28 days of me

Day 24

So How Much Does It Cost?

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Show today's stats
calories consumed
total weight lost / gained
-1 KG
current weight
54 KG
hours slept
10 hours

Anything Interesting Happen?

A few people have asked me how expensive it is to eat raw. I haven’t been keeping a record of exactly what I’m spending but it does feel like it is quite a bit less than normal. What’s expensive are the raw ‘treats’ (meaning store bought muesli, crackers, health bars, chocolate) but I have only been buying these things occasionally. I needed to stock up on different pantry supplies at the beginning of the month – nutritional yeast, raw cacao, wheatgrass, seeds and nuts, tamari, tahini etc so initially I did spend a bit more.

Luckily I live above a market and can get a lot of my supplies – especially nuts and seeds a lot cheaper than if I was buying these from a grocery store. One Saturday I spent over €40 at the nut stand  – I knew I was going to buy a lot and I really wanted to say ‘Ok, I’m going to go nuts here’ but it looked like it might be lost in translation so I opted to just keep it to myself ;-)

You also need a blender – I have been using mine (well my flatmate Kris’s…who joins me today for 5 days of raw!) at least twice a day and it would have been a very different experience without one. I would actually go as far as saying I probably wouldn’t try a raw food diet without one so that may be a cost you will have upfront.

But, I am going out way less and spending substantially less money on nice dinners and alcohol, so overall I haven’t spent as much money this month as I usually do. I can only talk about my personal experience and if you are someone that usually doesn’t go out much, and really wants to buy more of the packaged raw treats, then eating raw may actually work out more expensive for you.

Today I had a migraine :-( I suffered for a couple of hours and then took a migraine tablet around 4pm. I had planned on doing a yoga class but decided a walk was nicer on my brain than spending 90 minutes in 40 degree heat.

What Did You Eat?

— Green smoothie: Frozen cherries,banana, orange, kale, ginger, wheatgrass.
— Hot water with lemon

28daysofme raw Day 24

— Zucchini fettuccine with sun-dried good heart tomato sauce (recipe link below)

28daysofme raw Day 24

— Super salad: spinach, beetroot, carrot, tomato, mushrooms, activated almonds, alfalfa sprouts, almond milk dressing (recipe below)

28daysofme raw Day 24

— Handful of nuts (brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts)
— Rest of my green smoothie
— Handful of dried fruit and nuts
— Mandarin
— Dates

How Are You Feeling?

Good. A bit tired and flat now from the migraine medication.

Recipes And Facts

The sun-dried good heart tomato sauce was great! The recipe again was from Jónsi & Alex’s recipe book.

Dinner salad:
I grated the carrots and beetroot and marinated them in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper for 30 minutes
The almond milk dressing is the left over milk from the nut cheese I’m making at the moment. To make the cheese you blend together almonds, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and then place the mixture in a cheese cloth. The liquid that comes out of the cheese makes a really nice dressing!
I then threw in the spinach, tomato, mushrooms, alfalfa and activated nuts, plus a spoonful of basil pesto – yum!