Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Raw Week 2009: Day 2

yesterday was rough. i went plum crazy at the end of the night. i don't remember very much of it, other than the fiancé beginning to lose patience; he tends to encourage sleep when i'm tap-dancing on his nerves. he was eating a grilled turkey and cheddar sandwich, and i just wanted to SMELL it. i don't even eat turkey! i was desperate. but let me be clear about why i was so hungry. i couldn't decide on what to eat. every time i chose something, i had one bite and was done with it. this could become a very expensive practice, so i just stopped eating. i realize i need to be more creative in order to satisfy my hunger (and get enough nutrients and calories to survive this week). i can't figure out if this is just grazing, or if i'm just mentally dissatsfied with my food options.

so, in the midst of my mania, i decided to make raw peanut butter. i don't have a spectacular food processor (it's just okay), so i started to panic when the peanut mixture stopped mixing. fortunately, this is when the fiancé came home and intervened. while he's nobody's chef (i was shocked he even made his own grilled turkey sandwich, which i'm sure he only did to save me the torture of making it for him), he stepped right in, added some water (i had only used raw peanuts, honey, sea salt, and olive oil based on varying recipes from the internet), and saved my peanut debacle. i had him stop blending before it was anywhere near smooth, for fear that my food processor was going to explode. i can't determine whether that was a rational thought or if it was just my crazies talking. at any rate, the result was a slightly crunchy, sweet and salty blend that was yummy on a celery stalk. of course, as with everything else last night, i was done with it after one bite. i refrigerated it, hoping it will make a good snack tonight. shout out to my boo :).

needless to say, the crazies didn't allow me to prepare today's lunch last night. so it was snatch and grab, raw diet style. i made my green smoothie (banana, strawberries, spinach, and water) and grabbed a banana, some green grapes, some strawberries, and a plum. i still had a bottle of water and a couple of boxes of raisins in my office desk.

i've heard from several raw foodists that the first 2 days are the hardest. well, on top of that, my first day was a long work day, and day 2 began with an office meeting with coffee, bagels, and donuts. now, as much as i love donuts, i usually don't eat them at these meetings for fear that i might devour the entire spread all by my lonesome (donuts are one of the few sweets i'm weak for). but, i do usually grab a bagel with cream cheese. and today i literally fantasized about scooping the cream cheese container with my finger. i'm still thinking about it, actually. send help.

4:11pm: i wasn't very hungry today. after my smoothie, i only had some water, a banana, and a box of raisins. i should have at least eaten the grapes, but i just wasn't hungry. and i must say, at the risk of being crass, i thought this process would be more cleansing. i can't say that it has been. eh, well. at any rate, i feel great today. my energy is much better than yesterday. aside from the cravings, that is. but i realize the cravings are more about comfort than hunger or deficiency. i'm craving junk food, BREAD, and my sisterfriend's vegetarian chili at the moment.

8 comments:

Kahree said...

Yesterday I was great until I got to my clients house to find that they had orderd chinese food for dinner. LORD!!!! Then as I ran home and began to take out my hair, I got a quick smell of MEAT!!!! The weird thing is... I was just craving things because I couldn't have them. I wan going crazy!!! I really didn't eat that much yesterday because I grazed fruit all day long. But I made it through... barely!!! This morning I made a smoothie of spinach, berries, apple, banana, almond milk, and orange juice... yes I grabbed everything!!! It was rather tasty!!! My dad thinks I'll need to wear depends by the end of today. For lunch I have hummus in the fridge with peppers... but I'll more than likely stick to a grapefruit and banana.

laura said...

I can't decide if you're just more brave than I am or even a little crazier than I am to attempt this! Hang in there and I'll be sure to eat something bad in your honor. :) Besides I have the excuse that when you're breastfeeding, you need an extra 500 calories a day and so my rationalization is I have to eat more. Doctor's orders.

Tenisha said...
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Tenisha said...

day 2 for me isn't necessarily going bad, i just have no energy at this point in the day. grrr!

i had a yummy smoothie for breakfast (fresh squeezed orange juice, banana, granny smith apple, and kale). the apple made it too thick for my liking so i strained it.

for lunch i had a salad with balsamic vinaigrette. and a "naked" juice. now, i'm dozin' off.

let us pray that i make it to day 3...

Tina said...

Ok-seems like most people are struggling with the first few days. I think the first few days or even weeks in changing your eating habits is very difficult and outside influences don't help much either (turkey sandwiches, Chinese food, smell of meat). Any other time, we don't crave certain foods so much, but when you eliminate certain foods out of your diet, that is when the cravings are strongest. Kahree-the hummus sounds great and its great with any type of veggie. Also, another great way to do peanut butter is a peanut butter wrap (use whole grain tortillas or the healthiest equivalent, add peanut butter and bananas and roll into a wrap). Its satisfying and yummy. Do the same thing with hummus except add veggies instead of the banana. Also, ladies, prepare fruit kabobs the day before to have on hand-fun way to eat your fruit and they are on a convenient skewer(use tomatoes, strawberries, melon, grapes, pineapple and mix and match the fruits on the skewers-fruit on a stick)!

Tina said...

Also, what about making homemade granola as another filling, yet healthy option (using a variety of grains, dried fruits and nuts)? Like I stated before, the project I work on focuses on consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and eating more whole grains so we have tons of recipes and healthy snack recipes! If anyone wants some electronic copies, just let me know!

Kahree said...

Tina you rock!!!!!

Rhythm said...

tina is rather awesome.

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