Saturday, July 5, 2008

BBQ's on a raw diet: my synopsis

Being that the 4th of July seems to be the national BBQ holiday I obviously was invited to a vegan BBQ. I make most of my food at home or go to a raw restaurant if I eat out. Yesterday was the first day at a food related social gathering since joining the cult.
I was smart in that I prepared burger patties (PECAN-CARROT BURGERS from GONERAW, DELICIOUS!!!) and made myself my own little burgers to take... However I only brought 2, I probably should have brought 3 and then waited to eat them until everyone else was eating instead of gobbling them all down when I first got there.
I also brought a little fruit..
Maybe I am used to having the luxury of being a vegan with almost exclusively vegan friends, but I am completely accustomed to being able to eat everything at the table. I pretty much couldn't eat anything. I brought some coconut spears, there were some carrots and broccoli, that's about it. The salsa was packaged and had citric acid in it, so even if it was otherwise raw I couldn't eat it, the guacamole had some salsa in it (I ate a little anyway, please don't call the raw police on me!) there was vegan ranch dip, fancy lemonade punch (with sugar), salads with cooked rice and pasta in them, BBQ'd veggies, strawberry shortcake with ice cream... None of that I could eat.
What I missed the most was potato chips, which I only ever ate at bbq's... There are really no raw substitutes I have found. You?
It wasn't a total wash as I did bring enough that I wasn't hungry, but I learned my lesson. Next time I will be prepared because a raw diet isn't one of sacrifice. There are ton's of wonderful things to eat, I just didn't have them on hand.
Next time:
Delicious Beverage
Save the burgers until burger time
Tasty dip and something to dip in it
A fruit salad
A green snack
Sweet dessert

I WILL be ready

produce and more

This week I wised up and got cases of produce instead of single items on all of the things I can freeze to make smoothies, and tomatoes to dry to make sauce. I am not sure how long "sun" dried tomatoes keep but I am betting on at least a few weeks in the fridge... If they last that long. I got 38lbs of bananas. That is a shit ton of bananas. Unfortunately none are ripe yet :(
I got 12lbs of strawberries and about the same of tomatoes and raspberries. Oh and 10lbs of mango. I found that you can save over 65% if you buy at the case price. Of course I did spend 5 hours the day I got my produce preparing my greens for salads, fruit for freezing, and tomatoes to dry.
I also got a coconut. It was a great one and I have gotten coconut opening down to a science.
1) refridgerate coconut overnight to firm up meat
2) using power drill make two holes in the eyes to drain out the juice.
3) using machette crack open the shell and hopefully your coconut will come right out whole because it is nice and cold from the fridge.

I spent a lot of money on food this week, but all in an effort to make things less expensive and less time consuming. I figure the 5 hours of work I did the other day will save me at least 7 in the next 2 weeks. Plus 1.40$ per mango!

Monday, June 30, 2008

mile marker 119

So this morning after the lazy dog and I took a nice walk around the lake I stepped on the scale to find I had FINALLY broken out of the 120's. It's kinda a big deal for me. Of course as soon as I have some breakfast I will be back into the 120's but I feel like it's really a big mile marker for me. I only want to loose 5 more lbs and I am down 7 already so I don't have much to go. I know maybe some people out there are going "120! you are already a stick! Call the eating disorder clinic!" but really I AM 4'11" If I make it to 115 I will still be at the high end of average weight for a person my height.
I really don't want to loose any muscle and I hope I haven't so far. It is hard to tell. I know I have lost SOME fat but I hope no muscle. Anyway, that's that. Just a little pat on my own back for sticking to this healthy lifestyle change so far.