Wow...where do I even begin? This thread is huge! I didn't read for a day and I'm so behind!
Had a great start to my day with a banana berry smoothie (fresh banana/frozen berries/filtered water). Snacked on an apple. Lunch was leftover fettuccine alfredo and a salad. Banana in the afternoon.
For supper we went out for thai because we are traveling again and we were sick of salads. I knew I was going to eat cooked, but I wasn't beating myself up about it. I got my favorite...red curry with tofu and brown rice. First of all, it was soooo spicy (new restaurant..didn't know their scale of spicyness!) and it was so filling. I was so bloated. I couldn't feel my mouth for awhile! The worst thing was that we started off with egg rolls and spring rolls...so I was already filling up with that.
After being raw for almost a month (with a few cheats here and there), the cooked food really did a number on me. I felt so yucky....I really really wanted to eat that thai though
But, after we were done, I practically RAN to get some fresh fruit at the co-op (luckily, it's right next door!) I needed something fresh and COLD! I guess I'm addicted to raw food now...it's kind of bittersweet. I really wanted that food, but it made me sick. I'm guessing it was the eggroll fried in FAT! Gross. Don't ask me why. I think I wanted to do a little experiment to see if I could still eat that way. Has anyone else experienced this feeling of really wanting it to be good...but it wasn't?
As far as the spinach talk that is happening here...I think that we can get really caught up in the "technicalities" of it all, and really, all you need to do is eat what you want to eat. I like spinach...so I eat it. I like watermelon...so I eat it. I'm sure I could find something out there that says not to eat too much watermelon, etc...I've just read a lot lately about trusting your body's intuition. It makes so much more sense to me.
Before we all had "experts" telling us which fruits and veggies to eat and not eat...what would we have eaten? Just whatever tasted the best, right? I understand the need to make sure we are getting the right nutrients and what not, but the best thing about raw is that you don't have to worry about all of that. I think in time, your body will regulate itself. Like when I first went raw, I ate tons of nuts. Now I don't eat as many. Makes sense now that I see they aren't that great when eaten in mass quantities! :LOL
That kind of touches on the other question about the Raw School list of optimal foods for a raw diet. That is a really extreme list...and I think maybe someday, I might get to that point, but most of us are totally new to raw, and it will take some transisitioning to get us away from all of the things we are so used to. I know I couldn't live without garlic!
At least not right now!
Regarding all of the Fourth of July celebrations that are coming up....I think that it's perfectly fine to just tell people that you are focusing on eating more fruits and veggies. You don't have to call yourself a raw foodist
I know if I told some of my family members that, they would think I joined a cult! Everyone else will be so busy gorging themselves on meat and chips and bread...they will be too lethargic to care that you aren't eating it too
I am going to be going on a separate grocery run so I can make some tasty organic goodies for myself. Nori rolls are super easy to make...or a big fruit salad...if anyone has great ideas for food for the fourth, definitely speak up! Don't be afraid to tell people about raw food though...you may get a few funny looks, but you might find another raw food buddy that way! You just never know.
I'm so glad to hear my DH is not the only raw food spouse who is "starving". Poor guy. Today I had to stop and get him some granola bars and trail mix...we were on the road and only had apples and bananas. I felt sad for him. It's hard when I have tons of self-control when I want to...and he really has none. I can't imagine having to cook for my DH and family and then make raw for me. Those of you that do that are super heroes! Way too much temptation for me! I'm couting the days until my Excalibur comes...it's supposed to be here next week.
Do you ever find yourself looking at someone who looks really sad or worn out and you think...."That person needs to go raw!". I've been doing that so often. Especially with my family. I don't always tell them that, because they would get rather annoyed, but I think it! Acne has always been a problem in my family and I KNOW it's because they drink MASS quantities of milk. We even had a milk machine from a restaurant when we were younger! I have tried to tell them, but no one believes there is a connection. I just want to convert the world to raw...anyone up for that? :LOL
Hope everyone has a great weekend!