Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Jan. 25th, 25 Days Raw


Today was a better food day. I had my lovely Ezekiel bread sandwich for breakfast. At the university I ate 8 oz. of taboule for lunch, and then I ate my mixed nuts/goji berries snack. I got my water in today by buying a liter bottle at a vending machine. Later, during a class, I munched on some baby carrots (thanks for the suggestion, Amy!) but I had so many notes to take that I only got through about three of them. I wasn't at all hungry, though, so it was ok.

For dinner I made myself a salad. Now, I have generally avoided salads because they seem boring without dressing. Besides, I relate them to my SAD days of trying to lose weight. You know- you're on a diet, so when you and your friends go to a restaurant, you have to order the salad while they get to have pizza and other goodies! Now that I'm eating raw, though, salads will become a welcome addition to my menu. I took another page from Amy's book and squeezed some lime juice on it. It was great! The sweet corn I bought was really sweet and had that extra fresh "crunch".

My friend Pam, who is a nurse, thought my calories should be a bit higher so that my metabolism doesn't slow down and so that I don't lose more than 2 lbs a week. I love losing more than 2 lbs a week, though. I want this extra weight off NOW! However, since I want to ensure I get enough fuel and nutrients, I was pleased that I made it to over 1,500 today. I've read that on a raw diet (and I mean diet in the original sense of "the food we eat") weight loss is different than on a SAD diet, and that I don't need to worry about calorie restriction. I guess I'll see about that over time.

Oh- I got a juicer today! My girlfriend decided to surprise me with it. It's electric. I juiced a large orange and a mango (the mango was tricky). It was DELICIOUS. I can now officially wring all the juice out of an orange rather than wasting it trying to squeeze an orange by hand. I set the juicer for "high pulp" so that I'd still get the fiber. I chose to eat the mango pulp with a spoon though. It was like eating pudding, really.

TODAY'S MEALS

Breakfast
Mangos, 1 fruit without refuse
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread, 2 serving
Hummus, 0.25 cup
Avocados, California (Haas), 56 grams
Taboule Salad, 4 tbsp

Lunch
Taboule Salad, 8 tbsp
Almonds, 8 almond
Cashew Nuts, dry roasted, 2 tbsp
Walnuts, 0.33 oz (14 halves)
Goji Berries, dried (Himalania), 1 oz

Dinner
Spinach, fresh, 3 cup
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 plum tomato
Sweet Corn, Fresh, 1 ear, medium
Cucumber (peeled), 0.33 large
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.2 fruit without skin and seeds
Lime Juice, 1 fl oz
Olive Oil, 1 tbsp
Scallions, raw, 0.5 cup,
Mangos, 1 fruit
Orange Juice, 4 fl oz
Centrum with Lycopene
Nature Made Calcium Citrate

SNACKS
Baby Carrots, raw, 5 medium



CALORIES 1,531 CARBS 220 FAT 64 PROTEIN 42

2 comments:

Amy said...

I'm so happy you liked my suggestions! I got the lime for salad dressing idea from Tommie at http://rawburchard.blogspot.com/, so I can't take credit for that - but it definitely is tasty!

Keep up the great work! You're doing amazing so far and I'm really enjoying your journal!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your girlfriend sure does buy you lots of stuff... she must be a really awesome girlfriend!!! You are doing fabulously. Keep it up you are an inspiration to many!

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