I decided to for the month of January to go raw. As with all great things in my life this wasn’t something I woke up and decided to do, but rather a friend made the suggestion and of course I jumped in with both feet, not really looking to see where I would land. I’m truly blessed to have such great friends in my life that lead me on all sorts of adventures.
When my friend suggested going raw for a month my first question was, when do we start. Not because I was super excited, but because she asked me right before Christmas, and I had already decided to pig out within moderation at Christmas. When she said I could start in January, I was on board.
Then December started slipping away and January was looming just ahead and I went into full panic mode. I started eating everything in sight. I made special trips to the grocery store just to buy “sugar”… you know, my favorite sugary drinks, and chips, and candy all things that I’d never be able to eat again. My friend quickly set me straight. “The point you’re missing when thinking about Raw is that you get to eat whenever, and however much you want. If you’re hungry just eat some food.” What a novel idea.
But I grew up with the idea of eating three square meals a day with snacks in between. How would this new idea of raw fit into my lifestyle? When I finally wrapped my head around the fact that I wasn’t going to starve to death I bought a couple Raw Cookbooks for my Kindle and started perusing them. This was thanks to another little gem my friend laid on me, ”when your stressed out about something you don’t eat sugar, you do research.” Huh! For those interested these are the cookbooks I purchased: Raw and Simple: Eat Well and Live Radiantly with 100 truly Quick and Easy Recipes for the Raw Food Lifestyle by Judita Wignall and The Raw Deal Cookbooks: Over 100 Truly Simple Plant-Based Recipes for the Real World by Emily Monaco
So on New Year’s Eve day, I hit the grocery store with my list of ingredients I’d need for my new adventure. I bought a lot of similar things as normal; fruits, vegetables, nuts, but just in a greater variety, and larger quantities. And I bypassed a lot of things too; bread, granola bars, eggs.
I have to say with the right seasoning the meals have turned out a lot better than I thought. I definitely don’t feel deprived and this has probably been the easiest eating change I’ve made in my life to adapt to. It’s been fun learning how different foods pair together to change the overall texture and flavor. I’ve enjoyed making my own protein bar snacks, and venturing out into new foods to try – parsnips and turnips – not too bad.
Now I’m not going to say when my husband made Pasta Fagioli soup my mouth didn’t water a ton. And when I was at my brother’s house eating with his family and they were enjoying Baked Ziti I really did want to have a big plate also. But what I haven’t missed is that overfull feeling and the food sleepies after a big meal. I love having more energy and freedom from past food choices.
The adventure will continue. Share your new adventure of 2018!