I finally finished eating lunch and it was a big one.
First, for breakfast, I had two bananas, the other half pear, half a mango, some cantaloupe, and 1/3 avocado. I decided that I would see how I did without the sunflower seeds and I did okay. I have had problems with almost nodding off in church but I was wide awake today. I noticed that my breathing was better, too, when we sang congregational songs. I didn’t have to take a breath during a phrase. That used to drive my mother bug-huntin’ (as she would say) for someone to break a phrase to take a breath. She taught voice and piano and she’d drill it into us that it just wasn’t done.
I’d forgotten that today was the general fellowship dinner so I didn’t stay. If I’d remembered, I would have taken something raw so I’d be sure to have something to eat. They usually have veggie plates and such but the dip is sometimes based on Tofutti “cream cheese” and I quit eating that as soon as I found out that it wasn’t good for me. One of my friends was standing on the sidewalk and I asked how she’s doing. She has some of the same challenges as I do, healthwise. She started telling me and her eyes filled with tears from being so frustrated with her condition. I felt more and more compelled to tell her what I have been doing the past few weeks and I finally did. She said that she had friends who had gone on the raw foods regimen. I told her how much weight I’d lost as of last weekend. She said that she wouldn’t have the first idea how to go about it so I told her I’d send her the link to my blog, my daughter’s and SIL’s, and that would help her see how we are going about it. They are two entirely different methods, but they are both raw. Or it sounds better to say uncooked?
She went her way and I went mine and I did as I promised and sent her the links.
When I got home, I drank a glass of water–I’d taken some to church with me but I hadn’t had all of it. Then I set out to make some raw (uncooked) soup. Somewhere on F.P.’s site, he had said that make a soup of tomatoes and celery. I used two tomatoes, and what would equal three stalks of celery. I added some sea salt and a sprinkle of dulse flakes. It reminded me of V8 juice. Then I made some of Matt’s cashew dip but since he said I could vary it, I did. I started out to make a half recipe but finally had to add the rest of the cashews just to get them high enough on the blades of the VitaMix. Then I didn’t have dried dill, just fresh, so I put in some sprigs of that. I finished off the garlic powder and put in the onion powder. I put in more lemon juice than it called for and in place of the Italian seasoning, I used some oregano and fresh parsley. I like basil. I put in two leaves. I cut the salt down to about 3/4 tsp. It still didn’t want to blend. I added some distilled water and it finally got it up where it would do some good. It still had little pieces of cashew in it but I didn’t want to blend it until it cooked. I had some with a saucer full of organic (!) baby carrots. I finished the carrots before I finished the dip but since I’d been double-dipping, I ate the rest with a spoon. Plus I had another spoonful before I put the rest in the fridge. I don’t think it will keep up to two weeks in my fridge. It’s pretty tasty. There was a little lemon juice left over from the enormous lemon I’d gotten at one of the supermarkets. I made some lemonade with the rest of it mixed with agave nectar and distilled water. It was better than the limeade. After that, I had a slice of watermelon and I’m full.
I’d reminded my sister that I’d lost weight by not eating any refined foods after my third child was born and she said she did, too, but that it was a terribly gassy diet. I think the reason that isn’t a problem with this way of eating is that I’m not using grains (other than corn) or beans. I may add some grains later but it would be like spelt, millet, or buckwheat. Wheat grass is yucky. I don’t think the Lord intended for us to eat or drink anything that didn’t taste good. Otherwise, we are defeating the purpose of having tastebuds.
Aren’t we all lucky today? I’m going to update twice!