My Raw Vegan Journey: Day 1

Good Morning Everyone!

It’s early, early as I write this. The sun isn’t fully up, but I have so much to share with you. As the title of this post states, I decided to go raw vegan. Now if you’ve been following my blog for a bit, then you know how much I joke about raw veganism. I love vegan food and have plenty of recipes in my archives. But raw veganism? That was a bit of a stretch. Until now. For several weeks I had been feeling achy. I was exercising, and drinking plenty of water, but if I’m being honest… I’m just carrying too much weight on my frame. It was a hard truth.

And then the chest pains began.

Chest pains are a really, freaky thing to feel. For some it’s a stabbing, chest clutching, “oh my gosh I can’t breathe” moment. For others it’s a dull, “what is going on?” type of feeling. Thankfully, (and yet still unfortunately) mine was the latter. Going to lay down I turned on the TV and watched the documentary “What the Health” on Netflix. Wouldn’t you know it, but there was Dr. Greger and Dr. Fuhrman talking right back at me! (If you haven’t read their books, “How Not to Die” and “Eat to Live” I encourage you to do so. They are both fantastic!). The film captured me immediately. In it, they explain how the body wants to heal itself. That’s what it’s designed to do! Not just cuts and bruises, but deeper things as well.

Unfortunately, when we eat animal products– i.e. all meat and dairy, we actually clog our arteries one bite at a time. Within minutes of eating cheese, meat, milk, etc. our blood begins to thicken slightly. The oxygen levels around our blood cells go down and our heart has to work harder. Eating meat and dairy actually puts stress on our nervous system too! I was stunned. Next, they spoke about the environmental impact that the meat and dairy industries have on the planet. It was devastating. We all know it, yet we turn a blind eye because the food tastes so good, right? I know, I did too.

As we were watching the movie, my husband and I kept glancing at each other giving the “can you believe this?!” look. Finally the movie ended on a positive note, and interviewed vegan athletes who explained (along with scientific data of course) how they have more energy being fueled exclusively by plants! I had just turned off the TV when Mr. Noob Chef said, “babe, c’mon… let’s do it”. He was deadly serious. “You want to go vegan?” I asked. He shook his head. He wanted to go raw vegan! It’s the most natural, highest volume of nutrient packed foods you can consume. He was ready to heal his body… and so was I. I guess I should say, am I.

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Yesterday’s lunch! Yum!

So yesterday was Day 1. We stepped on the scale to get our starting weight… and sighed. But, we knew that things would only look up from here. So we cleaned out the cupboards and began eating exclusively raw. Yesterday was a wave of emotion for me. I thought I would miss whipping up recipes, but instead I found myself wondering: if I had done this several years ago, and fully healed myself through raw veganism, would I have had to have gastric bypass surgery? Probably not. The thought saddened me. But instead of sitting and wallowing I began to walk.

Now I’ll get real here. Walking as an obese person… sucks. Your feet ache. Your shins really ache. And you sweat a lot! But I began to walk, figuring that I would stop when I got tired, or if any of those pesky chest pains kicked in. Well… as Forest Gump would say, “I just kept running and running….”. I had never walked 10,000 steps… ever! But wouldn’t you know that as I was grazing/eating raw fruit and vegetable all day, I walked 5 miles!!

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I was stunned at how much energy I had! Yes, I was sweaty, but I also had a boatload of energy! I messaged my husband and told him the news. “I feel so much more focused at work” he messaged back, “and no bloated stuff either!”. πŸ™‚

I knew then that I wanted to share this journey with you. Whether you go raw vegan or not is entirely up to you. But, I hope you watch that documentary on Netflix as food for thought. I hope you enjoy seeing pictures of me… and all my curves that will slowly melt away. I hope you don’t mind hearing me ramble about food, weight loss, and life. And I thank you for following me and being here.

And now, let’s look at today’s recipe. πŸ™‚

So when it comes to salad I’m a noob. No, really. I know so little about salads it’s ridiculous. But now that I’ve gone raw vegan it’s “sink or swim” time so last night I whipped up this salad, and it was delicious! Since the U.S. is goring through a romaine/ e. coli issue currently, I stuck with fresh spinach, kale, and arugula as the basis for the greens. I tossed in marinated artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes (both available at your local Costco), along with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and several tablespoons of homemade refried beans. Now my refried beans aren’t fried. I also buy a huge bulk (25 pound) bag of pinto beans from Costco and make them from scratch. After boiling them with an onion for 2 hours, I puree them in the high-speed blender and season. Done! These beans replace any salad dressing and taste delicious! The family loved it.

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Dinner! πŸ™‚

Oh, and weight loss wise? I’m down 1 lb. and Mr. Noob Chef lost almost 2 lbs! And that’s just in one day! Woohoo!

I hope you enjoy this salad and give it a try. I’ll be experimenting with the entire rainbow of produce and learning to make proper salad dressings. So stay tuned for more recipes. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❀

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