Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Day 17, 213 lbs (7 pound loss)

Yesterday was a detox day. I had headache and was tired. Where is all that energy I had before?
Well I'm hoping today will be easier, so far so good. I am on a roller coaster ride of one day feeling really good and not needing to eat so much and the next day feeling tired and headachey. I am told that's the detox and that it's hitting me hard because I basically went from SAD to raw.

I have always been into health food and tried to transition off and on but I am an all or nothing type. Although I am sure that I am not doing 100% raw, who knows if all the nuts that I eat are truly raw and even the dried fruit. I cant wait for mangoes to be in season so I can dehydrate a bunch. Hmmm I wonder if you can dehydrate avocado to preserve it? I don't know what I'll do when that goes out of season, since it's my main source of fat.

I think I should also start keeping track of what I am eating on here as well.

breakfast: Strawberry banana wheat berry smoothie (with a small amount of walnuts)
snack: raw oatmeal apple cookies 6 small
Lunch: Pizza (yes of course it's raw!)
Salad with avocado
Dinner ?

PS I would like to just congratulate myself on another three pound loss! YAY! I started at 220-ish and now 213!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Day 15

Yesterday was a very difficult day. I had a huge fight over money with my hub and then my 5 1/2 year old was making me nuts. I didn't feel like eating raw. I was seriously craving some hot food. Also it was cold and raining all day. I started to binge on Doritos for a few seconds and realized what was going on, so then put them down. Why sabotage everything because of stress? I did it when my son was screaming at me and I felt like blowing my top. Don't stuff stress down with food eh? Easier said than done.
So today is a new day and I started out with a nice couple glasses of water and a green smoothie and feeling really good.
My favorite green smoothie is this one from "Green for Life" by Viktoria Boutenko;
1 Banana
3 Apples
juice of half lemon
bunch of organic spinach (to taste, I usually put a dozen big leaves in)
2 cups filtered water

blend it up and enjoy!
This is my "cup o' Joe" in the morning. Gets me really fueled up.
Now I am off to make some flax crackers! Thanks to the Good Lord for the flax crackers and my dehydrator! Always a meal available :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Day 11

Day 11,
Today has been a difficult day. I wasn't able to eat just raw today and was very disorganized in general. Had very big cravings for animal protein and while preparing food for the sabbath I wound up eating chicken cutlets (fried no less) and Moroccan fish later on.
Oh well my body was telling me that's what it wanted. I have to listen sometimes, and I am just in the beginning stages of this, going from meat eater to raw vegan in very short amount of time. Some people do this gradually. They have been vegetarian or vegan for many years. And some people say to transition and others suggest doing it 100% from the get go. Theorizing that if you go 100% then you will eventually break the dependency for the cooked food. And that every time you eat cooked food it needs to be eliminated as a detox, and detox can sometimes be unpleasant, headaches breakouts etc. So I figured if I did it 100% I would be saving myself the unpleasantness of detoxing over and over again.
But then there is the Shabbat (sabbath) dilemma. We Jews feast Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Shabbat is a special day and it happens every Friday night (sundown til Saturday sundown). We eat a hot meal, salads with fish and challah then chicken soup. Also chicken, a veggie side and rice or potatoes. Then Saturday afternoon another big meal salads and challah again, then cholent (sabbath stew) potato kugel and chicken shnitzle. And of course both meals end with a dessert!
So this has been my diet saboteur for the past 9 years already. It's very hard to pass up this type of food. I tried to do it raw last week, but just ate the challah (1 piece). I felt much better physically but in my mind I felt like I was really missing the good stuff. So I have been trying to prepare special meals for shabbat that are raw like "turkey" loaf made of nuts and veggies, special raw Chocolate Turtles, lots of salads. We'll see how it goes this week. I'll be back on Sunday with the report!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Day 9

Today was an out day, had a quick breakfast smoothie. My standard, it's quick easy and tasty. Recipe to follow. So then went out this morning to a cafe and normally would have been so tempted by all the pastries that I used to love, but I wasn't! Wow! Hard to believe. I came armed with my raw oatmeal cookies and ordered a salad with lemon and olive oil dressing. I was just fine, no coffee, no soda just good conversation!

Anyway breakfast smoothie:
1/2 cup sprouted wheat berries
1 ripe banana
2 pitted dates
1 heaping Tbsp Raw Cacao powder
1 cup rejuvelac or water (or almond milk)
Blend it up and enjoy! Trust me you wont need coffee! This is energy giving.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Day 8

Well last night I had the most delicious dinner; a big salad with organic Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cukes and avocados, and a sprouted wheat roll with sprouted hummus and a carrot pecan burger. The burger and the hummus are from Alissa Cohen's recipe book "Living on Live Food". So highly recommended! So far I have loved all her recipes and they are super easy to prepare. I actually just had a quick snack of sprouted wheat and flax crackers my own recipe and Mock Salmon Pate from Alissa's book. Yummy is not even the word! This is living!

Sprouted wheat and flax crackers

1 cup of sprouted wheat berries (after sprouting)
2 cups brown flax seeds
3 tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 summer squash or zucchini
2 leeks
3 cloves garlic
any other veggies you prefer
1/4 cup shoyu (or to taste)
1 -2 tsp caraway seeds

In a coffee grinder grind 3/4 of your flax seed to a meal and place in a large bowl. Place the rest of the whole flax seed in bowl as well.
Grind wheat berries this way also ( works better if they are frozen), add to flax seeds.
In a food processor place all the veggies in and grind up until smooth.
Add this to flax mixture and then add shoyu. Mix well.
Spread mixture on teflex sheets on top of mesh dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 105 F for 16 hours.
Enjoy with Guacamole, mock salmon pate, or alone! MMMMMM! Store bought crackers (chemical additives and all) are no comparison to these fresh veggie wonders!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

216 lbs Day 7

I've lost 4 pounds so far and feel absolutely Alive and energized!
I watched a very motivating video Which I think may be to long to post. Too bad! but click the link. Anyway having a little lower back pain and feeling cold but all this is expected at first and keep motivating myself and saying if these people (all the many testimonials that I have read) can do it so can I.
Funny I have been on every diet and have never been so excited or happy about any of them as I am about eating living raw foods. When I was in OA which was my "last resort" I thought it was my only life line, the only way to conquer my "addiction" I was told I was powerless over food. Wow! That's very uplifting and motivating! And that I have a "disease" called overeating. After trying to work with several sponsors that said I have to do what they do (because my addiction is just the same as theirs right? ) And being unable to give it over to my Higher Power to tell them all my food and my faults I went on terrible binges, which I had never done before stepping foot into my first meeting. The guilt cycle just got worse. Well I had enough of that. I do have control over my life and I do have the power to say no to junk foods and I do have the power to say yes to life and good health. Motivation is much more powerful than feeling powerless!
Here's to energy! Here's to life! Here's to well being and enjoying living food to make living bodies!