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!
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.
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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