Hey Buds!

>> Thursday, February 28, 2008

Now that I've been mostly raw for seven months I've noticed that my taste buds have changed quite a bit. I realize that as one gets older (or should I say, "matures") tastes naturally change. Some foods you disliked as a kid you love as an adult or vice versa. But when you start eating more raw foods, in their natural state, you notice big differences. For instance, coconuts. Or as I like to call them, coocoonuts. I have always loved coocoonuts; the artificial flavorings and/or the shredded flakes you can buy in packages at the store. I remember quite fondly opening up those packages of sweetened shredded coconut and just eating pinch after pinch of the stuff. Before my raw journey last summer, I remember on several occasions throughout my life when I sampled some fresh coconut, always the brown ones. It was so challenging and messy getting those things to open! The coconut was usually flying off in another direction (watch out!). But once the coocoonut was defeated I was disappointed with the taste. In my mind it should taste like the sweetened coconut in the package. And keep that water from inside away from me! Eww! It was just plain gross. Now?????? It's a completely different story. I LOVE COCONUTS! I never had a young coconut until last year. With the young ones, I absolutely love the meat (hmmm....that's a poorly written sentence). But you know what I mean!!!! Get your minds out of the gutter. But seriously folks, a young coconut is so tasty. The meat tastes "toasty" to me and the water is delicious. They are so scrumptious in a smoothie too. Yesterday, we got a couple of the brown coconuts. Not as much water in them but I actually loved it too. And the drier meat is so yummy. What my hubby ended up doing is puree the pulp, add vanilla beans and agave and then freeze it so he just breaks off chunks to throw into a smoothie. This way you get the pulp, which is filling and very healthy.

Another thing I've noticed with my buds is with walnuts and pecans. Normally, you wouldn't catch me within two feet of those things. Now? Well, let's just say I can eat them in certain things. You still won't catch me eating them by the handfuls by themselves or topping my salad with them but I have had them in desserts and in entrees and I liked it. Before last summer, that would never have happened!

Those are just a few of the obvious changes I've noticed with my tastes. It's very interesting to me. I tend be more willing to try things now because I just never know.

Now on a completely different subject, nothing to do with raw foods....WTH was with the ladies on American Idol last night?! Holy moley! With the exception of a couple of them, the majority picked horrible songs to sing from the 70's. Some didn't even have to start singing before I started groaning - I just knew from the start of the song it was going to be bad. And the rocker chick with the two tone hair? I used to like her but now she just scares me. I feel bad but I think she's next to go. I know these lovely ladies can sing but SONG CHOICES SONG CHOICES SONG CHOICES. It's so important. End of rant.

Oh, and David Archuleta is going to win. No doubt about it. End of AI opinion...for now. :)


Stay Tuned!

>> Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Does every first time blogger start out with this title? This is my first attempt at blogging and am still figuring things out.

The purpose of this blog is mainly about my raw food life with a few ramblings of whatnot in between. I do have a life you know! Ha ha!

I began eating raw (partially) since July 2007 along with my hubby. He has since become 100% raw vegan while I'm at about 65%-100% raw, depending on the day, week, etc. I'd say I'm more 70% during the week and the weekend 95%-100%. I don't punish myself or feel terribly guilty if I don't eat all raw. It's just where I'm at right now and I'm content with that. Things can change however. :) For instance, I have thought about doing a juice feast but on a small scale. While many raw foodies challenge themselves to a 90+ day juice fast I'm not that crazy!!! For me, start out slow....like ONE DAY. Maybe even up to three days. Ooooh! Now, that's crazy!

Many people don't quite understand this whole raw food "thing" but most are supportive in their own way. Some think huh? What could you possibly find to eat that is satisfying and filling? And no meat, dairy? What? It's one thing if they hear you're a vegetarian or vegan. But raw? What does that even mean?!

To me raw means good health, energy, clean, light, happiness, spirituality, organic, and etc. It also means challenge. I mean that in a good way though. No matter what avenue one takes for better health it takes commitment and time. It just does. Fortunately, my husband and I are in this together. Of course, I'm not at the same level he is so that might be a little difficult for him at times but when we're together at least we are both in it. That makes it easier and I know it makes him happy, which makes me happy. :)

The benefits received from this over the past seven months? More energy, healthier skin, sleep better (I never really had problems in this area before but have noticed I sleep more soundly now that I'm not drinking coffee [I do miss it though but I feel better w/o it oddly enough] or eating poorly before bed) and 32 POUNDS GONE! WOO HOO! I actually look forward to stepping on the scale. That has never happened before.

For not really knowing where I was going to start I think I do okay for the first time. I didn't expect to get this far.

Stay tuned! ha ha!


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