My Raw Vegan Journey Day 4: A Meeting of the Minds

Good morning everyone!

How are things today? I hope you’re doing well. Yesterday was day 4 of my raw vegan journey. I left things off at a bit of a low point in my blog. Over the past day there have been some intense discussions in the Noob Chef household on how to proceed with our new vegan lifestyle. It hasn’t been easy, but finally there was a meeting of the minds. But I want to dive into the process of what we’re doing moving forward, and why.

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My husband and I are creative souls. We call each other “besties” first before being married because we often think alike. So last night when I glanced over at him and saw him sitting pensively I had a pretty good idea what he was dreaming about. And that, my friends, would be Jollibee Spaghetti. My husband grew up in the Philippines, and belongs to a culture that hosts a roasted pig (lechon) for special occasions. Needless to say, it’s a meat-heavy diet. But, I wanted him to talk about how he was feeling instead of me just saying outright what I already knew so I asked him. He turned to me and smiled. “Just dreaming” he said and smirked.

You see, we have this little game called “the lost boys” that we developed this week to help get over our cravings. Stemming from the movie, “Hook”, like Robin Williams and the Lost Boys, we, too, pretended to be eating our favorite foods. With imaginary utensils we would describe the dishes we craved the most while miming eating them all at the same time. It gave us loads of laughs. For me it sounded something like this: “Oooo baby! Right now I have a perfectly baked potato… a little salt on the outside of the skin with some olive oil so it’s nice and crispy… and then the inside is fluffy and light… and that baby is dripping with broccoli cheddar cheese that I made on the stove top… Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!”. You get the idea πŸ˜‰

Sure enough my husband began gushing about all of hi favorite Asian foods that he missed. But in the end we were able to say that while we do love unhealthy food… we also love heart-healthy vegan food too. We have been successful in cooking vegan mac and cheese (thank you Dr. Greger!), vegan breakfast burritos, vegan kale and bean soup, vegan tofu stir fry, one of my favorites… vegan spaghetti and meatballs! Going vegan hasn’t been limiting. It has been a healthy, new option that gave us a future to reclaim our health and eat food that rocks!

So, we’re going back to cooked vegan food. πŸ™‚ The family is rejoicing lol.

Me? I feel thankful that I went raw for 5 days. Tomorrow is my normal grocery shop day, and I’m looking forward to cooking again. But I’ve also enjoyed being able to appreciate eating nothing but beautiful, raw produce all week long. I have felt incredibly energized, lost weight, and feel fantastic. It has given me time to tune into my body and see what issues need addressing. Sometimes we want to dig out head in the proverbial sand and not deal with things, but at the end of the day if you don’t have your health, what do you have, right? So it’s onward and upward from here! The daily 10,000 steps will continue. I’m now looking into adding some gentle weight-lifting into my routine too. I want to talk about being raw vegan on my monthly cycle because ladies, I think you’ll want to know all about how much of an impact it had and how it can help you too. I also will be sharing what equipment I’m using to workout, because Lord knows I don’t have a money tree in the backyard. Yet, what I do have works! πŸ™‚

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So stay tuned for more exciting vegan recipes. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, and as always, keep on cooking! ❀

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