I started becoming more conscious of my health and how food relates to it in 2002. But just like everything in life, the process of healing truly is a journey. It never happens overnight, yet there are moments along the way that can completely change the course of your life forever.
Last year I did a physical and emotional detox that I shared a bit about here. During the healing process my body was all out of sorts, and it was responding very poorly to almost everything I ate. The only thing that my body responded well to was simple foods such as raw fruits, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and some grains. That was when I started incorporating large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables into my diet.
Last week I decided to eat fully raw for seven days to see how I felt and what improvements may come from it. I truly enjoyed the experience, and I chose to eat simple meals so that I wouldn’t be spending massive amounts of time preparing food all day. Both breakfast and lunch were fruit meals, and for dinner a HUGE salad. If I wanted a snack, I’d munch on dried or fresh fruit.
Below is an example of what a day of eating 100% raw looks like for me. Everything listed is organic as I avoid GMO’s and pesticides. I’ve also included the nutritional breakdown of the day from CRON-O-Meter which I first mentioned in this article.
One of my fruit meals is usually a mono-meal of one type of fruit. For breakfast I ate 15 large tangerines. I honestly can’t wait for cherries, figs, and peaches to come in season. Right now tangerines, pink lady apples, Asian pears, and grapes have been the main fruits that I’ve been purchasing at the farmer’s market each week. I purchase a 20 lb box of organic fruit each week at a discounted price.
For my second meal I’ll make a smoothie. This smoothie pictured has 4 large bananas, 10 deglet dates, 1 cup of dandelion greens, 2 tbsp of chia seeds, 1/2 of a mango, and 2 tsp of Hawaiian spirulina. I added 2 1/2 cups of water before blending. (Some days I make a smoothie for breakfast, and mono-meal one fruit for lunch).
Dinner takes a bit more time to prepare and even longer to eat. It takes me 45 minutes to an hour to eat my salad at night. That’s how big it is. My salad contains a head of romaine, 2 1/2 cups of chopped red cabbage, 1/3 cup of dandelion greens, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/3 cup of raisins, 1 cup of celery, 2 chopped carrots, and a dash of Himalayan sea salt. I also add a seasoning blend I made with black pepper, cardamom, and fennel.
If I have ripe avocados at home, I finely chop one avocado for my salad in place of sunflower seeds. I also include various other veggies. I’ve noticed that my taste buds have changed immensely since I enjoy my salads now without dressing where before I had to have something.
Snack + Water Intake
For a snack I love munching on dried mulberries, and I may eat around 1/2 of a cup. I also may have fresh pressed vegetable juice as a snack, but I have not gotten into the habit of juicing daily although I LOVE my juicer. I usually drink 16 ounces of water 3-4 times a day. I probably could be drinking more, but I feel that this is fine especially since I am eating so much water rich foods.
I find eating fully raw to be very refreshing and healing to my body. The biggest difference that I’ve noticed is that I am never tired after eating. I have more mental clarity and even saw a tremendous improvement in my digestion. I’ve also noticed subtle improvements in my skin, and I am sleeping better at night. Since I’ve been eating fruit meals during the day, I’m no longer low on energy in my dance classes. I used to get a bit shaky and super hungry after class when I wasn’t eating fruit meals.
I don’t think that I will eat 100% raw all the time because I still enjoy some cooked foods such as sweet potatoes, veggie soups, etc. Eating fully raw makes me feel so amazing though, so I will definitely continue to eat a high raw diet of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I am in awe that eating this way debunks the myth of not getting enough protein or vital nutrients from raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds alone. Everything that I ate and entered into CRON-O-Meter covered all of my nutritional bases outside of vitamin D which I can receive from small amounts of daily sun exposure or try to supplement.
Eating raw foods is eating living nutrients and pure love from our planet. It feels so good!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)