Wow, we actually got a little sunlight today, I had to find my sunglasses. Interesting article from Savvy Auntie, my two sisters are both battling extra pounds as they juggle parenting toddlers and jobs. One who works full time barely has time to make dinner after her commute and picking up kids from day care, etc. Certainly no time or energy for exercise after catching up on house chores, bathing kids and going through other evening parenting rituals. The stress of the lifestyle and junky kid foods always in the house makes eating healthy seemingly impossible. Sometimes I have to resist stress eating after just spending a bit of time with them!
Anyway, another thing that was discussed in the raw class I went to over the weekend is how those who are following a more raw/whole foods diet pretty heavily are noticing they’re sleeping less. I’ve noticed this as well, not sleeping in as much as I used to on weekends and waking up before my alarm does off on weekdays and feeling ready to jump out of bed. I’m sleeping more like 6.5 to 7 hours a night instead of 8 about a year ago.
I’ve also noticed my skin seems clearer lately, less breakouts. Dr. Oz discussed a zit as the bodies way of getting rid of germs and toxins on his show last week, nice to know that I’m not needing to get rid of as much lately. It’s really annoying being in my early thirties and still having to deal with breakouts while trying to feel dignified.
It was also mentioned in the raw class that many raw foodies rarely get sick. I have not been really keeping track of that, but it seems absolutely everyone around me is battling some sort of cold, sinus thing now – all co-workers, family, etc. But, aside from an occasional, short-lived scratchy throat from a post-nasal drip, I have not been having any of the symptoms. That’s the second time in 3 months that I’ve skipped a widely spread cold. I suspect stress can have something to do with that to, which I’ve been really focusing on managing – who knows.
I’m trying more of a grazing diet this week, eating 5 smaller meals starting out with a smoothie before I leave the house, an orange as a mid-morning snack, decent raw meal for lunch, an apple for afternoon snack and a veggie-loaded, mostly raw dinner. The idea is to not feel famished before lunch and maintain a more consistent energy level. I typically have an early dinner before working out on week nights and have to resist an urge for a late night snack before bed though – still working on a solution to eliminate that craving, but will typically grab a bowl of frozen grapes if I cave.
I have an obsession with carrots lately, especially since I can get a 10 lb. bag of organic monsters from Costco for around $4 – I’m surprised my hands have not turned orange yet. That’s a lot of fresh, vitamin-packed goodness for days of meals and the Vita-Mix is boss for pureeing them to an undetectable paste in sauces, soups and smoothies. Allow me to introduce Raw Carrot Marinara Sauce.
- 3 roma tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- about 10 fresh basil leaves
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 – 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. pink salt
- 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend to smooth texture. This is a great sauce I used for raw and non-raw nights, it’s good over spiral cut squash, broccoli or can be poured over veggies in a skillet. The carrot ads thickness and makes the sauce more filling without affecting the flavor. It’s also a great way to stash more veggies in kids … or even husbands.