Stocking up the kitchen to prepare for Brad's Raw Challenge!
If you are just joining us, or missed the earlier post, my friend Brad is going all RAW for one month - starting tomorrow! Check out that post HERE.
Tonight I went to Whole Paycheck (aka Whole Foods) and bought tons of veggies and fruit and then great staples like hemp oil, chia powder, raw buckwheat granola, raw protein powder, herbs, spices, raw nut butters, raw ground flax, etc etc. Tomorrow is day one for Brad!
One of the biggest mistakes someone can make when transitioning to a high raw or all raw lifestyle, is not preparing. Brad's concerns are legitimate - what does he do when I'm not around? What is he supposed to eat? Will he always feel hungry? That is how most people think when they think of going raw. I know I thought the same way. But when you look at nature and realize that you can eat anything that grows on a plant, vine, tree, from the earth - the options are limitless. Over the past few years I've simplified my raw lifestyle. I am totally okay with eating a pile of veggies. Having a plate of carrots and zucchini and tomatoes with raw hummus for lunch is a perfectly fine meal for me. Having some dates for dessert or a banana with raw nut butter is a simple and easy sweet treat. But the majority of the world is used to "meals" in the form of pasta dishes, pizzas, burgers, and ice cream sundaes. Which is why I'm going to show Brad that he can have pasta, pizza, and everything else he is used to, only raw - all natural, and made from whole foods (veggies - fruits - nuts - seeds). Eventually, we all find our own way within this healthy lifestyle - we discover what works for us as individuals and what doesn't. We simplify things for ourselves. Brad will know after a week what is working for him and what isn't and we will adjust things accordingly.
It always helps to get a raw recipe book when you are starting out (I highly recommend books by Ani Phyo and Natalia Rose - check out my resources tab for more info). It's always good to know the science behind what you are doing and the reasons why you are making the changes you are making - the more you know, well, the less you can ignore the truth. Some people say ignorance is bliss, but I highly disagree. Ignorance, when it comes to diet, is killing an incredible number of people. Going raw or just incorporating more plant based foods into your diet is one way to fight back from the inside out. I'm giving Brad a pile of books to look through this week - not only will it help motivate him and keep him on track, but he might even pick up a new recipe or two!
Some people wonder if they will feel hungry all the time just eating fruits and veggies. But there is more to a plant based diet than just fruits and veggies. To avoid always "feeling hungry" when eating a plant based diet, it is important to make sure that you include healthy fats - avocados, olives, olive oil, hemp oil, flax seed oil, coconut oil/butter, raw nuts, raw nut butters, etc. These ingredients will make you feel full and keep you on the healthy bandwagon. You might not feel as satisfied if you just tried to live on heads of lettuce all day long - and that's not a smart idea for anyone! You want to look at your food as though it were your medicine. Eat to live. Not live to eat. Look at the nutrients, minerals, vitamins, omegas, plant proteins, etc in your foods and make sure you are getting what you need. Also helps if it tastes amazing, which is what we are going to do! Make amazing healthy dishes that taste good and rawk the body at the same time!
We are going to start out making nutrient packed smoothies for breakfast, prep zucchini "pasta" for lunch and try another take on cauliflower "rice" with veggies- raw teriyaki style for dinner (at least that's my broad plan for tomorrow). I stocked up on plenty of veggies for snacking too! Let's see what Brad has to say at the end of Day 1 :)
So stoked! Tons of pics to come and I will post the recipes as much as I can so you can follow along at home :-)