I promised to update everyone on my weekend eating, but I was sick in bed for most of yesterday, fortunately not because of all the real food I ate this weekend.
I stayed raw for all of Friday. Saturday morning I woke up and went to yoga, then ate a banana. I had plans to meet friends at Brooklyn's newly opened Smorgasburg, an open-air food market with vendors slinging everything from kombucha and pickles to tempeh sandwiches and grass-fed beef burgers. What a perfect spot for my first cooked meal in two weeks! All of the options looked fantastic, but my raw friend Eliana and I took our precious time making a decision. This had to be special.
I know I mentioned that eggs topped my list of cravings, so we first split an open-face egg sandwich with goat cheese, crusty bread, sautéed Swiss chard, and garlic scapes. Something we could have easily made ourselves, but still yum. I don't eat bread very often anyways, and I must say its chewy texture and crisp crust was really something else.
Then we settled on tacos: grilled fish ones and vegetarian bean and cheese. Both delish. The day didn't stop there. After drinking a couple beers in the sun (I have to say, I did really miss a cold one), we ventured to a rooftop bar that serves the most amazing soft pretzels with flaky sea salt and a sharp, grainy mustard. My friends and I devoured one, then ordered another, and then another (!).
Then came French fries. I sampled these a little more generously.
I still stayed modest with my samplings though. The food filled me up quickly! And I was satisfied with just a little bit. I didn't need my own pretzel or tray of fries, just a few bites.
Sunday I started feeling sick, so aside from my morning kombucha I didn't eat much until dinner. I then indulged in my first piece of pizza! The slice, from one of my favorite Brooklyn pizza joints, was topped with a little red sauce, slices of eggplant, fresh mozzarella, and a drizzle of pesto. It was as glorious as it sounds.
So far this week my diet hasn't strayed too dramatically from the cleanse. I've been eating raw salads (arugula, avocado, cucumber, sunflower seeds was yesterday's lunch), fruits, and nuts. I did bring back non-fat Greek yogurt, but that's the only non-raw ingredient so far. Moving forward, I'll be eating less meat and dairy. Going raw definitely made me realize how little my body actually craves those foods. I'll still eat them when I feel so inclined--I'm not trying to deprive myself--but going raw made my body feel awesome, so when I'm the one controlling what I'm eating, I'll be finding new ways to incorporate raw foods into my everyday diet.