Save Money By Going Raw? Part 1

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Like any diet, the raw food lifestyle can be very expensive or it can be done on the cheap.  There are many very expensive items that are often used by raw foodists to supplement the raw food diet.  These include many of the imported superfoods such as Goji and acai berries, coconuts, raw protein powders, seaweeds and nuts and seeds.  However you must remember that these are supplements and in no way should they make up the bulk of a raw foodist daily intake.

Just as someone on the S.A.D (Standard American Diet) will consumer expensive treats occasionally so should a raw foodist think of these expensive supplement items.  Other items such as avocados, protein powders and seaweeds can be compared to expensive meat items.

It is also important to eat seasonally.  A couple of months ago a pint of strawberries was almost $5 in my grocery store.  Yesterday I got them for $1.88.

Just as I’m not an expert on raw food I’m definitely not an expert on saving money.  This is a topic I’m going to continually explore as I try to trim my own grocery budget.  Look forward to seeing my attempts at growing my own patio garden this spring.  Trust me that will be entertaining.  Just look at my poor little plate of sprouts I forgot about again.

Calorie Struggles

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

One major struggle I’m having with my transition to a raw vegan diet is that I feel like I’m not getting enough calories.  I know this is mostly my stomach being used to heavier calorie rich foods.  In order to get the same amount of calories I have to eat A LOT of veggies and my stomach just can’t fit them all in!

The last couple days I’ve been constantly hungry.  It is not unusual for me to have a week of constant hunger and then a week in which I have very little interest in food at all.

I’ve been relying on hummus and whole grains this week as they fill me up.  My husband wanted meatballs for supper so I warmed up some falafels for myself.

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading and research lately.  I’ll bring that to you later this week.

Yummy Breakfast/ Holy Crap Cereal Review

March 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

I had a great breakfast this morning.  I started with some Holy Crap cereal from Hapi Foods.  I love this stuff.  It’s raw, gluten free, lactose free, and vegan.  The ingredients are so simple: organic chia seeds, organic hemp hearts, organic buckwheat, organic cranberries, organic raisins, apple bits, organic cinnamon.  Thats it!  It tastes amazing.  I usually have it with a little hemp milk.  They say to mix 2 tbsps of cereal with 4 tbsps of milk or sprinkle on yogurt, oatmeal or granola.

This cereal has a pretty amazing story.  They were featured on a Canadian TV show called Dragons Den where business owners try to get 5 Canadian multi-millionaires to invest in their businesses.  Before they even finished their pitch one of the dragons (with his mouth still full) said that he would give them whatever it is they wanted.  That never happens.  Since the show they’ve sold millions.  It’s not cheap but their ingredients aren’t cheap either.  My health food store sells it for just over $11 a bag.  They also have a sugar free version with no fruit and more chia called Skinny B.

 

I had my Holy Crap cereal with a BIG bowl of fruit and coffee.  Yummy!

It’s kinda a miserable day here today.  It’s warmer then it’s been (only +2 C though) but it’s raining.  At least the grass is showing today!  The first grass I’ve seen since October!  This is the view off my deck.  It’s raining much harder now then when I took this.

Have a good Sunday!!!

Grocery Store Haul

March 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I went grocery store shopping the other day.  I went to 3 different places and this is what I came home with.

First I went to Vita Health and picked up some Earth Balance (soy free), Hemp Milk in Vanilla, Soy coffee creamer and some black quinoa.  The earth balance and the hemp milk have become staples for me.  This is the first time I’ve bought Soy coffee creamer and I have had regular quinoa many times but have never tried black quinoa. I’m going to cook some up tonight I think. I spent about $20 here.

Then I went to Safeway and got some blueberries, raspberries, starfruit, basil, celery, mushrooms, kale, avocado, shallots, green beans, frozen fruit bars and some frozen fruit for smoothies.  They had the Europe’s Best fruit on for $4.99 which is a really good deal here.  I spent about $45 at Safeway.

Then I ventured into Bulk Barn to pick up some brazil nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, wild rice, pistachios and nutritional yeast (which I don’t know how to use yet but I’ll let you know when I find out! I spent about $20 at Bulk Barn.

I think it was a pretty successful trip.  The only thing I forgot to get was some greens but I’ll pick some up tomorrow.  I really enjoy grocery shopping.

 

My work diner the other night went ok.  There wasn’t really anything on the menu that I could have so I just got some yam fries.  It was either that or garden salad (aka a piece of iceberg lettuce, a piece of tomato and a piece of cucumber) which would have looked really out of place next to everyone else’s perogy pizza (which smelled amazing!!!)  I did get some questions from people asking if that was all I was having but literally everything else on the menu was full of dairy.  Even the salads were basically just spinach with some sort of cheese.  I couldn’t even have any of the dips for the fries so I ate them plain.  Boston Pizza is definitely never going to be my choice of eating out.  I probably could have asked for them to make me up a dish of something different but I didn’t want to do that with a big group of people.  I’m going to have to get used to it though.

Eating out Raw

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I have a work dinner tonight at Boston Pizza. I’ve looked over the menu and it looks like the only thing I have have is the side garden salad. If I wanted a different salad they are over 1000 calories. What exactly is in that salad? I’d be better off with a plate of fries.

This is going to be interesting…I’m going to eat before I go. Or maybe they’ll have a good soup of the day.

Questions from Family

March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

My family is mostly supportive of my transition.  I haven’t gone too much into it with them besides the fact that I can’t have dairy or eggs.  I’m lucky I guess that my mother can’t have these either anymore and my mother-in-law only drinks soy milk.

However I keep getting asked if I’m getting enough calcium or protein.  I have a huge stack of books I’m reading to help me make proper meal plans so I’m not worried about it.  It’s hard to explain to people though who are on protein rich diets.  I think I just need to keep reading and learning so I know how to properly make my diet.  I’m not being strict with myself yet because of this.  I’m going to gradually transition as I learn just how much protein and fat I need to ensure I’m eating every day.

It’s one month till Easter.  I’m going back to stay with my family and in-law for Easter and the weekend after I’m going on a retreat with my mother and mother-in-law.  I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it.  I’m just going to need to be very prepared.  This weekend with my mother-in-law staying with us did not go well.  It’s hard to transition with people around but I need to get used to it.

 

Veganist? Plus Allergy Test Results

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I’m going to start by saying that I haven’t read the book “Veganist” by Kathy Freston yet.  However this term seems to fit me right now.  I’m not ready to completely give up all meat.  I still plan to eat fish however I cannot have any dairy or egg products as I’m allergic to them.  So am I a Vegan who eats meat?  Does that exist?  I’m not sure.  Am I a Veganist or should I call myself something else?  hmmm

I’m going to go over the allergy tests I had done recently.  My mother did this same test last summer and found out she is allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs.  After I had a strange allergic reaction before Christmas I decided I should get it done to.  Luckily my health plan from work covered it so both myself and my husband got tested.

Here are the screenshots.


Cool huh?  Before this I had no idea that I was sensitive or allergic to anything!  I do however think I might be sensitive to Almonds and they didn’t register.  However foods that I didn’t eat or didn’t eat a great amount of can come up as a false negative.  I plan on redoing these tests in the fall after I have had plenty of time on my new diet.

These tests cost $235 per person and have to be done by a licensed practitioner.  However like I said my health spending account from work covered the entire cost for both me and my husband.  The company is called Rocky Mountain Analytical and there is plenty of information on their website.

I’m very happy with these tests but I’m going to miss pineapple…. However because I’m not in the red zone I can still have it in limited amounts.  However I’m going to avoid all the foods I had any reaction to for a little while to clean myself out and start fresh.

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