Raw Food Recap- 3 Day Raw Vegan Food Cleanse

raw food recap

I, like many passionate foodies, have been inspired by the crazy beautiful energy that is Fully Raw Kristina. I am inspired by her committment to what she believes in and her constant generosity towards all life. I recently was watching a couple YouTube Videos of hers and decided I wanted to give raw food a try. My boyfriend and I decided to do a 3 day raw food cleanse together. What I learned not only about my diet, but about myself was surprising.

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I am not 100% vegan but I find that I eat 90% vegan foods without really thinking about it too much. I used to be very committed to eating a strict vegan diet but as I have gotten to know myself more intimitaly, I find that I am overall happier when I strive for balance in my diet which sometimes includes avocado toast with a fried egg on top. This works for me and it keeps me from spiriling back into my eating disorder past. Ristriction is not something I want in my life and I learned this all over again while doing the raw food cleanse this past week. Although I was allowed to eat whatever I wanted, I was consciously choosing to eat only raw foods but I still found myself struggling to stick to it at times. I sometimes wanted things more because I said I couldn’t have them (how silly, right? The raw food cleanse was my idea).

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(Above, is a picture of the RAWCO (raw taco) I made and it was bomb. The recipe is below)

Jaime and I started early by having Rawsta AKA Raw Pasta for dinner on Monday when we actually planned to start on Tuesday (recipe follows) so I sort of feel I got the full 3 days worth even though I strayed from the Raw food for one meal. The first day was great except that I woke up and didn’t have cold pressed coffee to drink but discovered that I felt fine all day without it. Normally caffeine, coffee specifically, is litterally like oxygen and we can’t survive the morning without it. That whole “Don’t talk to me unless I’ve had my coffee” attitude was how I thought I functioned but believe it or not I went that whole day without any caffeine and felt fine. 

On the second day though, I made sure I had some cold pressed coffee in the fridge! haha I discovered that coffee for me in the morning is less of a tool to help me wake up (I am already a morning person) but more of a ritual of comfort, its purely a pleasure to wake up each day with a lovely cup of jo in hand. I mean I go to bed peaceful knowing I am waking up to a cup of coffee. There is something about the morning that just gets me. Its quite and calm and while I enjoy my one and only cup, I get ready for the day planning out what I want to accomplish in my head. 

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I was successfully raw till 4 on the second day but went out to dinner with a group of girls from a seminar class I am participating in with and stood in front of the cash wrap about to place my order fighting internally with myself as I tried to order the one and only raw salad on the menu but lost the battle. I wanted the grilled veggie salad so bad (I was a little chilly down by the beach after a sweaty workout) that I ordered it. The old me would have beat myself up for it, for slipping but I decided it wasn’t the end of the world and I didnt completely destroy my cleanse (I was still eating vegetables) so I woke up the next day ready to recommit. And I did.

On the third day I had a smoothie from breakfast which is what I had everyday on the cleanse but I rarely photograph my smoothies because they are not always that photogenic. I add Vita-mineral green and Vita-mineral Earth superfood supplements from Health-Force to my smoothies and it makes them a repulsive brown mud color…so yeah. No pictures. Then I had the yummy Zoodles with ground “nut meat” covered in a creamy avocado tahini dressing that is to die for (recipe below) and for dinner I had a huge kale and romaine salad as big as my head that did not get photographed because I was to hungry post yoga to do so. 
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Overall the raw food cleanse was so enjoyable and it got me eating raw food dishes that were not my typical salad and I am looking forward to encorporating these fun meals into my everyday diet. I felt great and believe it or not was not starving like I thought I would be! I highly reccommend adding raw foods to your diet not only for the nutritional value but for the creativity and color of the ingredients. It really is so much fun! Oh Mother Nature! 

 

Recipes Recap:

RAWSTA- Raw Zuchinni Pasta with a Tomatoe Mango Sauce, Serves 2
What You Need:
4 Zucchini- spiraled or sliced on Mandoline
3/4 cup green peas

8 cherry tomatoes chopped

Rawsta Sauce
1 1/2 cup mango- chopped
2 Roma tomatoes- chopped
2 garlic gloves
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup fennel
1/4 cup water
1 green onion
Bunch of cilantro
Bunch of parsley- more for garnish

Method:
Add to vitamix and blend until smooth. Pour over noodles and garnish with chopped cherry tomatoes and parsley.

 

RAWCOS- Raw “Nut Meat” Tacos with Simple Salsa, Serves 1
What You Need:
1 large chard leaf
1/4 avocado, sliced

Nut Meat:
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup mushrooms- chopped
paprika
cumin
tumeric
cayenne
pink salt and pepper to taste

Simple Salsa:
1/2 cup tomates
1/4 cup red onion
cilantro
pink salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1. Remove the large stem from the chard but do not completely cut the leaf in two pieces. Lightly steam the leaf for 30 seconds to soften. This makes it easier to work with. Then toss the nut meat ingredints in the blender and pulse. Set aside. 
2. Add the Simple Slasa in gredients to the blender and pulse. Lay out the chard wrap and finish slicing in half. 
3.Then overlay the the leafs to create a seam, about 1/2 inch overlap, dark green side up. Layer your ingredients towards the bottom part of the leaf starting with the meat, then salsa followed by the avocado. 
4. Begin to roll up and tuck in the sides as you go. Once completely rolled up tightly, slice in half and enjoy!

 

Rawsta Sauce: Avocado Tahini Dressing
What you Need:
1 avocado
1/2 cup tahini
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 cup basil leaves, lightly packed
1 clove garlic
pink salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Toss everything into a high speed blender and watch its do its magic. Pour over zoodles, use as spread for sandwiches or dipping sauce. Enjoy! 

 

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