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AMY: Raw Challenge Day #2

Monday morning, 7am - Check in
When I got up I looked in the mirror and did the same assessment that I had done on Sunday morning. Despite feeling like I was dragging myself around through most of the previous day, I woke up on Monday feeling great. I rated myself about a 9 out of 10. My eyes were still swollen but I felt less bloated, less tired, and generally more optimistic. Today was going to be a good, healthy day!

Breakfast, 7:45 am
After lemon water (never skip it!), I had another “Mango and Spinach Smoothie,” but this time I added a quarter cup of mixed berries. It definitely helped to make it feel less like I was drinking a solid:


So colourful! Well before at least. After blending, I’m not gonna lie, it kind of turned an icky brown - but still tasted good!

Snack, 8:30 am
The smoothie alone, especially without rice milk or anything more substantial, I don’t think can be considered breakfast. So I had a “snack” quite soon after. Instead of pumping in more fruit sugars though, this time I dipped baby carrots in half a mashed avocado. This kept me feeling pretty full throughout the morning. During this time, I prepared…

Karen’s “Marinated Veggies”


I used:

  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 leek
  • 1 medium head of broccoli
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 6 stalks of celery
  • olive oil, to taste
  • apple cider vinegar, to taste
  • Italian seasoning (just mixed dried herbs like basil and oregano)
  • garlic

Chop up all the veggies into bite-sized pieces, season it to taste with the oil, vinegar, and spices, and let it sit in this marinade for several hours.

Lunch, 11:30 am
For lunch I had these marinated veggies on top of some massaged kale:


So delicious that it can only be seen sideways!

Snack, 1:30 pm
After coming back from a challenging hour of yoga (yes, I had the energy to do it, and more!) and in keeping with my smaller, more frequent eating resolution (but not my fruit sugars one), I had a bowl of fruit salad as a snack:


Those kiwis just looked so sad sitting on the counter. They were calling my name!

Snack #2, 3 pm
Well, here we go again! My stomach was rumbling and making some pretty out of this world noises, so I had a second helping of my marinated veggies.

Dinner, 5 pm
I ate early because I was off to go sub for a friend’s rec beach volleyball team. It ended up being, no hyperbole, the worst calibre of volleyball I had ever witnessed - I credit the great mood lift of raw eating for the fact that I didn’t punch anyone during the process. Fortunately, it was a challenging 45 minutes of biking to travel to and from the field, and I had the chance to play an hour of ultimate Frisbee afterwards. I was really, really happy with how strong and energetic I felt. A complete 180 from yesterday’s quagmire of lethargy. Anyways, I’m getting off track. For dinner I had another big batch of delicious Nori Rolls. I added sundried tomatoes this time and they were awesome. But before heading out the door, I broke down and crammed in a few rice cakes - I was desperate for something salty and crunchy.

Snack, 9pm
When I got back from my evening of activity, I rewarded myself with a bowl of oatmeal. Its usually something I have every day, and I was really missing it. Plus its nice to eat some warm food before bed.

This is getting to be a really long post, so I’m going to write a separate one with my ‘debrief’ of the challenge. But all in all, I’m glad I did this! It took a while, but I give it full credit for my stellar Monday energy levels.

raw food challenge: day 1

started my raw food challenge today :] I was really afraid I would have a horrible headache this morning from not having coffee but it actually didn’t develop till this afternoon.  I tried to sleep it off but it’s still there…so that makes me think it’s partly from the toxins leaving my body.  I don’t know a whole lot yet about being raw so everything I eat won’t be 100% raw but the majority of my food intake will be as close as possible to it.  here’s what my day has looked like so far

breakfast (4:30am) - 1 banana & 1 apple then I got off work at 8 and was kind of hungry so I ate my pear I packed and a few walnuts & almonds

lunch (10:30) - my whole foods lunch post from earlier…the tofu was not raw and I had a grain dish in there too that wasn’t as well

snacky snack - I don’t have a juicer so I tried to find something in WF and I found a raw cranberry ginger juice.  the ginger gives it a really strong flavor and smell that I can’t decide if I completely like yet…but I’m still workin on it

dinner - TBD…probably a nice big salad, might make a piece of toast & peanut butter to go with it

so all in all it’s about 75% raw…but who’s counting. it doesn’t matter.