Changes

I was hungry sort of early today for lunch. This felt like more a snack than lunch. I made fast guac (avocado and salsa!) with some carrot legs to chomp on.

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A few hours later Maxine and I were headed out to visit a friend. I was hungry and knew I had to eat before we left. In days gone by it would have been pretty typical to grab a handful of Kashi crackers and some hummus as a quick, healthy, out the door snack. I’m not knocking this as a healthy snack option, this is of course better than something from the fast food drive thru. I’ve just come to discover, especially this past week and the disappearance food cravings… any processed foods, organic or not, seem to be what sends me into a downward spiral with craving sugar and more processed carbs.

So instead of my old usual, I whipped up a fast salad. It really only took a few minutes since a lot of this stuff was prepped and ready to go. Plus there was really no other option, since I haven’t replaced these the sorts of foods I thought were so innocent, once they were finished up.

Mixed greens with tomatoes and the last of the marinated portobellos. I used the portobello marinade as dressing on the greens!

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And a Larabar for the road. Fast fats.

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Max and I got to our friend’s house only to discover she wasn’t there! So we hung out in the car and amused ourselves with an apple and a camera.

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After we got home the whole family spent some time working in the garden… weeding and digging up what will be a future strawberry patch.

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I was so happy to discover this little guy on the cucumber plant during my weeding extravaganza!

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I coo’d at him and promised to be gentle when I sink my teeth into him in just a few weeks.

After a full day, I had nothing really planned for dinner and I had no idea what to make. I really wanted to stick with mainly raw foods, so I went with easy.

I had started soaking some raw cashews earlier in the day to give Gena’s raw mayo a test drive. OK, making your own raw mayo probably doesn’t sound “easy”, but throwing ingredients into the food processor and scraping them out into a bowl falls into the easy category for me these days. I followed her recipe and threw in some sun-dried tomatoes to boot.

Dinner was a veggie sandwich on Ezekiel bread with raw mayo.

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And a sea of salad.

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More mixed greens, tomatoes, green pepper, shredded zucchini, raw sunflower seeds and ginger miso dressing.

I say with certainty that avoiding processed foods has helped me immensely with battling food cravings. I think eating a lot of fruit is satisfying my sweet tooth as well, and I’m easily satisfied with just a little dark chocolate each day. In the past I would have days where I would be fine, but the craving for something REALLY sweet, like ice cream or cake and frosting would build and build until I couldn’t stand it anymore and would cave. And often times end up overdoing it.

Yes, yesterday we went out for ice cream, but it was different. I didn’t feel like if I didn’t have ice cream I would run screaming into the night. It was just a fun spur of the moment treat and I didn’t feel like I needed a ton of ice cream to feel like I’d had enough.

I don’t mean to go on and on about this, but looking back at today’s pictures I realized how the changes I’ve worked toward have made a real difference for me, and that makes me very happy. Even when I think I have healthy eating figured it out, I’m reminded that this really is a journey and there are going to be bumps in the road. I’m sure I still don’t have all the answers. The key is to get back up and keep going, keep experimenting and keep an open mind too. When you finally get some of the results you are after, it’s so worth the time and effort invested.

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7 Responses

  1. looks like you had a fabulous weekend my dear! all your eats look soooo fresh and delicious. that guac ezek toast looks AH-MAY-ZING! also, love the new strawberry patch and that cute punkin’ in the car with the apple πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds like a great day! And your food looks just awesome! Reading how eating food that hasn’t been processed is working so well for your is really inspiring! πŸ™‚

  3. awwwww your daughter is so cute with that apple!

  4. Hey there, I’m new around the blogging world. I found your blog and have really enjoyed reading it.

    You have a wonderful family and I am in awe of what you do for them..I think it is just wonderful πŸ™‚ What a great mommy you are πŸ˜‰

    I just started eating healthy and started on a new exercise program for the past 4 weeks and love reading blogs such as yours for tips and ideas on how to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet.

    Love your garden pics…hope you post more pics of your gardening…beautiful!

  5. “any processed foods, organic or not, seem to be what sends me into a downward spiral with craving sugar and more processed carbs.”

    I could NOT agree with you more! This is why it is easier for me to go/stay as high raw as possible during the day. It’s a slippery slope and I just don’t want to end up back in the old habits.

    I’m so glad you are loving this new way of life as much as I am! And of course little Max and her apple are gorgeous!!!

  6. Hey Alison, I just have to say that you’re incredibly inspiring. I may be moving at a snail’s pace, but your enthusiasm vibrates from your writing. Thanks!

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