Wednesday, January 6, 2010

And we're off!

Off and running I hope! I am testing backgrounds so things may change for a few days til I settle in on something that I like.

Today I'm pulling a bit from the post on my other blog and then am also adding some background info.

Sooooooooo, How'd it all start?

For me, I went raw after reading a half page blurb in Good Housekeeping or some women's magazine. Unlikely and unimpressive start huh?

The article was about digestive enzymes and how to correct ours when most of us have them all out of whack.

It recommended trying for 70% raw for about 10 days. I thought ok....I have some digestive issues, lets give it a shot. I did a day or two and it was great so I went online for more info (being the skeptic that I am, I wanted to know more). I found out that there are some folks who live close to 100% raw for life.


I decided I'd do the 10 days and then see.

What I saw was increased energy, better mood, less gas (ewwwwwww)....and I couldn't see why I'd go back to my old dietary habits.

I didn't start this to lose weight. I started it to feel better and feel better I do.

I have read a lot since. (I'll get a book list going and some website links. )

I don't push this on others. But if someone expresses interest (and a lot of people have) then I'm willing to share, and more than happy to ENCOURAGE.

Because I really do think its a healthy way to go.

So from my other blog posted just after the holidays (if you've read that blog post - just skip to the bottom!) :

I got a bit off track with my eating over the holidays.

Don't we all seem to do that??

It actually started veering off track with the kitchen renovations but then began to deteriorate more when we began baking cookies two days prior to Christmas.

I'm getting back on track now, but its slow going. When I went raw it was overnight at 95-98%. The only non-raw items were soy sauce and some oils. . . maybe some spices too. Right now I'm somewhere around 80% MAYBE.

Its climbing though because I am back to making some of the things I really enjoy. AND, to top it off, I have begun a new blog where I can ramble on and on about the raw life. . . address is rawfoodsblog and the temp title is "I'm Raw" - not very inventive but I didn't want to infringe upon anyone in the raw world and all my first thoughts are someone elses website names already, sooooooooooo

I ended up temporarily with "I'm raw" because its become a joke in my house. I say it all the time. I say: "Guess WHAT!!?" and they finally know the answer that I 'shout' back --


It started because I have so much energy and I'm so 'on' all the time now...I guess it gets on people's nerves (not really, but in a fun way - ya know?) so I'm always like - "Ya know why???? I'm RAWWWWWWWWW!!!" and on and on it goes.

Snack the other night was raw chocolate pudding (made with cocoa and homemade nut mylk and other ingredients - details coming on RAW blog)Its topped with raw whipped kream (made from a base of raw cashews.....mmm, so light and airy - you wouldn't believe it unless you tasted it - I'll post that one too soon)

There is some some chia pudding (very similar to tapioca pudding) and the base is a mix of raw walnuts, pecans and medjool dates.

I sprinkled a little bit of cinammon over the top.


For lunch yesterday I had this delectable dish.

Yummy zuccini and squash with homemade dressing on top. (recipe coming on RAW blog)

Don't you dig the pink party plate? Compliments of our community drawer here at work. :)

More of the above is what will be posted on the new blog - as well as some of they whys I went this way and my honest experience in doing so. All in 'real time' -

almost like '24'.

But without the ticking clock

or the bloodshed

but with all the excitement!

or maybe not.........

Guess you'll just have to 'follow me' and find out!! ;-)

OK, so recipes. Hmm, don't really have them handy.
Lets just go with what a typical day looks like and then I'll add recipes tonight or tomorrow.

In the mornings I make anywhere from 40-64 oz of Green Smoothy. MMMMMMMM.

I know it looks like swamp goo. But it really does taste good! Some better than others to be sure, but none have been horrible. Excpet the one day that I inadvertently let the coupon package from the spinach bag fall into the blender. It is AMAZING how a little plastic and a couple of coupons can ruin a ton of green smoothy. It was a major waste.

And I've 'wasted' some other things too. I love to cook and after the first couple of months of eating pretty much straight raw foods, simple forms, no real 'recipes'...I decided to start experimenting a bit. I have used recipes found on other sites as a guideline but haven't followed them step by step. This has resulted in some gag inducing concoctions.

But I've also found some lovely combinations. Like the sauce on the above zuccini 'spaghetti' - this is what went into that:

a tiny chunk of raw ginger

soy sauce

cold pressed olive oil
raw cashews
a couple of medjool dates
(and probably something I am forgetting)

I put that in my little mini-processor that I've had forever. It is finally REALLY coming in handy! Its just a little 1 cup thing - under 15.00 but does a great job emusifying sauces.

ok, got a little sidetracked.

I drink about 20 oz of smoothy on my way to work. Sometimes I drinnk another glass at work during the day. Other times I drink another big glass of it on my way home from work. (20 oz or so)

For lunch I may have some fruit - either a fruit salad or just a few pieces of fruit....sometimes a green garden type salad. Though I usually add some hemp seeds and nuts and things.

For dinner sometimes I will just have a big slushy fruit smoothy....or I'll have chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Since the base of the pudding is avocados (seriously) its healthy! You'd never know it was made from avocados. (seriously) and the whipped cream is cashews and lemon rind and some coconut oil and mayeba few other things. . . oh like dates or agave for sweetness.

I do sometimes have a slice of sprouted bread which isn't raw but its sprouted which is better than processed breads. I like Ezekial bread. Toast that with a little raw almond butter. YUM!

More later!


novadesigns said...

you know I have thought about going raw, and the thought have scared me...but you make it sounds delicious...

Janice said...

It would probably scare me too if I had given it much thought before starting it! But even if someone just changed their diet to 60% raw, that would be an appreciable difference I would think. Thanks for posting! I appreciate the conversation. :)