Long absences from this blog is sort of my strong suit, I guess you could say. I like to think I’m not a flaky person in real life, but on the computer…there is no doubt the description fits me well. I apologize deeply to any of the few readers I’ve had over the past couple of years that might actually look forward to what I’m doing.
Sitting here on a rainy day, I’m waiting for J.J. to finish his lunch so we may continue our school day. To get into the subject and reason for this post is to report a health update.
When I wrote last I was in the process of exploring a Paleo diet in an effort to heal some long-standing digestive difficulties as well as a myriad of other smaller complaints that I’ve had over the years…all vague symptoms of a body that is out of harmony. The very act of eating meat again didn’t feel right to me, so really I’m not sure how I expected to harmonize my mind and body systems when doing something that was against my morals and belief of what constitutes a healthy diet.
Even the taste of bacon couldn’t cure the cognitive dissonance I was experiencing. On top of that, any progress I may have experienced completely plateaued quickly, and I was completely reliant upon certain supplements to soothe the digestive difficulties I was aiming to heal.
I needed something new. I needed something different. I needed something uncomplicated. I needed something vibrant…something that radiated health. I found a Low-Fat Raw Vegan Diet.
I had heard of a raw diet before, but it was always the high-fat gourmet raw that did not really appeal to me, since I had a suspicion that nuts were definitely not doing me any digestive favors. I dove head-first into the world of low-fat raw veganism, sometimes referred to as the 80/10/10 Diet, coined by Dr. Douglas Graham. Essentially the goal is to get at least 80% of your calories from carbohydrates (primarily from fruits), no more than 10% of your calories from protein (from leafy greens), and no more than 10% of your calories from fat (from nuts, seeds, avocados, etc…no oils).
I was about 95% raw vegan for about a month and was relatively low-fat, although my percentage of calories from fat was higher than what is considered optimal — I kept it higher because I am still breast-feeding and I was concerned at that time about the composition of my milk and whether or not my daughter would be getting enough fat from it.
I have since added some cooked vegan foods into my dinner (still high-carb and relatively low-fat), since I feel, for me personally at this time in my life, it offers a much more sustainable way of eating while still adhering to the diet for the most part. I generally try to have a salad or green smoothie every other night at least for dinner to make sure I am getting my greens in — since they are such an important vitamin and mineral source.
Even with having some cooked vegan foods for dinners, I have seen dramatic improvement in my digestion, energy levels, mood, skin clarity, mental clarity….I could go on and on with the changes I experienced — and still experience.
I still have a ways to go, however, before I feel I have completely balanced everything out for myself. I have yet to find the perfect balance as far as dinner goes to make me feel my best and I have yet to find time — or make time — for a regular exercise regimen, although I am usually doing at least a little pilates, crunches, and stretches each day. I would love to one day reclaim a “runner” status…but I don’t have enough drive yet to wake up really early to run before I have to get my family up and ready for the day. I’m giving myself a break. I’m a very busy lady and I know I can get there…it just might take awhile!
I’ve made tremendous strides already, so I am trying my best to be patient and kind with myself on this journey of wellness.
I feel very much at peace with my decision to leave meat behind once again and return to veganism. I am so glad to be Living Friendly once again, not only for myself and my own health, but for the health and well-being of all living creatures.
Now for a quick recipe for all of you. This is one of my favorite meals, and no matter how many times I make it, I always feel like I’m spoiling myself! Try it out for yourself and you will see what I mean…
Cherry Banana “Ice Cream” topped with Fresh Blueberries
- 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
- 4-5 frozen bananas, broken into chunks
- As many blueberries as you want!
1. If using a Vitamix — put the cherries in first and then the bananas. Blend on low speed, using your tamper to constantly push down the bananas and cherries into the blades. Do this until creamy and smooth like ice-cream.
2. If using a food processor — just put the cherries and bananas in the food processor and process until smooth. You may have to scrape the sides a couple times.
3. Lastly, top with blueberries and HIDE! Because your whole family is going to want some…