Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 24! Raw Update

corn/flax cracker with lettuce, pickle, walnut cheese and veggies

I have been such a bad blogger lately! I'm sorry.... It's been hard looking at all the yummy cooked foods, so I've been limiting my time looking at temptation!

I can't believe I'm almost half way through my challenge. I did go off my diet for two meals last weekend, but I'm totally OK with that. I learned a lot about myself in doing so... I jumped right back on and it's been easier. Much easier.

I was struggling so much with cravings and just feeling like my life was missing so much because I couldn't eat my favorite foods.. and I was really bitchy! I could barely stand myself... I was really stressed last week due to some major things in my personal life and a local tragedy and I finally just gave into comfort.

... but it didn't comfort me! I still felt just as anxious and sad and it didn't matter how what I was eating! In fact, I physically felt so much worse and I have NO doubt that I have a gluten intolerance now. I broke out in hives. I have been breaking out in hives whenever I made seitan... and used to break out now and again before the challenge... also, I got heartburn and bloated up like a balloon!

I'm not going to lie and say this is easy for me now.. but it is getting better.
Also, I've been making sure to stay VERY hydrated (I work in a hot kitchen, so I'm losing electrolytes all day long) and I'm adding a lot of potassium rich foods to my diet. My leg cramps have definitely gotten better and my hair isn't falling out as much. I think that was from the stress of last week. Also, I have noticed no new bruises...

.. but I did start logging my food more to make sure I am getting the nutrients I need.
This sprout salad is a nutritional powerhouse. I used lentil and alfalfa sprout, avocado, shallot, tomato, lime juice and some nutritional yeast (and lots of chiles and cayenne)

This serving weighed in at:
385 calories
15 g fat
51 g carbs
7 g fiber
23 g protein
It also contained 49% of the RDA of Iron and tons of more nutrition. Most people are afraid I'm not getting enough protein on this diet, but I am. Lentil sprouts and nutritional yeast are a great source.
I am so lucky to have been gifted some fabulous organic rainbow chard from a co-worker. Her garden is overflowing! I've come to enjoy using greens to wrap things and they are definitely satisfying me now. I've been eating a lot of this particular wrap. I spiralized daikon into angel hair noodles and tossed it with a soy/sesame/garlic sauce and just cut up some avocado, corn and of course siracha.

I'm trying to be more mindful while eating and I find if I really sit back and pay attention to what I'm eating I am satisfied much easier than I used to be.
.. and MANGOES!!!!! I've been eating at least one a day. Mangoes have almost as much potassium as a banana!


  1. I'm so happy that you're starting to feel better!
    That salad sounds awesome!

  2. I am glad to hear things are getting easier and that you are doing better. That is great news! Mmmm--that mango looks soooooo good! I love mango!


  3. You're NOT a bad blogger, Mel - you're fabulous!!

    You're halfway through the challenge!!! You can do it!! :0D

  4. Wow, halfway already! You go, girl!

    Everything sounds great. I was surprised at how many calories the sprout meal had--I always assume "raw" means "low cal". But they're good calories :)

  5. Yea! I'm so proud of you for going this far. And don't worry about falling off the wagon for a minute. Sometimes that's necessary to make you realize why don't really need the things that you want...happens to me all the time with cigarettes.

  6. Mel, I'm SO thankful to hear you are feeling better! (And that the stress is going down!) Stressful times are never good times to make major changes . . . proud of you for sticking with the raw experiment! (Well, mostly! We all "cheat" every now and then. I admit to eating Oreos at work with the kids occasionally!!!!!)

  7. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better!

    Your food photos are just gorgeous with all of the beautiful colors of the fresh produce. I want to dive right in to your pics Mel!

    Congrats on hitting the halfway point Mel. I hope that things continue to get better for you.


  8. I'm with Julie- your pictures are so beautiful!
    I think it's great that you've been holding on so well, and a little non-raw will only help you appreciate the raw better! Hang tough!

  9. I admire your persistence, Melody. And the food just looks amazing and nutritious.

    I hope everything is okay with you!

  10. Good for you for hanging in there and jumping right on top of things before they got out of hand. Kudos to you for trying raw. The food photos certainly look delicious.

  11. Anonymous12:27 PM

    It's great that you're doing better!


  12. Congrats for making this far with the challenge!

    Your photos are so colorful and wonderful. It makes me want to take this challenge.

  13. You're doing great and halfway there! I would be thrilled to eat lentil sprouts and mangoes every day.

  14. I'm glad you're feeling better! And your foods, as usual, have me drooling. Everything is so bright! I want some salad AND some mango!

  15. Sorry to hear you had a rough time, food can be such a comfort and it seems really normal that you missed those foods.

    But I do have to say that your meals are so colorful and they are inspiring me to do more raw eating!