Monday, March 21, 2011

So far my raw diet is going pretty well, though I have decided I'm going to eat a few cooked convenience foods as I am transitioning. Last night I had a 6inch veggie sub from subway and some chips because I really needed to eat and couldn't go home.
My main problem at this point is that my parents are trying to sell the house so I'm not allowed to use the kitchen 24 hours before a showing because its all been cleaned. This means no smoothies, no dehydration, nada. The biggest thing I can really do is grow sprouts, and those seem to be doing very well! About half my seeds have sprouted so far. Hopefully my mom will help me take care of them because I'm going to Vermont tomorrow night and I doubt that they will be ready then. In Vermont I'll probably have to eat less raw since I will be at a friend's house but I think I will make do alright.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I have some sprouts!

A few of my seeds have germinated (despite my not watering for 24 hours, oooops!)
Unfortunately I never had the chance to either buy or make raw bread last night. I got asked to work early this morning so I didn't want to be up all night then have to wake up at 8am.

I did get to do a lovely food shopping though! I got cantaloupes, hummus, mangoes, rice milk (it was on sale and much cheaper than almond milk this week), raw sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, a case of clementines, turbinado sugar, apple cider vinegar, and Lara bars.

Unfortunately I fell a bit off the bandwagon last night because my lack of bread prompted me to eat hummus with Ritz crackers and then a bowl of chex with rice milk I wish I hadn't eaten it before bed because I woke up with sore spot in my stomach that I could pin down to cooked food. I'm not too upset though, I didnt have enough protein yesterday anyway because my sprouts haven't germinated yet.

Right now, the goal is to switch my tastes from processed and cooked foods to whole and raw foods. Right now I'm eating half a cantaloupe for breakfast and it is delicious. I forgot how much I love fruit (instead of baked sweets) and I'm trying to switch in fresh fruit for all the desserts and sweet snacks I used to eat. So far I think I'm doing pretty well!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tonight's Plan

  1. Go to the grocery after work in Enfield (which has more natural foods than my town) and pick up some raw foods like nuts, seeds, flatbread (if available), avocadoes, fresh fruit, and agave nectar.
  2. Make raw, dehydrated flatbread for the next few days (if I don't find it in stores). I'll probably have to do this in the main oven because my toaster oven is quite small
  3. Water my sprouts :)

Sprouts have been planted!

This is the sprouter that I have and I just finished planting and watering my first batch of seeds! Hopefully they will germinate, they're a year old but I think they will be okay.
I planted a mix bean variety, broccoli, and alfalfa sprouts. I am looking forward to sprout salads, peanut butter with sprouts on raw bread, and hummus with sprouts on raw crackers! 

Taking Stock

Because I am a poor college student, I don't have a lot of money to spend on raw food equipment or food. This is what I have and what I will need to cheat on in the future.

What I Have:
  • Sprouter and seeds - A gift to my mom but she never uses it. She says I can use it as long as she gets to eat the sprouts too. Fair enough!
  • Toaster Oven - This will be my makeshift dehydrator. It has a dial thermostat so I can set it to below 112F.
  • Blender
  • Food Processor
  • Two Raw cookbook/guidebooks
Concessions to be Made:
  • Pasteruized foods - I don't have a juicer and cannot afford one plus all the fresh fruit for it at this time so I will have to drink pasteurized juices as well as nut milks that have been heated until I can get a nut bag.
  • My current pantry - My mother will kill me if I don't finish off what I already have but I will try to spread it out over the course of the next month or so. Right now I have a lot of roasted nut butters, soy milk, and protein bars.
  • Steam-rolled oats - Right now I don't have the time or energy or money to use raw oats so I will have to use conventionally prepared oats.
  • Vinegar - For the sake of salad dressing, I will continue to eat balsamic vinegar. Although its not raw, vinegar isn't exactly a super food so I'm not too worried about this. 
If after a few months or so I decide to stay raw, I will probably invest in a juicer and some other equipment, but for now this is what I will have to make do with.

I'm Going RAW!

So after gaining tons of weight at college and falling off the vegan bandwagon, I have decided to try raw veganism! I'm not sure how long I will do it, but I feel that it is worth a try.
I definitely want to blog about my journey but I am not sure whether I want to blog about it on this blog, on another blogspot blog, or on Tumblr (where my other blogs are). I feel that Blogspot is more professional but Tumblr is a lot easier to use. Hmmm....

Any suggestions good people?

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