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Wait! Do I Have an Eating Disorder?? …Post-Raw Day 6

Approaching my one-week anniversary of the completion of my epic Raw journey, something VERY interesting was brought to my attention.  Aside from my airplane salad debacle, I also had a Women’s Health Magazine debacle:

Orthorexia
A fixation with healthy or righteous eating

Orthorexics often eat only organic foods, eliminate entire food groups, or refuse to eat anything that isn’t “pure” in quality, says clinical psychologist Sari Shepphird, Ph.D. Unlike anorexics, they don’t necessarily think they’re fat or strive to be thin; some are motivated by a fear of bad health, a fixation with complete control, or the desire to improve their own self-esteem. Ironically, severe orthorexia can lead to malnourishment.

Okay, so here’s what.  No one tells you that your ambition to be healthy, ward off potential genetic diseases, be energetic, feel youthful and look fit would later, somewhere along the way be classified as an [GULP] Eating Disorder.  No one says that the reward for fending off the American obesity epidemic, and avoiding the fats, sugars, and other unsavory abundant delights would be replaced with the scorn of a mid-shelf magazine.  That the few of us who are courageous and creative enough to take the road less traveled, eating clean when we can, indulging here & there when we want to, and trying to raise awareness as we go; our efforts should be minimized and we should be made to feel there must be some kind of ulterior motives to our apparent madness.
Yes, I choose to eat as healthy as I reasonably can.  Check.  I’ve also eliminated meat, most dairy, refined sugars and simple carbs from my diet.  Check.  Certain items, the “dirty dozen” to be exact, I insist must be organic.  I don’t like to eat pesticides.  Check.  But in making what I deem simple adjustments, delicious adjustments!, I enjoy a life full of much more energy, quality and laughter than ever before.  I’m more intuitive, more thoughtful, and I care more about the planet.  Now, am I thin as a result?  Maybe.  I also make sure I sweat a few times a week.  And of course I’m not afraid of being sick, because I am confident I am feeding my body well.  And as for malnurishment–ask the bunch of Kale, Spinach, Quinoa, Wild Rice (yup! I had bloomed wild rice again tonight, this time with a pesto sauce…mmmmm!), Avocado, Oatmeal, Nuts and Berries, Grapefruit and Chocolate I had today if I’m getting sufficient nutrition.
I understand there are folks with unhealthy perspectives on their bodies, and that have toxic relationships with food.  But when it comes to those who are enthusiasts, and who prefer oats to frosted flakes because they want to stay full past 9, at least give us the dignity of letting us dance to the beat of our own colorful, raw drums.  So am I an orthorexic?  I don’t know.  Am I?  Seems sort of like a made up word anyway.  I kind of love being “fixated with healthy or righteous eating”…especially the righteous part.  But in general, I prefer the term, foodie.
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Two Confessions of a Raw Dieter…Day 3

This is a story about gum and green smoothies.  And how I’m seeing yet another side of all this Raw Diet entails.  So, confession number one:  I am a habitual and compulsive gum chewer.  One piece loses its flavor, chew it for a little longer just to be sure, then immediately replace.  Maybe we should call it “chain-chewing”.  A couple pieces every hour.  I know my dealers (or, people at work who always have gum in case I run out), I know which gas stations, 7-Eleven’s, and grocery stores have my brand in the flavors I like.  That said, imagine my horror yesterday, in the 6th hour of the day when I had a sudden revelation–gum is NOT raw!  I should call this diet the “Imagine my surprise” diet.  Because it feels like everything I experience catches me totally off guard, as if I have no rhyme or reason or direction at all!  In fact, the opposite is true.  I did do alot of planning, and alot of research to bring this diet to fruition.  In doing so, I came across the pinnacle of the Raw Diet: The Green Smoothie.  There are many variations, but the one I have chosen ends up being VERY green, very DARK green, and pretty thick.  Also delicious! 

Nonetheless, this brings me to Confession number two: Raw Diets for the two-week experimenter, like myself are lonely.  You’ll have to read about my collards incident yesterday to get the full picture, but here I am, at my desk, in my cubicle where it’s hard to see if someone is approaching.  I’m drinking my very (delicious) dark green smoothie from my (previously known as) tea cup, on my desk, and here someone comes.  The first expression is usually, “what IS that???!!”, followed by, “Are you actually drinking that??!” then comes the inevitable, “GROSS!”  Really?? I wonder to myself if defending myself and preventing the ostracization that could follow is worth it, or if I should just rock to the beat of my Raw Food drum, and drink my drink.  I decide to drink my drink, not because I don’t care what my colleagues think, but because I think the only thing that can make the situation worse is that I have kale breath that apparently, I can do nothing about:

Jinji’s Green Smoothie, adopted from 24 hour marathon world champion (raw foodist!), Tim Van Orden

  • 3 leaves of Kale
  • A bunch of spinach
  • A cup of water
  • 1/2 a banana
  • Blueberries
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 an apple

Blend and enjoy!

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For the love of Collard Greens…Raw Diet Day 2.5

I have had the fortune of being raised by a mother from Down South.  Tuskeegee, Alabama to be exact, where people love fish fries, collard greens and hoppin johns as much as they love the baby jesus.  Where honey suckles are dripping from their branches, and there’s as many blackberry bushes and cherry trees as there are bible’s on Sunday.  I digress.  My point is, I grew up with a lot of Southern food love.  Since then, I’ve modernized some of the recipes like the hoppin john’s and specific to this post–the collard greens.  Collards have actually become one of my favorite veggies–a little coconut oil, lemon juice and bragg’s and I’m in business!

So I was excited to try them in yet another way on this Day Two of my Raw Diet adventure.  I was all ready with my guacamole, which I knew was super yummy because I made and tasted last night.  But then I had my collard leaves.  Lunch du jour was going to be guacamole stuffed collard leaves.  In retrospect, what an odd combination, but at the time, it seemed brilliant.  At the time.  So first, I take out my container with my de-stemmed, rolled collard leaves.  Un-roll a collard leaf to scoop in some guacamole.  First of all, collard leaves are HUGE.  What did I look like at my desk, in my cubicle at my corporate job unraveling this enormous, raw leaf.  I giggled at myself and went on.  So huge leaf, now scooping in spoonfuls of guacamole.  Still excited about the guacamole, but now it’s hidden in this leaf.  I’m mad at the leaf.  But I take a bite anyway.  Seriously?  Raw collards?  WHO in their right mind EVER thought a raw collard leaf was a good idea?  Sick!  I was offended and appalled, and felt all the sudden like an idiot for manipulating the Tuskeegee collard and hamhock tradition.  Well that feeling didn’t last long, but with the bitterness still in my mouth, I promptly without even missing a beat googled: “How to freeze collard greens”.  I decided I would pretend like this never even happened, I would go home, slice the rest up and freeze for post-raw.  I ate the rest of the guacamole with carrots and a surprised look on my face as I thought about how collard greens could go so wrong!

On my way home, the surprise of my afternoon collards were overshadowed only by my sheer excitement about what I knew was waiting for me at home.  24 more hours had passed, and my almonds were finished sprouting.  I knew I had one successful sprouted almond, but now I imagined the entire bowl full of beautifully plump almonds, each with its own little sprout.  So I get home, still brimming with excitement–I could see the whole thing, removing my papertowel from the bowl and seeing all my almonds.  I raised them afterall with patience and attention for two whole days, I had a right to be excited!  There they were, and they were as beautiful as I’d imagined.  I went about popping each one out of their shells, revealing their white flesh and sprouted tops.  And boy were they sweet!!  Gave a whole new definition to the hoppin john!

Jinji’s Guacamole, adopted from Hooked on Raw by Rhio

  • An avocado
  • Small dice of red onion
  • Small dice of seeded tomato
  • A bunch of cilantro
  • Salt
  • 1 Lime or lemon
  • A date, pitted and chopped
  • A couple shakes of cumin
  • A shake of cinnamon
  • A shake of paprika
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I’m new…And so is my Raw Diet!

I should start by saying I’m not a raw foodist.  I don’t want to give the wrong impression here, as I am a lover of all things food, even though I admittedly do avoid much of it.  In fact, learned a new word in the past few months that pretty accurately describes what I’ve been for the past year and a half: Pesquetarian.  How is that even spelled?  I’m too annoyed by the pretentiousness of it to actually look it up.  But anyway, I’m that word that describes people who are mainly vegetarian, except “we” eat fish too.  But actually, come to think of it, I’ve been staying away from dairy as well as of late.  Yet, it’s rare I have a plate of food without an egg on top of it.  Even my oatmeal.  More on that later. Don’t frown–it’s delicious!

So, back to the Raw Diet.  Today, the Spring Solstice, marks Day one of this latest food adventure of mine.  Two weeks, 100% raw.  As I’ll reveal in the coming days, weeks and months, I’m always on to something new when it comes to food.  I count ingredients, not calories, and I’m a sucker for a new line of chips (Way Good brand…buy some.  Trust me).  Never really in the interest of weight management, more so, and very literally because I love healthy food, and I love to experiment with it (that’s how my pesqu…started!).

I thought it’d be easy.  Somewhere during my initial grocery shopping that became laughable.  And somewhere elbow high in dishes, veggie & fruit shavings, dirty blenders and buried counter tops, it became straight hilarious.  I know it’s only Day One, but this is HARD!  Not for the weak at heart, or mind…or elbow grease!  Not only has it been all consuming, in both time, space, and money, imagine my shock in realizing in order to eat “normally” on Thursday, I had to plan YESTERDAY! But…imagine my delight at my already heightened energy.  My ability to stand the annoying and obnoxious without complete exhaustion.  And my total joy at growing my first almond sprout.  Yep…almonds sprout.  And I sprouted one.

I looked pretty endlessly for sample meal plans for the beginning/experimenting Rawist, and couldn’t find anything easy enough or conclusive enough.  So I’ll start making one here, in case anyone who stumbles upon the blog happens to be looking for a way to get started.  All I’m trying to do is not break the rules and not get hungry.  I’m just a Baltimore girl trying something new!  And as the picture shows, it’s not the prettiest, but so far, it’s damn good.  Oh! And look around too.  These days health foodie stores have lots of easy shortcuts to making this adventure a little more manageable…
Breakfast (7:15): Smoothie: Frozen mango, frozen pineapple, banana, water, 2 prunes; 2 slices of Manna bread (not technically Raw, but practically Raw…reducing my 2 week commitment to hmmmm…90%?  I’m okay with that.)
Snack (9:30): Mini Raw Bar (one of those health foodie shortcuts!)
Snack (11:00) STARVING: 2 dates stuffed with raw walnuts (MIRACLE…dates are like the most energizing things there are! Totally fine after this.)
Lunch (1:30): Green Smoothie: Kale, Spinach (can’t really taste either), blueberries, banana, 2 dates, apple; 2 flax crackers (shortcut) with Nut Pate spread (I’ll include recipes later)
Snack (3:00): Carrots with Zucchini Hummus (mmmm!) & Ants on a log (you know!)
I had an apple on the way home from work, then had an amazing (again, not the prettiest) Eggplant in a spicy thai marinade.  That was actually easy to make, and while it hung out for an hour getting happy, I made lunch for tomorrow.  So, so far so good.  I’m not hungry, and I haven’t broken the rules (completely) yet!
Stay tuned for recipes and photos!  Til tomorrow…laugh and enjoy^^

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