Almost Two Weeks In

This Saturday will complete the second week of Raw Balance and what a failure I’ve been! I was doing very well for a few days and dropped almost seven pounds, then somewhere along the line I lost it and started eating things I shouldn’t and it just grew and continued and now I’m barely even following a guideline.

Every pound I dropped is back on and I feel disgusting. I know it is the food. The raw fresh foods made my body feel energized and rejuvenated. I want that back. Plus, I have a trip to Hawaii in two weeks and will need to be able to put on a bikini.

I am officially getting really intense about this. I’m whipping out the juicer tomorrow and plan on just juicing for a few days to rev my body up. I’m also going to hit the gym tomorrow morning and run until I pass out. It has always been a goal of mine to run a 5k for any random charity. I know I can run it, but I would like to have a time I can be proud of.

So, new super kick starts tomorrow. We’ll see if this actually lasts or if I end up cheating 6 hours into it…

On another note, I recently watched ‘Food Matters,’ a documentary done on raw foods, superfoods, and the importance of vitamins. It was very interesting and included a great group of people who are pretty substantial in the world of nutrition. It discussed how our society completely overlooks nutrition and immediately throws a pill at you. The documentary was very well done, despite some ranting, and I definitely recommend it to everyone.

Going Raw

3 weeks ago-

I took the initiative to become a vegan. I spent a few months my freshman year of college as a vegan, but found that it was incredibly difficult to do while attending a southern school that cooked even the carrots in bacon grease. It was soon forsaken for bacon and eggs. This time, I decided to make it work.

The next two weeks went fairly well. I did manage to cheat once or twice (pancakes and bacon then a Taco Bell night), but everyone needs to give themselves a little wiggle room in the beginning of a dramatic change such as this. It is a progressive movement after all.

Little more than 1 week ago-

I came across a website (Raw Food Rehab). It was late Friday night and I was just poking around doing some research on vegan recipes and the whole idea of glutton and how to cook breads without it, etc. The notion of raw food was not new to me. One of my mother’s friends went on a raw food kick and tried to get my mother to join her. The attempt failed and her raw initiative ended up fizzling. Regardless, the website spiked some interest.

After wandering around the site, I came across their 11 week Raw Balance Initiative that was set to start the following day. I immediately joined up and starting planning this incredible life change to go completely 100% RAW. I loved the idea!

Though Raw Food Rehab sources and watching Youtube videos from the leaders of Raw Balance, I learned an immense amount of information about raw foods. Everyone was beautiful, happy, completely at peace with themselves, and above all, incredibly healthy! They glow!

I found this inspirational and decided to take the next 11 weeks to give this lifestyle change my all.

Present-

It has been a week in the initiative. I have not had a single day of 100% RAW foods. It has been tough.

My main issue is that I live at home with my mother still cooking dinners and expecting me to eat them. When I come home to a delicious plate of food, it’s hard to refuse. I have stuck to being vegan though. I also was not entirely prepared going in and did not know how to make balanced meals that fill me up, balance my intake of fruits and veggies, and had no idea what half of the super foods suggested even are. I also made cooked quinoa and millet instead of soaking and sprouting it. I believe I  had a piece of cheese at one point. I also had some cooked polenta my mother made. Nothing huge, but enough that I feel unsuccessful.

However, I have hope. It has only been 1 week. There are 10 whole weeks left for me to step up my game. I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods yesterday and picked up a lot of fresh produce (kale, spinach, apples, beets, parsnips, etc) as well as some Nutritional Yeast (good for B12) and Spirulina (also good for B12, but I just read somewhere that we are unable to absorb that type of B12).

Despite my cheating, I’ve lost about 5lbs so far. I’m not doing this diet to lose weight, but to feel healthier. I have a handful of minor issues I would like to alleviate and the raw food vegan diet is proven to help with these things. I currently have minor eczema, frequent upset stomach, minor allergies and join trouble.

I’ll be sure to update this regularly on my progress.

Pick Me Up

No matter how awful I feel or how miserable my week has been, there is one little town with the gift of melting away any anxieties or suffering, Warwick, NY.

Cruising along Route 17, windows down, XM’s The Highway blasting, the feeling of anticipation heightens as the highway turns into small town roads leading through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo, before abruptly transforming into a 55mph serpentine along the side of a mountain. Reaching the top, drivers witness stunning views of the surrounding countryside before disappearing into a mass of foliage. The journey is all part of the experience.

Warwick is the ideal small town. It consists of a lively downtown area with boutique shops and restaurants as well as jewelry stores and salons, but directly outside of the downtown area is the country. Rolling hillsides meet orchards of apple trees, low valleys filled with wild raspberry bushes. Horse farms are in abundance and everything is lush and beautiful. The downtown is constantly host to county wide events such as the Applefest in the fall, farmer’s markets every weekend, and festivals of all sorts.

I have been horseback riding in this country town in upstate NY for the past fourteen years, never truly appreciating its quaint, country charms until the past two years. My routine visit usually includes breakfast at Le Petite Cuisine, a fabulous French restaurant across from the train station with marvelous concoctions and fresh, warm, buttery croissants. Their breakfast crepe is to die for. I follow this lavish meal with a long horse ride through the 200 acre plot of hay fields, woodland and rivers that makes up Quiet Creek Stable. After a cool down, I meet up with my cousin Lindsay for some family time, usually over more food.

This past weekend (Columbus Day Weekend), I ventured outside of Warwick to the small town of Sugar Loaf, NY. Known for its crafts and artsy crowd, this town was host to a Fall Festival featuring local artists and designers. The street was closed to make way for tent after tent of jewelry, paintings, baked goods, leather wares, and gifts of all sorts. I took my 10 month old puppy, Darby and everyone fawned over her. She is such a beautiful girl.

The fair was great! I even found a baker with organic dogs treats; Darby devoured them in moments. It was perfect. I look forward to exploring some more towns in Orange Country.

[I’ll add some photos to this on my next trip.]