Like most, I am obsessed with health and diet. This obsession started early, around 15 or so. Throughout this time I have worked out upwards of 6 days a week. I have done my best to “shop smart,” whatever that means. I am guilty of most health no no’s including smoking, drinking, eating raw cookie dough, and consuming a full family size bag of M&M’s. The smoking and drinking were easy for me to give up because unlike sugar, caffeine and the rest, smoking and drinking are “frowned upon” in a lot of circles I frequent. Sugar, caffeine, and meat are not considered bad by most. Or at least are acceptable pleasures of life. People don’t expect others, including themselves, to be able to say no to such temptations as soda, donuts, chips, cookies, and a 5lb steak. Yet, how dare you look at porn, smoke, or binge drink! WHAT!? This has always been absurd to me. Never the less, it is what it is. However, I don’t have to continue down this path for myself. I can choose, yet again, to take a more narrow path. And this is where my journey begins…
Our family recently watched several documentaries on food and health. A friend recommended Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. We followed that with Forks and Knives, The Gerson Miracle, The Beautiful Truth, Food Inc, and Ingredients.
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead follows the life of two men who are… well… fat sick and nearly dead. It is a real eye opener. Seeing these two men heal themselves literally from the inside out, was amazing. Being able to completely heal their bodies without one pill, going to the doctor only for blood work, so awesome.
I will eat raw, mostly juice for 30-60 days
- age – 31
- height – 5ft 1inch
- weight – 148
- BMI 28 – overweight
- chronic illness – no
- medication – no
- lose 28lbs
- high energy
- clear mind
Here we go!
Weighed in 148lbs
Delicious morning juice 4 carrots and 2 peeled oranges
I was so happy my juice was so good! My biggest worry was not being able to stand my juice. Both boys had a sip and begged for more.
Snack was an attempt at green juice. Not sure if it is me or my juicer… but the spinach was not juiced well. Had 2.5 cups spinach, 2 peeled kiwi, 1 green apple, 1/2 peeled lime. This was very strong, I’m pretty sure it was the lime that made it so powerful. Still, I was able to drink it.
Lunch was not so successful. I tried a green juice with much “green” in it. I didn’t like it but I don’t think it was because of the juice… I don’t think the juicer was able to juice all the greens. But that is ok.. I was was able to make up for it with a different drink.
One thing that struck me this afternoon was how difficult it was to not think about food. I was in the middle of a Bible study and read something that I needed to “chew” on. Usually when this happens, I literally get up and go to the kitchen. I did just that. I stood in the kitchen and asked myself what the heck I was doing? I grabbed a glass of water and went back to my study. New habits!
Dinner was carrots and apples… good juice but not as delicious as carrots and oranges.
All together I made about 52oz of juice today. I didn’t drink as much water, maybe 24oz.
I felt good all day, but know that my body has not realized what is going on. I am sure the hardest is yet to come.
Early to bed!
All raw all the time!
It is so amazing how God has designed our bodies. If we give our body what it needs, it WILL heal itself!
Day 2 notes:
I do not have any motivation to work out yet. Hopefully soon!
Breakfast was 6 carrots 4 oranges still one of my faves.
At about 11 my most favorite deink 4 carrots, 5 apples, 20 strawberries with a handful of back raspberries. This definately goes down easy!
Lots of water to try to help my headache
A headache plagued much of my afternoon. I finally relented and took 3 tylenol.
At about 3 pm I choked down some green juice. Still haven’t been able to make a good green juice yet. Holding my nose worked. 8oz
For dinner I had a green salad w veggies and oil/vinegar dressing. Never tasted so good! Loved every bite!
I am going to go all raw for the next 30-60 days. Nothing cooked. I have some recipes on Pinterest if you are interested take some time and check it out
Did you know that if you consume more than 51% of your meal cooked your body will treat it as a foreign organism. However, if your meal consists of over 51% raw food and the rest is cooked your body will not react to that cooked food as an enemy. (Resource: Food Matters) Go Raw!
The Raw Food Pyramid
Fruit and Berries
The basis of the Raw Food Pyramid is made up of ripe fruit and berries. This is because fruit should be where we get most of our calories. These give us fuel, mostly in the form of carbohydrates, which our body converts into energy. If we were to compare fruit with vegetables we would see that fruit contains a lot more calories than vegetables.
Apart from being a great source of carbohydrates fruit also contains some fat and some protein. And, of course, we get lots of vitamins and a bunch of minerals as well.
Vegetables and Green Leaves
Higher up in the pyramid we find vegetables and green leaves. Green leaves could be seen as vegetables but we have chosen to accentuate them. That is because getting enough green leaves into our diet is essential, and this is where many who try eating a raw food diet miss out. About 4% of the calories should be coming from green leaves. That is about 450 grams of green leaves per day for a person on a 2000 kcal/day diet. A great way of eating the leaves is to make green smoothies with them.
Vegetables and green leaves contain little fuel but a whole lot of minerals and a bunch of vitamins. It is usually from green leaves that we get sufficient amounts of nutrients such as calcium and iron.
Nuts, Seeds and Avocados
Nuts, seeds and avocados are at the top of the pyramid. These provide us primarily with fats and protein. It is important to get enough fat in our diet. However, the fact is that we need a lot less than most think. A healthy fat intake for an adult is not more than 10 E% (energy-percent). Most westerners on a cooked diet eat two to three times as much, and many raw fooders eat even more. When our intake of fat is higher than 10E% it becomes difficult for our body to function optimally. The uptake, transport and delivery of oxygen to the cells becomes compromised. Problems with blood sugar may start. Heart disease may form. There is a whole host of potential problems.
The total fat intake for a whole day may correspond to as little as two thirds of an avocado, for a person on a 2000 kcal/day diet.
When we eat raw foods we have the great advantage of having all of the micro nutrients mixed and served in a perfect manner for our body. By making sure that we get the fuel distribution correctly, we do not really have to think too much about individual nutrients. Fuel is found in three sources: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. According to studies on how to prevent and even reverse all sorts of chronic conditions (heart disease, diabetes, etc) the way to distribute fuel is:
- 80 E% carbohydrats
- 10 E% protein
- 10 E% fats
I feel great! I was able to sit through an entire “Roma’s take-out” meal and eat my leafy greens. Knowing I would feel better then them in about 20 minutes hehe. And so I did.
After a headache for the last 2 days, it was nice to feel like exercising and a friend called just at the right time!
I also found out today that my “green monster” drinks would taste a whole lot better if I took off the hard stem from the kale leaf. >< Having never eaten kale before, I had no idea I needed to do this. However, I had put kale in my salads without the stem and had thought the salad tasted great. I appreciate this leafy green in more ways then one!
Did you know…?
Kale is a member of the brassica family along with cauliflower, collard greens and broccoli.
Kale is an excellent source of…
- Dietry Fibre
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1, B2, B6
- Vitamin E
…as well as a host of other phytonutrients.
Just one portion of kale is only 36 calories but it provides:
- a massive 192% of your daily vitamin A needs
- 89% of your vitamin C
- 10.5% of your daily fibre requirements
- and more!
Kale contains sulphorane. What’s so special about that? Sulphorane encourages the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer causing chemicals, especially those connected to chemically-induced breast cancer and colon cancer.
I spent some time getting a 7 day breakfast lunch dinner snack menu planned. Two hours later, I had created two menus. One for the kiddos and one for me. Scott fits in there somewhere between all of us. He will most likely eat the kids menu at the moment. Until we get our juicer. We are purchasing the Breville Juice Fountain Plus. I can’t wait!
So I thought I would share our menu plan for the next seven days. I will share recipes as I make them.
mom’s menu (breakfast: bb = blueberries sb = strawberries and rb = raspberries)
Lot’s and lot’s of kitchen prep but I think it is worth it. To have such healthy meals and snacks available to us and for us to enjoy is important. I had to take some time to convince Joshua to give up his boxed mac n cheese. We compromised with grilled cheese and carrots. Not bad!
I never have been creative when it comes to salads. Chef salad, veggie salad, and ceasar salad is as good as it gets for me. And I’ve enjoyed them all. However, my salad choices almost always included cheese and a heavy dressing and, of course, don’t forget the croutons. Usually by the time I am done with a salad, I may as well have eaten a cheeseburger and fries. So… with the help of Pinterest. Here are some salad recipes I am making this week in order to mix things up. (just click the pics for the recipe)
Now that’s a salad makeover!!
It has been one week since starting the raw and juice 30 day challenge. After a rough couple days at the start of the week I feel fantastic! I am thinking more clearly. I am more productive. I have way more energy. And did I mention I lost weight? A total of 7lbs. Honestly, it’s to be expected. I am not eating anything that would cause weight gain. No meat, no dairy, only fruits and vegetables. Which is completely healthy by the way. I am getting all my nutrients just fine! As long as I eat the rainbow I will get all I need. The most surprising of the weight loss is where I am losing weight. Are you ready for this? Belly! That’s right, the trouble spot for most moms and I was never excluded from this group. I always assumed it was inevitable unless I was some “lucky Lou” whose genes were made of gold or something. Not so! It is possible after all. At least this is what I have found to be the case in the last 7 days. I will take more measurements today to keep track.
I came across a great site today for storing fruits and veggies. A how-to guide. My refrigerator is stacked to the top with fruits and veggies. But with all that produce, my biggest worry is shelf life. This guide was definitely helpful… click the pic to go to the site.
I am writing this on Friday to be posted Saturday. SHABBAT SHALOM!