I’ve decided to make the transition from vegan to raw vegan. In the second half of 2017, I signed up for 2 courses from PlantLab Culinary. Both courses focused on raw, plant-based nutrition for athletes. I signed up so that I could learn how to better incorporate protein into my diet along with my workouts. I learned so much during these courses about the benefits of following a raw, plant-based diet. It’s easier for our bodies to digest, helps with sleep, and decreases inflammation. I learned how to use a dehydrator to prepare foods at less than 118 degrees. I made so many amazing recipes. I was actually surprised at how good the food was during these courses. The new diet will definitely require more planning and preparation. Here are a few of the cookbooks I will be using:
I always like a fresh start at the beginning of the year so I decided to start my new diet on 1/1. In order to prepare, I went through the cookbooks, marking recipes that looked good. I created a weekly menu that included breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 snacks each day. I also made sure that I had pre-workout and post-workout snacks/meals. It took about an hour to prepare the menu. I ordered my food through Amazon Fresh with a delivery date of 12/31. When the food arrived, I started all of the prep work. I realized very quickly that I need to start prepping on Saturday instead of Sunday. Raw meal planning requires much longer lead time for the majority of meals. You need time for soaking nuts for recipes, dehydrating foods, and more. Ultimately, I ended up having to do 2 hours of prep on 12/31 and 3 hours of prep on 1/1.
I am excited to see how I will feel after 30 days of this diet. I started my first day juicing kale, parsley, apple, lime, lemon, pineapple, and ginger for a green juice. It was delicious. Lunch was a coconut wrap with brazil nut cheese filling and arugula pesto. Today’s snacks are a chocolate protein bar and a goji maca bar. Dinner is kelp noodle salad with sweet peas and black pepper. So far, so good! All of the recipes have been delicious and filling without that heavy feeling after the meal. This week, I will take some pictures of the other meals I’m eating so I can share in next week’s blog.
Have you set any new goals for your diet this year? What other goals have you set this year? I would love to hear from you!