So the daily update thing clearly isn't working

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I had originally wanted to post daily about my experiences but two things are preventing me: one, I don't have the time and two, my life is just not that interesting! So probably I will post once or twice a week, when the mood hits me...the last thing I need in my life is another obligation LOL....

Right now we're in East Hampton Long Island, at my mom's house. Came out last night and I went for a 4 mile run this morning and felt great. Last night, not so great...ate a small amount of cooked quinoa with some watermelon and two bananas and the combo just made my stomach freak out. Or maybe it was the cooked food? I don't know. I have been trying to lower my fat a bit, and to do that decided to eat a bit of cooked quinoa and amaranth once in a while, but I can't decide if it's working. I want to keep my fat below 20% and am using to do it (great resource, and FREE!) and I have to either eat more fruit or eat a little cooked, as nuts and avos while they add calories also bring my daily fat intake WAY up. I would love to eat more fruit, but it's difficult for me to consume that much fruit without breaking the bank and frankly, getting a little grossed out. I mean, I like bananas, but 8 at a time? Not so much. And i am not much of a dehydrator girl, so I am not eating many flax chips, etc. Maybe come winter that will change, and I will be able to get more calories in that way without breaking the fat bank (or the money bank!) Anyway, just experimenting with my diet a bit to see what works for me.

In two days, the 100 day challenge starts on am so psyched! Bunny has put together a wonderful community and there are challenges and even a secret buddy (can't wait to "meet' mine!) to support you in your raw journey. If you haven't signed up, go for it!!!

That's all for now, the watermelon is calling!!!

Days 15 and 16: GO RAW baby!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sorry I haven't been posting gets in the way, and as I find my rhythm with this raw thing, I find I gravitate towards the same meals every day: smoothie in the a.m., big salad of fruit or greens at lunch and for dinner, another huge salad with fruit. My energy was a bit low today, but i think that's because I have been having issues with a formerly good friend of mine, and I am feeling low because of it.

Thank you for the suggestions re my energy. I definitely need to sleep more; I have this fantasy that because I am raw I can sleep less, but really, for me, it's not happening. Before I went raw, I needed 8-9 hours a night (not that I got it) and now, I definitely need 8. I have to say though, the fact that I can get up and go running at the ungodly hour of 7 am is nothing short of a miracle. I am able to 'wake up' quickly, without caffeine, and get out the door, whereas for the last 20 years I have needed an hour to 'wake up'. So this is good.

I am totally off the anti-depressant meds now and there are days when i notice the difference. For me, irritability and outbursts are a big thing to learn to control. I hate getting upset with my kids, and the meds 'controlled' that in me (to a degree). Now I have to figure out another way to handle those feelings, which unfortunately are still there! Exercise helps, eating lots of greens helps, and reading books like those by Byron Katie, Haim Ginott, and Alfie Kohn help alot too. But it's a constant battle to be aware of my behaviour--I am not naturally easy going or low-key, and I wish I were for my kids' sakes. I really do. But I can't change that no matter how much I might wish to. I yam what I yam, as Popeye says.

Today, the NYT published the news that Randy Pausch had died. This really hit home for me, as I have watched his lecture numerous times and read his book as well. I just want to say he's an inspiration and left a wonderful legacy.

Okay, I want to post the link here for the video, but it seems the whole world is watching this vid so I can't access it now. Go to youtube and search for The Last Lecture.

Day 13 and 14: Eating less

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

So I don't know quite what's going on, but I am losing my appetite. This morning I didn't even want any breakfast, so I ate nothing until 12 noon, when I finally made a smoothie. Then later on I had some nuts, for lunch I had a few cups watermelon juice and for dinner I am eating a yummy zucchini squash soup (recipe below) and maybe some strawberries. Yesterday was much the same. Hmmmm. I am wondering if I am not eating enough, and therefore losing my appetite? I don't feel hungry, but then there are times that I know I need to eat because my body starts to feel lethargic. Common wisdom has it that one should eat BEFORE one gets lethargic, but I just don't seem to know when that point is. I just don't seem to WANT to eat anything, or crave anything in particular. In the beginning of this journey, I SO craved raspberries, strawberries and other fruits. So I sit here and think: "what do I want to eat?" and I don't want anything at all. I can't decide if I am "bored' by my options (as if!!!) or what. I do think a part of me is craving cooked foods; I made my kids a whole wheat couscous, chickpea and carrot dish tonight for dinner and MAN, it looked good. Anyone have any insight as to what might be going on with me?

Spicy Zucchini Squash Soup
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1 garlic clove, crushed
cayenne pepper to taste
celtic sea salt
1/2 an avocado
1/4 cup walnuts
miso if desired, about 1/2 tablespoon

Mix it all up in a Blendtec. Really yummy!!!

Day 12: Better!

Monday, July 21, 2008

So today I went for a run first thing, and got a really bad stitch and couldn't finish my run. That seriously bummed me out. But I did some research and it seems that 1) I need to not start off so fast and 2) I need to "belly breathe" tomorrow I will try these 2 things and hopefully it won't happen again.

Other than that bad start, it was a good day. I ate a blueberry kale banana smoothie for breakfast and had two seperate salads for lunch: seems one wasn't enough. Both had lots of greens, sesame seeds, nuts, avocado, tomato, celtic sea salt, and olive oil. For dinner, I had a huge fruit salad of blueberries, bananas and cherries. Very nice indeed.

My mood improved today too. Was it great? No. But it was a helluva lot better than yesterday, and I am really thinking two things re my mood:

1) Yesterday and Saturday I did not eat as much fruit as I'd been eating before.
2) I am not sleeping as much as I should. Sleeping 7 hours, and I need 8.5 hours.

So tonight I am making up for my relatively fruit deficient diet (hey, it's impressive when 5 plums, a cup of blueberries, and 3 bananas means "not enough fruit". 6 months ago that would have been my consumption of fruit over 10 days!!!) I want to really increase my fruit intake a lot. And I am also going to be in bed with a book by 10, and lights off at 10:30 ("lights off"..doesn't that remind you of summer camp?? hee hee).

Until tomorrow, peace.

Day 12: Ergggg

Okay, so yesterday was not my best day. I woke up in a bad head space, I don't know why. Maybe I was dehydrated, or just over tired from the run. But I got into a fight straight off the bat with my husband over something seemingly minor. Of course, it didn't seem minor at the time, or I would have backed off. Basically, I was reading the newspaper, the front section (my favorite section) and one of my kids needed my help, and when I returned my husband had taken the front section and was reading it, folding it up in a crazy way that I get the drift. When I asked for it back and expressed that I wasn't happy he'd taken it when I had gotten up to help our son, he got defensive (probably my aggressive tone...ya think??) and it took off from there.

Anyway, the day didn't improve dramatically. It was okay, but not great. I felt out of sorts most of the day, and I ended up eating a couple of bites of my son's peanut butter sandwich at lunch. Not a lot, but definitely feeling yucky, defensive, down and tired contributed. I did also have a huge baby greens, avo, hemp seed, tomato and dried cranberry salad, so it wasn't all bad!

By the evening, I was feeling a bit better, and had a watermelon and pineapple juice for dinner--the heat and humidity really got tome over the course of the day and I just lost my appetite. Went to bed nice and early after scrapbooking a digital layout for an online challenge. Let's hope today goes better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day 11: Run, baby, RUN!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

<---No, this is not NYC, I just love the image! :) My 4 mile race went SO WELL. My goal was to run the race in 44 minutes; I was thinking back to the marathon I ran many years ago, and I remembered how hard it was to keep pace with so many people around me, so I was trying hard to be conservative. Since it was my first race in many years, I wanted to be sure I didn't kill myself! Anyway, I ran the race in 36:50!!! That's under 10 minutes a mile, around 9:12 a mile, which for me is great! I felt so strong the whole time, no cramps, no worries, no fatigue at all--I probably could have gone faster as I didn't feel "spent" at the end. In fact, for the rest of the day I felt just great!!! I had a big smoothie and a small cup of non-raw green tea at around 6:30 am, and then headed off for the race which started at 8:30 in Central Park. I drank some water and had a banana around 8 am, and then, we're off!!! Right after the race, I grabbed 5 plums that the race volunteers were offering--fruit is the best thing to recover with after a tough run.

Then I headed home, showered and ate a big salad of grape tomatoes and avocados and walnuts--my favorite thing ever. For dinner, I had a big salad with hemp, spinach, tomatoes, Udo's Oil, vinegar, and another 1/2 an avocado...yum! I ate it quite early, around 5 pm, and then at 7 I had a box of strawberry's with dark agave from David Wolfe's site. I went to bed around 10 pm, but really felt open and wonderful all day. This raw thing is making me feel like a new person. Like, I feel more myself: I am peeling away the onion layers of crap (both physical and emotional) that have collected over the last 38 years of my life. I find myself more reflective, able to see where I am erring in my relationships and more willing to accept responsibility for those mistakes. I am generally more calm, although I do have my moments for sure and I would so love to leave that anger behind.

Unfortunately, I got into an argument with my husband this morning; I woke up "on the wrong side of the bed" and was cranky and looking for a fight. Also unfortunately, however, my husband "took the bait" and we got into it over nothing at all. I completely accept that I was in a bad mood upon awakening and should have simply stayed out of the way for a bit until my mood shifted. Perhaps I had a bad dream that I don't recall, but I do remember being woken up by my son and feeling out of sorts, draggy and groggy.

Let this be a lesson to me:
learn how to not get in people's faces when feeling shitty! Back off instead. It's my eldest son's 6th birthday today and I want him to have a wonderful day, and being pissy over stupid crap will not a great day make. As I mentioned in a prior post, I am doing The Work and last night was thinking "I feel so great, I have nobody to judge". I didn't even want to fill out the worksheet!! And now look at me. HA! Just when you think you've progressed emotionally, something happens to smack you back on your ass and you think WOW! I guess I DO have a lot of work to do!!!!!

I will post about my Day 12 tomorrow morning!! Hope everyone is enjoying their mind-expanding raw journey.

Day 10: 1/3rd of the way there....

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Note: day 10 was yesterday: I am day behind--sorry bout that!!!

Another great day yesterday, ate some of my granola and fresh almond milk for breakfast. Notwithstanding the explosion that occured when I forgot to close the top of my Blendtec properly (hey, the floor needed cleaning anyway) the breakfast was great. I love the almond milk--so much better than the store bought kind! I also made a smoothie, and for lunch I had a salad with hemp seeds, tomatoes, greens, a touch of non-raw balsamic and Udo's Oil, olives, and squash. My boys, who aren't raw but are transitioning to vegan, ate squash for the very first time. I made them a veggie pizza with tomatoes, squash and cheese on a Whole Foods pizza base and they loved it!! This is worlds better than the hot dogs and chicken nuggets they were eating a mere 3 months ago. I definitely know my good eating is rubbing off on them. For dinner I had more salad and lots of blueberries and strawberries. We went to an evening showing of Space Chimps and yes, it was bad. But the boys really loved it and it's rare we take them to an evening showing as their bedtime is 7:30, so they were thrilled with the idea of getting to "stay up late". Of course, they could barely keep their eyes open towards the end!

Tomorrow is my 4 mile race and I am so excited for it. It will be my first race in years, and my first race while raw..Wish me luck!!!!!

Day 9: Feeling hot, hot, hot...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ran 2.5 fast miles today in preparation for my 4 mile race on Saturday in Central Park. Seriously, this will be my first race in 10 years, and my first one raw, so wish me luck! After the run, I had a big smoothie with bananas, kale, peaches and plums, along with e3live. Nothing much new there. For lunch, I went by Quintessence in the East Village and had an awesome raw club sandwich with a salad. I don't know how they make their raw bread, but seriously, I want to sneak into their kitchen and steal the recipe--it's freaking awesome. It doesn't fall apart, and it's probably the one aspect of a raw diet that isn't cutting it for me--I miss my bread and avo!!!

For dinner I made up a zucchini corn soup. Here's the recipe (and yes, it was good!)

2 large zucchini
1/4 cup TO 1/2 Cup cashews dpending on taste
1 cup corn, raw
tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice
1/2 cup parsley
sea salt
3 cups water

I didn't have any avo left or I would have added one for more creaminess. Mix it all up in your blendtec (oh, how I love the simplicity of raw soups!!!) I like to add in some ice cubes to the mix so it doesn't get warm. This makes enough for 2 people, and it's great when you want to use up some of those zucchinis in your fridge and aren't in the mood for raw pasta.

I am doing great about not eating past 7:30 or 8 pm. Unfortunately, my weight has remained static since I began the challenge, at about 116-117 lbs. This may just be my ideal weight, so I am not budging from it. I would love to get down to 112, but don't want to watch what I eat (well, except for the obvious) so it may not happen. I do know I have put on a bit of muscle and we all know that muscle weighs more than fat, so that's it. I'll convince myself :)

Hope everyone is doing well. Well, the 1-2 people that read my blog, at least!!!

Day 8: Delish Day

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ah, another wonderful raw day!!!!!! I am so happy right now. My mood is good. My mood is even. My son, who is 6, is having some defiance issues, and I am learning to cope. I was getting angry, but I have been reading some books and learning more about how to deal with him. Punishment is so not the answer. Keeping him close, validating his emotions, is. I am also doing "The Work" (read Byron Katie's books to learn more...her website is and this is definitely at least 75% of my challenge: to learn how to accept situations and not change them.

I can truly say my openness to this stuff is due to raw. I am so much more clear than I've ever been before. I can 'see' things. I may not be ready to change my behavior, not always at least, but I can 'see' what I am doing wrong. I can more clearly 'see' what needs to change. It's all good.

Today I was a bit more tired upon wakening due to having a glass of wine last night ,but I don't regret it. It was nice to get out, see friends, and relax. I had a big smoothie this morning (but of course!) bananas, cherries, cacao and stevia. For lunch, a simple green salad with almonds and raisins. And now, late afternoon snack of corn soup: raw corn, walnuts, olive oil, garlic, jalapeno pepper. All blended up. Very simple and delicious. Since I shucked so many ears, I decided to make this soup in addition to some jalapeno corn chips--those of course won't be ready til tomorrow, but that's okay as I have run out of avocados (the horror!!!!) Later on, I will likely have a bit of salad and fruit, but that's all for the day.

Day 7: Life is good

So my period is VERY heavy, but utterly painless. Interesting. Yesterday was Day 7 and I did my longest run ever (well, since I ran the marathon 10 years ago): 4.1 miles in under 44 minutes (which is fast for me) YAY!! I felt GREAT. A bit of fatigue did show up around noon, so I took a brief 10 minute nap--the fatigue was definitely due to physical exertion. The fact that I can get up at 7 and be out the door and running by 7:30, without coffee, without the feeling of "oh, just 10 more minutes of sleep!" is nothing short of miraculous for this 38 year old, avowed non-morning person person.

When I returned from the run, I had a big smoothie, lots of bananas, e3live, cacao, and berries. For lunch I went by Whole Foods as I was out of lettuce (aaaack!) and went to their pricey salad bar. Since I wasn't getting any of their non-raw dishes, it actually ended up being only $5.50. I put in mixed lettuce, tomatoes, marinated carrots and peppers, raw almonds and olive oil and vinegar. I also ate 2 bananas as a snack. For dinner I made another yummy dish: Spicy Tomato Soup. Ingredients include roma tomatoes, raw red miso, garlic and water.

I went out with friends to a wine bar (my first time out with friends in ages) and I did have a glass of wine. That's okay with me. I didn't eat any of the cheese, olives, or other plates on offer, so all in all, living in the real world, I did good.

Of course, I felt tired this morning when I awoke!! But that's a post for another day :)

Rock on, rawies!!!!

Day 6: Hanging in there!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Heya 6 woohoo!!! Today was the arrival of Aunt Flo...and it was rough. All in all, I did pretty well, for breakfast I ate some raw oat groats that I had soaked and dehydrated with some hemp milk and almonds...pretty darn tasty!! I was really in a crabby mood for the majority of the morning, until Auntie arrived. I was seriously bloated so for lunch I had lots of watermelon and bananas, and for dinner more watermelon. I am hoping its natural diuretic qualities will help get rid of the bloating I experience during this time of the month. I didn't have time to get greens so there will be no salad tonight sadly. But that's okay, because I really don't like to eat after 7:30 at night, and it's already 8 pm. Some more watermelon and a big carrot juice will be just fine. My husband wants me to make the corn chips that I've been promising to make...corn is sitting in the if I get up the mojo I will do that.

Missed my run today, just wasn't feeling up to it, but plan on a 4 miler first thing tomorrow morning. I am going to lay out my clothes and my sneaks so that I can just get up and go. Hubby has promised to watch the kids and feed them breakfast while I am gone. It's definitely a struggle finding the time to work out when you have young kids and no sitter!!!!

Okay, hope everyone is doing well!! Joy, I responded to your post from the other day right under where you posted. Click View Comments (I think that's what it says) to see what I wrote.

Day 5: Energy is great!

I am on Day 5 and despite bloating due to PMS, my energy is pretty darn good. I always get more tired for the 3 days prior to my period, and this month is no exception. However, I am not as tired as I normally am. I am bloated, so trying to eat less salt and had a cup of green tea this morning to act as a diuretic. Not raw, I know, but it has a particular purpose and it's the least evil cooked thing I can think of.

I had my great big smoothie for breakfast, and spent the day with my family at a birthday party for one of my son's friends. Luckily, the mom had lots of raw options out, so I ate lots of watermelons and green salad. When we got home, I made another enormous green salad with lots of tomatoes and hemp seeds. You could say I am not a very inventive cook, or that I just don't have that much time to spend in the kitchen! With two boys under 6, I guess running around after them leaves me just enough time to make my smoothies and my salads!!

My mood is good, again, considering I have PMS. I am trying to sleep more, but am still SO much more patient than I had been on cooked. I also haven't taken any anti-depressants for 10 days--can we say I am officially "off" them?? Scary thought since I've been on them for over 15 years......not willing to say that yet. But I am on my way!!!

How's everyone else's 30 day challenge going?

Day 4: Hmmmm

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Okay, so today was going well...smoothie for breakfast (forgot to soak the oat groats last night, so no porridge for me!) and a big salad and strawberries for lunch. However, had a hard conversation with someone in the afternoon, which made me stressed and anxious, and while I was making the boys their burritos, I nibbled on a tortilla. Not the worst thing I could have done, and I knew very well while I was doing it that I was doing it due to stress. I did manage to catch myself and take some deep breaths and stop nibbling. It can be hard when you're preparing cooked food for your family and want to be 100% raw yourself. I am only human LOL.

Anyway, didn't run today--spent the day with my family in the park. It was a gorgeous day in NYC wasn't it?? Oh, nearly forgot! Something weird happened to me this morning. I woke up and my face was SO puffy--have no idea why. Could it have been all the nuts I had for dinner last night? I also had congestion in my nose and throat. In any case, I definitely prefer lighter fare, like salads, than nut-heavy desserts and soup. Luckily, my weight remains steady at 117, although I think I mentioned I'd sure like to get down to 114 this month.

Signing off, going to make my big ass watermelon for dinner :)

Day 3: wahoo!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Today was a really good day. I felt great all day, and ran my short run of 2.6 miles easily--I wanted to go longer! Tomorrow is my long run of 4 miles (hey it's all relative!) and I am psyched. My energy is great.

I had a blueberry, banana, cherry, raw cacao, and e3live smoothie this morning. For lunch I had some leftover celery soup, and for dinner I had Ani's Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder and her Orange Cardamom Date bars. I think this is the first day in about 3 months that I haven't had a BIG salad, simply because I wanted to try the soup tonight and didn't feel hungry afterwards. Maybe later tonight I'll make one, although I am trying not to eat past 8 o'clock if I can help it.

Swung by Whole Foods today and they had coconuts on sale for 1.99--yay! I am going to make a Swiss Chard Soup tomorrow that calls for young coconut water, so that was perfect. I also got some bulk oat groats, which I am going to soak tonight and have for breakfast tomorrow morning with some pear, walnuts and cinnamon and raw almond mylk. I have been missing my breakfast cereal, although I wonder if I was "addicted" to it, in a way. Seriously, there was a time when I was eating breakfast cereal like twice a day. Gross. I so don't want to over-do the cereal thing. Anyway, I did go ahead and buy some raw granola from, so let's just hope it's not TOO delicious, or I might be tempted to overeat.

Tonight I am going to get to bed super-early, around 10 pm, because a good sleep really helps not only my mood but also my cravings.

I hope everyone is doing well on the challenge!

Day 2

Thursday, July 10, 2008

So today is day #2--it was a little harder than yesterday because I didn't plan ahead, and I was out of the house from 11 am until 6:30 pm. I had my smoothie in the morning, nice and big as usual, with frozen cherries and bananas and e3live and kale...that was perfect. Then we were running late so I didn't make anything for the road except 2 bananas and a peach. So around 1 I found a Dean & Deluca near the Met and bought some celery and some red pepper dip made with red peppers, walnuts and olive oil. It was PERFECT. Thank God I found it, because I was seriously tempted to eat some of my boys' pizza!! For dinner (haven't had it yet--bad bad!!) I am going to have the rest of my celery soup and a big ol' salad. I am tempted to make the raw corn chips featured over at have some organic ears of corn that I'd love to use. Of course, I wouldn't be able to eat them until tomorrow since they need to be dehydrated.

I think planning ahead is a HUGE part of being successful with raw. I don't know about you, but just packing a few bananas doesn't cut it when I am out and about all day. I need a salad, some guac and onion bread or something a bit more substantial. It's a good lesson to learn. As the Boy Scouts say "be prepared!".

Haven't entered my cronometer numbers today, but will try and do it tomorrow! How's everyone else doing?

Day 1: Feeling fine....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

So today was wonderful. ALthough it's SERIOUSLY muggy here in NYC, which normally means my energy dips tremendously, I didn't feel particularly tired. I swung by the new Whole Foods in my neighbourhood and grabbed some Udo's oil which I'd run out of, and a couple of avos. I was outside most of the day with my kids in the park, so I even thought ahead and bagged my salad, putting my dressing in a seperate ziplock. See?? I'm committed.

I had a huge green smoothie for breakfast with 2 bananas, blueberries, raspberries, kale, and some flax seeds, and then that huge salad for lunch with greens, tomatoes, avo, cukes, Udo's Oil and raw ACV. I ate a small cantaloupe and some berries for a snack, and for dinner I made a delicious celery soup from the Boutenko's cookbook Fresh: The Ultimate Live Food Cookbook. I am cutting back on the recommended 1/4 olive oil (for the total recipe, which makes 6 cups) to 2 tablespoons, so that will cut my fat intake a bit! I also had a large glass of delish orange juice...fresh squeezed is the best!! And a couple of bananas for dessert :)

I am sharing the recipe for the celery soup here:

Delicious Celery Soup

1 medium celery bunch
1 tsp raw honey or other raw sweetener if you prefer no honey
2 tbs raw olive oil
3 cups distilled water
1/2 an avocado (the recipe called for one whole one, so feel free!)
salt and pepper to taste

Blend it all in your Blendtec for a yummy cold soup. I usually throw in some ice cubes so it's really chilled...

If you want to track your nutritional intake during the course of this challenge (not to obsess, but just for curiosity's sake!) then I recommend either Nutri-diary at or the Cronometer. The latter is software you download to your computer, and it's faster and has more detail (like tracking Omega-3 intake, which is critical for me).

But if you plan on logging your food intake via different computers, then is the way to go. Both are really cool tools, especially for gauging your fat intake as a percentage of your total daily calories. T. Colin Campbell, in his seminal work, The China Study, finds that keeping your fat % low is ideal (and using vegetable fat sources, not animal), but keeping it really low every day might be hard to achieve for some, especially if you want to simply focus on being raw and not on percentages per say.

I do check in with cronometer every few days to see how I am doing, and am more than occasionally shocked at my fat intake as a percentage of total calories. The actual total amount of fat grams is almost always quite low, but as a percentage of my total intake, it's often high. I don't know what to make of this. I mean, of course if all I eat is greens and fruit, and then throw in an avocado, the avo's denser calories and higher fat means that my fat intake as a % of total intake might shoot up to 40 or 50%!! But all I had was one avocado, which feels okay to me on certain days. So I don't know. I'd be curious to hear opinions on fat percentage more important to you, or fat grams, or do you just say "Eh, screw it...I eat what I want, when I want, as long as it's raw!"

I did find a really, really interesting journal article published in the Public Health Nutrition Journal (I believe it's based in Australia, given all the references to an Australian diet)...any way, as relates to a vegan diet (not raw, but vegan) the authors drew the following conclusions: "A high intake of vegetable-based foods, even with substantially added fat (emphasis mine) can reduce energy-density and protect against weight gain." Meaning, more or less, that even high fat vegan diets don't neccesarily promote weight gain because they're less caloric, even if you're eating a lot of "fatty" vegan foods like oils, avos, etc. The foods they used in the study included couscous and veggies, potatoes, marinated grilled veggies and tofu broccoli stirfry (among other dishes). So obviously not raw, but still interesting results, no? In the study (if I am reading it right) the "high fat" veggie diet had 50% of its calories from fat, on average. That's pretty high. But calorically, their diet was still much lower. If nothing else, the study proved you can't lose weight on SnackWells (since their lower fat is offset by their higher calories)!!!

Anyway, nevermind fat...I didn't eat enough calories today, only about 1200...given that I am running I should probably try and eat more.

Here are my cronometer stats:
Carbs/Fat/Protein: 62/32/6
Protein: 27 grams
Fats: 50 grams
Vitamin A: 1700% (WOW!)
Vitamin C: 650% (yea baby!)
Vitamin K: 1200% (I'm on a roll...)

I am going to be training for a 4 mile race on the 19th of July so I am going to run or do the elliptical 4-5 days a week. For me, it really helps my mood and my energy...anyway, enough about me!!

Post here about your day 1 experiences below!!!

So, tomorrow is the big day!!!! Are you in???

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hey raw foodies!! Tomorrow, July 9th, is the big day--30 days of 100% raw...can you do it? I have been high raw for about 4 months. I've eaten the occasional bowl of quinoa, bites of my boys' vegan dinner, some alcohol, and some tea...but I want to find out if there's any difference (for me) between 100% raw and high raw, and I figured--no time like the present! It's summer and it's warm here in NYC, so it shouldn't be too hard, right?

I think for me the challenge will be to not have the "little nibble" here or there of my boys' food, not have any tea, and not have any alcohol. I am going to make some dehydrated foods, like tortilla chips, to get me through those patches where I crave something more substantial...anyone have any good recipes to share?

Post below if you want to join us in this challenge, and you can post your experiences as we go through the 30 days.

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