Ever since my week of eating fully raw, I have truly enjoyed the ease and the energy I feel from eating this way. On the days I take dance classes I eat more than on days when I am not. I am also constantly doing research on health and nutrition to find what works best for my body while I am on my own healing journey.
Even with all of the research that I do, I use my intuition on what to try. Then I pay attention to how my body responds to a new food to see if it is benefitting me. No one knows what it feels like to be in my body except me, so I am always my own number one authority. I feel it is so valuable to trust yourself when finding what works or does not. When you are in tune with your body, you will find a roadmap to so many answers.
One of my meals everyday is usually a mono-meal. It’s just too easy and I don’t want to make eating or preparing three meals a day stressful. For breakfast I had eight bananas. I don’t eat bananas or any fruit until it is fully ripe if I can help it. With bananas I wait until they have spots. I used to think I was forming a banana allergy, but when I started only eating spotted bananas they no longer bothered me.
If I don’t make a smoothie for breakfast, then I often do for lunch. I drink half at home and may take the other half to my dance class. The smoothie I make almost fills my Vitamix to the brim and fills two of these jars.
For this smoothie I used 10 bananas, 4 dates, 2 tsp of spirulina, and a Brazil nut. Brazil nuts are an amazing form of selenium which is good for bone health. One Brazil nut fills my daily requirement of selenium. After adding all of my ingredients into the blender, I fill it half way with water and blend.
I started making raw salad dressings recently and haven’t gone back to how I was making salads before. How I make a raw salad dressing is simply by making a vegetable smoothie. For this salad I used a head of romaine. I then added vegetable noodles by using a julienne peeler with one large zucchini just as I did with this epic zucchini pasta.
For the dressing I blended 2 small avocados, 2 tomatoes, 2 scallion onions, 2 tsp of fresh ginger, 1 tsp of kelp flakes, a sprinkle of turmeric powder, and the leftover zucchini that was not made into noodles. I don’t add any water when using a Vitamix for this dressing, yet using a bit of water and stirring when turned off helps when using a traditional blender.
Cantaloupe couldn’t be a more refreshing snack. Enough said.
You can see the nutritional breakdown below of what I ate from my CRON-O-Meter account.
I try to drink 32 ounces of water upon waking. (I didn’t do so well this morning, but on this particular day I was on point.) I rarely make 100% of my nutritional targets, but I am usually above 90%. I figure that’s still pretty good.
I’ve learned that it takes 2-6x longer for those with a lot of melanin in their skin to get adequate vitamin D from the sun. This is one reason I have been questioning wearing sunscreen especially for myself. I have also noticed less sun sensitivity as I eat healthier. On the days I eat more greens, I usually meet my calcium requirements. Usually a fresh pressed green juice does the trick.
I love that eating an abundance of nutrient-rich raw foods fills me up and gives me a ton of energy, versus being tired after I eat. If you’d like me to share more articles like these, please comment below. You can also find more healthy recipes here. (Note… Everything above is organic.)
Have a great weekend Beauties!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)