If you’re a regular reader you know that Lean Eaters on my team have been experimenting the last several weeks with different dietary theories including plant-based and ancestral eating. Additionally, my school program at Integrative Nutrition is focused on teaching dietary theory week by week. The Lean Eating experiment this week is a fasting day, which obviously doesn’t lend well to food bloggers trying to help out. This week in school we happen to be studying the Raw Food Diet, so I took an opportunity to run my own experiment. Eat Raw for One Day.
As I mentioned, I’ve been studying the raw diet theory from experts like David Wolfe in school, and I did some research (aka read a bunch of raw food blogs) to get inspired, stopped at Whole Foods for supplies, and got to work. I laid down a few ground rules:
- No lettuce-based salads. Seems like a chump thing to do, and I wanted a bit of a challenge.
- Try new stuff. Again, I wanted to stretch myself, not eat a bunch of veggie sticks and foods I eat all the time anyway.
- Limited “semi-homemade help”. This was about delving into the experience of a Raw Foodist who is preparing and eating raw foods everyday.
- I didn’t want jaw DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from crunching through hard vegetables all day. Even a vegan I know said “raw works as long as you have good teeth”. Must prove that wrong.
- Maintain positive attitude. I am volunteering to do this, after all.
Verdict: Totally nom-worthy, would definitely eat again
Verdict: Totally blew my socks off. Will probably eat this again next week it is so good.
Heirloom tomato and avocado, sprinkled with lemon-infused white balsamic vinegar and kosher salt.
Verdict: Hellooo… perfect tomato with avocado (a perfect food). This would be a fantastic first course anywhere in the world.
Verdict: aside from cashew butter being my new BFF, this was really fricking good.
What did I learn from Raw Foods Day?
- Like most self-experiment days, and frankly life itself, your attitude will make or break the whole shooting match.
- I ate REALLY good food. At every meal. I really surprised myself with some delicious food that I won’t hesitate to incorporate into my regular eating patterns.
- Eating raw all the time isn’t for me, right now, but I’m super proud of myself for exploring the theory!
A funny note to end Raw Food Day, here is the conversation between me and my husband regarding the topic:
Me: So babe… tomorrow I’m eating raw foods all day!
Me: (explain about learning it in school, reassure him that he will not be asked to participate, etc. etc.)
Husband: ……. So…… you’re going to open a can of soup and eat it without heating it up?!
Me: No babe. Raw food. Canned soup is cooked before you open it and cook it again.
Husband: …… So….. like a cold sandwich?
Me: No babe. Bread is, you know, baked before we buy it. I’m eating totally raw food. As in, never been cooked.
Husband: …… So…… RAW EGGS AND STUFF?!?!!?
Me: (smile, kiss, shake head) No babe. Like vegetables. Raw vegetables.
Husband: Oh. Gross. Have fun.