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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!

Raw Day 1

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I woke up at 6:00 am, ate half of a medium grapefruit, slammed a little Vega Sport (love that stuff) and headed to my 6:30 am spin class. (Where I proceeded to drink TWO bottles of water. Man! It was HOT in there!) Afterward I came straight home to have my first raw meal: basic Green Juice from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet.

It's a combination of celery, greens and cucumber with a touch of ginger and lemon. I took a sip immediately and decided it wasn't going to happen at room temperature. So I threw in some ice cubes. Ahh.. much better.

It actually took me a while to drink the whole juice -- about an hour and a half. I took my time, though, taking little sips as I went about my work. To be honest, I was surprised at how well it filled me up. I certainly had my doubts... "How on earth was a glass of juice going to hold me until lunch time?" I thought. Especially since I'd just had a particularly hard spinning class! But it did!

Around 11:30 or 11:45 I felt the first twinge of hunger, so I grabbed a big glass of sparkling water and prepared my lunch: California Rolls from Raw Food Made Easy.

These rolls are made with nori, chopped vegetables and little tamari for dipping (I suppose you could also use nama shoyu). I actually found them plenty salty on their own and didn't use the tamari. It was also my first time using my new v-blade mandoline slicer and rolling nori/sushi rolls, but I think they came out lookin' pretty good anyway!

I really, really liked these rolls. They reminded me of veggie sushi, only better. I packed in more vegetables than the recipe called for and omitted the tiny bit of required avocado since I wanted to see how they tasted without it. Not only were they delicious without the extra fat, I think the avocado would have drowned out the sweet taste of the carrot and bell pepper which a perfect contrast to the salty nori! I also had enough leftover chopped vegetables to make a third roll, so I did. (FYI The recipe yields double what is pictured). 

Around 2:15 I felt a wee bit peckish so I ate the rest of my grapefruit and then a banana. At 4:30 I felt hungry again but since it was too early to eat dinner, I settled on a large orange and a small (very small!) piece of dark chocolate. 

For dinner, I decided to try my hand at making my own raw pasta. (Really I just wanted an excuse to play with my new spirooli). I used zucchini for my noodles and made a sauce using vine ripe tomatos, herbs and spices. A few bites in I decided to add a little vegan parm on top, which isn't raw, but I really liked the added flavor and cheesiness. (I'll share the pasta recipe with you next week!). 

Lastly, I'd planned on a frozen banana for dessert, but having had a banana after lunch, I decided to save it for another day and make a strawberry shake instead. It was simple as sending frozen strawberries with a cup raw almond milk through my Vita-Mix. Yum!

At no point in my day did I crave or want cooked foods. However, when I was making rice for the pugs, I was momentarily tempted to have some myself (I do love brown rice). Instead I resisted, knowing I wanted it just because it was there and not because I was hungry or craving it. I'm really excited for day two!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on day 1!