An Update: Raw Food Diet

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:

Pros

  • 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. 

Cons

  • 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!

Xo
Angie