Hi everyone, I hope Wednesday is treating you well. If not, you’ve crossed the halfway mark to the weekend at least. No doubt a raw vegan diet is a pretty radical change from the typical western diet and many view it as being extreme. One of the reasons I’m such a huge supporter of it is to promote and increase the demand for better, healthier foods and push a trend to make them more available. I always enjoy reading articles from writers experimenting with raw, or trying it out for a bit to write about it. But, maybe not so much this one.
This isn’t the most realistic raw experiment, most of the food was catered for the week for $175, the author put no effort into preparing meals and ate raw dishes on the more pricey, decadent side. This quote about the cinnamon roll cracked me up though:
“The nut-cinnamon paste resembles an energy bar—the sort of thing you’d eat during mile 18 of a marathon, or a daylong downpour on a backpacking trip, or some other desperate circumstance.”
That sums up my feelings on most snack/energy bars in general, but nothing like the raw cinnamon roll I tried at The Art of Food. Many of the raw dishes described didn’t sound appealing to me. In my early days of raw, I appreciated and even had fun with raw “mock” named dishes, like “Not Tuna Pate” and “Stirred, not fried”. Now I find myself rolling my eyes at such names and just wish some dishes would be called what they are, “Seasoned Nut Pate” or “Marinated Veggies” and not pose as a cooked, meat dish. Some of the dishes in this article sound equally corny, like “Raw salmon and hollandaise” and “sausage pizza”. Vegan dishes shouldn’t be named like this, most people eating them aren’t looking to be fooled, but may be disappointed when they taste nothing like the name.
Anyway, this article lost me because the author seemed to be expecting a miracle health turn around after just 6 days of raw foods on the indulgent side – come one, you can’t get those kind of results on any diet or exercise routine after just 6 days! I pretty sure no doctor or health professional would recommend trying a new diet or exercise regimen and give up after 6 days if no benefits are noticed. It took months for me to really start noticing sleep pattern improvements, but the author seemed to be expecting that right away. Anyway, not a great article for promoting raw foods.
On the other hand, Active.com has 10 rules for dietary fitness that seem very raw friendly. I’m most fascinated with #2:
“Do you remember what you ate the last time you were starving? Well, you will likely gravitate towards that food again next time you are hungry. Eat healthy foods and you will want healthy foods.
The trick is incorporating them in the first place. Focus on forming long-term habits, not short-term dietary changes, and be open minded to new and different food choices”
In other words, don’t starve and end up binging on crap. That’s so true, in my earlier disordered eating days, I tried to ignore my appetite for as long as possible creating an insatiable appetite for anything, including junk – not good. Better to snack on good foods.
It takes time and patience for success with any diet and fitness change, something I learned the hard way too many times and hardly addressed in a profit-mongering diet industry pushing miracle pills. I was flipping through an Us Weekly magazine last night and noticed four diet pill and diet plans ads in about 6 pages – four!?! All promising miracle results right away. Usually I’m immune to diet ads, not sure why I noticed them this time – perhaps a really scary “before” picture in one. Anyway, all over the map with this post which kind of sums up this week so far. :-)
For lunch, surprise, I had salad leftovers from last night!
Only I topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds and nutritional yeast for a rich combo. The avocado-based dressing was fine the 2nd day, it didn’t turn brown or gain a bitter bite as some avocado-based leftovers can which I think the lemon juice helped there.
For dinner I did a cauliflower/broccoli mash with creamy hemp seed-based sauce, kind of a last minute experiment.
Served with a simple side salad of shredded jicama and kale and an orange-ginger-miso dressing. It made a good, light summer salad.
It was a good filling dinner, but not a great thing to eat before a run. That amount of raw cauliflower and broccoli is not the easiest on the digestive system, something I’ve never had a problem with doing elliptical workouts. But I learned tonight that it’s not a great pre-run food even with an hour in between to digest, it was a hard 3 miles!
A couple of days ago I noticed this in my garden:
A baby artichoke sprouting, isn’t it cute? It totally reminded me of Little Shop of Horrors, “Feed me, Seymour!” :-P