VEGAN IN THE CITY

Twenty-something. F. Toronto. Vegan exploring fitness, healthy eating & raw foods, on a busy schedule in a busy city ♥

Raw Food Class!

A lot has been going on since I last posted! I made raisins with my dehydrator, as well as some raw donut holes filled with jam! Tons of pictures to share, I just haven’t had time to upload them yet. They’re coming soon, I swear!

Yesterday I took a raw food cooking class with Nathalie Lussier at her home. Her and her boyfriend Robin were gracious, kind hosts! The class was really fun, and while some of it was just a helpful refresher on some raw information (for me anyway), I did learn a lot of new stuff. The main thing I walked away with was confidence that raw food is easy and delicious, which was important for me – I’ve always been a-okay with smoothies and juices, but it’s been the dinner, savory options that were overwhelming and confusing (I loathe salad). Nathalie’s class taught me that raw savory dinners are super easy to make, and far exceeded my expectations in yum and simplicity! I am the pickiest eater ever, and I liked everything. I brought some tupperware to take some of it home to enjoy later!

Here’s what we learned to make:

1. Green smoothie

2. Almond milk

3. Sprouts

4. Marinated mushrooms/green beans

5. Nut/veg salmon patee in collard green wrap

6. Zucchini pasta with pesto/tomato sauces

7. Brownies

Everything was yum! I had some of the pasta, mushrooms, and green beans for lunch, and brownies and some of her blueberry cake for dessert.

Nathalie’s explanation of food combining also was the simplest I have heard, and is as follows:

1. Fruit alone

2. Starch alone or with veg

3. Dried fruit/nuts/seeds alone or with veg

4. Banana/avocado can be combined with dried fruit/nuts/seeds

5. Apples/pears can be juiced with veg

6. Leafy greens can be combined with anything

7. Wait 2-3 hours between categories

I liked that Nathalie totally did away with the random and ever-confusing ‘protein’ category. I was always trying to figure out if chickpeas were starches or proteins, and that seriously stressed me out. I think her way of breaking it up is really easy to understand – there’s no confusion about what is what.

I bought a spiralier, zucchini, and mushrooms to make some of the dishes we learned, as soon as I run out of leftovers (which will be SOON!). Also bought a few books – Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry, and 12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food by Victoria Boutenko. I’m pretty excited – I love reading and I haven’t had as much time to do that lately as I would have liked; the internet is great but limited.

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Detox Day Food Plan

So I’ve had weird digestive issues for the past 2 months: nausea whenever I eat, and an inability to digest anything in general (if you catch my drift). After missing a lot of family hangouts and school I got a bit sick of it; I have IBS but since I went vegan and continued my routine of having Metamucil crackers every day before eating, I had literally no IBS symptoms for 7 months. I thought I had found my holy grail.

Regardless, I was getting a bit sick of feeling sick, and after seeing a ton of doctors, no one seemed to know what was going on. I got put on Tecta to control the amount of acid in my stomach (which might have gone up recently due to stress), which helped a little bit but did not eliminate the problem. I called Telehealth Ontario and spoke with one of the lovely nurses there. He suggested that I might have a bug that was caught in my bowels or intestines for 2 months, and that it might not have had the chance to get out of my system since I have been eating. He suggested not to eat until I had been nausea-free for 8 hours.

So a few days ago, I did that – no food. After the 8 hours, I had a banana, and then went to bed. No nausea!

I spent my fasting day reading Gillian McKeith’s book ‘You Are What You Eat’, and taking some notes on it. I decided I was going to do her meal plan for the detox day, which basically involved lots of tea:

10.20AM: Squeeze fresh lemon into warm water. Took Tecta pill.
10.57AM: 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds in water, drink only the water (this was soaked the night before)
11.20AM: Room temperature pint of blueberries
02.10-02.45PM: Yoga
03.10PM: Fruit juice: 3 apples 1 pear, w/ milk thistle pill
04.15PM: Lunch. Quinoa w/ Italian spice w 1/2 cucumber. Tasted bland.
05.33PM: Feeling dizzy. Took 1 vitamin c, 1 multivitamin, digestive enzyme. Camomile tea
06.20PM: Veggie detox juice (6 carrots, 2 celery, 1 apple). Took 2x acidophilus pills
07.00PM: Feeling totally fine, no weird gastrointestinal symptoms at all. Only thing is I feel full & hungry at the same time – maybe bc all of the fluids?
08.00PM: Camomile tea
08.30PM: Sunflower seeds
09.00PM: Miso soup
10-10.30PM: Light walk
10.30PM: 4 kiwi fruit
11.45PM: Digestive enzyme, milk thistle, vit c, multivitamin, peppermint tea
12.25PM: Salad + sprouts with very little balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Tasted awful. (I don’t usually have salad!)
01.45AM: Stomach cramps. Had a bottle of water. After drinking water cramps stop at 2.17AM

Overall successful – no symptoms at all! That could have been because of the fast the day before, but I don’t think it hurt me to generally stick with healthy foods. I was really not a fan of the salad and sprouts, but hopefully I will find a recipe that makes these foods interesting & tasty for me, because I know I should include them in my diet.

Yesterday I returned to my regular diet, and felt fine! I’ll post yesterday’s meal plan later. 🙂

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