After a few days of contemplation, and lots of Google searches, I have decided to embark on a new challenge. One that doesn’t involve 6 hours of baking, or 4 sticks of butter. No, this challenge will be much different.
I was first inspired by this blogger because she just completed this challenge as well.
Beginning tomorrow, I will be going RAW for a week. 7 days. 21 meals + snacks.
Raw Fruits. Raw Veggies. Raw Seeds, Nuts, and Sugars.
Nothing cooked over 116 degrees. But for the sake of keeping it somewhat simpler, I’m just gonna keep things cool.
When I first started thinking about this, I was apprehensive, really really apprehensive. I read a lot of informational websites, and what I learned was shocking. According to some experts in the field women who eat a raw food diet should be consuming about 6 pounds of food a day!
One of their “suggested breakfasts” was 3 pounds of watermelon! I don’t think my stomach could hold that much at once! I understand that because there is little fat in what I’ll be eating my body is going to burn through it much quicker, but oh my goodness. If I try and eat 6 pounds every day, I’ll always have food in my mouth!
I kept searching, and eventually I found some REALLY intriguing recipes that I can’t wait to try (no, I won’t tell you now and spoil the surprise). Just you wait and see, I think some of the stuff will really knock yours socks off!
For the past few days I have been stock piling the things I will need, since school and work are going to be pretty demanding this week I wanted to make sure I have just about everything I need beforehand.
I have been thinking a lot about the things I will miss over the next week, my list includes:
So, in an effort to not go without, I have been prepping my alternatives for 2 out of the 3 on this list (sorry bacon, I couldn’t find a good alternative for you. I love you. I’ll miss you).
In my kitchen at this very moment I am soaking:
Raw Sesame Seeds for Tahini Sauce
Raw Almonds for Almond Milk
Raw Chickpeas for Hummus
and Raw Oats for my breakfast tomorrow
In addition to these goodies that are already underway, I have about half a produce market worth of fruits and veggies in my fridge and on my counter right now.
Among the things I am most excited to use is this gorgeous Kale
And Chia seeds! I never knew you could eat the hair off your Chia pet!
As far as protein goes, I’ve made sure to stock up on the following (all raw):
Hulled Pumpkin Seeds
Hulled Hemp Seeds
Raw Almond Butter
Raw Peanut Butter
To sweeten things up:
Kombucha (because it was on sale at the market)
Am I a little scared? Yes. But, more so, I’m excited for what’s to come. I will be blogging everyday about my experiences, my mood, my food and of course all the recipes!
There are 2 exceptions I’m making to this whole “only raw” plan of mine.
1. I am not giving up my morning cup of black coffee
2. Nor will I be giving up my option of having hot tea, since the nights in SF can get realll chilly in this old apartment of mine.
Other than that, RAW ALL THE WAY, BABY!
Wish me luck!
I am waking up early to finish my almond milk and tahini sauce, so off to bed for this blogger!