My Fully Raw Week and What I Ate

In an effort to reset my system and heal my body of any damage from the emotional eating these last few months, I chose to do a week of fully raw. No cooked foods, no oil, only fruit-sweetened, and consumed as much fresh fruit and veggies as my body craved. Things have been stressful and overwhelming here at home and I found myself going back for a second helping of food or eating dessert when I was already feeling full. It was as if I was filling a void of some sort or maybe it was my body’s way of protecting myself from falling into my very old ways of starving myself. Whatever the reason, it needed to stop. My clothes weren’t fitting like they used to, I was sluggish, stressed, and not feeling like my usual self.

Before I got pregnant with Willow, I followed a mostly raw diet so this wasn’t a new transition for me. I go through phases with raw food…it’s definitely easier for me to eat that way in the warmer months, so with the temps feeling like summer, this week was really easy for me. My body literally craved lots of fruit, smoothies, salads and veggies. I also think that reading Medical Medium helped give me the push I needed to heal.

I didn’t plan out a specific meal plan, but when we did our grocery shopping for the week, I stuck to only fresh produce and a few raw snack items. I knew in my mind that I’d be doing a lot of salads, juices, and smoothies, so sticking to our weekly budget, I purchased accordingly. Since my week was successful on so many levels, I decided to share what I ate and include links and/or recipes that helped me. I also unintentionally planned this fully raw week during my cycle and what shocked me most was my energy level. Normally I’m really sluggish, uncomfortable and unmotivated to do much of anything, yet I managed to run, work out and keep up with my very active four-year-old. I had very minor cramps for a few hours on day one, but they went away pretty fast and I didn’t look or feel bloated. During my teens and twenties, I used to have debilitating cramps and fatigue, so this was a HUGE improvement!

You’ll notice in the “what I ate” portion of this post that there were quite a few repeat meals…I have Willow to thank for that! When it came to making smoothies/smoothie bowls, she made the same two requests! She did not eat a fully raw week with me, but came pretty close – she would see what I was eating or drinking and wanted whatever I had instead of the meal I prepared for her.

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TIPS & EQUIPMENT:

  • Know who/where offers the best prices for what you’re looking to buy. We buy the bulk of our organic produce (and frozen fruit) from Trader Joe’s since that’s where Josh works (so we get a discount and the prices are really reasonable). I supplemented with fresh produce from Natural Grocers + Whole Foods — All organic and most of it on sale. As for frozen fruit/veggies, we buy a 3-lb bag of organic antioxidant blend via Costco for under $10 and also a large bag of organic frozen broccoli for around $7…both last us about 1.5-2 weeks. And how can I forget the dates?! Costco is my go-to for dates as you can get a 2-lb container for under $9.
  • To go along with the first “tip” I highly recommend downloading the Whole Foods app to your phone! There’s lots of great coupons and a list of sale items. Most of the time we aren’t able to use the coupons because they’re usually for foods that we don’t eat, BUT there have been a few times where there’s a $5 off produce coupon when you spend $25…so easy to do.
  • Wash and chop fresh fruit/veggies when you get home from shopping, if able. For example, when Josh brought the bag of beets home, I scrubbed, peeled, and chopped them for the week, which made smoothie prep super easy! Also, having everything washed and ready to go made snack time a cinch and throwing a salad together happened really fast.
  • During this fully raw week, my Vita-Mix, spiralizer, and food processor were my best friends! Oh! And my nut milk bag!
  • Soak your nuts/seeds!

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WHAT I ATE:

When I wake up, before I consume anything, I do oil pulling for 15-20 minutes and then I always drink at least 32 ounces of water before eating. I stuck to that routine for this week. Throughout the day I drink at least another 30-40 ounces of water…so I won’t include that in my daily breakdown below.

I learned this really cool trick for oil-pulling a few months ago and it makes it super easy! Gently melt coconut oil (I usually do this by putting it in my dehydrator) and pour into candy molds. I store mine in the fridge and pop one in my mouth first thing in the morning.

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Anything marked with an asterisk (*) means I’ll share the recipe at the end or at least approximate measurements.

MAY 9 – MAY 15, 2016

Monday:

  • BREAKFAST: Sliced banana + apple topped with chopped dates and Ceylon cinnamon
  • SNACK: Gopal’s Nori Power Wrap (curry)
  • LUNCH: Big fruit salad and Humm Chai Kombucha
  • SNACK: Fresh coconut water
  • DINNER: Broccoli-berry smoothie bowl* topped w/ dried mulberries + shredded coconut

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Tuesday:

  • BREAKFAST: Red Velvet Smoothie (minus vanilla extract)
  • SNACK: one banana and 2 Brazil nuts
  • LUNCH: 20 ounces of fresh Cucumber-Celery-Granny Smith Apple Juice and two Spriulina Bites
  • SNACK: Trader Joe’s Organic Dried (unsweetened) Mango Slices
  • DINNER: Zucchini noodles (zoodles) with raw cheeze sauce*

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Wednesday:

  • UPON WAKEUP: 16oz fresh celery juice
  • BREAKFAST: Chia pudding* with sliced banana
  • SNACK: an apple
  • LUNCH: Berry smoothie bowl topped with a drizzle of tahini
  • SNACK: Two Spirulina Bites
  • DINNER: Big salad topped with fresh veggies, sunflower seeds and creamy ranch*

Thursday:

  • BREAKFAST: Red Velvet Smoothie (minus vanilla extract)
  • LUNCH: Cucumber noodles with creamy ranch and Trader Joe’s Micro Greens
  • SNACK: Fresh strawberries
  • DINNER: Broccoli-berry smoothie bowl topped w/ fresh strawberries, dried mulberries, and shredded coconut

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Friday:

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Saturday:

  • BREAKFAST: Red Velvet Smoothie (minus vanilla extract)
  • SNACK: Celery sticks and creamy ranch
  • LUNCH: One avocado + arugula topped w/ garlic, basil, & splash of coconut aminos
  • SNACK: One mini lemon cheesecake (recipe trial)
  • DINNER: Mango-banana-spirulina bowl topped with dried mulberries and shredded coconut

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

Sunday:

  • UPON WAKE UP: 16oz fresh celery juice
  • BREAKFAST: Sliced banana + apple topped with chopped dates and Ceylon cinnamon
  • SNACK: Wild Siberian Pine Nut Flakes + cinnamon w/ a splash of fresh almond milk
  • LUNCH: Broccoli-berry smoothie bowl topped with blueberries and coconut butter
  • SNACK: Gopal’s Nori Power Wrap (curry)
  • DINNER: Chia pudding layered with banana-berry sorbet

My Mom had purchased the Pine Nut Flakes a while back via Raw Food World on sale.

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

My Fully Raw Week & What I Ate

*RECIPES*

BROCCOLI-BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL: Blend together —> 1.5-2 frozen bananas, 1 cup frozen broccoli, 1 cup frozen berries, 1-2 pitted Medjool dates and just enough coconut water or fresh nut milk to get the blender going. I changed it up throughout the week and would add one or two of the following: 1/2 tsp. spirulina, small scoop raw vanilla protein powder (unsweetened), 1 Tbsp raw tahini. IF you happen to have any leftover smoothie left, you can freeze it into ice cubes or pour into popsicle molds!

RAW CHEEZE SAUCE: Blend together one (small-med) peeled zucchini, small red bell pepper, 1/4-1/2 cup raw soaked cashews, 1 teaspoon chickpea miso, 1-2 small garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, coconut aminos or Himalayan salt to taste. You can add nutritional yeast if desired, although it’s not considered raw. If the sauce is too thick, you can add some filtered water…but between the soaked (wet) cashews, zucchini and bell pepper, I didn’t need to.

CHIA PUDDING: In a jar, mix together 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cup raw milk and 1/3 cup chia seeds. Allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight. Then I blended it together with 3-4 pitted Medjool dates.

CREAMY RANCH DRESSING: I highly recommend my friend, Anjali’s, recipe for Cucumber Ranch Dressing…it’s so good! During this week I used her recipe and then also my own, which you can find HERE – but I used coconut aminos in place of Himalayan salt, added some organic dried chives, and apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.

BANANA-BERRY SORBET: I blended 2.5 frozen bananas with 1 cup frozen berries, 1 Tbsp raw vanilla protein powder and enough water to get it moving.

 

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RESULTS:

This week opened my eyes to what emotional eating had done to my system. I allowed myself to eat an abundance of fresh foods – didn’t limit myself, but rather just followed what my body was craving. I felt really satisfied, light, and energized! Since I did not do this for weight loss, I cannot speak to results in that way, but I will say that my clothes fit so much better and I’ve noticed a change in my overall appearance. My skin went through a brief/minor breakout, but by the end of the seven days, my skin had totally cleared. My body continues to crave fresh fruits and veggies so I’ve been pretty much following a raw-till-4 diet. I’m more mindful with eating and stay in tune with my body. This week absolutely helped me to get back on track and feel my best. This week not only reset my system, but also my mindset – I was reminded of just how healing food can be. By no means was I consuming unhealthy foods prior to this week, but I was overeating and eating too much of the “wrong” carbs, such as pasta and baked goods. I love pasta and won’t stop eating it, but as I’m working on handling stress better, I’ll be limiting my consumption.

Whew…this post was pretty wordy! I apologize for rambling!!!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

18 thoughts on “My Fully Raw Week and What I Ate

    • Thank you, Diana! Yeah, it’s been a really off month or two and this raw week certainly helped balanced things a bit. Thank you for taking the time to read this post! Hope you’re having a great weekend! ❤

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  1. Fantastic job, my friend! Sometimes a little “back to basics” and rest can be just what we need to heal in a time of chaos! I’m so glad you got yourself feeling better now ❤ It's crazy how much food and diet can effect just about everything!

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    • Awww, thank you SO much!! Exactly! Lots of rest and eating healing foods helped a lot! I’m just not very good at handling stress…working on it 😉 Happy weekend, my friend!!! ❤

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  2. I am so glad you shared this! I love the delicious and balanced way you do raw, not crazy 12 banana smoothies but not all nuts and seeds and coconuts either. Somewhere perfectly in the middle 🙂 And you have given me tons of ideas too: apples + bananas + cinnamon, that raw cheese sauce, broccoli smoothies, the mochaccino, so much inspiration! And your cucumber ranch noodles look gourmet raw restaurant beautiful. I really hope that lemon cheesecake recipe works out too because I want it already ❤ And most importantly I am so glad this was the reset your body and mind needed and that you are feeling good this way! It always amazes me how much my body loves fruits and veg when I get in the habit of eating them and most importantly take out the other stuff. P.S. Oil pulling cubes = genius!

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    • Haha!! Right?! Don’t get me wrong, I love banana smoothies, but I can’t live on them! I remember when I was doing mostly raw several years ago and things were really nut heavy…definitely didn’t agree with my tummy. OMG, I’m hooked on the simple sliced banana + apple + dates + cinnamon…I have it quite a bit now. I keep meaning to tell you, last week I found Better Body Foods PB Fit at Costco and so far I really like it! I drizzled it on top of my breakfast bowl the other day…mmmm! You’re so sweet! Thank you, friend! I can’t believe I let all the stress get to me like that – felt good to go back to basics and just eat super healing foods. I love that my body wakes up craving lots of fruit and veggies! I was relying too much on those warm, comfort foods…I’m a sucker for potatoes and pasta 🙂
      Right?! Total genius…I need to go back through my Pinterest boards and find the site that I learned that tip from so I can link it here. Thank you, again, for the kind words! XOXO Happy weekend! ❤

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  3. Oh wow you inspired me before this post, however, I should have waited until after to go grocery shopping. My raw week looks a lot I mean a lot different than your beautiful food. I needed to do this I too am an emotional eater and I seem to have emotions that like bad foods…HAHA! Darn emotions. However, with your tips I am hoping to get them under control and have less pain with Celiac eating raw foods. I will be trying these yummy recipes!!! Thank you so much you are inspiration.

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    • Awww, thank you so much, Kris!! I’m laughing because I only shared a few photos of the food from that week…trust me, not every meal/snack was pretty! So you’re doing a raw week?! I can’t wait to hear about it! Emotional eating is rough…so rough. Years ago I did the complete opposite and when things got stressful or overwhelming, I’d starve myself. Haha!!! You’re not alone!! The bad foods taste so good and for a brief moment, they make you feel better. Let me know if you try any of these recipes! I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!! xoxo

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  4. I’m so glad you are feeling better about everything now Mandy! We all have to do what we feel is best for ourselves and if resetting your body by going raw makes you feel your best, then do it girlfriend!! I’m literally eating a huge salad right now with my ranch dressing as I’m reading this, hahaha! Food can be such a coping mechanism for some people. I have never been in that state thankfully, I’m just grateful to enjoy food period, especially 10 times more now that I’m vegan. Before I was vegan, I ate WAY too much junk fast food and knew it was bad, but thankfully now I eat my homemade food, enjoy it, love it and feel free. I will have to try that cashew cheese some time, I actually rarely use nutritional yeast anymore because we found out it was a trigger for Jay’s gout, such a bummer, I love that stuff. I have not liked miso though unfortunately 😦 so I have been trying other flavors that are working well. Glad to see your posts again!

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    • Thank you, Brandi! It is so amazing how just going back to basics and sticking with raw, healing foods helped me to overcome quite a bit. I am not fully raw anymore as my body does crave a warm meal every now and again…but goodness, the mornings are tough because I crave a bowl of oats, but my system just can’t tolerate them anymore. You’re lucky that you’ve never had issues with food – it was very strange for me to use it as a coping mechanism when years ago I did the very opposite and battled anorexia. I struggled sharing this post because I know a lot of people judge both sides of it (eating disorders + emotional eating)…but I’m human and I fully believe in being transparent here in hopes that I can help just one person.
      Oh, wow! That’s crazy! But I’m glad you know it’s a trigger for Jay – so sad! I don’t use it as often as I used to, but it does make an appearance later this week in my raw zucchini chips 🙂 Miso is such an acquired taste – I actually hated it years ago, but when I could no longer consume soy, I tried chickpea miso and loved it! I don’t use large amounts in recipes as it can overpower the flavor of your food. Thank you! It seems like people aren’t getting email notifications for my posts…I’ll have to figure this out because there are quite a few posts that have been missed. Oh, well! I hope you’re having a great week, my friend! Lots of love ❤

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I share your love for healing foods and so believe in the power or resetting our bodies from time to time. So happy for your success in doing so and for all the great raw food ideas. I will so be trying your convenient oil pulling trick too 😉

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    • Thank you for reading (and commenting), Jenna! It was really hard for me because I knew what it felt like to be in my ultimate feel-good, healthy spot so feeling like crud was a huge wake up call. Raw foods + superfoods played a HUGE role in healing my migraines and colitis years ago and after reading Medical Medium, it was a reminder of just how powerful foods can be. Feels awesome to go back to the basics and be back in tune with my body. Oh, that oil pulling trick is perfection! So convenient and simple! xo

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  6. I loved this post of your raw meals, and food really does make you feel better at times. I’ve never tried doing a raw diet, but after seeing all your delicious food I need to try it sometime. I think it would work well for my body. I’m such a carb person as well, and although I went vegan for ethical reasons, I honestly thought that I would feel different as well after it, but I was disappointed that I didn’t. Although Im realizing more now, that my body has gone through a lot of changes the past two years and I’ve greatly been affected by those changes, especially after my Dad passed, lack of sleep, stress, etc. I’ve been trying to come back to a balanced state, but it’s been difficult. Reading your post was a great inspiration. That raw cheese sauce sounds awesome! I think i need to incorporate more raw food into my diet! Thanks Mandy…missed reading yourp osts and hearing from you! Hope you are better!

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    • Hey, Anjali! Isn’t it amazing how situations or events can impact our eating and overall system?! What you’ve been through will absolutely factor into that…stress, anxiety, sadness and all of the “negative” emotions (I hate to use the word negative, but I think you know what I mean) can effect how your body digests food. Thus leaving you feeling bloated, sluggish, etc. Gosh, balance is so hard. It’s weird because this last month I’ve let go of trying to find the balance and I’ve found more peace and less pressure. Obviously that won’t work for everyone and I was really surprised that it has helped me. I used to stress so much over responding to comments immediately, keeping up with IG and the blog, my shop – all of the things I felt “needed” to be done and of course being a mom…I was so frazzled and drained. Kudos to those who can keep up with it all AND feel sane 😉 It was great to hear from you!!! Sending big hugs your way and thank you for the kind words! ❤

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  7. Wow Mandy!!! I am so inspired by you… Thank you for sharing this very real part of your life, and for sharing with us how you are taking care of yourself … it truly is beautiful to think how when we are “letting our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food” – we see how much it affects us .. Body, mind, soul, and spirit!
    I love how you are doing life. Thank you for sharing your true, vulnerable, and beautiful self!

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    • I can’t say it enough…I am so blessed, so grateful, for our friendship. YOU inspire me so much! It really is amazing to watch how food can either heal or hurt us – truly is medicine when we choose the right foods for our bodies. Thank you so much for the love, sweet friend ❤

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  8. Glad to hear you found a way to get yourself back on track! For me it’s working out. I need hard core kick ass workouts in time of stress to keep me balanced. Let’s just say during our flood last month I pretty much lived at the gym. LOL! But hey, it’s what helps me and I am able to cope with really stressful situations in a much less stressed way than I would if I didn’t kick my butt working out! Hope all is well now!

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    • Thank you, friend! Yeah, the workouts just weren’t cutting it and handling stress just isn’t my strong point. I needed to go back to the basics and just listen to my body…but everyone is different 🙂 I’m glad workouts help you! All is looking up now, thank you! ❤

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