I keep failing to maintain 100% or even 90% raw food now. I am going to start my second master cleanse tomorrow. So this is going on hold for a while.
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I started a 3 day apple fast yeasterday to help get me back on track. I have done this before. It is a very good short cleansing fast, the great thing about it is that it’s a fast but you still eat.
Although it gets quite boring eating the same things it is also quite liberating in the sense that you don’t have to worry about what you are going to make to eat for 3 days.
You eat nothing but organic apples for 3 days, you need to drink a lot of water because apples soak up water due to their fibre content. You can also drink organic apple juice.
To break the fast you drink orange juice on the morning of the 4th day and 2 tablespoons of good cold pressed oil like olive oil, I prefer flaxseed oil though (which I normally take everyday anyway)
If you are going to do this it is best to buy a book about it or do lots of research.
This will hopefully help to push me back to 100% Raw. I want to rid myself of these horrible emotional attachments I have to food that is so bad for me.
I have been eating cooked food again lately, fallen down again. I have purchased Shazzie’s book from Amazon, her book is supposed to help with the transition a lot.
I have also been looking at recipes on www.fromsadtoraw.com this has helped.
Yesterday I was 100% Raw again. I hope to continue from here and try again.
One of the things that I have discovered is not only is cooked food carcinogenic and devoid of enzymes and a lot of nutrients (which most of us know) it is also highly addictive.
It makes perfect sense; I never crave Raw food, I often think hmmm a pear would be nice or something like that but I don’t tend to crave it like cooked food, plus I never over eat raw food, not because it’s not as tasty as cooked, it’s always delicious when I create an elegant dish of raw food.
My body recognises that it has what it needs faster with raw I suppose.
Cravings for cooked food when detoxing are crazy, you crave the absolute worst foods just like a junkie in detox. We need a cooked food anonymous or something.
So eating a diet of some cooked and some raw isn’t going to work for me at all, the cooked food cravings will make me want to eat it every meal, I just need to get to the point that I no longer desire cooked food.
Breakfast this morning was blended almonds with a little olive oil, sea salt and seasonings, with some chunks of apple and banana thrown in and mixed up. A very tasty raw breakfast cereal indeed.
My only other problem is that it is so expensive to just eat raw, go figure huh? Eating mostly fresh produce (organic of course which doesn’t help the cost) is more expensive than eating a cooked, processed and manufactured diet.
I am still here though and still working on it.
In the past week I have been going anywhere between 80 – 100% Raw. I still feel pretty good, but I want to get back to 100% all the time again.
I am going to buy a Juicer on my way home from work tonight, I want to drink more organic fresh vegetable juice. I hate tomato juice so it is probably better that I do make my own because any vegetable juice you can get from the store always, always contains primarily tomato (which is a fruit, go figure).
I get a vegge vibe sometimes from Zumo Juice but it’s not organic another reason I want to make my own. It has Carrots, beets, cucumber, celery.
I have also decided that I want to do a Liver Flush, but can’t do that until I do a Parasite Cleanse (Have you researched the disgusting topic of human parasites? Yuuukkk!), paraste cleanse has become the biggest priority, and before I can do a parasite cleanse I should do a bowel cleanse.
I did the Master Cleanse about a month ago and now 3 more cleanse type things! It’s OK though I already have bowel cleanse stuff, and the parasite cleanse is in the mail.
Anyway… Back to Raw, I am going to eat as much Raw as possible hopefully getting back to 100% or staying very close.
I have put together a fitness program on www.freetrainers.com you can even generate an at home program even if you have no weights or equipment, it looks great.
I am off to the gym tonight to get started with my program.
Hopefully working out 4 times a week will cause me to come to rely on the energy and power of Raw.
I should probably note that since becoming vegan and more raw over the last 6 months I have lost 55 pounds, I was 253lbs right now I am 198lbs. Hardly anyone believes I weighed that much, because I am 6’3” I must have been carrying it well.
I made my Raw Chili last night it was nice and spicy, another one of my own recipes. So here it is:
Makes 1 serving.
2 large tomatos
1 1/2 cups sprouted mung beans
2 sun dried tomatos (soaked for at least an hour)
1 ts cayenne pepper
1 clove garlic
1 t fresh parsely
3 small mushrooms chopped
1/4 green bell pepper chopped
1/4 red onion chopped
In a food processor with the S blade, puree the 2 tomatos
Add garlic, parsely, jalapeno, cayenne, dates, a little black pepper, sundried tomatos and the half cup of the mung bean sprouts then blend until grainy.
Place the remaining mung bean sprouts on a plate or in a bowl like rice (or you could use sprouted brown rice but I didn’t have any), add chopped bell pepper, mushroom and onion to your sauce and serve over the mung beans or sprouted rice.
If you do opt to use sprouted rice you may want to add some of the whole mung beans to your chili at the end too.
-Sorry didn’t get a picture of this one.
Today is another quite simple day for breakfast and lunch
Kiwi, 2 small plums, pear, apple.
Today I have been thinking about how to create spicy indian dishes in my Raw diet, I have looked at a couple of recipes but they arent quite what I am looking for.
I have an idea, I am going to marinate my vegetables in olive oil and shoyu soy sauce to soften them and add a rich flavor, then create a curry sauce based on a cooked recipe but with some variations as I see fit, for example I will blend sprouted lentils into it to thicken it up.
Perhaps serve it over sprouted rice too.
I will post the recipe if I can get it right.
Today is a very basic day, lots of fruit.
Small Plum, Kiwi, Banana, Apple
Nak’d Bar, 2 Apples
Raw Chili – with sprouted beans
My skin is looking better and better, it is so toned and soft and its overall appearance is smoother.
I have broken out a little bit but it is resolving itself quickly, I think it is my body going into detox and purging toxins that have been stuck in the skin.
I am looking forward to having clear skin, I struggle on and off with acne so I am hoping it will be gone for good soon and I can have the healthy glowing skin that other Raw Foodist’s talk about.
I still feel really good, woke up with plenty of energy. I am looking forward to another Raw day.
If you have read other posts of mine you will notice I mention drinking lemon water often, this is because lemons and limes one of the most abundant food sources in vitamins and minerals you can eat. I sometimes add grade B maple syrup for even more minerals, I do take a mineral supplement but no vitamins except for B12 (because we don’t drink rain water or eat food without washing it so the bacteria that causes B12 is missing from a vegan diet, animals do eat this bacteria which is why animal products are a source of B12)
Lemon and maple syrup water was taken from my experience on the Master Cleanser.
A Pear & a Plum, lemon water
Cucumber Noodles and marinated vegetables w/ young salad leaves
Pepper halfs stuffed with avacado and carrot (Recipe below)
Peppers Stuffed With Carrocardo
1 large or 2 small fresh carrots
1 large red or yellow bell pepper
1 large or 2 small ripe avocados
1 tomato (diced)
Young salad leaves
1/8 cup diced onion
2 t lemon juice
Slice the bell pepper in half.
Shread the carrot.
Remove the flesh from the avocado(s) and, using a fork, mash the avocado into the shreaded carrot and add lemon.
Add fresh garlic, black pepper, rosemary and a dash of sea salt, mix well.
Scoop out bell pepper halfs and stuff with the carrot-avocado mixture.
Serve with young salad leaves, onion and tomato (and any other salad you want and add your favorite dressing)
You can add the onion and tomato to the stuffed peppers if you wish but I prefer to put them on the side.
Picture above, I modified my recipe a little when I made it this time, as you can see.
Well today I started out Raw, but I eat some cooked food at lunch time. My Mother had asked me to go have dinner with her on Saturday night because it was her birthday the day before, I was glad when she canceled because I wanted to make sure I stayed Raw, but today she asked to grab lunch with her.
The place she wanted to go to is a Cantonese and Thai place, we went there and I eat some raw and some cooked.
I don’t feel bad about it though, my mindset is still focused on Raw and I don’t feel like I should just eat more cooked because I have “screwed up”. So, Raw dinner tonight and I will continue with my Raw diet tomorrow.
When I got home from the restaurant I took some Chinese herbs that I have that promote digestive function (I honestly would tell you the names of them but even though I am learning Mandarin I cannot read it at that level yet), I got them from a traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner for help with some acne I had about 9 months ago.
I also took some Bentonite Clay and Psyllium Husk (also referred to as a P&B Shake) to help get rid of the toxins from the cooked food and to keep my digestion moving so that this cooked food does not set me back much, if at all.
My face still feels really soft and toned, I really like touching it. I have to stay raw, I wont give up the improved skin appearance, high energy level and well being like I have in the past.
I think the main thing I can offer you from this experience is this: Don’t feel bad if you give in and eat cooked at any time. Cooked is the way you eat your entire life, it won’t change overnight, but if you stick with it you will continually learn new ways to stay raw.
You just have to stay focused on the goal and keep things in perspective.
Apple, Kiwi, Banana
Cooked (oh well). The key thing is I didn’t eat too much.
Nak’d Bar, Pear, Grapes
I drank lemon water with maple syrup around dinner time too.
Today was around 60% Raw, I really didn’t eat that much when I think about it though.
I am very much looking forward to jumping back on the proverbial 100% raw wagon tomorrow!
Well, here it is day 6 and I haven’t screwed this up by eating anything cooked yet like I always do. I have made raw pasta marinara for lunch to help me out.
Orange, apple. Nak’d Bar as a snack later in the morning
Marinated vegetables in a romain leaf. Desert: Banana “Ice cream” (frozen banana with almond pieces and mayple syrup).
Here is my recipe for Pasta Marinara if you want it:
1/4 of a swede
Slice thin strips of swede with a vegetable slicer, if you cannot get swede you can use turnip or any squash that you can slice in long strips and cut into noodles
2 large tomatoes
2 t olive oil
1/4 fresh basil
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
Soak the sun dried tomatoes until soft. Blend in food processor, the tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, basil, and garlic until well blended. Add the dates and olive oil and blend until smooth. This sauce should be thick.
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup macadamia nuts
1/3 cup walnuts
3 t braggs or shoyu soy sauce
4 t lemon juice
1 cloves garlic
1/2 cup parsley
Blend the pine nuts, macadamia nuts and walnuts in a food processor until ground. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well, until creamy.If you find that the sauce is too sour add a date to sweeten, if it is too sweet add a little more braggs or shoyu.
Throw some sliced mushrooms on top if you wish and serve with a salad of young leaves.
I have only ever made it this far on 100% Raw, day 6 always goes to hell because it ends up being the weekend (for some reason I always start 100% Raw over on a monday).
I am hoping that I can get through this weekend completely Raw, it would be a big step forward.
Gillian McKeith’s Superfood Energy Juice, Nak’d Raw food bar.
(Didn’t have enough time for breakfast this morning so I had to buy it out)
Mixed young salad leaves, avacado & tomato.
Walnut Burger in romain leaves and Hummus with carrots