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.

First Book Review: Raw Food Life Force Energy – Natalia Rose

March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is the book that gave me my first real push for raw food last summer.  I followed Natalia’s advice for about 2 months and felt great.  Then I went on vacation and wasn’t prepared ahead of time and it took me months to get back to the place I am now.

However I really enjoyed this book.  I found it very inspiring and informative without being a textbook on nutrition.  It’s a book for the raw-food newbie.  This is not a book for people who are already vegan or vegetarian as Natalia does include fish in her menu plans and recipes.  This is a book for those who want to transition from the SAD (standard-american diet) to a raw food diet.  This is exactly what I wanted to do.

Natalia teaches that our body is made up of light-energy and needs natural foods that are full of life.  She recommends that one of the best ways to absorb light-energy is through fresh organic juices.  In the picture above I’m just about to make her “Green Lemonade”.  She does a good overview of many different topics including food combining and quick-exit foods.

 

Natalia goes over 4 basic principles: The Vibration Principle, The Free-Flow Principle, The Quick-Exit Principle, The Natural Bliss Principle.  However my favourite part of the book is her 21 Day plan.  I love how her recipes don’t require any additional equipment or strange equipment.  I don’t have a Vita-Mix or a dehydrator or even a Food Processor.  My tools are a knife, a juicer and a magic bullet.  I didn’t have any trouble with any of the recipes and was able to get all the ingredients at my regular grocery store.  She also reuses a lot of her ingredients so I didn’t have to buy a large amount of random one-recipe ingredients.

 

I love this book for someone just like me.  Someone who isn’t currently a vegan or even a vegetarian but wants to transition to a high-raw diet.  At this point in time I don’t have any plans to become completely vegan and Natalia allows me to do this and still follow her 21 Day plan.  I love her recipes and love how easy she makes it.

Welcome!

March 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is my first post.  I’m just going to tell you a little about myself and my goals and dreams for this blog.

I’m 24 and live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  I’ve been married to my lovely husband for 5 1/2 years (yes I was young!) and I’m working on starting my career.  I’ve been interested in nutrition for quite a few years.  However I’ve been interested and not committed.

Right now I’m about 50 lbs overweight and not happy with myself.  I’m not happy with myself because I know exactly what I want in my life but I haven’t had any efforts to get it.

I’m changing that today.  Starting with my health.  Yes I want to lose weight but more importantly I want my health back.  I want my identity back.

I feel best when I eat healthy natural foods.  No packaged diet foods or 100 calorie packs.  Real natural food designed by God and not a chemist.

I recently found out I’m allergic to dairy.  I’ll go more into this in a later post but the easiest way for me to cut dairy out of my diet is to go vegan.  I’m highly allergic to Whey protein which is used in almost everything it seems.  If something is vegan then I know it has no added whey.

I’m not against eating animals.  I’m still going to have the occasional meat dish and I’m not giving up fish.  However I am against abusing and mistreating animals.  Again this is a topic I’ll go into more detail on later.  I have some very complex views on this.

I also believe in a high-raw diet.  I’m not going to be a junk-food vegan.  However I live in one of the coldest (if not THE coldest) places on the entire globe.  There is no way I could go completely raw where I live.

I’m also working at transitioning.  This is not going to be easy.  I am going to have some stumbles and failures but that won’t stop me on my path to health.

 

So I want to Welcome you to my new blog.  I’m looking forward to exploring this new and wonderful world.