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Day 25

Getting Real About Raw

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Show today's stats
calories consumed
kcal
total weight lost / gained
-.8 KG
current weight
54.2 KG
hours slept
8 hours

Anything Interesting Happen?

I have been reading a lot recently about raw food and transitioning into a mostly raw diet and it has inspired me to write a post about getting real on this stuff.

My experience so far has been mostly positive – I feel great, I have lots of energy, apparently my skin is nice and radiant (lucky me!) But…it is not all roses.

1. I have read about how switching to a mostly raw food diet is great because it saves you time in the kitchen. For me it has actually been the complete opposite. Just because there is no cooking involved it doesn’t necessarily reduce your kitchen time. I made raw cheese over the weekend – this involved going to the market to buy the nuts, soaking the nuts overnight, draining them, adding flavour, blending, then straining the mixture through a cheese cloth, setting the cheese in the fridge overnight and then (optional) dehydrating for at least 8 hours. Trust me, buying a block of feta from the supermarket to crumble on your salad takes a lot less time!

2. For the first two weeks I was struggling with not ever feeling full. I don’t mean I was hungry (well, that too at times) – but I mean not feeling like you do when you eat a bowl of mashed potatoes or a burger. It was SUCH a frustrating feeling. Now I feel great – my body has adjusted and I’m no longer craving that fully belly sensation but at least for the first 10 days or so I was searching for this sort of ‘comfort’ and feeling slightly odd when I couldn’t achieve it.

3. It takes time for your body to transition. I was nauseous almost every time after I ate for a week. A friend of mine felt pretty rotten for 6 days before she even started to feel the benefits of raw. I’m sure for everyone it is different but it is important to realise that you are probably not going to feel great from day one.

4. Raw cauliflower isn’t EVER going to taste like rice, no matter what you do to it. Some recipes have blown me away at how tasty and satisfying they are but raw food is different from cooked food so it isn’t going to taste the same. My freshly made nut cheese looks a lot like regular cheese but in reality it tastes like savoury marzipan. I love it – it gives me a different texture that I can add to my salads but don’t be fooled into thinking it will taste like a piece of camembert!

5. It is very time consuming. If you are happy to live on basic salads and some fruit then this wont apply to you but for me my diet has to be interesting and most import – taste good! It takes time to research recipes (until they are in your repertoire), it takes time to find the ingredients especially if you haven’t used them before and need to go to health food store or markets to find specific things, and it takes time to prep the food – lots of soaking, blending, adding flavours, dehydrating, freezing, refrigerating. And don’t forget you are making (almost) everything – pestos, dips, hummus, crackers, sweet treats…everything that you may have bought from the supermarket before (or at least when you were too busy to create the homemade version) you need to make yourself.

6. It can be anti-social. You can feel lonely or left out. You might even feel a bit weird and question why you are doing it in the first place.

There is so much great info out there on transitioning to a mostly raw diet but there is some misleading information (that usually comes with lovely images of  women smiling and eating salad) that just isn’t real. Some articles I have read made me think that the writer has never actually tried a raw diet at all.

As you can probably tell from my recent posts I’m a pretty big fan of eating raw right now but I also think it is important to get real on this stuff – I would definitely encourage people to give it a go but just make sure you know it isn’t all going to be a walk in the park.

What Did You Eat?

Breakfast:
— Green smoothie: (just for a change!) pear, kiwi, fresh orange juice, ginger, spinach, wheatgrass, mint
– Hot water with lemon

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Lunch:
— Super salad: mixed greens, tomato, beetroot, hemp seeds, raisins, pear, activated almonds, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper

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Dinner:
— Coconut wraps (store bought) with tahini dipping sauce (recipe below)
— Banana ice cream with coconut and cacao

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Snacks:
— Raw chocolate (store bought)
— Mixed raw nuts

How Are You Feeling?

A lot better than 9am today! I woke up with a migraine – the worst kind…knowing you will have to deal with it all day but I’m feeling like myself again now and have my fingers crossed for a migraine free day tomorrow :-)

Recipes And Facts

Tonight I made coconut wraps. I bought the wraps and then filled them with avocado, alfalfa, grated carrot, red pepper. They were tasty but slightly odd because I kept thinking I was biting in a rice paper roll…so the coconut flavour kept catching me off guard! Coconut, tahini, tamari, veg – toats Aysh Fyoush ;-)

I made this dipping sauce to go with the wraps (it is a variation of a dipping sauce from Judita Wignall’s Raw and Simple)

Tahini
Lemon juice
Water
Coriander
Fresh chilli
Red pepper
Garlic
Ginger
Agave
salt and pepper

Blend!!!

I made raw almond cheese again on the weekend. This time I got a bit more creative with the flavours – I added nutritional yeast, paprika and more garlic and salt. I prefer this version as it have quite a bit more flavour. Basic recipe is here

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