High Raw Food Diet Challenge - Day 16
(Growing Raw Health)
My destiny is within my own hands.
I miss my blender! Even though Mum and Dad have a reasonable blender, it doesn’t produce smoothies that are smooth enough. There’s is a Sunbeam MultiblenderPro, and it doesn’t have the capacity or power of my 2000W Sunbeam Cafe Series PB9600. The Sunbeam MultiblenderPro is also very annoying to use because the lid doesn’t fit well – it has to be squeezed in and wrestled out. The Sunbeam PB9600 contains more smoothie, does the job better and faster, cleans easily, fits together well and sits stably on its base.
I spent a fair bit of time researching blenders
before purchasing mine, and selected the Sunbeam PB9600 as better value for money over the Vitamix and Blendtec. The only negative about it is that it’s noisy – my kids wear ear-muffs when I blend...and I’m not allowed to blend during Playschool.
It’s been such hot weather in Melbourne that eating raw food has been a pleasure. Smoothies and salads are ideal Summer fare. The kids and I have eaten four large watermelons in the last six days. Apples have been going rotten in the heat when I leave them out on the kitchen bench.
I found myself by my favourite swimming pool this afternoon, Fitzroy pool off Alexandra Parade in Melbourne. I swam a lazy twenty laps and felt great. Twenty laps is no huge effort, but I was surprised that it didn’t tire me at all.
Keeping hydrated is an important aspect of any healthy eating regime. On a raw food diet when you’re drinking lots of green smoothies you can be tricked into thinking you’re drinking enough. However, you still need to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, more in hot weather or if you’re very active. Eating a diet high in fibre increases your body’s water requirements.
Keep drinking water. Have a glass or bottle beside your workspace and sip regularly. Early signs of dehydration include thirstiness, decreased or dark yellow urine, dry mouth and skin, dizziness, weakness, cramping, headaches and lethargy. At the moment I’m drinking 2-2 ½ litres of water a day.Day 16 High Raw Food Diet Menu
Breakfast: Green smoothie (bitter garden lettuce, fresh orange juice, pear and banana). ½ apple. Coffee with soy milk
Morning tea: 2 bananas.
Lunch: Vegetable salad with baby spinach, asparagus, avocado, red capsicum, broccoli with lemon juice.
Afternoon tea: Watermelon. Fresh carrot, mango and ginger juice from a Brunswick st juice bar.
Dinner: Vegie Bar’s Cajun eggplant stew, brown rice and sour cream. Chamomile tea. Day 16 Ratings
Raw calories: 67% of approx. 1800 calories