Thursday, July 24, 2008
Day 24! Raw Update
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:
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!