Raw vegan newbie chronicles #1

I figured I will keep blogging about my raw vegan journey. I’m new to it so I’m bound to make mistakes, why not document them. 
I started the day with a green juice that had a bunch of celery, one lemon, 2 cloves of garlic, a broccoli stalk and some cayenne pepper.

For lunch I had zucchini noodles with an avocado sauce:
Zucchini noodles with olives, hearts of palm, sun dried tomatoes, and chopped scallions.
For the avocado sauce I blended 1 avocado with lemon juice from 1/2 of a lemon, 1 celery stalk, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 of a golden tomato, chopped leaks, nutritional yeast, Trader Joe’s 21 season salute. I sprinkled kelp seasoning, ground pepper and dill weed on top. Delicious 😋

I tasted the zucchini noodles before adding the sauce and it tasted really good. Although I liked the dish, honestly I feel it would have been better if I just chopped up half of the avocado and put it in with the noodles and other ingredients. 

I think the sauce would have been better if I just used half of the avocado. I’m trying not to use salt but I can tell it’s missing. I just have to find a healthier substitute. I do have Himalayan pink salt but I hear both good and bad about it. I’m going to try dulse flakes as a salt substitute and see how I like it.

I’m considering going back to juicing for this month, maybe not the whole month, I haven’t decided yet. I really feel I introduced fats back into my diet too soon and I over did it. 

My digestion is really taking a beating. I feel like I need a colonic or at least an enema.  

I think another thing is during the fruit feast I was eating a lot of mono meals and now I’m combining all these vegetables together with sauce and although the end product is delicious, my digestion isn’t prepared. 

I want to remain mostly fruitarian and get my greens in the form of green juices and smoothies. I don’t want to get caught up with complicated meals with multiple ingredients. Simple one or two ingredient meals are better for my digestion. 

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Raw vegan newbie chronicles #2

My last meal.

I had some coconut meat that I froze from the 31 day fruit feast. I made ceviche a couple of days with some of it.

It was amazing! 

I decided to used the rest of the coconut meat to make an alfredo sauce. I blended:

  • Coconut meat 
  • The scraps from 3 spiralized zucchini 
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • Nutritional yeast 
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Ground black pepper 
  • Pink Himalayan salt 

I sprinkled basil and more ground black pepper on after adding the sauce to the zoodles.

This smelled so good. 

Why is this my last meal? I’m going to be juicing for rest of this month. 

Although I’ve been enjoying my zoodle dishes, I have really overdone it on fat and salt and it’s taking a toll on my body and I need a reset before things get out of hand. 

Like I said in my last post, I introduced fats too soon back into my diet. As for salt, I really had no intention of eating salt of any kind again. I was going to invest in salt alternatives like dulse. Also I’ve been adding olives, hearts of palm and even capers to my zoodles. I know I know not a good idea. My body has let me know it’s not happy with my latest food choices.

My feet are swollen 😢

I made some newbie mistakes coming off the fruit feast. I need to reset my system and start over. There are other reasons for me juicing the rest of the month.

  1. To refocus. I’m going through a few transitions in my life and I am stressing over them. I’m moving to a new position at work and I’m moving to a new place. Which brings me to number two.
  2. To save money. I find that it is easier to stay on budget when I’m juicing. I know what I need to buy and where to get the best prices.
  3. To simplify. The whole process of juicing is simple and straightforward 

I could just cut fat and salt from my diet and continue my raw vegan newbie journey. To be honest, with everything that’s going on, I don’t want to think about eating right now.

There’s another 31 day fruit feast starting in May that I plan to participate in again. This time the focus is going to be on simplicity. I’m also going to exercise this time around.

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31 Day fruit feast recap

Looking back on the past 31 days, I am happy I participated and I plan to eat a mostly fruitarian diet. There are a few things I wish I would have done differently.

  1. I would have started the day with a juice. When I started the fruit feast I had just come off of a 114 day juice cleanse. I feel like having a juice in the morning would have been something my body was used to. I felt like I shocked my system a little bit. Plus I wanted to keep juicing a daily part of my diet.
  2. I would have exercised more. I really didn’t start exercising until the last week of the fruit feast. Daily exercise was one of the rules of the feast. I just never got started until the last week. Daily exercise would have helped move more toxins out of my body, get my lymphatic system moving and help me tone.
  3. I would have not tried durian. I love durian and I’m glad I tried it, I just wish I hadn’t tried it during the fruit feast because of the fat content and how eating it noticeably slowed down my digestion.
  4. I would have been more practical with my fruit shopping. I bought a few things just because I could buy them in bulk for a reasonable price like the case of blueberries and the bananas. 
  5. I would have planned my meals better. There were times I found myself hungry and those are the times when I made rash decisions and bought durian.

I really enjoyed being on fruit for 31 days. I like how uncomplicated it is. Fruit is filling and sweet and most of the time you just grab and go.

So for the first day after the fruit feast I started the day with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice. I snacked on jackfruit and I had some durian that wasn’t very good. For dinner I decided to make a zucchini noodle dish. 

I spiralized two zucchini and added

  • Olives 
  • Sundries tomatoes
  • Leaks
  • Broccoli 
  • Hearts of palm
  • Fresh dill 
  • Trader Joe’s 21 spice salute 

For the sauce I blended together 

  • The zucchini scraps 
  • 2 short celery ribs
  • 1/2 of a golden tomato 
  • Two cloves of garlic 
  • Some nutritional yeast 
  • 4 soaked sukkary dates
  • Lemon juice (I used the juice of one lemon and it was way too much)
  • 1/2 of a small shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • Cayenne pepper 

    Then I combined it all together.

    It smelled amazing! Like I stated, I used way too much lemon juice so the sauce had a tangy flavor that overpowered everything else. The dish still tasted good and I’m going to make again tomorrow with a few tweaks.

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    Fruit feast day 31

    My morning concoction of green papaya and apples. It was good. I’m glad I didn’t throw out the papaya.

    For lunch I had a  papaya 

    I ended my day with some durian 

    I will do a separate blog summing up my experience on the fruit feast.

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    Fruit feast day 30

    Today was simple. I started the day with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice.
    For lunch I tried to eat the papaya but it was hard inside.

    I don’t know if it was ripe or not but I never had this type of papaya and wanted to try it. After I couldn’t eat it, I looked up green papaya online. It is known as the cooking papaya. It is used in Asian dishes. 

    According to what I read, it doesn’t get ripe and soft like other types of papaya and it has a more cucumber taste. I didn’t throw it away. I’m going to add it to my apple juice I plan on making in the morning.
    I ate pineapple and jackfruit for lunch instead.

    I had watermelon for dinner. Never dis 

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    Fruit feast day 29

    I got on the rebounder for 5 minutes this morning. I can really feel it in my legs and my abs.

    Pineapple date smoothie, watermelon and in the round container a piece of durian. The smoothie was bad. I really can’t get this smoothie thing right. If it’s not coconut water and mango I don’t want it.

    I miss not having my smoothie in the morning. I’m hungry but I really don’t feel like chewing. For lunch I had watermelon. It wasn’t very sweet and it was almost over ripe. 

    On my way home I ate the piece of durian.

    For dinner I had pineapple and jackfruit. I really like the combination. 

    I can’t believe that there’s only two days left of the fruit feast. I’m still not sure how to make a raw vegan lifestyle more practical, but I’ll figure it out.

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    Fruit feast day 28

    Prepping my lunch this morning. I decided bringing the knife to work wouldn’t be a good idea so I cut my watermelon in half and wrapped it in plastic so I could eat it right out the rind.

    I was out of mangoes and coconut water so I made a smoothie with pineapple, baby bananas and 3 soaked saggae dates. I didn’t like it. I don’t really like bananas. I bought all these baby bananas because I was told they taste better than regular bananas. To me the taste just like regular bananas, the only good thing is they are small and I can eat them quickly. I like banana nice cream, and I like smoothies with bananas and certain fruits, but not pineapple. I’m still hoping the plantains will be the member of the banana family I really like, but they are so slow to ripen.

    Jackfruit. It’s what’s for dinner.

    It took me about 45 minutes to get all the fruit out, but it was worth it. It yielded quite a lot.

    I think I may try blending some with my pineapple tomorrow morning and make a smoothie. We shall see.

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    Fruit feast day 27

    I did 5 minutes on my rebounder this morning. I could feel it in my legs my abs and arms. I am going to slowly work my way up to 15 minutes.

    I had my mango coconut water smoothie for my first meal. I brought a papaya, Asian pear and two Thai baby bananas to work with me.

    The pear was nice and juicy. The bananas tasted like bananas but smaller. The papaya was awesome.

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    Fruit feast day 26

    I started the morning with cantaloupe and passion fruit. Later I had my mango coconut water smoothie.

    I put together my rebounder and got on it for about five minutes. I could already feel it after being on it for such a short time.

    I went to a restaurant today. All the salads on the menu had meat and cheese in them, so I asked the waitress to have the kitchen make me this salad 

    Field greens, cucumber, tomato, avocado and olives with lemon juice squeezed on it. This salad was outside the rules of the fruit feast. Although all but the field greens were fruits, only sweet non botanical fruits are allowed on this 31 day fruit feast. 

    That being said, the salad was so good!

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