Yesterday, on Day Five of the Raw Food Challenge, I ate:
– 1 glass lemon water with 1/2 scoop calcium/magnesium powder and leftover banana pancakes smeared with sesame seed butter and topped with frozen blueberries
– 1/2 apple with chocolate spread and a few sweet potato chips
– 1 apple and a water bottle filled with lemon water and 1/2 scoop calcium/magnesium powder
– Bag of carrot sticks, celery sticks, and slices of green pepper, along with some “trail mix” (cashews, filberts, walnuts, sweet potato chips, and raisins), plus 1 cup rooibos tea
– 1 date dipped in sunflower seed butter, 1/2 apple, and flatbread smeared with mashed cauliflower, a smidge of avocado, and topped with sprouts
– 1 cup herbal tea and 1/2 apple
The Struggles of Eliminating Cooked Foods
My first day of the Raw Food Challenge went something like this:
– Wake up: Tummy is still full from last night’s Last Supper of stir fry, wine, cheesecake, and popcorn. About an hour after getting up, I make a smoothie. It’s not very good when it doesn’t contain unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze. I drink it anyway and think that I’m off to a good start.
– Twenty minutes later: I cruise the Internet looking up raw food information. I learn that peanut butter is never raw. Eep.
– Half an hour later: I want something to crunch on. I cut a big carrot into sticks and eat that. I want bread. Or crackers. Something crunchable of the grain variety.
– Ten minutes after that: I go to my pot of soaked chickpeas. They’ve been soaking for about 24 hours. I munch on a chickpea and spit it out. The chickpeas have definitely not been soaking for long enough.
– Two minutes later: I say screw it and brave the cold to walk in -30something degrees C weather to borrow the food processor from the mother dear’s place. I needed to make a proper meal.
– Rest of the day: Cruised food blogs and drooled over the pretty photos and recipes for cooked foods.
I adore bread. I really truly adore being able to munch on something hardy. Or to nibble on crackers/popcorn. I prefer chewing on grain-based foods as opposed to drinking my meals. But a big part of eating raw is consuming smoothies and juices, and foregoing breads.
In one way, I think this is really good, because now I can also find out if I have any gluten intolerances. Ever since meeting Shirley (she of the blog Gluten Free Easily) at the POM Blogger Harvest Tour in California in October, I have been fascinated by gluten-free diets. It sounds as though everyone, to some degree, has a gluten intolerance. Granted, I’m still including foods such as wheat germ in my diet, but it could still be interesting at the end of this month to eat some bread and find out if it agrees with me or not.
Regardless, it’s only been a few days, and within the first few hours of going raw I wanted bread. Gotta get used to this!
The interesting thing that I found was how quickly I have become satisfied over the past couple days. I’ve been eating considerably less than what I’m used to, but I haven’t been starving. Instead, I’ve just been comfortable with the amount that I’ve eaten. Not enough to fill me up, but enough to satisfy me. Once I had the nut/seed butter dilemma solved and started incorporating nuts into my diet, and once I made the flatbread from the juice pulp, it was much easier to eat raw.
Tracey asked if I’ve been feeling deprived at all. I’m not sure that I’d use the word “deprived”, but I have been “feeling it”. It’s not like I’m craving processed junk, but I’d really like a bowl of hot oatmeal. Or a classic PB&J sandwich. It’s the simple foods that I eat often and take for granted that I’d really like to eat now!
…and, okay, it would be nice to have a cookie. Or tacos. 😀
At the moment I have no raw oils except for some raw hemp seed oil that I spooned off the top of the jar of hemp seed butter in my fridge, so being able to have the nut butter helped with the satiety of the fats. The problem here is that I don’t want to go overboard on my consumption of nuts for both health reasons and financial reasons. Nuts are very expensive! I also feel a tad limited because I can’t get peanuts, almonds, or pistachios that are raw at any of the grocery stores I go to, so the only nuts I can buy are walnuts and cashews. Sunflower seeds are fairly inexpensive to buy in bulk, but seeds aren’t quite the same as nuts, at least to my mind.
Interestingly the juice pulp patties, although they are a mixture of vegetable and ground flaxseed/buckwheat, also really helped to settle my craving for bread. It doesn’t matter so much what the bread is made of, so long that it is in bread or cracker form, in order to help with the craving!
What kind of problems have you had to deal with when making the transition from one way of eating to another? Do you also find that as long as the form is the same, the ingredients don’t affect you as much?