The Raw Foodie Mystification ~ transitioning to raw

When I first got excited about eating raw, I bought a few raw food books and a low budget dehydrator and starting eating raw. And, not that I was looking to loose weight by eating raw, but I thought I might loose a few pounds…boy was I wrong. I might of even gained a few pounds. The problem is is that you get so focused on what you can’t eat that you loose sight of balancing your protein and saturated fats. The truth is that Raw foodies and Vegetarians have to be hyper aware of their nutritional facts and that takes time and experience too.

This is a common raw foodie transition problem. I look at my raw food “cook” books and think. “These are just like your regular cookbook. It gives you recipes but not a balanced diet plan.” When you were a meat eater, did you make every meal out of a cookbook? Most likely, no because that would not only be time consuming and expensive, but also be fairly decadent. See, most of the recipes in a Raw Cook Book involve nuts and quite a bit of them. So, you are loading up on fats with nuts. So, portion control becomes more important that ever! Same goes for avocado. The proper portion of avocado for one person is 1/4 of an avocado per day. Yes! That’s less that half 😉

I remember making a big salad and thinking, I’m eating healthy so I’m just going to put in half or all of this avocado and then sprinkle it with some sunflower seeds for lunch and then dinner would be a zucchini pasta with walnut ‘meat’ balls and then some cashew or almond based dessert. In my head, I would think that it’s all raw and vegan so I’m eating healthy, but for a day of eating, I just overloaded myself with saturated fats.

I also think that there’s an emotional response to the deprivation of cooked food. Cooked food = comforting and so, when one transitions, they may seek comfort in indulgence of fats or justification is 2 servings because you aren’t eating cooked rice or beans etc…

Here’s the Raw Food Pyramid to give you an idea of balancing your diet.

That means that your foundation as a raw foodie is greens and fruit and veggies. The other stuff is in modest portions.

So, you may be wondering “how do I transition then?” And, my advice is to do it slowly. Start by eating 1 or 2 raw meals a day and then one cooked one. (this is how I am eating now) This also helps you to start buying all the stuff you need to be raw. Be intuitive about your body. I highly suggest starting with a raw food cleanse or juice cleanse (check my previous posts) and give your body a clean start and then listen to your body. If you feel like a bean burrito, go for it.

This brings me to another issue with the Raw Food Vegan community as a whole. This, of course, is a generalization. But, there seems to be this egoic attitude that if you are not 100% then you’re out. So, you have people saying, I’m 80% raw or 60% raw etc…It’s just silly to me. It almost gets competitive with some social circles. Like, how raw are you? Somehow your level of rawness makes you more committed or authentic.  That’s just ridiculous. The most authentic person you can be is someone who is honoring their body’s needs at all times. And my body, prefers a balanced diet of raw and cooked meals.Here are some links for some raw recipes!

http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2013/04/27/super-fast-and-affordable-taco-salad-recipe/

http://cookieandkate.com/2012/sweet-corn-salad-wraps/

http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/zucchini-rolls-with-sunflower-seeds-pate-sun-dried-tomatoes-and-spinach.html

and a comic relief video

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MO Raw is Mo Better ~ after the cleanse

Wow ~ I just love doing cleanses. It’s such an amazing way to re-boot the digestive system and the emotional/mental system! I feel so tremendous and I had such ginormous break throughs on limiting thoughts and beliefs that I had that were holding me back. I began to think about how I had drifted so far away from eating mostly raw and remembered how when I tried the 80/10/10 diet that it really threw me off. I don’t want to say that everyone would have the same experience as me, but the fruitarian diet was not for me. I really believe that my lifestyle is just too active for it. Anyways, now that I’m back on board with raw, I was playing with PINterest and finding some awesome links!

Nouveau Raw Nutritional “Cheese” Puffs and Curls

I’m also really enjoying not drinking coffee. It’s so refreshing to know that all of my energy is my own. *Esp if you are a naturally anxious person. I found a affordable dehydrator on Amazon too! Check this out!!!Click this Click this

Ok, and here are some cool Raw food snack links:

Nouveau RAW

Healthy Raw Snacks

PB Banana Stacks

Spicy Kale Chips

YUMMY! Eat more Raw 😀

Plotting and Planning ~ Getting Ready to Cleanse

So, you downloaded the menu and you now you may be feeling overwhelmed with how to get started. So, I’m going to share with you my strategy and it may be how you want to start.

Firstly, I am a coffee lover so I definitely crave my morning cup of Joe. The best way to combat these cravings is with tea or Teechino. I have the Vanilla Nut teechino which is really delicious. You can buy Teechino from Amazon or at Whole Foods Market. I also have quite a good collection of teas from Teavana. Both of these really come in handy!

If you live locally here in South Orange County, the nearest Teavana store that I know of is in the Mission Viejo Mall. It’s not cheap, but they have a wonderful selection of loose herbal teas, decaf roobois teas, green teas and white teas. You want to avoid black tea or mate tea because these are higher in caffeine. This may seem like a little thing, but I’m telling you, if you spend the money on the tea, you’ll be really excited about drinking it. Also, I will steep the fruity herbal teas and cool them for an amazing iced tea beverage with no sugar necessary.

Now for the grocery shopping strategy. I plan on shopping every 2-3 days. If you’re new to this, just focus on 2 days of shopping first. This is because it’s all produce and it’ll go bad if you don’t use it. So follow the KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) 🙂

Here’s my grocery list:

  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut Water
  • Kidney Beans (cancelling beans because they are cooked :p )
  • 5 Lemons
  • 2 Grapefruit
  • 3 Tangerine
  • 3 Oranges
  • 6 Apples (3 green/3 fujis)
  • Fresh Berries and/or fruits for snacking
  • Fresh carrots and/or snap peas for snacking
  • 3 Cucumbers
  • Bunch of Mint
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 container of Spinach
  • 2 Heads of Romaine
  • Container of Mixed greens (for salad)
  • Bananas (look for the sale bananas that are already ripe for freezing)
  • Frozen Fruit (whatever catching my attention, usually blueberries and peaches)
  • Tomatoes (vine and cherry)
  • Green Onions
  • Sprouts
  • Celery
  • Fresh Corn
  • Raw Honey
  • Garlic
  • 2 Zucchini
  • Raw Cashews
  • Smooth Move Tea by Traditional Medicinals
  • Kombucha if needed/wanted

I already have my own homemade Kombucha tea, which I sell DIY kits if you’re interested. But I recommend Synergy’s kombucha teas and these can be quite the treat when you’re on a cleanse or whenever in my case! I love me some Kombucha. I also have my own taco seasoning blend. I recommend making your own because those pre-packs have lots of preservatives and salt. Here’s a good recipe for that:

Taco Seasoning Recipe

So, now that you are set for the first 2 days of cleanse, you have time to check other recipes online. Here are some of my fave sites:

Healthy soups

Radiantly Raw

Raw Addiction

Raw on $10 a Day

There’s seriously a limitless amount of sites available online. Have fun go on google or Pinterest and search for Raw food recipes, raw soups, raw raw raw etc etc… 🙂 You know how to search. Remember nothing cooked 😉

Now, you should also prepare yourself for some possible physical detox symptoms of headaches, slight nausea or sluggishness. This is the body pushing out toxins. You can combat this by drinking lots of fluids, the detox baths, taking hot yoga and even scheduling yourself a nice deep tissue massage or even making an appointment for a colonic. Don’t be afraid. Hehe. It’s good for you!

Now, get ready to cleanse!

7 Day Raw Re-Boot Cleanse

So pumped to start this cleanse! I thought it would be nice to try something a little different instead of doing a juice cleanse. This is a 100% RAW cleanse. So check out my downloadable 7day raw menu:

7 Day Re-Boot

 

So this cleanse is inspired by the amazing Penni Shelton and her book Raw Food Cleanse. If you want to learn more, buy this book! You can go on Pinterest or google recipes for smoothies, juices, soups, salad dressings and even raw food entrees. The rules are semi-flexable too, as long as you keep it raw and healthy. I’ll be sharing some sites with you soon. Subscribe to blog and like me on Facebook to stay tuned in!

 

PS ~ deep tissue massages, yoga (*esp hot), any kind of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and even colonics are suggested but not required.