Well, I made it to the final day of my raw food trial!
For the last 30 days I ate nearly 100% vegan raw food diet. I say nearly, because I had a few cups of green tea with lemon early in the trial, and I continued to take my daily vitamins – as I have done nearly continuously since 2001 when I went vegan.
Almost all my food was organic during this time.
In the coming days, but after a short break from blogging, I am planning on writing at least one, but probably more posts with more details about this experience, but to summarize:
- it was much, much, much easier to eat raw than I had expected
- I have not experienced any of the “detox symptoms” one reads about on forums and blogs of people who attempt to eat raw
- at no time during the 30 days I felt significantly better or worse than before the trial, when I ate cooked vegan diet
- two minor health issues I have (digestive problem and an allergy) have not changed for better or worse
- the only foods I missed are bread and tortillas – not because of taste or smell or texture, but because of their utility
- eating raw can be expensive, especially when you eat organic. At the same time, eating raw saved me about $200-250 in take out costs (vegan burgers with fries around here are $12+ a pop, entrees are more), so it came out about equal, perhaps even cheaper to eat raw
- my VitaMix is my best friend
- I lost 10 pounds without trying
- I got to try a lot of new foods: almond milk, pomegranates, raw tahini, chlorella, spirulina, maca, lucuma, goji berries, chia seeds, dates, hemp seeds, young coconuts, coconut oil… there is probably more that I cannot recall now
- and last but not least, I can check off another item from my list called “things to do to see what I am made of and learn from it”. After turning vegan overnight, getting all of my professional designations, learning to fly airplanes, fasting, surviving P90X without skipping a day and now eating raw for 30 days, I don’t think there is much I cannot accomplish As long as I really want it, that is.
So the big question is – what’s next?
I decided to move forward eating much more raw foods than I had before the trial. Throughout the Winter I am going to try to eat between 50 and 75% of calories from raw foods, with the rest being cooked vegan food. This is mostly because of the cost – organic greens and other veggies are starting to get ridiculous in price – today I paid almost $8 for three cucumbers!
But, there is also the fact that I am one of those people who very much dislike cold, and feel cold when most of the other people around are just fine. So, come Winter, I will want to have an option of having hot soup, tea, and even mashed potatoes, if I feel like it.
Had I experienced a significant energy boost during my raw trial, as some who try eating raw report, I would probably not consider the Winter cold an issue. But since that was not the case, I’d rather leave myself an out than make a decision then struggle with it later. That’s just counterproductive.
Come Spring, I will start increasing my raw percentage to the so called high raw range of 75 to 99% of calories being from raw foods. That is my current goal, although I would like to repeat the 30 day 100% raw thing again… perhaps make it a 2-3 times a year event.
And eventually… 100% raw might be a possibility. I am just not there yet.
So, that is the grand plan. Subject to change, of course, as the best possible health is the objective, not the label of being raw.
Having said all that, I am planning to continue posting on this blog, although at much less frequent intervals. I will still be trying new raw foods and making recipes from time to time, so there will be plenty to write about.
And apparently I will not be sliding into eating a lot of cooked foods right away either. I went out food shopping today, and only bought one non-raw item. I am glad that this item is going to be good to eat for the next 9 days, as I almost don’t want to break the raw streak
On this day I had the following:
Meal #1 @ 11:15am
It was time to put that almond milk that I made yesterday to good use. Few weeks ago I bought some raw granola, but haven’t had a chance to even open the package yet.
This granola is made from sprouted buckwheat groats, dates, sprouted flax seeds, and raisins. It tastes pretty good, but does have texture that is rougher than your ordinary granola, and it requires more work to chew.
Nutritionally it’s an excellent source of protein, with 14g per serving, to only 15g of sugars, and 12 gram (almost 50% of the daily value) of fiber. It is also low in fat, at 5g. A serving, quarter of a pound, provides 442 calories, so it’s certainly not suitable for a small meal, or snacking as you watch TV
When combined with fresh cold almond milk, this granola tastes really good and makes for a great breakfast, or any meal really.
Meal #2 @ 4:15pm
For my second meal, I decided to go with a pre-made Pizza Rolls.
They were good and satisfying. This time I remembered to snap the label of the container they came in, so here are the ingredients:
Meal #3 @ 7:15pm
I was wondering how I should end my 30 day trial, but the answer was obvious – with a green smoothie!
I decided to go with the following ingredients:
- 5oz of baby spinach
- 2 bananas
- 10oz of strawberries
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- 1.5 cups of water
It was an excellent sweet green smoothie. Not only that, but the recipe above yielded an exact 32oz. Almost like an exclamation mark at the end of the entire 30 day experiment
My only snack today was:
- half of a Chocolate Mint Nib Pie – leftover from few days ago
That was a fun, fun, fun 30 days.
You should try it!
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