Today is the first day of Stephen and I eating 100% holistic raw together. For the past few days he has been eating the change but I jumped on the bandwagon today. I have been doing research for the past three months on raw food lifestyles and all of the factors that go in to becoming a raw foodist, but have still been uninterested in trying the diet for myself. (The research paper will be posted in the next few days.) I love treats, and I've had a hard time giving up the occasional trip to chick-fil-a for an icedream cone. Then I realized that when Stephen and I met I only weighed 135 pounds, down from the 169 I weighed at age 16, and I now weigh close to 142. Believe it or not, 7 pounds makes a difference on the way I look. I gained back 17 pounds in the spring of 2008 and kept it on until August of 2009 when I had a brutal wakeup call about the way I looked. I went on a 10 day raw fresh fruit and veggie juice fast which kick started a 10 pound weight loss. Since then I have kept it off but my cravings for sweets have made my exercise regiment only maintain my weight, and not lose it. I'm hoping that this lifestyle change will return my body back to the way nature intends it to look.
We are preparing to go on a 3 month work exchange in Hawaii for the summer, where we will have access to huge amounts of unlimited raw fruits and vegetables, and I had planned to begin eating 100% raw there, but Stephen asked me "why wait?". So here I am, officially a holistic raw foodist for the last 18 hours. :)
Today for breakfast I made a fresh young coconut banana smoothie for Stephen and I. The smoothie had two whole young thai coconuts and two ripe bananas blended together. It tastes just like a vanilla milkshake. That smoothie is pretty much what we eat for breakfast daily, even when we aren't raw foodists.
Right before lunch we went out and invested in two 6 piece sets of very nice mixing bowls, since up until now we have had limited supply to eat our huge salads and fruit salads out of. We made a huge kale, romaine, red leaf, beet, carrot, avocado, onion, cucumber, lemon juice salad (pictured above right) in addition to a pineapple, fuji apple, strawberry, banana fruit salad and a bowl of simple smashed avocado and lemon guacamole with cucumber dippers. I experimented with a fancy fruit cup made with the fruit salad and fresh self squeezed valencia orange juice poured over it. (Pictured above left) It was delicious. :) So day one of our lifestyle change has gone very well, not to mention the fact that we are both much more attracted to one another now that we know how much the other person cares about their body. I am looking forward to where this journey takes us. :)