Sunday, August 22, 2010

Raw Vegan Continued

I've been "Raw Vegan" for 3 days now and I love it...consequently I have not thrown up in 3 days either...THIS IS HUGE!!! I feel like I can EAT AND I don't feel I have to throw up!

This is BIG!
I've noticed my weight has dropped a bit...probably due to a lower sodium diet (water weight loss). Even though I feel like I'm eating weight is dropping. Also the food I'm eating is less calorically dense than my normal diet.

I've been eating apples, mangoes, papaya, tomatoes, organic spinach, broccoli sprouts, hemp seeds, ground flaxeeds, nutritional yeast, red onions, bananas, ground wheat bran, and Silk vanilla light soymilk (this last one is not considered raw because it is pasteurized, but I'm trying to not be as black and white about this as that thought process was SO helpful in my past...) ;)

I'm also still drinking coffee...really shouldn't, but I don't know how else I can survive 10 hour workdays, 6 days a week, getting up at 3am, etc week after week. I can't seem to go to bed early enough to get up at 3 well rested. It's hard to go to bed at 7! I usually get in bed around 11. Latest was 1:35am...death.

Woah tangent there.

Anyway. Cravings.

I am craving some foods that I cannot have...specifically barbecue potato chips. I have no idea why, but I am craving those right now.

Today I've eaten: 1 banana; 2 bowls of sprouts with hemp seeds, ground flaxeeds, nutritional yeast, sea salt/pepper, cumin; 1/2 cup wheat bran with vanilla light soymilk and an apple sliced up in it; 1 mango. And lots of water.

It's so much easier to increase calories when the food is really good for you.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Raw Veganism

well I've been toying with the idea of converting from vegetarianism to veganism for quite a while now and recently I've been reading up on raw foodism and liking what I'm learning. It just seems so pure. I'm sure it's not 100% what I need either, but it's better than what my body's getting right now.

I'd be going from this...
no breakfast
no morning snack
no lunch
no afternoon snack
unhealthy dinner...purged
no late night snack

to this...
more specifically, food that I feel GOOD about eating. Something clicked in me, and I feel good about eating raw.

I'm not even just eating a raw food diet...I'm considered raw VEGAN. Woah big changes, baby!

I'm not 100% compliant with the guidelines, but if you are too strict you will revert back. I still consume soy milk (not raw), coffee (caffeine not allowed), artificial sweetners and refined sugar (both not allowed).

Today I have eaten (AND NOT THROWN UP, MIND YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Breakfast: Orange, banana, glass of vanilla light soymilk
Snack: Orange, 2 cups of coffee
Lunch: Organic spinach salad with 1 roma tomato, 1 round cucumber from my parents' garden, sea salt, pepper, and cumin; 1 mango; a glass of vanilla light soymilk, and 2 cups of coffee
Snack: cup of vanilla light soymilk
Dinner: 2 bowls of salad with organich spinach, roma tomatoes, red onions, cumin, sea salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, ground flaxeed, and hempseeds.
Snack: orange and half a glass of vanilla light soymilk

yum. :)

I still feel like I want to snack on something but I think that's psychological hunger as my body has endured quite a bit these past years. I remember reading one way to tell the difference between psychological hunger and actual hunger is if the hunger continues to increase in intensity as you move further away from one meal and closer to another (actual hunger). One giveaway that you're psychologically hungry is if you're suggestible to certain foods that people mention or are eating if you weren't already hungry.

Well, time to end the day on a good note and go to bed early (it's Friday and I need to catch up from this workweek...desperately).