So, new year new habits . . . At least I hope. As I've mentioned in a few blog posts leading up to this I'm spending the first full week of the year on a raw food diet in hopes of developing better eating habits. This is something I wanted to blog about not only because several friends specifically expressed interest but also because of what all is out there regarding raw food. Most bloggers coveting this topic seem to have a pretty healthy normal diet so I'm looking to provide thoughts from the more typical American diet. Other bloggers also seem overly enthusiastic regarding raw food, I'm looking to see if that's "real" or played up for sponsored posts.
Sunday night as promised my food arrived at first I panicked because it seemed that all the food listed on my order was included which meant I was in for a hungry week but I looked up the plan and realized I had forgotten most of the food listed as coming in the second delivery. I was however disappointed that no information came with the food. No note thanking me for my business or welcoming me to the program. I find this a little odd as these girls are marketing themselves as wanting to help people through their product, I was really expecting some personal touch. More importantly though, there were no instructions - no indication of what should be eaten on each day or any other guidelines. This is very frustrating because some types of items have only single servings. For example, I received one jar of cold pressed juice - is this meant to take the place of a meal or go with one? Is there a particular time of day it's meant to be consumed? I also received one breakfast item and one dessert item, no clue if they are meant to be split into multiple servings or not, WTF?
So I decided that common sense was to make the salads my lunches and the food resembling real food the dinners.
On Monday I started off with the breakfast "bread"
Overall, this was not bad. Cinnamon raisin isn't my favorite flavor anyway so someone else might guienly like this.
I decided to drink the cold pressed juice throughout the day.
It mostly tasted of cucumber, not delicious but not bad either. It did have little chunks of leaves in it, which for me was weird, but I'm very fussy about texture.
For lunch I had the Kale salad
This was one of the meals I was least excited about. I'm not a kale person, nor a wilted anything person. The squash was really good though. I wound up bringing half of this home to mix with one of the other salads.
For dinner, I rewarded myself from having the "worst lunch" by having the "best dinner" , I.E. the one I had been looking forward to the most - Mung bean pasta.
This was actually not bad. Not bad enough that I looked into mung bean pasta and it is something I would consider getting again on my own. Oddly enough, my dogs watched with a lot of excitement while I ate this, figuring they would see its not that exciting I gave them each one noodle, but they loved it! This basically tasted like a very plain whole wheat noodle, I was a little upset the pesto had no real pesto flavor to it but this is still my favorite meal of the day.
After dinner since I was still a little hungry and it was 7 degrees I treated myself to a diet hot chocolate - blah. I actually had this in the house already. I know that wasting food is bad but I really don't want these anymore. I'm not sure if this was "allowed" per say but I figured 25 calories of powdered weirdness mixed into hot water wasn't going to throw me off the course.
Shortly after posting the Monday update I feel asleep and had a light headache. My bf came over about an hour later and I was in major pain and VERY cranky. I would up waking up in the middle of the night 3:30am ish with the headache starting to go away. By 630am wake up it was completely gone. I have never in my life had a headache go away naturally. I had read from my pre diet research that withdrawal headaches are quite common the first few days so I had anticipated not feeling well but it was actually not as bad as I expected. I think it helped that I spent the prior weekend at a retreat where there was no soda so I had already started to ween myself off the caffeine.
Tuesday morning I was immeadily sad I had the breakfast item yesterday as I was hungry but it seemed like I had enough food for two meals during the day and a dinner after work. For my early lunch I had the salad that looked the most like a salad might normally eat:
It was actually tasty but I wish a little bigger, toppings were more than enough but some more arugula would have been nice. I tore apart the oranges into smaller pieces but would have liked for the nuts to be chopped up. The dressing actually had a bit of a flavor to it, which was very exciting!
For my later lunch I had this one:
I hate grapefruit, it's so bitter tasting. Also, where's the arugula? Was this something I should have supplied on my own? Again, the lack of instructions is very annoying. This entire "meal" makes me cranky.
For dinner I was supposed to eat a "burger" but ran out of time before heading to a sorority alumnae event, which was a potluck : ( I was very sad to miss out on some potluck food as it tends to be the most yummy of food. I cheated a little and had about 10 raw veggies with spinach dip. That dip tased AMAZING! If nothing else, a take away from this week should be to eat healthier privately so I can partake in yummy goodies publically. Although one time wasn't a big deal I just couldn't see myself happy if not eating with friends was a regular thing.
When I got home, after seeing all the yummy potluck food I missed out on I just couldn't bring myself to eat the "burger". Instead I had this apple cobbler, and remembered to take a picture after I started eating.
. I REALLY liked this but wound up full after only eating half, I saved the rest for breakfast the next day.
Tuesday night my second delivery arrived but I still had food from my first delivery. I think the program is supposed to be for 5 days but at the rate I'm going I seem to have enough food for 6.
I did wind up having the rest of my cobbler for breakfast. I might actually need to google a recpie for that one - of course it would taste better warm, and with ice cream.
On my drive to work I felt fine but found myself pondering, why aren't I hungry? It's a little weird that I'm not hungry. I'm guessing I'm eating at least 1/2 less than the calories I might usually eat. I was really expecting to be hungry this week.
For lunch I had the "chili"
I was really nervous about this one as I do not like real chili. I had even sent a message asking if substitutions are allowed, I didn't get a response but got it so obviously not. I also didn't get a response to being overcharged which Is why I started eating without sending questions on the lack of information. Several of you have indicated you got better communication than I got and money is involved so obviously I'll be reaching out again. Regardless, the chili was ok - probably because like most of the foods it only had a hint of flavor.
Mid afternoon I got another light headache but again it went away on its own. As someone who has suffered from migraines since age 10 this is awesome / weird to me. O
For dinner, I ate the "burger".
It's really hard to describe what this one tasted like. It wasn't bad at all, just not like any food you might be used to to describe. Like the breakfast "bread" it has a kinda funky aftertaste - I wonder if this is what happens to dehydrated food or if its just one of the ingredients I'm not used to. The pesto made my lettuce "bun" slip a lot so this really would have been better eaten with a fork in my opinion. Also, some of the lettuce was soggy so this was probably meant to be eaten on day one . . . Instructions, grr! It should be noted that this was another option I have my girls little bites to try and they loved it. And these are girls that got feed leftover prime rib due to my commitment to this week.
After dinner I was still a little hungry. So I ate the brownie.
Actually, only 1/3. It's more like fudge. A espresso / dark chocolate fudge with a slight bitter taste. Weird because I thought caffeine was not allowed. I'm usually the type to devour chocolate so I'll just let that be a testament of this one.
Thursday morning I arrived at work and remembered that I never but the brownie back in the kitchen, meaning my dogs had access to it. I took the afternoon off to make sure there where no sick doggies. I won't go into details but lets just say Haley had some gross bodily functions.
For lunch I had the falafel
I really didn't care for this one too much, a very weird consistency. Like a very dry crumbly meatball.
I was however able to reach out to Raw Girls with some questions. They were very prompt to respond and basically said their were no guidelines , everyone ate the food differently.
For dinner I had a monthly Nexus meeting which provides dinner. I thought going in I'd probably cheat because the food is usually very good but it was a pasta that was not something I would have wanted anyway. I filled my plate with salad only but cheated by having dressing. I wound up not even finishing the entire salad.
I continue to be surprised as my lack of hunger given the small amounts of food I'm eating. It has given me a better sense of importance in finding nutrient packed foods moving forward.
Tonight (Friday) I'm planning on going out for sushi and will have salad and soup with it. I'm pretty excited to have something warm. That's probably been the hardest thing to get used to, I miss my hot food! I should have enough raw food to get me through the weekend if I supplement with a little fruit or juice. I'd like to try a different vendor's cold pressed juice this weekend.
So this was supposed to be a five day thing but I'm dragging it to seven for a full week of mostly raw! On Monday I will post my final recap and results. I've lost weight but am waiting until the end to post that info. For fun, go ahead and comment what kind of loss you would expect. I might be able to dig up a prize for whoever guesses the most accurately. I'll even be nice and give you help with the math - I started 5'10 and a size 18.