08 April 2010

Raw Food Cleanse: Day Four

I am excited about all my snacks as I lay them out on my desk at work. Setareh quickly quashes this, warning me that she thought her gluten-free diet was exciting too, when she first started it.

Breakfast: an apple and a couple flax and seaweed crackers from Gorilla Foods (both surprisingly delicious). I think it's easier to make savoury raw foods delicious than sweet raw foods, like the granola crunch -- my first bite of that was seriously disappointing, but I think in time I'll get used to the flavour of alternative sweeteners.

For some reason I am drinking a lot more water than usual ... maybe it's the aftereffect of having maintained a liquid diet for two days.

Lunch: Kale & Avocado Massage Salad, the only raw meal I know how to make. I made a giant batch of it last night: 2 bunches of kale, 3 avocados, 1 lemon.

I am having some issues figuring out what is raw food and what is not. For example, agave nectar and maple syrup are allegedly not raw, because they have been heated above 115°F. However, a raw food cookbook I'm using contains recipes using both of these. According to this website, pretty much nothing is raw, even the things other cookbooks and websites say are ok to use (like seaweed, Celtic sea salt and many dried fruits). I will not be using this website as a guide, though I'll keep it in mind. This seems to be a handy guide for explaining what is not necessarily raw but is at least a healthier alternative.

I had a caffeine headache by the end of the workday, and then I accidentally napped until 10 pm! For dinner I ate more Kale & Avocado Massage Salad.

I also made a smoothie. I found this forum where someone posted 70 green smoothie recipes. I bought a bunch of fruits and greens for three different recipes. Tonight I made this one:

Recipe #5
1/2 head romaine lettuce,
1 cup pineapple,
1 large mango,
1-inch fresh ginger

It was not bad.

Papaya tomorrow. I almost purchased a tiny papaya for $8 at Capers, but couldn't go through with it. Instead I went to Safeway, where the guy marked down this giant papaya monster to $2 for me, because it was the last one and he thought it was ugly. He also wrote on it with magic marker.

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