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Sweet Surrender…Raw Diet Day 10

I was sleepy again today.  I remembered all my restraint yesterday in not drinking the java.  Of keeping it clean.  Not setting myself up to want gum.  I even remembered how proud I was of myself when I made it all the way through the day, and how well I slept last night.  And my delicious sleepy balls!  I remembered they were waiting for me at home.  Even with all these thoughts, I was so sleepy, and it was only 10:30a.

So I did it.  And I did it big.  A girlfriend and I got into the car, and very intentionally drove to Starbucks.  I walked straight passed the apples and basket of banana’s, directly to the girl at the register, and said it: “A tall blonde roast, please”…”room for cream and sugar?”…”no, thanks.”  I wondered if she knew what I was sacrificing in that moment?  That I wasn’t just another customer, but that I was on a mission–now, a mission diverted.  I wish I could lie and say I drank it without any sweetener or cream.  But truth-be-told, I had a delicious cup of blonde roast coffee with a whole pack of…SPLENDA.  It happened.  Went against all my lessons in pretentious foodie behavior, let alone the rules of the Raw.  Do I even like Splenda, you may ask?  Nope.  I think it is, and tastes like poison.  So why did I do it?  I blame exhaustion.  I was so sleepy!!

But I thought about it, in my hours of jitteriness, nausea, hyper-activity and sweaty palms…I thought about it, and decided I wouldn’t feel bad about it.  Even as I chewed the stick of gum I stole from someone’s desk, I decided not to have any shame.  It’s Day 10, and I have done really well!  It hasn’t been easy, and really it’s been pretty tough.  I’ve fought some unbelievable battles, and even won a couple wars in the past week and half.  And I intend to enjoy these last few days without being burdened by the guilt of a cup of joe (although the Splenda is a little harder to get over!) or a stick of gum.  Surely, there’s worse things.  And I’m sure I’ll think of every single one of them as I lay awake in bed for the next 3 nights.

Tonight’s recipe: Forgiveness.

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Just Out of Curiosity…Raw Diet Day 9

I’m not a coffee drinker.  I drink tea, but because I like it, not as a caffeine source.  That being said, I have been known to have a cup of coffee from time to time to make through the mid morning, or worse, mid afternoon.  It’s rare really, but build a couple late nights in a row, mixed with morning work outs, and it’s about the only thing that can keep me above water.  Today was one such day.  Only, today, on day 9 of my Raw Diet journey, coffee isn’t exactly part of the program.  I even tried to reason with myself…”it comes from a plant, so it must be fine”.  Of course, ignoring the bold, bragging all over the front of the box boasting about the roasting techniques they’ve used to create the best, and hottest coffee around.  Sigh.  I also thought about the coffee aftertaste, and no gum rule.

So, out of curiosity, how in the world do raw foodists stay awake?  The energy, I know.  They’ll probably say raw food gives you so much abundant energy, that staying awake is never an issue.  I agree, the diet does provide lots of energy, and good feelings.  But come on, seriously.  How do they stay awake on the other days?  My acquired sugar addiction is already feeling normal, so that’s not helping.  Anxiety about what to eat and when doesn’t really exist anymore, so that doesn’t help!  And to the contrary, feeling full constantly definitely doesn’t help!  And please don’t say cocoa.  Or cacao.  Or dark chocolate.  Or some other superfood.  They each have about 1/32 the amount of caffeine as coffee, so we’ll just put those in the delicious feel-good category.  Not stay awake category.  Oh, here’s a thought…maybe, just maybe raw foodists take…wait for it…NAPS!  Yes, I think they take naps.

But, alas.  Just in case, I thought I would give it a shot with what I had in the pantry:

Jinji’s  Sleepy Balls

  • 1/4 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c unsweetened coconut shreds
  • alot of cinnamon
  • a few good shakes of salt
  • 1/3 c raisins, or dried cranberries, or something else sweet and dried.  Not apricots.
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T cocoa

Mix it all together!  And use your hands, it’s fun! Make little balls and refrigerate.  Will it wake you up if you’re sleepy? Suspect.  But are they delicious? YES!  So enjoy & take a nice nap!

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