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…And the Rest is Pudding!

That’s a saying, right?  Well I’m back on the Raw!  But this time, instead of as an experiment, I am feeling really confident and committed to maintaining a high-raw diet.  For me, life is just tastier that way!  And, if I play my cards right, I might find life is easier this way too.  Even having been about 75% raw since completing my raw diet experiment nearly 3 months ago (WOW), I have continued to notice a quiet, very subtle escalation in benefits.  I don’t need as much sleep each night as I used to.  My skin feels lovely, and my jeans fit great!  I have bounds of energy, and I rarely get sleepy during the day.  My mood is good and steady as she goes!

Most my meals are really all raw, except fish here and there, Ezekial bread and grains.  I’ll keep doing those things.  So where does the extra 10% come in to qualify me as a “high-raw” participant in the raw foodie club?  DESSERT.  I’m super psyched about raw desserts, and I know I’ve talked about them here and there, but I’m more convinced than ever of the power of them, and the delicious-ness of them!  Not to mention that moonpie I had at One Lucky Duck that has made me a believer for life.  Not a whole lot of raw fruits in these desserts–its luscious raw cacao, coconuts, cashews, avocados (yup!), oh there are bananas, but then also raw honey, and agave nectar here and there.  The beauty for me, beyond the taste even, if that’s even possible, is that these are Superfoods we’re talking about here!  These are life sustaining, healthy foods to eat.  No guilt.  No food remorse.  All the taste, and then some.

So I am getting started with some experimenting.  Of course I can never leave well enough alone, so I anticipate some slips here and there.  Food wars from time to time.  But I also look forward to some sweeeeet victories!  Oh, by the way, about that avocado.  I’ve heard a commercial on the radio now enough times to really get on my nerves.  Avocado’s are delicious.  They are really healthy, and a fantastic way to get essential fats in the diet.  Huge fan!  And probably personally eat enough of them in a week for 2 people! 

BUT!  Excuse me, Subway.  So sorry to be the one to burst your marketing campaign (really am!  especially since I love avocado’s so much!), but avocados are not a bonafide Superfood.  Cacao, Honey, Coconut, hempseeds, gogi berries, spirulina…these are all super foods for their unique set of diverse and life sustaining properties and array of high levels in minerals and vitamins.  I’m glad you have avocado’s, Subway, really I am.  It makes me feel like on my next road trip if I run out of pre-packed snacks, I can turn to you for a thing of avocados and a packet of salt (do you have sea salt?).  Let’s just be sure not to confuse the masses!  Afterall, haven’t you already tricked us enough into thinking your menu is healthy?  I digress.  To convince you that I truly do appreciate the avocado availability (even if they aren’t Hass), I made pudding last night…and guess who was the star?

Delicious Subway Pudding

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c. raw almond milk
  • 1/2 c. raw cacao powder
  • Raw honey…add by the T until you like it
  • 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Sea salt

Give it a good whir!  And enjoy!

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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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