Welcome Back, Challenge
Last night, we headed for yoga at 5:30…didn’t get started until about 5:50…listened to the instructor wax and wane about The Poisonwood Bible during class…and finally got home around 7:30 (it’s only supposed to be an hour-long class). I actually wasn’t that annoyed with all of this during class, but now that I’m writing about it…that’s pretty annoying! Not sure how often I’ll be going back to this class.
We were starving when we got home, so we whipped up a quick dinner:
Zucchini “noodles” with red bell pepper slices, curried tofu, tomatoes, and dates.
Check out my spiralized zucchini—it was all one lonnnnnng strand!
Not too bad for a spontaneous dinner!
Well, the time has come to reveal…my August challenge!!!!!!!
Or, should I say, Raw-gust challenge?
Yep, that’s right…for the month of August, I’m going to take on the world of raw food!
The boundaries I’m setting up for this challenge are a little ambiguous. First I thought I would try to eat raw until dinner…but then I thought, Well, what if I want a raw dinner too? Or what if I want a raw dinner, but not a raw lunch? I didn’t want to feel like a failure if I didn’t eat the first two meals of the day raw.
Basically, after reading some words of wisdom from some of my favorite raw bloggers, like Averie, Gena, and Christine, I’ve decided to just try to eat raw as much as possible. Some days, this might mean just one meal raw, and some days, all three.
In her post about switching to a raw food diet, Gena writes,
My best advice is to approach vegan and raw foods with a playful, curious, and relaxed approach. Don’t create strict goals for yourself (“I’ll be 100% raw by the end of the month; “I’ll give up all animal products right away”). The transition to a plant based lifestyle can and should take a nice long time; it’s not like signing up for a 21-day fitness program. It’s a journey that moves incrementally, and always according to your comfort zone.
I’ve seen similar advice in raw food books, websites, etc. Taking on too much is the easiest way to get overwhelmed and give up. I’m all about eeeeeeasing myself into this challenge. I hope at some point to start each day with a raw breakfast (most likely a smoothie) which I’ll be posting, plus a raw lunch or dinner. I’m sure some of my meals will get repetitive—a big salad with a scoop of guacamole, etc. But—I think I’ll be able to get really creative with this challenge too, if I put in the time and effort! School doesn’t start for another three weeks, so I think this will be something really fun to put my energy into for a while! Plus, it’s HOT. Eating raw foods always sounds a lot more appealing to me when the temps are in the mid-eighties.
I’m excited to explore the world of raw “cooking,” and see how my body reacts to these changes!
I always take it as a good sign when I want to start my challenges early—it means I’m excited about them! This morning, even though it’s only July 31, I started my day with some delicious juice, straight from my Breville juicer.
Romaine, spinach, ginger, apple, and lemon. Yum!
Any thoughts on the raw food movement? Crazy? Delicious? Crazy delicious? If you’re an experienced raw foodist, any advice for a newbie?