Day 2 - One raw meal a day experiment (except that I had TWO today!)
I'm beyond excited. As I do my research for tasty raw meals to make, I'm in awe at the amount of choices I have. The recipes I've come across tempt me to go raw all the way, but I'm a firm believer in experimenting and easing in. In fact, I counsel my clients on this concept of "crowding out" which simply means: Have more of what you do want and the things you don't want will organically disappear. For sure, it's the more compassionate way to go. If I have a craving for sweets (i.e. donuts), I'll eat a banana first and see if I still crave a donut. I may still want the donut, but I may not want two or three! This applies to life choices as well as food choices. Take smoking cigarettes, for example. Perhaps exercise more - you probably won't want to smoke after a healthy work out. In my experience, for change to be a sustainable one, it has to be made on the slow and steady - anything too drastic could cause a bail out. You may be different, and that's okay.
In keeping with this concept, I started my day with the most refreshing, nutritious juice (pictured here) and handful of raw almonds. I felt nourished and light as I headed into a nice morning hike. My normal breakfast might have been organic local eggs on sprouted toast with butter. Not that that's an unhealthy meal, but I certainly felt a difference. I had a bit more energy and I felt really good about myself and my choice. I needed a little snack mid morning, but overall it felt great to start the day RAW.
Day 2 Juice
- 1 honey crisp apple
- 1 carrot
- 1 bunch of baby spinach
- 1 bunch of pea shoots
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 small summer squash
- 1/2 small cucumber
As the day wore on, I was invited to dinner - or rather, I invited myself and my kids to dinner with good friends of ours. Important tip: Make sure to find good friends that wouldn't think twice about you inviting yourself over for dinner! Lucky for us (or me really, as my children didn't like their food choices), it was a raw meal. Now, I'm not a rude friend so I made a RAW Caesar Salad to bring. I would not recommend, but it was edible. I bet with a few tweaks to the recipe, it might have been good. The main course, however, was delicious! Here's a photo and here's a link to the recipe: Raw Manicotti. My poor children did not have the luxury of being "eased in" and couldn't get past how it "looked". Lesson learned for Mama.
Luckily I brought some nuts they could munch on, and they were beyond delighted to eat the raw dessert! Little did they know just how many veggies and other healthy ingredients lived in these tasty little treats. Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Mousse Cups! Holy AMAZING! All in all, we all left happy and well. The dancing at the end of the night didn't hurt, either...
Be inspired. Eat well. Live well. Be happy.