It’s been an up and down sort of week with food. I know how good it is for me to eat more raw foods, and I also know how I feel when I eat raw foods. For example, I’ve been able to start my mornings off with a green smoothie each day. Now that I’ve done this for over a week I don’t think I can go back to cereal, pancakes, or anything like that. They are so invigorating! Whenever I eat something like pancakes or waffles for breakfast I usually feel like going and taking a nap shortly after. But drinking these green smoothies has me running around the house getting stuff done! And the ones I make are generally 32 ounces, sooo it takes me all morning to drink them.
And that’s about as far as I get. When it comes time for lunch I’m still struggling. When the smoothie wears off I get really hungry and want to eat NOW! So I don’t want to take the time to cut up a salad. I’ve been eating tortilla chips and guacamole. :-O Hey, the guacamole is raw. 😉 But I find that the chips don’t satisfy. I keep eating and eating, looking for the full sensation, but it doesn’t come. It’s weird. I am, after all, making a lifestyle change… not trying out some new diet. And I’ve already lost about 5 pounds. (whoot!) So I’m encouraged to continue. But I think I need to add a little bit of good fat to my smoothie so that I’m not craving avocados for lunch… like maybe a little coconut oil. Mmmm.
Speaking of encouragement, I’ve joined an online community called Raw Food Rehab. The name kind of cracks me up, but it’s so helpful to me. There are different rooms that you can join like, the Kitchen, the Spa, the Fitness Room, the Liquid Lounge, even the Loo (to talk about digestive issues and such). So far I’ve spent a lot of time in the, ahem, kitchen. People post the recipes they love or have been experimenting with in regards to raw food. I sure do need all the help I can get with recipe ideas!
Another person who’s been very inspiring to me is Sheri @ Green & Crunchy. Sheri is a vegan who tries to eat mostly raw food. You’ll see the occasional tortilla or tortilla chip in her diet, but all in all it’s mostly raw food. She’s also married with 5 children and they are all vegan, raw foodies!
I’m hoping to slowly start incorporating more raw foods into my children’s diets over time. Why?
Well, raw foods still have their original enzymes which allow our bodies to process the food much more efficiently. When we cook and process food we lose the enzymes and a lot of the nutrients that our bodies need to process the food. That is why I feel so much better when I’m drinking these green smoothies. I’m getting a lot more nutrients than I get from a multivitamin.
I realize that I need to start taking pictures of the Ectoplasm that I’m drinking. It’s fun stuff! I made one today that wasn’t very good… my own experiment gone wrong. I was able to drink half of it and the other half is in the fridge. I might go see how much more I can handle before bed.
And on that note, I think I’ll sign off here. Thanks for stopping by!