My first 30 days raw is done & am now starting another 30 day commitment. I’d love to say it was all easy-peasy & for the most part that’s true. I made it through 3 1/2 weeks before any major temptations cropped up. They were held at bay by the constant presence of raw goodies & ingredients to make yummy raw meals at a moment’s notice. Half way through week 3 I got complacent. I didn’t feel like grocery shopping, didn’t plan or make anything to eat & was left with nothing but fruit, salad & smoothie makings. Not a bad combo IF I didn’t suddenly decide I needed salt (a bit of an issue for me – I’m actually not a salt fan but periodically my body will demand it. If I’m not prepared with yummy RAW stuff I’ll be eating toasted nori before I can say “Boo!”)
Saturday was the biggest slip up & the culmination of my unpreparedness. I left home for the day without eating armed only with a bag of dehydrated apple slices , which I quickly tired of. Starving by the end of the day, I happily followed my family’s suggestion to try TGI Friday’s where I ended up eating some cooked vegan options (not many of those available, I assure you – they dump tons of cheese &/or meat on EVERYTHING) & cheese dodging in a salad I ordered without cheese. They did’t deliberately put cheese on it, but there were tiny pieces on it anyhow, like they keep all the salad stuff next to the cheese & some inevitably gets mixed in. The olives on the Mediterranean salad were so salty they made my lips burn & all I had to do for flavor was kinda wave the food over the olives & I was good. I didn’t bother with the dressing. Note to self: next time make sure you eat & have LOTS of yummies on hand before going out for the day!
In all, my 30 days went well. A problem I had with my right foot spontaneously corrected itself (Yay! No more pain!) my skin cleared up & my energy levels went up even though I am definitely detoxing & tired because of it.
So what did I learn from my re-entry into the world of raw vegan living? I learned:
~ It’s crucial to be prepared! Never leave home without your own food, never leave home hungry.
~ Make sure to keep your refrigerator & cabinets stocked to the brim with food! Make stuff even if you don’t feel like it so that later when you’re hungry you’ll have something to reach for that’s yummy, nutritious & raw!
~ Raw works quickly! As soon as you give your body the opportunity to begin healing it sets right to work. I started feeling the impact of my dietary changes within DAYS of making the change.
~ Do what you must to maintain your commitment. If that means drawing little sprouts on your calendar daily then so be it! If you have to eat raw chocolate mousse for breakfast, do (I know: bummer, right?) If you have to spend stupid bucks on a teensie bag of some raw goodie at the grocery store, have at it!
~ Most importantly HAVE FUN WITH IT! If you have to grin & bear your way through it the changes won’t last. Will power is useless when not backed up with dedication. Get a big enough “Why” & will power becomes something else entirely. You’re happy to do the task, not needing will power at all. Joy & pleasure require no force.
So there you have it! My “lessons from the road”! I plan to continue journeying & will post updates from the next 30 days’ voyage. And as a tret, remember that raw vegan mousse I mentioned for breakfast? Here’s the recipe! Enjoy!
RAW CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
2 med. ripe avocados
1 ½ T. cacao powder
¼ c. nut milk
2 t. agave nectar
½ t. vanilla flavor
*Put everything except the milk in the food processor & blend, adding milk until everything is smooth & creamy. The softer the avocados used the smoother & easier everything will blend. Chill & serve.