Raw Day 1: All Systems Go

Breakfast: Smoothie – 1 banana, 1 c. mixed greens, ½ c. water; 1 Apple

Snack: 1/3 c. Raw cashews

Lunch: Smoothie – 1 banana, 1 c. mixed greens, 10 strawberries, 1/8 of a mango, ½ c. water

Dinner: Wrap – 3 pieces of ice berg lettuce, ½ red pepper, 3 tbsp tahini, 1 avocado, ½ c. alfalfa sprouts

I’ve got day one under my belt and I’m feeling good. Of course, when you swap out pizza pies for green smoothies, you’re just generally gonna feel better about yourself. So let’s cheers our green drinks and carry on!

All in all, it wasn’t a bad day. I actually took all morning to snack on my apple, so it wasn’t really a part of breakfast. My lunch smoothie was gigantic so I was incredibly full after it, but started getting hungry by 3 and felt like I was starving by 5. Dinner was something I made up which I think will become one of my go-to meals. I didn’t think it was much at first, but it definitely filled me up.

After dinner, I then watched as my dining companion ate a desert of cheesecake, rum balls and peanut butter drops (“Mom’s” Christmas baking had some troubles with the Canada Post Christmas crunch and we didn’t get it until the middle of January).

I then played some hockey and didn’t really notice a difference in strength or endurance. Well, actually, it was nice because I usually end up eating later and then my food doesn’t have time to digest before the game which makes me slower. Today, I ate earlier because I was so hungry and by the time the hockey game rolled around I was completely good to go.

I do tend to get quite excited at the beginning of a challenge. It’s a wild ride seeing how you have to revamp your life to fit in this extra aspect of it and you never know what you’ll discover along the way. I’m trying, however, to not get too excited about eating raw because I know I love my food, so I am fully expecting to hit the “hangry” wall fairly early on. When you hear the expletives come out, it’s probably just ‘cause I want a cheese and gravy infused poutine. With bacon.

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