I have encountered some people in my life who were able to consume several large portions of pizza in one meal, but I never met anybody who could eat several large salads.
--Victoria Boutenko, 12 Steps to Raw Foods
Welcome to Day 4 of Casual Kitchen's seven day raw foods trial! As I've done on previous days, I'll first give the foods I ate as well as the eating schedule I kept, with explanatory notes where necessary. Below, I'll share my closing thoughts on the day. [See the full archive of posts on my raw foods trial.]
Second Breakfast: 9:30am
Smoothie: 1 apple, 4 Tblsp wheat berries, 4 Tblsp lentils, water. Yield: enough to fill an 8 ounce glass. Yep--I've turned into a hobbit.
A huge smoothie: 2 huge handfuls of spinach, 1 apple, 1/3 of a cucumber, about 1/2 c of red raspberries, 4 Tblsp sprouted wheat berries, 4 Tblsp sprouted lentils, and about 4-6 oz water. Yield: about 20-22 ounces.
2 cups of pineapple chunks. (PS: here's a tutorial on how to reduce a whole pineapple into edible cubes in minutes).
A huge salad, similar to Day 3's lunch: spinach, green pepper, broccoli, cucumber and a lime-tahini dressing, with a couple of pineapple chunks for dessert.
Concluding Notes/Thoughts on the Day:
1) Today was the first day that I'd describe as somewhat difficult. I'm definitely still craving cooked food, but fortunately the cravings are not overwhelming and they are pretty easy to resist. Mainly I'm just not in the mood for chewing on fruits and veggies all day long. And the last thing I want to eat/drink is a smoothie.
2) Oddly enough, however, I don't miss coffee at all. All along, I had assumed that giving up coffee would be the worst part of this raw trial. It turned out to be the easiest.
3) I'm finding that my body is handling these grains more and more efficiently each day.
4) I've had a weird taste in my mouth for most of today. It's a metallic taste, like I'd been sucking on a penny. Not that I'd know what sucking on a penny would be like of course.
5) Jaw soreness: One thing you quickly learn about a raw diet is you need to relearn how to chew thoroughly. And today my jaws really started feeling it. Raw food isn't pre-processed and made extra swallowable with various fats and oils like many foods manufactured by the food industry. You're going to work your jaw muscles when you eat fresh greens, nuts, grains and veggies all day. I was even thinking what a shame it was that my wisdom teeth had to be removed years ago--I certainly could use a few extra molars this week.
Onward to Day 5!
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