Tonight's dinner sucked. It's my own fault for trying to use up those mung bean sprouts I was so proud of.
I didn't know what I should have for dinner. Variety is difficult for a novice rawie. I had a huge salad last night and was tired of munching on greens. These big salads take a long time to eat. (My family tries to patiently wait for me to finish, but my son fidgets, and my daughter has a new boyfriend she is eager to text. Besides, I feel conspicuous when they watch me graze, so I let them all leave the table.)
Anyway, I looked in the fridge and saw greens on the border of going bad. I can't stand to throw food out, so I thought I'd mix up a smoothie. I took out a frozen banana, picked the brownish pear out of the fruit bowl, added some almond milk and the romaine lettuce. All pretty mild flavors.
But wait! Hadn't I read that sprouts go bad after a few days? I'll just toss them in for that tad of added nutrition and I won't have to throw them out.
I drank most of it anyway, but I'm not feeling so great.
I'm also not having luck with the juicer I bought. I keep trying different combinations, but they all taste like swamp water. They look like swamp water, too, but I don't mind that as long as I can get them down. Sunday's was particulary bad: a mixture of kale, spinach, tomato, celery, cucumber and romaine. It tasted terrible, but again, I can't stand to waste anything, so I held my nose and drank it down. I felt ill for a couple of hours.
Tonight I tried juicing just one green, kale, with an orange and a carrot. (Coach Colello suggested adding a fruit to sweeten it up). It was better, but the kale was overpowering. Maybe I'll keep trying. Maybe not. But Jack LaLanne (you've heard of him, I'm sure) told me when he sold me this juicer that these veggie juices were the secret to his apparent immortality.
Death may be preferable.
OK, you might think with a diet that seems so limited, why would she waste time with anything that didn't taste good? Why didn't she just dump it down the drain? Is she that cheap?
In a word, yes. But in my defense, it is expensive to eat this way. All the food is supposed to be organic. Check out the difference between conventional and organic produce next time you shop. A small jar of almond butter is $8.99. Organic almonds are nearly $11 a pound. And remember, we're living on this stuff. Nothing to supplement or substitute. No bargain shopping. So yes, I suck it up, even when it sucks.
But I had a nice breakfast, a smoothie with frozen peaches, a mango, a cup of almond milk, romaine, hemp seed and water. Pretty good, but after I drank it, I wished I had added some cinnamon. (Yes, hemp seed is from the plant Cannabis sativa, marijuana. But no, we're not getting high on the smoothies.)
For lunch I had a banana, two apples and two tablespoons of almond butter. Almond butter is my new favorite food. Unfortunately, it packs a high-fat punch, so I can't eat the whole jar. The protein and fat, though, go a long way toward satisfying my hunger for longer. Plus, I'm told it's the good fat, if there is such a thing. (It's hard to let go of old notions.)
Mid-afternoon, I snacked on a few pecans and had a raw bar, a concentrated concoction of dried fruits, nuts and flaxseed that you can buy at Whole Foods, even Stop and Shop. There are all different flavors, they taste good and they are a good source of calories, at 200 or 300 each.
Then it was on to my swamp juice, the mung bean smoothie, and this stomachache.