So, I have tried so many diets in my life. As someone who has always struggled with her weight I have been the diet queen and most of them have only lasted for a little while, some as short as a few days, some a little longer. But from the start, this Raw Food thing has been fun, filling and sustaining. I have never felt hungry, mainly because if you are hungry you eat! Salad, fruit, nuts - whatever takes your fancy as long as it is raw. I have not missed bread at all and I am a breadaholic. I am getting lots of carbs from all the fruit I am eating so I think that is satisfying my body. I am not sure if I have lost weight (which was not the goal anyways) but clothes are fitting much better and I have noticed I have lost that bloat in my belly and my face.
My main reason for becoming a raw foodie was because the eczema on my body and my GI issues. Within 5 days both things had completely resolved. Can you say, Amazing!
Here are the pros and cons I have come up with so far:
- Health benefits of eating a pure diet, no toxins from processed foods going into my body.
- GI system is very happy. Regular pooping is good for everybody.
- Never hungry, can eat when I want as much as I want as long as it is raw food.
- Everything tastes so good; my palate has changed and the rainbow range of food I am eating just tastes wonderful and bright and pure.
- Having to shop for fresh produce every 3 days or so, but I only really go to the produce aisle and the toilet paper aisle (!) so it is super quick.
- You have to be organized and do lots of food prep to set yourself up for success when you are starving and need something to eat NOW! This may be a lot of work for someone who has a super busy job and life.
- Easy to get in a rut with your go to veggie and fruit plate. I solved this by buying a raw food cook book to give me some new ideas.
- This book has lots of wonderful recipes for the fully raw diet so I can change up my salads and salad dressings every day. Also, lots of yummy smoothie recipes. It has really helped!
This is my go to lunch: Rainbow salad with orange ginger and dill dressing.
This is what my fruit bowl looks like now, this will last me about 3 days!
This is what my fridge looks like now, again about a 3 day supply.
Just in case you thought I am making hubby eat this way, I am not. I really am the nicest vegetarian I know because I have no problem handling and cooking meat. I usually make him a chicken sandwich for lunch, but I am amping it up a bit for him. I love Ezekiel bread, it is fully sprouted and has no preservatives and as a result needs to be kept in the fridge, but it is full of nutty goodness. Also, I try not to buy cold cuts, they are full of nitrates and preservatives, so I buy organic grass fed chicken breast, roast and slice them and use them for sandwiches all week.
I found raw trail mix at Trader Joes that I go through fast. It's yummy and filling and I know I am sticking to the raw food mantra. If you don’t live near a Trader Joe's, I feel pretty bad for you, they have amazing organic products at incredible prices!
I am also trying not to be too purist with this whole thing. Being too rigid could derail me fast. So, if I am desperate for something not raw, I will have it. Hubby and I were out running errands last week and we ended up eating out for dinner. I could have had a salad but the pasta with spinach and artichoke was calling my name. I ate it without guilt and really enjoyed it and got back on the wagon the next meal.
So far so good. I am really enjoying this way of eating, it’s not a diet to me as I am not doing it for weight loss but for health. My sense of well-being has risen so much and I am a big proponent for doing whatever you need to elevate your quality of life, so I am going to keep going for as long as I am having fun. I committed to 2 weeks and that has come and gone and I do not see myself stopping anytime soon. I will let you know how it goes!