All the kids are sleeping so I thought it would be a good time to write down some of my thoughts about this Raw Food diet I am doing. It’s been quite an adventure and really much easier than I thought it would be. My body has adjusted quickly to the changes in what I eat and I think the best result is that I feel so much better, I feel like I have a lot more energy and I just feel better about what I am fueling my body with. Here is an example of what I eat during one day:
8:00 AM-Every morning I start the day with a Smooth Mama shake. Sometimes I add other fruit if I have it and to make it taste a little sweeter since the chlorella power is pretty “green” tasting.
10:00 AM-I start feeling a little hungry again, I make a Green Lemonade with the boys after I put Guenna down for her morning nap. This gives me another surge of fruits and veggies and usually ties me over until Lunch time, but sometimes I might need a little snack and I may have a few carrots or a piece of a Raw Granola Bar to tie me over until lunch.
12:00 PM-I almost always start my lunch with a nice salad or two, I put at least a quarter of an avacado on my salad, half if I need to use them up, and whatever other veggies I have in the fridge that sound good to me, a few raw pine nuts or pecans and right now I’m using a detox dressing I made called, Liquid Gold Elixir. But the next time I make it I am going cut it to 1/3 as it makes at least 4 cups and only lasts 2 weeks in the fridge, I just can’t use that much! If I am still hungry after my salad I usually have a small amount of left over Gallo Pinto or Soup or whatever else strikes my fancy (within the limits of what I can eat).
3:00 PM-Around this time I am getting hungry again and I usually snack on a couple of handfuls of walnuts and/or almonds, and if I’m still hungry I might have some dried fruit, plums, apricots, raisens, coconut flakes, etc. I also may snack on some raw veggies while I’m preparing dinner.
5:30 PM-Dinner is usually around this time and about 4-5 times a week we start off dinner with a good hearty salad. I try to do this for both lunch and dinner that way I’m getting more raw veggies in and am less hungry when I start eating the cooked stuff. We often eat Gallo Pinto as our cooked meal of the day. The other day I made Lentil Curry Soup which turned out really good, we ate it with some freshly made Whole Wheat Bread. I’ve also made spaghetti with steamed veggies instead of meat and whole wheat pasta. If we do eat meat we eat it with vegetables instead of starches, this helps to speed up the digestive process. Lately we’ve been eating meat about 2-3 times a week, so far no complaints :)
Sometime after dinner-Dessert-So far I have been really satisfied with either a 1/3 of a Dagoba 73% cocoa bar (which she suggests in the book as a healthy snack), my vegan No-Bake oatmeal cookies or some variation of a raw smoothie. I’m going to try her recipes for Raw chocolate icecream tonight or tomorrow and I’m hoping it is good!
Well, I think that is enough for now. I’m getting heartburn so I better snack on a couple of papaya enzymes :)