So I've decided to adhere to a raw vegan diet for one week. Today is day one.
I should lay out my goals and expectations first:
I'm hoping that this week will jump start my weight loss. I expect to have more energy, feel more healthy, and lose some of my unhealthy food cravings. I'm also hoping that it introduces me to more recipes that include high amounts of produce and lower amounts of simple sugars, salt, and unhealthy fats. I'm also taking this day by day. This is quite the challenge! If I find food that I enjoy, I'm hoping to eat 75% raw vegan on a daily basis.
Here is what I DO NOT expect. I don't expect to lose 50lbs or 6 dress sizes. I don't expect to want to become 100% raw vegan at the end of the week.
Now that I've laid that out, here is Day 1
For breakfast I had a chocolate cherry smoothie with Swiss chard. With my new food processor makes smoothies so much better than my old blender. Finally there weren't little bits of leaves in my glass! I didn't take pictures of the smoothie, sorry.
For lunch I had the most delicious salad! I purchased a "Half & Half Spring Mix/Spinach" salad mix and topped it with raw vegan taco filling and an awesome ginger lime dressing. It was fantastic! Of course, I'm trying to stay away from soy, so I didn't have any vegan mayo for the dressing, so I made some! I also used almond milk instead of soy milk and olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
After that fantastic salad, I really wanted something sweet, so I had some peanut butter fudge I made last night and covered it in a chocolate sauce on the side. For the chocolate sauce, I just mixed together some agave syrup and cocoa powder. Delicious! The fudge tasted more like coconut than peanut butter so I'm either going to try adding more peanut butter next time, or I'll use almond butter instead of the coconut butter. It was still good, just not what I wanted.
I'm going to make tuna salad for dinner, not quite sure what I'll do with it just yet. I'm not sure I can do 2 salads in one day. I'm also hoping to make some raw ice cream this afternoon so it sets in time for dessert tonight!
Eating like this is very labor intensive. It requires quite a bit of prep. Maybe it will get easier as the week goes on, but this is definitely not a diet for people who are really busy. Also, with my weird allergy to raw fruits and veggies, I'm quite itchy right now, but as has happened in the past, I'm hoping that it will stop after a few days.