Raw food trial – day 7

by Bart on October 16, 2009

Awesome! I made it the entire week on the raw food diet! :-)

Aside from this afternoon (more about that later), I have been feeling good eating raw, but not really much different than when eating cooked vegan diet. I certainly get to the point of hunger more often, but at the same time never get that “ugh, I shouldn’t have eaten this much” feeling, so the two cancel out :-)

The only negative that I am seeing so far is the significantly increased frequency of bathroom trips, especially before noon. This could be due to the fact that all my breakfasts are blended smoothies. Although I have been drinking smoothies on and off for a while, and usually they would not cause this kind of an issue.

Still, Victoria Boutenko, who wrote a number of raw food books, including the Green Smoothie Revolution, recommends leaving out fats from green smoothies to prevent digestive irritation. Most of the time I have been using hemp seeds in my smoothies, as they are a great source of Omega-3s and other beneficial fats. I think I will try to incorporate them into my other meals instead, to see if that makes a difference.

Today I had:

Meal #1 @ 8:15am

To keep up the tradition, I started the day with a green smoothie. This time, it was a large 40 oz drink made from:

  • 2 oz of baby spinach
  • 2.5 oz of mixed herbs
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • water and ice

I expected this smoothie to be quite bitter, because of the large amounts of the more flavorful greens, but it appears that the 3 bananas plus hemp seeds were more than enough to mask the bitter taste. The result was pleasantly sweet. I’d definitely put this drink in the good for beginners category.

And yes, drinking 40 oz green smoothie does take quite a while. This one took me a good 20 minutes.

Meal #2 @ 12:30pm

I’m finding that I really like starting lunch with a small salad, so I made my combination of baby greens, tomato, and cucumber for the third day in the row. It looked exactly like it did the last two days, so I did not take any photos.

Once done with the salad, I was ready to dig into that store bought raw chocolate cheesecake. Actually it was called a Chocolate Mint Cacao Nib Pie. This dessert is made by the same local raw food chef who makes the chocolate raspberry cheesecake I had on day 4, so I had very high expectations.

Chocolate Mint Cacao Nib Pie

Chocolate Mint Cacao Nib Pie

It was good, but not as good as the raspberry cheesecake. I found it much too heavy, although my taste might have been a little skewed by the copious amounts of cocoa I’ve already had in the past two days.

About half an hour after I finished my lunch, I started to feel quite a bit nauseous. It was very strange, because I felt I wanted to eat something, although nothing, raw or cooked, appealed to me. Moreover, I was pretty sure if I tried to eat anything I’d probably throw up.

This feeling lasted for about 20 minutes, and I finally decided to make some ginger tea, since it is said to help digestion. Luckily, I started to feel much better even before the tea had a chance to cool off enough to be drinkable.

I cannot be sure, but if I had to bet, I would bet on cacao being the culprit here. It is a strong stimulant, and in the last few days I had a lot more of it than one probably should. From my readings, it seems that many long time raw foodists do not use cacao, or use it very rarely. I think I should do the same. But not all is lost… the pudding I made yesterday, tasted excellent even before I added cacao to it! :-)

Meal #3 @ 6:45pm

I decided not to eat throughout the afternoon, and by the time I finished working, I was starving. But since it’s Friday, I decided to first take a trip to buy food for the upcoming week.

Groceries for a week (or less)

Groceries for a week (or less)

I admit this would look much more impressive had I taken all the produce out of the plastic bags.

Since I had a ton of stuff to take care of this evening, I decided to go with a store bought raw meal, instead of preparing anything. I think I’ve already mentioned the Raw Lasagna, but I do not remember whether I had a chance of sharing a photo before.

Raw lasagna

Raw lasagna

It might not look like much, but it was finger licking good :-)

A raw lasagna is a combination of thinly sliced zucchini, a raw marinara and a cashew based “cheese”. I am going to have to try making one myself some time.

Today, I snacked on the following:

  • 4 plums
  • half a bag of kale tempuraw
  • 1 ginger tea
  • 2 kiwi fruit

One week down. 23 days to go. Maybe more :-)

On to day 8…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 5
  2. Raw food trial – day 6
  3. Raw food trial – day 11
  4. Raw food trial – day 17
  5. Raw food trial – day 29

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