, for optimal digestion, so I decided to give it a try). All was well, except I found myself starving by 10:30.

Lucky for me, right about then a friend tweeted this raw cinnamon roll smoothie. Since I love my ww ff cinnamon buns, and I enjoyed these live cinnamon buns (from 30-Minute Vegan) a while back -- I just had to try the smoothie.

I combined 1 banana with 1 cup raw almond milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (I thought that would taste more "authentic" than the agave) and a few dashes of cinnamon. I'm not sure how much it tasted like a cinnamon roll -- but it was delicious (and creamy).

For lunch I made a raw kale salad (or "kalad" as I accidentally tweeted today) with peaches. I used two entire bunches of kale, a little salt and a big fat peach. 

I had the munchies again at 3:00 and ate a handful of dehydrated apple rings I bought at Trader Joes. 

Dinner. was. cooked. To make a long story short, I had dinner plans but thanks to the weather, I never made it there. I was trapped underground on the subway for half an hour (and managed to only go 3 stops) when I gave up and rerouted myself home. Another hour later I was actually home and so hungry and weak I felt fait. I grabbed a sprouted ww tortilla from the fridge, opened a can of fat-free vegetarian refried beans and voila roll-up in the mouth. No sooner had I eaten one, I went back for another and still another. 

Then Scott asked me to tape an episode of beerfingers with him (which meant I'd have to drink two beers...) and that was that. So, I guess I flunked out, again. At least this time it was willfully. Sort-of.

Anywho, I'm going to give the raw regimen one more day, (I think) but I'm pretty certain Day 5 will be "quits." We're tentatively going snowboarding all weekend in Vermont. It's already plenty difficult to just eat vegan up there, let alone raw. Plus I'm not sure I could sustain the energy I need to vigorously snowboard for 8 hours a day on just fruits and veggies alone... (I burn, on average, 3,000 calories a day snowboarding) but we'll see!

Either way I'm working on a "closing thoughts" post that should be pretty informative -- so swing by to check it out! I can't wait to read your thoughts! 

Raw Day 3

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I woke up at 7:00 a.m. and enjoyed a banana with 1/2 cup of the leftover whole oatmeal. I really can't get over how filling the "raw oatmeal" is!

For lunch I made raw "chili" -- a recipe I was really excited about trying! The original recipe comes from Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney, but I tinkered with it quite a bit to make it fat-free and more akin to my taste preferences. I think my recipe is just different enough that I'm comfortable sharing it, so I'll post it for you next week!

And can I just say I really, really loved the chili? It was phenom. Wow. I only wish I had a dehydrator to make "crackers" or "chips" to go with it, but it was great by the spoonful! I just can't get over how rawesome that chili was! 

Then around 3:00 I was feeling a little hungry again (I seem to have afternoon munchies!), so I ate a few more strips of dehydrated mango

For dinner I made a spicy carrot soup with my Vita-Mix. (The recipe came with the machine).

It's essentially pulverized carrots with spices. The consistency was really thick - like applesauce, and not what I would necessarily call a soup. I added a little chalula overtop because it wasn't quite hot enough for me as written (or palatable). I also ate a gorilla salad with cherry tomatoes and raisins as a "side" to the soup.

Lastly comes dessert -- squee! I can't wait to share this recipe with you next week. I made insta-raw ice cream. It's stupid easy to make and completely fat-free to boot! I actually tried to make an insta-pudding and ended up with ice cream instead... I'm really lovin' it. Yummo!

Needless to say, today went way better than yesterday. I'm feeling great and happy I decided to come back to another raw day even after yesterday's debacle. I also really, truly appreciate everyone who left comments on the post yesterday -- it means so much to me! Now onto raw day 4!



Raw Day 2

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I woke up at 7:30 a.m. so ravenous it hurt. All I could think about was getting a big ol' whole wheat bagel with vegan cream cheese. Still, I dragged my rear to the kitchen where I had whole oat groats soaking overnight.

For breakfast I made whole oatmeal from Raw Foods Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet. One of my tweeps doing raw week with me had "raw oatmeal" yesterday and I just had to see what it was all about. (I also admit I was a little skeptical, I mean, how on Earth is waterlogged, uncooked oats palatable?)

To my total surprise, this dish is phenomenal. I dare say I like this "raw oatmeal" better than traditional oatmeal or even steel cut oats. It yields a total of 2 cups (1 cup is pictured) but even as hungry as I was, I was unable to finish my entire bowl. (I had about 1/3 cup leftover). It was mighty filling!

Around 12:15 I noticed I still wasn't hungry for lunch. It seemed odd to me, but I figured I'd let my body tell me when it was good and ready to eat again. 

I finally felt a little hungry at 1:15, but still no true hunger. I noticed I was having difficulty concentrating at work, however, so I decided to eat a gorilla salad (that bowl is huge, don't let the picture deceive you!).

I chopped up 2 romaine hearts, 1 giant cucumber, 1 tomato and added 1/4 cup raisins. For the dressing I mixed freshly squeezed lime juice with a dash of chili powder and a few drops of raw agave nectar. I normally like to use balsamic vinegar, chalula (hot sauce) or vegan bbq sauce for my dressing, but none of them are raw.

By 2:00 I was still having a hard time concentrating, so I ate a very small potato I'd gently steamed a few days ago with a splash of nama shoyu and a bit of black pepper. Not raw, obviously, but I knew, intuitively, I needed slow-digesting carbohydrates to regain my mental alertness. (Plus I figured 90% raw is still doin' pretty good!)

Around 3:00 I had a few slices of dehydrated mango that I picked up from Trader Joes. I wasn't particularly hungry, but I was in the mood for something sweet and worried about my overall caloric intake.

For dinner I planned to make spicy carrot soup in my Vita-Mix, but around 4:30 I learned my favorite brewery, MagicHat, was having an event at a bar Scott & my friend Genevieve like. Genevieve was also on the Rachel Ray Show yesterday and that warranted a small celebration, no? I figured the bar would at least have a salad on the menu, right?

The whole subway ride there I debated with myself on whether I would or would not have a beer. Beer isn't raw, obviously, and I'd already had one "cooked" food today. Sure I suppose I could go a week without one beer (but did I really want to?). The answer was "no" and I stopped trying to justify it with myself.

About an hour later I felt woozey, if not shit-faced drunk. I hadn't even finished the beer I ordered, so how was this possible!? I told Scott what was going on and he suggested "I needed to eat something." I concurred and grabbed a menu. The only "vegan" options were hummus, chips and salsa or french fries (I was at a bar, I didn't expect much... but I'd hoped for a salad). I figured the chips and salsa was about as raw as I was going to get and something was better than nothing. I didn't feel better. Then Scott ordered some of the fries, and I snatched a few, but still I was feeling flat-out intoxicated and wanted to go home.

I had two giant glasses of water and went to bed. I was unable to sleep all night. I tossed and turned for hours. I "woke up" feeling lousy, too. Maybe it was the beer. Maybe it was the raw regimen. Maybe I just had too few calories yesterday. I'm assuming its a combination of all of the above. 

I suppose I could have stayed home and kept to my plan, and avoided the downward spiral that was last night, but part of this week's experience is to answer the question "can this diet fit my lifestyle?" and holing up in my apartment for a week wouldn't really give me a true perspective. 

Still, I'm not defeated, even if I flunked out yesterday. I'm eating a banana and hoping for a raw day 3!