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Raw Food Experiment – Day 4 Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Feeling just fine today but was up way too late last night.

Breakfast
Green Smoothie
Raw Revolution Raspberry and Chocolate Bar

Headed to lunch to grab some food with my CGW friend @mikeschu at the downtown Whole Foods. Cool to shoot the hay with someone who reads a lot of the same bloggers as me. Mike is a very interesting guy.

Lunch
Raw Pad Thai

I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of this dish. OHHH man was it delicious. And gorgeous too. I will definitely be having it again. I was actually already planning on trying a recipe out for a raw pad thai this week. Can’t wait to see how mine comes out.

Afternoon Snack
Garden Herb Sea Cracker

I’ve been wanting something crunchy like chips. This hit the spot. They are tasty. Very herby, but in a good way.

Dinner
Large salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
2.5 cups of grapes

Daily Totals
Calories: 1748
Fat: 42g
Carbs: 320g
Fiber: 47g
Protein: 49g

Raw Food Experiment – Day 3 Friday, October 1st, 2010

Ok I am totally starting to get the hang of this. Eating raw is really not that difficult. Yes, there is some prep time. But in 10 minutes or so, you can prepare just about any meal. You do lose some flexibility of being able to go out to eat, but it’s not too bad. At this point, I could see myself eating raw maybe twice or three times a week. Whether I do that will depend on if I feel “better” from this experiment. But it’s nice to have options. Did I mention Almonddddddrrrrrooool Milk?

Breakfast
Cranberry Granola
Almond Milk
1 cup Raspberries
4 Strawberries

Cranberry Granola Almond Milk

Strawberries and Raspberries

For breakfast, I crumbled up the granola, which is really more like granola bars, and put it in a bowl with Almond Milk. This was awesome! Very tasty. And it didn’t even feel like I was eating on a raw diet. Very “normal” feeling.

Morning Snack
Raw Revolution Cashew and Agave Bar

Lunch
Chopped Raw Salad

Chopped Raw Salad

Again, I waited way too long to make lunch. But this was a really tasty salad. Kinda tangy. I could use a little more lemon in it, or maybe even double the dressing recipe for the same amount of salad ingredients. Very good though. I really love the chunks of avocado in the salad. So glad avocados are on the list!

I’m not sure if it is because of the raw broccoli or what. But after I ate this I had the weirdest hungry/full feeling the rest of the day. Like I felt full, but my stomach was growling. It could be due to the fact that raw broccoli is not really “good for you”. It is very hard to digest, you reap a LOT more benefits and nutrients from broccoli that is cooked. And it also has a hypothyroid effect on your thyroid gland. That means that if you have a problem with weight gain, you are not going to be helping matters by eating raw broccoli (and others in the brassica family) if you don’t cook them. Even a light steaming can be effective. Needless to say, most raw foodists do not include raw broccoli as a staple. It is ok occasionally, no doubt. You just wouldn’t want to eat it as the main part of a meal every day.

Dinner
6oz Goraw Live Chocolate Granola
1.5 cups Almond Milk
2 Bananas

Chocolate Granola

Dinner was a bit of a chore to eat b/c I still had the hungry/full feeling going on. But it was tasty. Not my favorite granola, but decent.

I was about to go to bed when a friend of mine texted me and gave me free tickets to see Daniel Tosh! So Sarah and I went and caught the show. It was really funny. That guy is one of the most genius comedians out there right now.

Daily Totals
Calories: 1943
Fat: 64g
Carbs: 314g
Fiber: 40g
Protein: 48g

Raw Food Experiment – Day 2 Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Day 2 and feeling a little better than yesterday even.

Started out the day with…
Breakfast
Raw cranberry granola
1 Banana

The granola was really filling. It does have a different taste than traditional granola. But not in a bad way. It’s actually really tasty. Here’s the brand I got.

Before I knew it, it was time to go meet my friend Brian, for lunch at McAlister’s Deli. My first foray into eating out (Beets doesn’t really count as eating out, b/c they cater to raw foodists). Tricky, indeed. I looked at the menu and instantly saw…nothing. So I had to make some modifications (just left some stuff off one of their salads).

Lunch
Modified Greek Salad from McAlister’s Deli (no feta, roasted peppers, or croutons, with vinaigrette instead of greek dressing)

That salad at lunch was pretty huge, so it filled me up well.

Afternoon snack
1 cup Baby Carrots

I waited WAYYYYY too long to start “cooking” (yar yar) dinner, as per usual. I decided to actually try my hand at some actual raw recipes. Here’s what I had:

Dinner
Lemony Herb Fredo Style Raw Noodles
1 cup Raspberries
1 cup Strawberries
2 cups Almond Milk
3 Bananas

Lemony Fredo

The recipe was DEEEEELISH. Really tasty. Next time I make it, I will probably put about half as many herbs as they recommend, just to see what that tastes like, but it wasn’t unbearable. Just a little “spicy”. The zucchini as “noodles” was really pretty darn good. I could easily eat this one again.

I have found my new love in the raw vegan arena. ALMOND MILK. OOOOOOOOOOO MMMMMMMMM GGGGGGGGGG!!!!! This stuff is absolutely DIVINE. I LOVE it. So much better than soy milk, without having to worry about having too much soy in the ol’ diet. It is delicious. I got the plain, original one here. I want to try their unsweetened vanilla one too. But the original is SOOO good. If nothing else comes out of this raw food experiment, I have DEFINITELY found my new milk substitute.

Daily Totals
Calories: 1657
Fat: 56g
Carbs: 276g
Fiber: 70g
Protein: 30g

Raw Food Experiment – Day 1 Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Today I started a one week trial of a raw vegan food diet. I’ve been wanting to try out a raw vegan diet for a while now and the timing was just kinda right. So, what the heck?
Unfortunately, I didn’t do much to prepare for this. I just decided this morning that it was time.
So after a 1/3 mile run in my VFFs (I’m trying to build barefoot distance up without injuring my calves again), I started the day with…

Breakfast
Green Smoothie
– 2 small bananas
– 1 peach
– 1 cup of strawberries
– 1.5-2 cups of baby spinach
1 small banana

I got pretty busy with work and didn’t have any of the food to actually eat, so I went out grocery shopping for lunch. And while I was out I ate..

Lunch
1 large banana
1 HUGOMONGOUS Honeycrisp apple (this thing was the size of 3 normal apples!)
2.5 cups baby carrots

I did get pretty hungry in the afternoon and was still busy busy busy with work. I wanted to see what can be done with raw foods. So I went with my buddy Chris to Beets Cafe. I had a “Green On Me” juice, and some AMAZING portabella fajita salad. All raw. The portabellas were “cooked” with vinegar, and the dish came with hummus, guacamole, and salsa, with some zucchini, onions, and maybe some bell peppers. It was DEEEEEELICIOUS. I would get it again in a heartbeat. It also came with a small sprouted lentil salad and the folks at the restaurant also gave us a sample of a sprouted lentil chili that they are going to try out tomorrow. Good stuff!

Dinner
Portabella Fajita Salad
Green on Me juice

We then made the trek to Wheatsville Coop so that I could get a few last items for my grocery list for the next few days. Specifically, I wanted raw tahini (as opposed to your usual tahini, which is made with toasted sesame seeds). I got the tahini, after not finding it on the shelf, asking about it while checking out, and being told they had it FRESH in bulk. So I bought a small tub of tahini, a VERY small dollop of raw cashew butter, a jar of raw almond butter, and some raw granola bars.

Evening Snack
1/2 raw granola bar

I’m not gonna lie. For a lot of the day I have been JONESIN for something crunchy like tortilla chips. Not sure why that is, you’d think that would be driven by your body’s need for carbs. But I’m eating all fruits and veggies, so it’s nothing but carbs! Interesting. Now that I have some groceries, I feel a little bit better about this experiment. I gotta say that being able to eat guacamole still is a godsend!! I LOVE me some guacamole. I’ll have to watch my fat intake a bit with all of these butters and avocados… but it should be fine.

When I went to the grocery store today, I literally only went to the produce section and then left. Pretty funny. I bought a TON of stuff:
Mandarin Oranges, Baby Spinach, Lettuce Mixes, Grapes, Celery, Mangos, Strawberries, Raspberries, Shredded Cabbage, Baby Carrots, Apples, Cucumbers, Avocados, Tomatoes.

In case it seems like it might be hard to get a proper daily intake of calories and protein… here’s how I fared today:

Calories: 1511
Fat: 18g
Carbs: 321g
Fiber: 58g
Protein: 42g

Oh and I guess I’ll post weight and stats on here starting tomorrow. I like to do that first thing in the morning, not at the end of the day.

No too shabby. I think I can improve on that by eating more meals too. Like I said, today was busy, and I wasn’t prepared.
We’ll see how this goes 🙂