Yesterday I tweeted my joy at being stopped and being asked out by a “random cute guy” at least half my age. Though I didn’t take the request seriously (after all, he was just a baby –CougarTown be damned!) Still I was flattered, and floated on air to a Christmas party that evening, where the elation continued. Two more gentlemen — the first, though older than the one that afternoon, still was in his twenties; and another in his thirties — inflated my head by passing on their phone numbers. I thought to myself “I don’t know what I did today, but I better figure it out quickly–and bottle it for future use!” Then it struck me: Could my raw food diet have made a difference? I won’t ever know, but just in case…I’m gonna keep it goin’!
Notice we’ve discussed only three of the four gentlemen mentioned in the title…You’ll find out about the other at the end!
YOU’LL BE SURPRISED to hear about the non-raw foods I’ve been eating. But going wholeheartedly into something like this is nothing to be taken lightly. I probably ate around 70 percent raw going into this challenge, but to actually make a COMMITTMENT to do something like this is more of a psychological challenge. The instant you choose to NOT have certain foods, all of a sudden of course–now you want them. But I’ve found that giving myself that 5-10 percent leeway by going MOSTLY RAW has taken the pressure off. For this first week, I’ve been about 97 percent raw, with the other three percent being comprised of — wait for it — a McDonald’s hamburger and small fries, a SLEEVE of Oreos (over the course of the week, but a sleeve none-the-less), and today a small baked organic chicken thigh. I did bake a spaghetti squash that was DELISH. But being able to have the forbidden foods was the best strategy in the world. I realized that the day I didn’t drink enough water was also the day I ate McDonalds. A low grade headache, overall malaise and general grogginess were my prizes for that one.
DECADENT THINGS I CAN–and did–have include dark chocolate to my heart’s desire, unlimited fruits, raw goat cheese (there’s a local farm in Colorado that I want to see if I can visit and take my niece to–that would be awesome to share with you). Being a hot chocolate fanatic, I was happy to find there are a number of ways to include hot chocolate on my plan. Ironically though, I’ve found that as the days go on, I’ll think “Hot chocolate sounds wonderful right now,” and opt for tea with low glycemic agave nectar. Crave dessert, passing the kitchen with full intention to have something gooey (just because I can), and end up with a tangerine or mango with sea salt (yummmmm-o!). Yes, I know I sound like a dork, but it’s completely transformative. If it wasn’t happening to me, I don’t know that I’d believe it. I’ve eaten healthfully since I can remember, but I’ve always loved my pastries as well. Hmmm…it seems, that’s no longer.
QUICK AND EASY RECIPE
Last night, I made an amazing guacamole by squeezing the juice a fresh hothouse tomato into an avacado and added sea salt (my new favorite ingredient), garlic, black pepper and … and… That’s it. Smash it together and in just minutes–creamy, healthy, tummy filling joy.
I was shocked at how great it was. But even more shocking was that as I looked for something crunchy to pair with it…. no chips…. hmmm, Triscuits have gluten (which I rarely eat) but a few of my fave cracked paper and olive oil Triscuits. Outstanding. But can I tell you what was even better? I ended up downing mini sweet carrots with my avacado mash and practically licked the bowl with fantasy-like frevor. I still can’t believe how good it was–the crunch of the carrot was exactly what I needed–no deprivation here!
Today was the day I ate the baked chicken with my asparagus and squash. I ended up feeling a bit nauseous into the afternoon and all I could think about was a green salad. Yes, a boring green salad! That’s the photo at the top. Usually I make the BEST SALADS EVER, but some of the research I’ve been doing discusses food combining which makes the raw thing a bit tougher…definitely not for newbies or people like me that hate to think about food all that much. In the next post we’ll talk about why food combining is controvesial, and why experts think it’s why people who diet don’t loose weight.
By the way, my green salad pictured above had cucumbers, green onion, celery, romaine lettuce, and of course my avacado/tomato mash (guacamole) recipe as mentioned above. I ate it with a side of sweet baby carrots. Delish!
I HAVE MORE PROOF–IT IS THE RAW FOODS
While writing this post, I received an email from a new business colleague I met at the party yesterday. And I quote “Great meeting you last night Doni! You have a vivaciousness about you that was truly inspiring! What is your secret?” Wow. What a compliment! Maybe this thing is working after all…