Day 5 of my one week trial of eating only raw foods until evening mealtime! This is the first day I've hit a bump in the road, but not to worry, this caddy is fueled up for the longhaul!
What I mean is, in just a few days of eating breakfast, lunch and snacks as raw foods I've already experienced some shocking benefits! This is making me want to eat this way past and beyond the one week trial. Some of the benefits have been:
~waking up easier
~waking up without the grumpies
~less anger and impatience
~more energy and creativity
~1.5 pounds weight loss
~more regular bowel movements
Only 5 days worth and I'm feeling this great! I've just gotta keep going.
WHAT EXACTLY HAVE I BEEN EATING AND DRINKING, you ask? Here it is:
BREAKFAST: Jessica's Green Smoothie: 3 bananas, 3 ounces spinach, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 6-8 ounces of almond milk, and 8 ice cubes blended in my blender. All ingredients are organic when possible. I always have some smoothie left over and save it in the fridge for mid or late-morning snack. It doesn't keep well for me much longer than that, as it turns into a "pudding" consistency, although it still tastes fine.
"Green Smoothies are gross!" I started out saying this back in 2010 when I made the jump to try this drink. Not to worry, start out small. Add as many spinach leaves as you can handle for the first go. Literally, I started with 2 little tiny baby spinach leaves, one banana and 1/2 cup blueberries. Each time I made the smoothie again, I simply added a couple more leaves until a year later, here I am using almost a whole package of spinach in my smoothie, and I've upped the number of bananas too.
SNACKS: eat fruit! How ever much you like until you feel satisfied. Or drink the leftover smoothie from breakfast.
LUNCH: Either eat more fruit, or make a huge salad with dark leafy greens and any veggies you like to top it off with. I like cukes, toms, celery, onions, carrots, dulse flakes, and a sprinkle of nuts like pecans or pumpkin seeds.
NOTE ABOUT NUTS: use sparingly like a condiment.
4 PM: I let myself begin to eat "cooked foods". So, if I'm making dinner for my family, I plan to eat whatever I'm fixin'! Focusing on whole foods like grains, greens, clean lean meat, veggies and fruits.
There are so many variations of green smoothies, like using kale or romaine lettuce, with other berries and the like. Check out the GREEN SMOOTHIE LOVERS spark team and get some ideas!
Just a word about side effects: adding more greens and fruits into your diet is a process, which aids in the cleansing of the colon and the whole body. Go slow at first, and notice any changes you experience. Journaling can be helpful.
Some of my side effects have been temporary increase in eczema symptoms, fatigue, itchy mouth, dark stool. You may also find, as I did, an increased sensitivity to whatever is eaten in the evening: ie: if I didn't make a healthy choice of whole cooked foods at night I feel the effects more clearly the next morning than before.
To further aid in your cleansing while transitioning to more raw eating, include foods that help bind to, and eliminate toxins like brown rice, green tea and spinach among others. Drink water! Want more info? Ask me what else can be helpful to the cleansing process.
Eat your fruits & veggies! Grandma was right.
Cheers to your whole body health!