Laura: Would you like some herbal tea?
Dan: No way, man. By boiling that tea, you've killed it! I eat only living foods now.
Welcome to Day 2 of Casual Kitchen's seven day raw foods trial! As with Day 1, I'll first give the foods I ate and the eating schedule I kept, with explanatory notes where necessary. Then, I'll share some closing thoughts on the day. [See the full archive of posts on my raw foods trial.]
Breakfast smoothie: 1 apple, 3 Tblsp sprouted buckwheat (no wheatberries this time) and 4-5 red raspberries in a blender. Combine in blender. Add 2-3 ounces of water as needed. Yield: about 1 cup (enough to fill an 8-oz. glass).
Note: see below for a critical mistake I made with this smoothie.
Second Breakfast: 10am
Breakfast smoothie: 1 apple, 3 Tblsp soaked wheatberries and 2-3 Tblsp sprouted lentils combined in blender. Add water add needed. Yield: a little more than 1 cup.
I made a huge salad of spinach, cucumbers and red peppers with just a bit of dressing that I made out of lime juice, water and tahini sauce. I could barely wait to eat it; in fact it was so good that I made an identical salad later in the day.
3:00pm Snack: 2 apples
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Yep, another smoothie: 1 apple, a handful of red raspberries, one cup of cubed cucumber, about 1/8 of a red bell pepper, 4 Tblsp sprouted wheatberries and 3 Tblsp sprouted buckwheat. Combine in blender, add a few ounces water to achieve desired liquidity. Yield: ~1 3/4 cups.
Note: my most bizarre smoothie yet, and also the most bizarre tasting. This one takes the early lead for the worst-tasting smoothie so far.
Second Dinner: 8:30 pm
A large salad identical to today's lunch: spinach, cucumbers, red peppers and a fresh lime juice and tahini dressing.
Concluding Notes/Thoughts on the Day:
1) Today was a stiffer test of my willpower, mainly because I had promised Laura that I'd cook for her one of our favorite family recipes that night (Hamburger Corn Pone Pie--I'll run a post on it in the coming weeks). It's a delicious meal, I cooked it all up... and I couldn't even have a single taste of it. That's true love, is it not? Other than that, I felt a few cravings for cooked food at various points during the day.
2) Why did I eat two breakfasts? I made the mistake of using buckwheat grains rather than wheat berries in my morning smoothie. Buckwheat has an interesting and nutty flavor, but as I shortly found out, it does not provide anywhere near the energy or satiety that wheat offers. As a result, I was ravenous within two hours of breakfast. I didn't make the same mistake twice--I made sure to include wheat in my next meal.
3) You'll note that I consumed food on six separate occasions today, which from what I can tell isn't uncommon for raw foodists. However, it is also possible that yesterday on Day 1 I underfed myself, but "fooled" my body into thinking it was full with all of the fiber and bulk in what I ate. Thus it's entirely possible that today I was simply experiencing residual hunger left over from the prior day.
4) Detox already? I woke up today with a mild headache that lingered for most of the day. Also, when I got up, I was so dehydrated that I needed to drink about a liter of water and wait nearly two hours before my fluid levels corrected (that's an oblique way of saying "before I had to pee"). This surprised me, simply because so much of the raw foods I'm eating are heavily water-based in the first place. My normal water intake should have been more than enough to keep me fully hydrated. Furthermore, from what I understand after reading other peoples' experiences with raw foods, Day 2 is too early to begin experiencing any detox symptoms. Readers, if any of you have thoughts or context that you'd like to share on these symptoms, I'd be grateful.
Onward to Day 3!
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