What I’ve Been Eating | 21 Days of Raw

I never knew eating raw food came with so many options! The more I learn the more excited I get. My 21 Days of Raw also gives me an excuse to get new kitchen appliances and gadgets! I recently purchased a food processor which was LONG overdue. Every holiday I say, “I’ll get one next year.” Who would’ve thought incorporating raw foods into my diet would spark me to finally get one. Not only that, I discovered the food dehydrator! I never knew they existed until I started my detox, but I’m so glad I now own one! There are so many things you can make with a dehydrator including one of my favorite snacks, kale chips! You can also make dried fruit, jerky, fruit/veggie chips, etc.

Look what arrived!

dehydratorI wasn’t sure which dehydrator to get so I researched and read reviews. The Presto Dehydrator (4-tray) seemed like it would be a great fit (for now). Raw foods are packed with nutrients and enzymes and when we cook them, we minimize their nutritional value. By using a dehydrator, raw food is dried at a low temperature and the nutrients and enzymes stay intact. I’m excited to make raw snacks because if you’re going to snack…they should be tasty AND enjoyed! Move over Lay’s!

 

What I’ve been snackin’ on!

dragonfruittttttI called several of my local healthy supermarkets looking for Dragon Fruit and finally found them at Whole Foods. They are quite interesting. They are also pretty pricey so if you’ve never had one, I suggest buying one and seeing if you like it. The jury is still out on whether I really like them or not, but they sure are “purrrdy”!

 

cocodates1I tried dates for the first time and I actually love them! These are rolled in coconut (unsweetened) which makes them super spesh! Earth Fare has a variety including: dates rolled in almonds or coconut, and plain. They also satisfy my sweet tooth!

flaxsnaxGo Raw—Pizza Flax Snax! These are nice little snack, especially if you have dip (ranch, french onion, etc.). Alone they are good—but for someone who never really munched on seeds, they can be a bit overwhelming. I did make a raw ranch dressing found here to go along with them. It turned out good!

justpurefoodsSpicy Jalapeño Tomato Chips—I absolutely love these raw chips and I can’t wait to make my own in my dehydrator! Just Pure Foods has a line of healthy, raw snacks. Look for them in your healthy supermarket.

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Laughing Giraffe Organics—Chocolate Snakaroons! They are another great snack that satisfies that sweet tooth. I also found them in lemon flavor.

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Mealsies!

 earthfaresal1 Here’s what a typical lunch looks like. This lunch is from Earth Fare’s salad bar. I’ve played around with raw salad dressings too and I’m close to finding one that’s shareable. Stay tuned!

veg4The Veggetti! And yes, I love kitchen gadgets…especially those found on As Seen On TV! I purchased my Veggetti (spiralizer) at Bed Bath & Beyond.

 veg1 The Veggetti makes the perfect “zoodles”. I have prepared zucchini “noodles” by sautéing and topping them with marinara sauce and they really taste like noodles! After my #21daysraw, I definitely plan on making spaghetti and using them. On the flip side, they were a different experience for me raw. I never ate zucchini growing up and recently started being adventurous and found out that I like it! But, the zucchini was always cooked like my Zucchini Crisps found here. However, raw “zoodles” can be tasty if you add the right sauce! You can find a raw alfredo sauce here.

I’m over halfway way through my #21daysraw! There’s a great big world out there “in the raw”. I can’t wait to see what I discover next!

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21 Days of Raw

Hi guys!

I know it has been a minute since I’ve posted, but I had to get my mind right to prepare for this amazing Rawsome experience! *sarcasm* No really…I’m sure you’re like “what is she talking about?” I’ll be honest, many may think I’m nuts (pun intended…you’ll get that later). Let’s not talk about the looks I get when I respond to people as to why I’m not eating meat or scarfing down pizza leftover from an office meeting. Of course these are things that my heart would totally desire on any other day, but making healthier choices comes with a price—and it’s so worth it!

 

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I decided to commit to 21 Days of Raw (plant-based) eating because my body was craving something different. I also really needed to detox from all of the foods, impurities, and randomness that my body has consumed or been exposed to. Plus, it always benefits us to get in more fruit, veggies, good heart healthy proteins, and even better when we practice healthier habits.

I was a Weight Watchers member years ago and I remember the “good healthy guidelines” consisted of five or more servings of fruit and veggies per day (nine servings if you are over 350 lbs). Did you know that the serving amount has changed? Today, it’s recommended that we eat at least nine fruits and veggies per day.

An example from the Harvard School of Public Health:

(1) For a person who needs 2,000 calories a day to maintain weight and health, this translates into nine servings, or 4½ cups per day (2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables). For most fresh or cooked vegetables and fruits, 1 cup is just what you would put in a household measuring cup.

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Eating raw has been a challenge. If you eat dairy, whole grains, meat, cooked foods, sweets “Oh, the sweets!” (basically everything that tastes good) or drink alcohol/wine…let me be the first to tell you, this ain’t easy! BUT…I am beyond capable of carrying it out to completion! So what can I eat/consume? Any uncooked vegetable (or steamed 7 minutes or less), fruit, sprouted beans, fresh juice, fresh fruit smoothies, organic herbal tea (preferably caffeine free), water, nuts, and seeds. I’m basically a “practicing-vegan” sans whole grains and cooked beans. Don’t get me wrong, I like to indulge every now and then, but I have to reel it in from time to time. I have to remember that eating a healthy diet is so important.

I’ll be posting about my experience and sharing some fun foods and recipes that I’ve discovered along the way! Be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to go along for the Rawdiculous ride. I’ll be using the hashtags: #21daysraw and #artiecakeseats.

Do you eat a plant-based diet? Is raw food a part of your daily diet? If so, I’d love to hear from you and any tips, recipes, restaurants (especially if you are in the Birmingham area), or food favorites while eating…in the raw!

 

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Countdown to Nash!

The countdown is on for the Women’s Running Series Nashville 5K/Half Marathon! I’m so excited because this will be my first Women’s Running Series race and my fifth half marathon. I’ve heard great things about this series and I look forward to sharing the pavement with all of the awesome ladies (and gents) and other Half Fanatics! Yes, the series is open to both men and women participants—but sorry men, age group and overall awards will be given to female participants only and you can’t start in the first corral. But, that’s okay! You still get a sweet finisher’s medal.

The Women’s Running Series is walker friendly and for athletes of all speeds and sizes! All you have to do is maintain a 18 minute per mile or less and you’re good to go! I love races like these because there’s not so much pressure. There are certain races that I like to be more focused about pace/time, but this race I want to have fun and enjoy the course! I love to take photos too! Yes, I’m the young lady in the sparkle skirt on the course taking selfies. Running should be fun, right!? Anything to take my mind off of the miles ahead is fun to me. I’ll leave the stuffiness to the “elites”. Just sayin’…

RunWRS Perks:

  • Shop your heart out at the Health & Fitness Expotique
  • Take home your well deserved Finisher’s Medal and exclusive charm!
  • Run our scenic half marathon & 5k courses with stunning city views.
  • Celebrate at the finish line festival featuring a Sweet Retreat, Freshen Up Lounge & Champagne toast!

 

Here’s a sneak peek of the finisher’s medal!

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Photo: Women’s Running Series

I can’t wait to earn that medal! In the meantime, I’ll be dusting off my cowboy boots. You can learn more about the Women’s Running Series here!

 

Happy Running!

 

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Update! Fitbit Bling + New Accessories

I absolutely love my Fitbit Flex! I’ve had it since February and I wear it daily. The only complaint I have is how easily it can come off if I snag it just right. I’ve had a few close encounters where I almost lost it. Talk about panic mode! The first time my Flex accidentally caught the strap of my handbag. The second time it caught the grocery bag as I slipped the bag on my forearm. Clearly, I thought I was “Incredible Hulkette” carrying 50 bags out of the grocery store sans buggy. The third time, I thought I lost it in Wal-mart. I furiously drove back to see if it were in the path of my grocery list. As I was getting out of my car, to my surprise, it was on the side of my seat. *Praise Break and thank you, Jesus!* because this is a $100+ investment. I looked online to see if I could find something that could fix this issue.

FitbitblingI Googled “Fitbit fastener and clasp” and came up with quite a few options. Amazon and eBay had a variety. Of course I went with colorful! :)

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fitbling2 Here’s a closer look of the fasteners and clasps. So excited that I found these! There were so many fun colors to choose from. Just slide the fastener on the band and it will snug your band like a watch fastener. The clasp is interchangeable too! I love my free gift from the company! I sent half of them to my sister to have a little bling fun! You can find the clasps and/or fastener accessories here, and here, and also here—or you can Google and see what you can find.

And BTW…

Tory Burch for Fitbit has launched!

You can find the new Tory Burch Fitbit collection here. I think I have enough bands (4) for now, but here are a few of the accessories that I like:

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Fitbit also has some new, cool features:

  • Run stats, route maps, and music controls. Yesssss…to MobileRun tracking!
  • Exercise logging and workout calendar.
  • New tracking feature with barcode scanner, calorie coaching, meal shortcuts, and expanded food database.

 

The new features have already rolled out to Apple users. Don’t worry Android users, our update is coming soon. Remember the saying, “first is the worst, second is the best”? Well that’s how I feel about Android being tardy to the party. At least Fitbit gets more time to work out the kinks with the new features so when it gets to us…it will be running smoothly!

 

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