Raw Food Diet

I have kind of backed into this latest lifestyle change, in which I am transitioning to a raw food, vegan diet.  I started trying to lose weight early last fall and it sure took a while before seeing any results.  I reduced sugars and cut the carbs, didn’t eat desserts and cut out the junk food in favor of carrot and celery sticks.  I had lots and lots of exercise and fresh air. Still, it wasn’t until I stopped eating wheat and baked goods that people started commenting on my appearance.  So I kept watching what I was eating and listening to what Dr. Oz and folks like my friend Chris were saying.  Little by little I cut out one thing after another from my diet until I decided to go this final step in living healthily.

 

The raw food vegan diet is pretty intense, I have to say, though.  I’ve been plain old lacto-ovo vegetarian in the past and that was a breeze compared to this.  That was just a matter of not eating animals but practically everything else in the kitchen stayed the same.  This is a wholesale makeover, but even during this transitional period I can feel the health benefits.

 

One of the downsides however, is that it throws out a lot of fun recipes, many of which I really enjoyed making over the years.  I’ve always been comfortable in the kitchen and to think that I won’t be making Paella or Boeuf Bourguignon is a little sad. Barbecues and grills are off the menu, and now I have only the memory of pulled pork poutine for comfort.  Less mourned, but noted in passing is a good-bye to macaroni and cheese.  There is no brick oven pizza in my future.  Still, I am looking forward to firing up the brand new Cuisinart tomorrow and learning a whole new way of food preparation.  Bon Appétit!

 

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