Happy New Year everyone!!! If you’ve followed the last few blog posts, you’ll know that for the better part of last year I started researching digestion, nutrition, juicing and raw food. With the new year – I am ready to make a deeper commitment to my health and overall well being. I now feel confident I am fully equipped with the knowledge and tools to eat a high raw diet with enough versatility to keep me interested and full.
Ok – so what’s with the mostly or ‘high’ raw?!
I wold love to commit to a 100% raw diet, but I don’t want to set false expectations. I know that when Adam and the kids make tacos or pizza – I may sometimes have a bite. I also know that there may be days when I feel like being flexible, eating a standard meal, etc. For most people a full raw diet is really hard to strive for – so I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be 100%, just as much as can. My goal is to strive for at least 75% raw or higher. So this means, if I eat 4 times a day and 1 of those times I eat a handful of pretzels – I’m not going to beat myself up. I do know however, that the more and more I eat high raw foods, green juices and nutrient rich foods my body with naturally crave those things and that cravings for meat, fried food and other comfort foods will start to fade.
For the past 6 mos I’ve had my amazing Vitamix (thanks to my amazing Husband who gave me one for my birthday), that I simply cannot live without. I’ve discovered so many delicious raw soups, salad dressings, sauces, smoothies, puddings and more. Honestly, I think I use it up to 3x a day on the weekends. But for Christmas, I was surprised with another essential tool – a dehydrator. My first batch of ‘crackers’ are out and I can’t wait to try them today with ‘Save the Tuna’ Salad.
Breakfast: several glasses of lemon water and carrot, apple, celery, cucumber juice
Lunch: Big salad of whatever fresh veggies I had on hand, avocado. Dressing: olive oil & lemon
Snack: few handfuls of popcorn (not raw, see…flexible) =)
Dinner: Adam and the kids were eating Chicken Fettucini Alfredo – (yes I had 1 bite of chicken & a taste of sauce), I made a raw take on this – Zucchini Alfredo. Recipe is here.
Breakfast: 2 big glasses of water, 1 pear & 1/2 an apple chopped. Topped with agave, lemon and walnuts.
Alright, that’s it so far. This year, look forward to more frequent blog posts (the past few months have been lackluster, I know), info on green juicing, sprouting, window gardening, scrumptious recipes and anything else you want to hear about – let me know!!!