Raw Diet – Day 4

imageI slept fairly well last night.  I was discussing the diet/personal challenge of eating raw for 10 days with a coworker and discovered that, in addition to weight loss, I would love to benefit from this challenge with a better sleep pattern.  This was described as one of the benefits of eating massive quantities of fruits and vegetables in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. I watched this documentary and it motivated me to make this personal challenge.  I had considered eating raw for many years and have read many blogs.  The documentary was just the push I needed to really try it.

I was feeling very good this morning and made a delicious smoothie that provided enough to also be my mid-morning snack. I made a larger quantity because my pineapple looked like it needed to be used or it would be spoiled soon. The chia seeds did turn the smoothie very thick by the time I drank it as my snack. It still tasted very sweet and fresh, just had a thicker texture.

I was very hungry by lunch. I didn’t pull myself away from work until 12:30 to eat.  My salad was very spicy and a good variance from the sweeter fruit based meals I’ve been eating.  I was left with garlic breath. I’m noticing that raw foods seem to leave a more potent flavor in your mouth.

For dinner, I was also very hungry again.  I really should have remembered to bring an afternoon snack.  I made a fruit and spinach salad and am really growing fond of lemon/mandarin orange juice as a salad dressing.

Today’s Menu

Breakfast – 186 calories

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 2/3 cup spinach
  • 1/3 tbsp chia seeds

Morning snack – 186 calories

  • see breakfast

Lunch – 224 calories

  • 2 cups mixed lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • Pico de gallo, made in morning
    • 1/3 tomato, large
    • 1/4 white onion, medium
    • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
    • 2/3 garlic clove
    • 1/3 lemon, juiced
    • 1/3 lime, juiced
    • 2/3 mandarin, juicedimage

Dinner – 242 calories

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup bluberries
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • Dressing
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • 1 mandarin, juiced

After dinner snack – 105 calories

  • 1 medium banana

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