After weeks of traveling this summer, I felt so heavy. I love vegetables and it is just so hard to get the abundance and variety that I do when I am home. This leaves me feeling constantly bloated and deprived. I am so happy to be home now to reunite with my salads and broccoli...
Still, I always feel so much better after I eat a raw meal. So as a sort of middle way, I decided that I am going to do one meal a day raw and one lightly cooked (steamed mostly). I am going to keep the ingredients simple in my meals and probably eat less than 10 different foods a day. After one day of eating this way I already feel better. I think my body needs a detox from all the food heavily cooked in oils that I consumed. I will follow-up with how I feel within the next week, but I really don't think my results will be negative. Being paleo already, it is relatively easy to eat one meal raw! It saves time in the kitchen too. Tonight I made a raw tomato sauce for my steamed okra in literally two minutes!
I am a big believer in giving our bodies what they ask for, and I think my body is really craving a vegetable-heavy diet right now to flush out any toxins. I am really watching my omega-6 intake for the next couple of weeks and have switched to macadamia nut oil over olive oil (it has a better fatty acid profile and also tastes amazing). I also found some coconut butter at the grocery store today and coconut flour so I am going to be experimenting a lot this weekend (my brother really wants me to make a paleo chicken pot pie).
My body is definitely a test lab and I am constantly experimenting. If you haven't heard the term N=1, well it basically means whatever works for you. Some people do really well on an animal-heavy diet, but my body seems to love and thrive on vegetables and the nutrients they carry (still, doesn't mean I don't love my steak). I like keeping recipes simple and since I know the macronutrients which work for me, any version of eating whole foods is game for me to try.
Anyways, I am really looking forward to posting my one-week follow-up of this sort of raw detox diet.
What about you guys? Have you ever eaten raw for a prolonged period of time? Do you have any raw recipes you love?