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01 January 2010

In the Raw for 2010

Ok, so for the last month and a half I have been doing the "Raw Food Diet." No, I don't eat raw meat.  It's a vegetarian-based, nee vegan, way of eating that believes in the principle that cooking food destroys valuable enzymes necessary for the digestion of the food, and also decreases the valuable vitamins and nutritional value of the food.  So, I've been eating a lot of cold food lately.
I am happy to admit, about 12 pounds off later, that I am feeling better and definitely seeing the results of a healthier way of living.  Not that it's been easy.  It took a lot, a LOT, of discipline to not nibble on any of the yummy Christmas goodies that were brought to the hospital and laid out for everyone to enjoy.  I sort of miss my daily Diet Coke.  And, I haven't had a Starbuck's Caramel Macchiato since before Halloween.
I have to plan my meals, and the biggest problem I had in the beginning was keeping my sugar levels up. I would get shaky right around 10 or 11 in the morning, and I realized that I could no longer go without eating something substantial in the morning.  Now I pretty much nibble all day long.
I also spend a little more at the grocery store.  But I enjoy seeing the different colors of the foods I am buying... from the deep greens of the romaine lettuce and zucchinis to the reds of the radishes and radicchio, the yellows and oranges of the peppers, oranges and bananas.  I got a box of avocados from my uncle in California for Christmas and am teaching my Southern DH (who had never seen an avocado before he met me) how to peel and prepare them.
I drink a ton of water, and I am learning how to be more creative when it comes to preparing food.
Now, I have to admit, I have a fondness for the lamb hummus from a place called Falafel Bar, and I have been known to eat a piece of chicken here and there.  But, my treat is one meal a week, and to be honest, I don't miss it if I don't have it.
So, my resolutions for the new year:
 - to continue my raw food healthy habits
 - to study and read more journal articles
 - to finally get better on my snowboard
 - to pet a cheetah
 - to finish at least 2 of the UFO's (that's unfinished projects) in my quilting stash
 - and to make it to church more often and thank God for the wonderful gifts of family, friends, and health He has bestowed on me this year.

My best wishes for your new year... what are your resolutions?


That corgi :) said...

I saw that you had a countdown of your senior year Veronica; it will be here before you know it

that sounds interesting with the raw diet; WTG on the weight loss :)

I could do the veggies and the raw stuff I just don't know about not having protein; I can really feel the difference if I don't get enough protein in how I feel and I get that shaky feeling like you mention; but I definitely want to dump a few pound (again) so I might look into that

I did give up Diet Coke this past month and after the first few days it wasn't so bad. I found I liked to have one around 3 o'clock in the afternoon, that was all, just that one a day; I just worked through missing it and now don't think too much of it

I'm glad you are making it a thought/resolution to get to church more in the new year; always a good thing to do :)

my resolutions (or goals):
get healthy, i.e. lose 30-40 pounds
spend less time on the computer and more time reading books
get to know Jesus more this year :)

Happy New Year!


ADB said...

Have a healthy 2010!

Julie said...

Good for you on the weight loss. I would miss a good steak way to much but the rest would be fine, well....I do love a brightly sauted mess of different veggies, Hummm, anyway. Happy New Year.

krissy knox said...

Hi Veronica, not sure if we met, but found you through From Jlaand To Blogger (directory). My are you interesting! I couldn't stop reading. :) Anyway, about the raw diet, I have heard of it before, but in a larger form, I mean I heard not to cook veggies, but there seemed to be more that you were allowed to eat. Can't remember what though. I am going a lot vegetarian (but not completely) but not vegan. I was wondering if you had any recipes you could share with me? If you know of any good sites you could leave them below, I'll include my email address. I know that there won't be a lot of traditional "recipes" as you eat raw, but if there is any way I could change my eating and have it more flavorful I would appreciate it. Thanks! BTW, your resolutions are cool! Why do you want to pet a cheetah, LOL? I went to pet such an animal once, in a pet store, and the animal owner SCREAMED at me! He said you should have known to stay away from the baby cheetah. I said why is it in a cage then that others can get into? I see a girl in there! He stated that the girl knew the cheetah (or tiget or whatever it was). Well how was I to know, LOL? I will never try to reach over a fence and pet a big kitty again, LOL. Been there, done that! Anyway, my new years resolutions are to get closer to Jesus, and also to be better at blogging. That's about it. Anyway, nice talking to you!

krissy knox :)
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Lisa said...

the raw diet sounds very interesting to me, how did you come up with that plan? The 12 pound loss sounds even better!!! Since I quit smoking I've gained 8 pounds - everyone says they can't see it but I think they are being polite or think I will smoke again!! I won't, I just need to change my eating habits, goodness knows I get enough exercise. Happy 2010 my friend.

Lori said...

I admire your discipline! I'm pretty sure I could not do that.