Over the last five years I was hoping to convert to a completely raw eating lifestyle!! I have several books about eating raw and was really just wanting to give my body a complete and total reset as I’m getting older. The more I read I learned that this lifestyle allows your body to get back on track to being the self-healing organism that it is! As my dad told me when I was younger “every pill you take for healing starts with an herb or plant”!! Then I didn’t know what that meant but now I totally understand!
So I’m going to eat raw for the summer! Beginning Wednesday, June 21-September 22 my desire is to eat mostly raw meals. I’m going to say 80/20 and I’m giving myself a max of two days per week if needed to eat a cooked meal. I’ve been eating 80/20 with no meat for several months now and I really do notice a difference. Most days I don’t even have the desire to eat meat, only around my monthly cycle but now know during these times I need to increase my iron which can come from dark green leafy vegetables so there really is no reason for me to eat meat. And guess what? I don’t miss it!
The real challenge that I had to face was my way of thinking. My thoughts were seriously the reason I ate or didn’t eat. It is funny how we have been told how and what to eat but the USDA, food manufacturers and meat producers aren’t held responsible for telling us what’s really in the meat, dairy and GMO foods that are all a part of the Standard American Diet! But that is another blog topic! The point is I had to change my thinking about food. I began asking myself was I really hungry or just eating because food was available to eat, boredom or my emotions! These are my tricky two, if the fridge is loaded with food but I’m not hungry then why do I think I need a snack? Or I’ve sitting at my desk and I’m bored working on this project, why do I need to eat these chips? I began to have real conversations with myself like this because all in all these were some of the scenarios that were keeping me unhealthy. I thought I had my eating under control because I don’t eat bad, most days and I don’t eat enough other days but when I began to think or feel a certain way I had no control and eating wrong was the answer.
Next, there is preparation. I had to better prepare myself because I live in O-H-I-O!! Fresh produce and vegetables are not as plentiful and easily accessible in the winter months or so I thought. When temperatures fall below freezing and there is snow everywhere, my thought was what could possibly be growing outside right now? Logical thought right? Then one of my dear friends began to educate me on stewing, canning and preserving? UHHH?? But here we go learning again about how to prepare those fresh fruits and vegetables from the summer to taste the same during those cold winters!! Who knew?? But my journey continues…
Finally I made the decision to change and acted to DO IT!! These were HUGE steps and now there is no turning back! Five years ago (before my last pregnancy) I thought that I could change and begin eating raw but besides my reading I didn’t act on it and so those books were on a shelf with no actions behind them. However, I’m not disappointed, I’m more motivated than ever to continue eating raw foods over the summer!! Just one step at a time!!
So here we are day two and this is what I’ve been eating so far!
Today, since my husband and I were out I stopped by Daily Press (http://www.dailypresscleveland.com/) on Cleveland’s west side and had a Berry Toast with fresh berries and cashew butter! It was Delicious!
Then Thursday is taco night so I had lettuce tacos! My taco filling was ground walnuts with garlic, onions, cilantro and lime with a red pepper sauce on top! Absolutely wonderful!!
So far we are off to a good start but still taking it one day at a time!! Thank You for all of your support and positive vibes, many of you have been sharing with me!!
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