Sunday, March 09, 2008

Raw Diet Update

Today is Day 30 of our Lenten Raw Diet. Easter is two weeks from today and that will mark the official end of it. My Dad is visiting and he generously bought us the cookbook for Cafe Gratitude, so we've been experimenting with a lot of delicious recipes. [I should say, *I've* been experimenting, as Ian is sadly stuck in bed with a cast on his leg from the ankle surgery he had on Tuesday. He is recovering fine and the doctor thinks he will be up and about in no time.] Since I last wrote we have acquired a food processor and a juicer; those items are helping expand our recipe repertoire as well. One other appliance that would be nice to have is a dehydrator. The cookbook says if you don't have a dehydrator, you can use a gas oven with just the pilot light on and the door cracked open. I'm trying to make carrot/flax seed crackers using that method as we speak, so we'll see if that is actually possible. Dehydrators are expensive and I've been a bit confused as to which features are the most important. Sometimes it seems it's better in the long run to buy the more expensive product. In other cases, the cheaper, more basic product is all you really need. I have no experience with dehydrators, so I'm not sure which way to go. In the meantime, I'm trying the cheapest method. Yesterday evening we had a nice feast of store-bought raw onion/garlic/flax seed/sunflower seed crackers, Red Pepper Cashew Cheese Pate, sliced cucumbers, and diced tomatoes with basil chiffonade, olive oil (expeller pressed, of course), smashed garlic, and salt. It was yummy. This morning I cut up a tasty watermelon for us to eat. For the most part I would say I feel fine. I have lost a total of 5 pounds in 30 days. I don't feel bloated. I'm not having the stomach problems I was having before. But... I have to admit to you. I'm not feeling super energetic. [It's possible that I picked up a virus... A woman I work with had a bad case of the flu for 2 weeks and several people who sit near me in choir have been quite ill.] Right now, I must admit, I would really like to drink a cup of coffee. Or, at least, I would like to have the feeling of having drunk a cup of coffee -- without the anxiety, paranoia, shakiness, or digestive problems. Now that we have a juicer, maybe I can figure out a juice recipe that would do the trick -- perhaps some carrots, garlic, dark leafy greens, etc. Right now I just feel kind of tired, which is not too unlike how I used to feel before we started this diet (without coffee). Of course it's been 30 days, so what I'm forgetting is that I used to feel amazingly groggy in the morning. I used to have a terrible time getting out of bed. I don't have those problems at all anymore. I wake up feeling rested in the morning. It's just that I'm still addicted to the memory of that rush you feel when you drink coffee -- that superhuman zingy zip. This diet has definitely made an impact on both of us. It will be interesting to see what happens after Easter. I would have to guess that we won't be going right back to how we were eating before.

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