I can't believe it's already been an entire week since the raw challenge began! It's been quite the experience so far, and I am so happy to report that I am starting the second week of this cleanse with a smile. I feel awesome! That said, I have some bad news: I cheated. No judgment, please. It was pretty innocent and there was a solid reason. Saturday I went to an all-day concert. I started off the morning raw with this invigorating avocado and orange salad with fresh basil, raw honey, crushed red chili flakes, and sea salt.
Saturday's breakfast: orange, avocado, and basil salad with raw honey, red chili flakes, and sea salt.
I got to the concert and they were selling rosé---lovely for a summer afternoon! Later in the day I bought an all-fruit banana, coconut, pineapple smoothie, more as a refreshment than anything else. But as the sun continued to beat down, and evening approached, I needed some fuel. The fried food options were endless: corn dogs, arepas, French fries. I steered clear, thankfully. Instead, I opted for splitting a falafel with my raw friend Eliana. I have to say: Maybe because it was from a no-name falafel stand, but it didn't satisfy me that much differently than a raw salad would have. Cha-cha-cha-changes!
One big thing I've realized over the last few days is how little food you actually need to eat. OK, stop. I realize that sounds a little, well, sick in the head, but seriously, I was munching so much more frequently when I wasn't following this strict cleanse, and most of that munching was mindless. Going raw really forces you to re-evaluate what you're putting in your body and, more importantly, how those ingredients make you feel. I feel nourished, not sluggish. My portions were so much larger before going into this, too.
Yesterday I was raw pretty much all day. I had an apple in the morning, then stopped by a new raw café that conveniently just opened in my neighborhood and got a marinated kale salad with nori, avocado, and tomatoes.
My friends invited me to their apartment for dinner. They were grilling salmon with lemon and fresh dill (it smelled amazing). I made a fruit salad: peaches, raspberries, watermelon, and fresh mint, plus sea salt, agave, and a squeeze of lemon juice. My friends also planned to make a raw salad in my honor, until Faith accidentally grilled the peaches, forgetting that all forms of cooking are a no-go. I took heart and ate those grilled peaches anyways. It was worth it. And please! Is that really a big deal?
Watermelon is ultra-hydrating and extremely low in calories, so it's the perfect summer snack.
I even had a few spears of grilled asparagus, too, while everyone feasted on grilled fish, corn on the cob slathered in butter and Old Bay, and lemon bars for dessert. I contemplated for a good five minutes over those lemon bars before deciding not to do it. Feeling proud today, indeed.
I woke up this morning right before my alarm sounded at 6:25. It's all this newfound energy, I tell you! I've had some fruit and will have a salad with chia seeds (good source of protein, fiber, and omega-3s) soon. Not sure what dinner will be tonight, but I'm going to be inventive, so check in tomorrow.