Hi there! I discovered green smoothies 2 years ago, and since then I have played heavily with raw foods - being anywhere from high raw to 100% over the past 2 years. I have never been able to stick with the 100% because I tend to get bored eating fruit, smoothies and salads. As a self-admitted fat-phobe, I never experimented with any of the gourmet raw recipes... I've shied away from most of the nut- and seed-based meals.
This past winter my eating went very, very far south... I was eating wayy more processed foods than ever (still always vegan, mind you). I decided I wanted to go all-out 100% raw and give it a good go this time. But I wanted to take a new approach. I figured I would make some of the meals I avoided in the past, and use this time as a transition into a more committed raw food lifestyle. I brought out all my recipe books and actually started preparing some of the yummy recipes. My boyfriend bought a dehydrator this week, and we've been playing with that.
I have noticed that it is FAR easier for me to be on this "diet" eating this way. I have always loooooveeddd to cook - it is a passion that my boyfriend and I share, and we love to spend time together in the kitchen. Limiting myself to simple foods (fruits, smoothies, salads) took this away from me, and was one reason I could never view 100% raw food as a perminant lifestyle. Also, I got bored eating the simple foods day after day after day, and I would begin to crave cooked food - even junk. Not so much now. If there is something I want, I can create a raw version. Simple as that.
HOWEVER, I have noticed some things that are making me a little apprehensive: sometimes the more dense meals sit a little too heavily with me. For instance, I just whipped up a "cookie batter" in the food processor - a banana, handful of walnuts, groud flax seeds, raisins, dried coconut and raw cacao powder. I ate some of the batter before I threw the cookies in the dehydrator, and now I'm sitting with a heavy stomach...almost a sick feeling.
Also, I've been feeling a LOT more thirsty, which is how I get whenever I eat a lot of junk or processed foods. Orrr maybe I am finally beginning to connect with my "true thirst" and I just simply wasn't drinking enough water before....?
Lastly, whenever I've gone 100% in the past, I've always noticed I drop weight pretty quickly. Or at least I notice a more stream-lined look to my body. That isn't really happening right now. I could stand to lose about 20 lbs (especially with bathing suit season lurking around the corner), so I am a bit afraid of putting on weight eating like this. If I had to guess, I'd say I was eating 1 cup - 1.5 cup (max!) seeds/nuts per day. Other fat consumption would include olive oil (maybe 1-2 Tablespoon/day).
Typical day is as follows:
green smoothie - spinach, 1 banana, 1 c blueberries, 1-2 Tablespoon chia seeds, some maca powder...maybe some hemp protein
lunch is typically a salad with oil/vinegar dressing or a nut spread
snacks are fruit.. or a Pure bar...sometimes kale chips...sometimes a green juice if I'm at home and have the time
dinner is zucchini noodles, about 1/2 head of kale, other veggies and lately dehydrated veggie patty (leftover pulp from juice + some nuts, dehydrated) or a thin seed cheese (I usually water it down to make it more like a dressing than a thick cheese)
desert - either some fruit or a pudding of 1 banana, chia seeds, coconut butter, cocao powder
I am asking for your thoughts. Anyone's comments or advice is welcome and totally appreciated. THANK YOU!