OFFICIALLY halfway through my 30 day raw food challenge.
It has been surprisingly easy, I've allowed myself one cheat day during the challenge but, as of day 15, have managed NOT to use it. Work colleagues have been really helpful. I have had two people offer me juicers to use, and one also lent me their food processor which I used for the first time today to make really delicious raw carob brownies.
There was a period where I went for about five days without a bowel movement but that department seems to have well and truly resolved itself now. As Dr Oz regularly says, "it's not how often you go but what your poop looks like" that's important. But I won't go into any more detail there.
One thing I've noticed is my so-called budget has gone through the roof this passed week. Some of the "flashy" ingredients needed to live raw can be quite pricey, carob powder and chia seeds I'm looking at you, especially when you also want to make the extra effort to buy ethical and organic. Nuts are also expensive and raw cashew nuts seem to be a staple in most raw meal recipes. I managed to reign my $40 budget back in again this week by returning to the Gisborne Farmer's Market today, as well as Pak'n Save for the cashew nuts and Down To Earth Health 2000 for some coconut oil and walnuts (needed for the brownies).
|My shopping for the third week of my challenge, $39 so under budget|
I've also been keeping a food diary for this challenge so will leave you with a few excerpts from my day-to-day raw living:
- Day 1: End of day one and I've just realised I've actually eaten less than I normally eat. I'm not hungry now, just a little bit headachey - not sure if this is from the caffeine and sugar withdraws or general detox from the shit food
- Day 2: Went to bed early but slept well, woke up busting to mimi due to drinking over a litre of water before bed
- Day 3: Queen's Birthday weekend so went back home to my grandparents' - it was hard when I arrived and they had a pavlova and two chocolate cakes on the kitchen bench but I just grabbed a banana and got through the night
- Day 4: My first day at work (on the challenge) and in the real world. It was good. Drinking water helped stave off hunger and I found I snacked way less than usual. A colleague offered me some of her persimmon - great 3pm snack
- Day 5: Raw cream of zucchini soup for tea tonight, it was nice but in my opinion more like guacamole. It was much nicer than my lunch though, I detest salads
- Day 6: I tried to make raw carrot cupcakes today but EPIC FAIL. I didn't have a food processor and thought I'd chuck it in the blender but what a disaster!
- Day 7: Prepared a watercress salad for lunch today. It was delicious
- Day 8: (house moving day) I watched my nan, cousin and nephew eating their McDonald's while I quietly sipped on my orange juice. If that isn't willpower then I don't know what is
- Day 9: Got me some scales today. I'm doing this for endurance rather than losing weight but it was a bonus to discover I had lost 5kg in the first week
- Day 10: Made chia seed and coconut pudding. Added some raw carob powder. DELICIOUS
- Day 11: First go at banana ice cream today, added carob powder and coconut for extra flavour and sweetness. Ended up more like slushie but still good
- Day 12:
SplurgedInvested in a food dehydrator and made chilli-zuchini chips. Not as crisp as I would've liked and took ages to make but tasted good dipped in raw hummus
- Day 13: Adding chilli to raw soups really does trick your taste buds into thinking the food is warm. Actually feeling darn good now, I guess my bodies acclimatised
- Day 14: I made hummus with celery, carrot, and zucchini sticks to take to work today for a shared lunch for a colleague going on maternity leave. So much scrumptious food and, worst of all, someone bought hot chips (my vice). But I was fine with that. The sushi on the other hand I kept looking at and trying to justify to myself that while the rice was cooked, everything else in it was raw so it wasn't really cheating. But no, you only cheat yourself and I didn't want to use my cheat day on something so superficial, if I use it at all.
- Day 15: Made raw brownies today with the food processor a workmate brought over last night. Oh my gosh! so delicious:
And I will leave you now with pictures of my brownies and yours truly enjoying said brownies: