I’m tempted to explain my falling of the raw (and yes, even vegan) wagon on my Hawaiian vacation but if I’m being entirely honest it started before that and did not stop on my return to Boston last weekend. I have been eating cooked vegan (whole food, plant based) dishes and had a raw fish (sushi and poke) in Hawaii because it was there, it was fresh and it was easier than finding vegetable dishes – they seem a little hard to come by.
Once I started, I found it becomes a downward spiral. I got unorganized with raw foods, cooked food is easier to find when I’m out and suddenly I wasn’t even high raw. But I’m beyond beating myself up for this kind of lapse. In the beginning of my raw journey I would feel guilty for eating something ‘out of scope’ – how could I call myself a raw vegan if I ate cooked food? But at the end of the day I realized I don’t have to answer to anyone except myself. And the amazing thing is, that while it may be ‘easier’ at the time, my body never thanks me for it. I start feeling tired and losing that edge that being raw gives me, so I lose. It’s that easy.
Anyway, to kick start a high raw diet again I’m ‘Rebooting My Life‘. Joe Cross and his documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead inspired my to actually give juice fasting a go. If you haven’t seen it it’s well worth the time, even if you’re not fat, sick or nearly dead. It’s just fascinating how healing a juice fast can be, and I figure if I’m already fairly healthy, maybe we’re looking at optimization here??
I hate the term ‘juice fasting’ as it makes me feel like I’ll be missing out on something, when in fact, I’ll probably gain a whole lot. As such, I have decided to say I’m ‘having a juicy week’ – it makes me smile :) I just got home from the market with bags of fruit and vegetables and am excited!! I usually only make one kind of juice so to branch out a bit and keep it interesting, I’m going to try all the juices on Joe’s website and will post my verdict and photos throughout the week.
I have provided my initial shopping list below if you’re interested and will let you know how far through the week it gets me!
Ingredients (all organic, from Wholefoods = $80):
Additionally, I will be using a purple cabbage, a red pepper, two beets, and three Asain pears I had in the fridge…
I also spent $11.40 on a second Nalgene bottle to take juice to work because I’m worried one won’t be enough! How much juice does one person need?? Would love to hear from anyone who has done the Reboot Your Life program or any other type of juice fasting – successes, ‘even better ifs’, recipes etc.