Monday, June 30, 2014

Day 97...counting down from 100

Today I ate:

Green Smoothie - Kale, overripe mango (yuck), pineapple, orange, 1 tsp Maca powder

Arugula Salad - with radishes and avocado and orange miso dressing.  Absolutely delish!

Green Juice - Kale, parsley, celery, lemon, ginger, apple, cucumber

Cabbage Slaw from the Loving Hut (minus the tofu)

Green Tea

Black Tea "Paris"

I did my week 5 from "Couch to 5K" and really tried to job a bit faster instead of shuffling along and I swam 32 length of the pool without stopping plus 2 laps kicking at the end.

I really like eating this way, I feel calmer, more relaxed and less achy.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Day 98...counting down from 100

Today I ate:

Green Smoothie - spinach, kale, pineapple, mango, banana

Cabbage Slaw with Thai Dressing and Coconut Chips

Green Salad - unfortunately, I found out when it arrived that it had some blue cheese crumbles on it even though the name of the salad was "All Veggies" on the menu;  given that the restaurant is in our small town of Clarksburg, having a population of less than 600 people--I didn't want to send it back so I tried to remove as much as possible.  The salad was delicious and we were there for the CD release party for my friend Tressa's band.  So much FUN!

Black Tea

2 Corona Lights

No juice today, wah!  I did do a 30 minute power walk and swam 32 lengths of the pool without stopping!  Yeah!  Shooting for 40 by the middle of summer.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Day 99...counting down from 100

So my 2nd day of my 100-days on the raw food diet.  Today, I ate a lot of the same things from yesterday (for links, see yesterday's post) due to left-over salads.

Beet Juice - beets, orange, spinach and carrot

Green Juice - beet tops, wild spinach, parsley, lemon, apple, ginger (I wish I had remembered to put celery in)

Mojito Green Smoothie

Beet Salad

Cranberry-Almond Carrot Salad

Strawberries

A few cherries

Celery-Avocado Salad - based off of this recipe but added salt, pineapple, mint, lemon and hot sauce.  Yum!

My energy was a bit off today but I think that's because I had a rough night of sleep.  I wanted my wrist brace to dry out after swimming so I didn't wear it to bed and then the pain from my sprained wrist kept waking me up.  Maybe I need to get a 2nd brace so once can be drying while I wear the other.  I broke out in hives again today but not as bad.  Mostly on my hands, so not sure what that is about.  Given that the hives started BEFORE I switched to raw foods, it can't be the change in diet.

It's funny how many times each day the voice of temptation pops into my head.  I'm very tuned into that now because I'm trying to see what drives it.  In the afternoon, it is definitely me seeking some comfort from my challenging job.  If I watch TV, (today I watched Chopped, my fav) I find that I am conditioned to want a snack.  I am kinda treating this like a little science experiment where I'm observing and noting.

I forgot to mention that I the 30-minute "Couch to 5K-Week 5" today which has 24 minutes of jogging with the rest walking.

98 days to go!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Challenge accepted...

I am challenging myself to eat a healthy raw food diet for 100 days.  I will post every day what I ate for the day to create some accountability.  I want to have more energy and get rid of toxins in my body and lose weight.  I think this will really help and I like the food.  Here is what I ate today:
(you can click on the links for recipes)

Pineapple Grapefruit Juice (with ginger)

Green Juice - beet tops, wild spinach, cucumber, lemon, ginger, fennel and apple.

Beet Salad  This is a new recipe and it was OK.  The dressing ROCKED so I am looking forward to having that again.  I have enough left over to eat this again tomorrow.

Cherries

Black Tea

Cranberry-Almond Carrot Salad with lemon and basil from this cookbook.  This is one of my favorite all-time salads and I have enough left for tomorrow too!

Mojito Green Smoothie

For exercise, I did 30 minutes of power walking using the Prevention Magazine mp3 and I swam freestyle for 32 lengths of the pool plus 4 lengths kicking on my back.  I am proud of myself because I have a sprained wrist and I just wore the brace in the water and kinda slapped that arm.  Not very elegant but I always feel so much better after I swim.

I broke out in hives after swimming which was very uncomfortable but it isn't related to the change in diet.  I started to break out in hives this morning and it's caused by using mainstream laundry soap.  I have to use the natural, biodegradable kind or this happens to me.  Every once in a while I switch to the regular kind because it kinda brightens up our clothes and makes them smell better.  But if I let it go on too long, the hives come for a visit and they are most unwelcome.

I put all the recipes in my Allrecipes menu and then created a menu plan for the first 3 days and shopping list.  I am very serious about making this change and I think staying up on the menu
planning will help.

I thought it would be fun to do a google search on 100 days on the raw food diet and was surprised to find this website.  Apparently, my idea is nothing new...lol.  I did enjoy looking at "before" and "after"  photos of people on Pinterest who switched to a raw food diet.  That was motivating!

Someone very close to me said something really mean to me this morning related to my weight and eating habits. Actually, it was terribly cruel.  At this moment I don't feel like I will ever be able to forgive and let it go.  Usually, I wouldn't post about something this personal but I am using this as a way of making a big change in my life and I want to remember where I started.  I feel like my best friend just let me know that I am held in disdain and contempt.  Excruciating.  I guess that's when you realize the person you thought was your best friend--isn't.

I got a lovely birthday card in the mail today from my sister.  She's on a cruise right now and I really wish I could talk to her.

I will weigh myself once per week and starting this at 181.2 pounds.  sigh...

Time to do my virtual "happy dance!"  I did it!  Day 1 is complete.  99 more to go!