Did you all enjoy a great weekend? As I mentioned Saturday I went to a festival with my mom and friend K. The weather was just swell….
Nevertheless we had a great time (as long as we stayed inside a tent that is).
Obligatory half-assed outfit photo
This Summer: Raw Results
A week and a half ago I wrote about the three major things going on in my summer. I now have a fourth, rather sizable activity to add to the list: raw results.
Raw Results is an 11-week online program, hosted by the infamous Raw Food Rehab, that coaches participants in the raw food lifestyle. The program includes a private section on the website where all participants can interact, weekly discussion topics, reading material, tons of recipes (from a raw foods chef!) and a book club. The goal of these programs is to create a learning environment for those who want to get started with the raw food lifestyle, or for those who are ready for a bigger commitment to it but could use some guidance and a group of like-minded people. Awesome right?
You all know that I have been toying around with raw foods since last March, where I embarked on a 21 day cleanse (has it really been four months already?!). Between then and now I’ve had bouts of eating high raw, to periods where I ate mostly cooked. I have found that I keep coming back to raw, each time getting a bit more familair with it, each time liking it even more than before.
But. I have also had struggles on my raw food journey. Sometimes when I eat a large percentage of my foods raw I definitely feel on top of the world, versus very sluggish and weighed-down when I eat mostly cooked foods. Other times, I can hardly tell a difference. At times I have also felt pressurized, restricted by this diet. Which is silly because I don’t, nor ever will, strive for ’100% raw’ or anything. But the mind is a weird place. Lastly, I have also had (and still have) a hard time with bringing variety into my raw meals, and ended up eating mostly salads, salads & salads. Nothing wrong with that per se but it gets boring, I tell ya.
I plan to find out if raw really is for me during this 11 week program. I am committing myself to getting more adventurous with my meals and to eat a high raw diet consistently, so I can figure out for myself if this is something I’d like to persist. I want to find out if eating raw really makes a difference in how I feel and look. I’m really excited for this adventure!
One other struggle that has been holding me back from eating a high raw diet consistently is that I’m afraid. I’ve always been rather intimidated by the whole idea and up until a few days ago I couldn’t figure it out, but now I have. During the 4 years of my eating disorder, I have felt very isolated and alone. I was responsible for this myself of course but I remember how awful it felt to always feel alone. I spend many, many days without even seeing or interacting with another person. Wandering the streets alone. Sitting in my tiny room, alone. One thing always on the fore-front of my mind; food. Calories. Exercise. Weight. There wasn’t much room for anything else in my life. I realize now that subconsciously I have been scared because of this. I don’t ever want to let that happen again. Good food/a healthy body and a social life are not the same, but they are equally important. And a healthy body is worthless if you don’t take it out to have fun!
So, I’ve been contemplating this for a while and decided it’s bullshit you can’t have a different way of eating than your friends. Or that it would come in the way of social gatherings. I say, this is all up to you. With a little thinking ahead and being flexible, everything is possible. I’ve seen this myself with being vegan. It’s never been a problem. Hell, I even managed to eat a semi-raw, vegan meal at an Italian restaurant the other night! So long as you don’t frett about it and know everything is going to turn out OK you’ll be fine. I really want to commit to this experience, but it’s just a small part of me, of who I am, what I do. It’s just food!
So now that I sorted out these things in my head I am really excited to give this whole raw foods thing a real shot. I like me a good challenge, and I love exploring new territory, experimenting. Besides for the many, many health benefits of raw I am also in love with this lifestyle because raw food preparation is truly unique. I have much more fun creating raw meals and snacks in the kitchen than I did with cooking and baking. When prepping raw foods, I sometimes feel like a gourmet chef. I like making simple things, like a good, buff salad, but I also love turning my kitchen into a science lab when I soak, sprout and even ferment stuff! And not to mention raw cacao… chocolate forever has a new meaning to me.
The program start this Friday, July 1st, and runs through September 15th. I think Summer is an especially wonderful time to to up your intake of raw, fresh foods! In the meantime, I have been doing lots of experimenting myself already :
And with those images on your brain I’ll leave you to your day, I’m off to Bikram it up!