I returned to the land of the living today, still feeling under the weather but okay enough to go into work. So really, this was my first day living raw in the real world. Sipping on smoothies is pretty easy when you're at home.
But taking the show on the road is a whole different story.
Let's start with the fact that it took me about 40 minutes just to prepare breakfast and lunch. Not that I'm whining. I know it's going to take some practice, that I'll get quicker as I get used to it and that some night-before prep would do me well. But I hardly expected it to take me that long to get out the door. And lugging my normal work bag, my gym bag and a heavy food sack into the car, I swear you'd have thought I was bound on a weekend getaway.
Anyhow, I promise my posts won't all just be the day's menu, but it seems a lot of people are still intrigued with exactly what goes down in a day. So, I started with a yummy green smoothie, tossing in my staple ingredients, but adding a celery stalk, a tablespoon of bee pollen for protein and a packet of Macro Greens that I had leftover from a recent trip to India. (Not knowing what food situations I'd encounter, I took the powdered greens packets along as back up and mixed it with juice). Turns out it was a great addition to the smoothie and made for a thicker texture that I really liked.
But there was still more work to be done for lunch, so I cleaned out my blender, and set to making a saucy concoction to go along with my planned lunch, veggie-stuffed nori roll-ups. My weakness is condiments. And while I normally have a salad most days, it's usually slathered in hummus and dressing. I didn't have too many ingredients on hand for a raw dressing, so I sort of made something up on a whim, and it wasn't too shabby: two handfuls of grape tomatoes, a clove of garlic, oregano, a celery stalk, a few strips of red bell pepper and a dash of salt and olive oil.
But getting that prepared, then packing it up in a sack, along with some fruit, set me back some time. Duly noted.
Anyhow, the big question we three keep getting is, how is it possible that we're not starving? All I know is, the 8 a.m. smoothie and a handful of nuts carried me until 2 p.m. I swear, I wanted to be hungry before then. I'm so used to seeing the clock read 12:30 and reflexively diving into lunch. But I just wasn't hungry.
So when hunger finally did come, lunch for me was this little creation: a sheet of nori (dried seaweed), spread with a thin layer of mushed up avocado; sprouts, carrots and celery, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and a dollop of my tomato sauce concoction.
I rolled them up and had two, and they were pretty tasty. Because I assembled it all at work, it took some time -- and clean-up. I don't imagine that all my office meals will be so complicated. Most days, I think a salad with a creative dressing will do just fine for lunch. Because seriously -- who has the time? And I really don't want to be thinking about food that much.
So what was challenging about my first day eating this way at work?
The questions, so many questions.
No, I'm not eating sushi or raw meat (I thought we covered that?) No, I'm not about to fall over from starvation. No, this cold is not a result of raw food malnutrtion (let the record show it came over me days before Monday's raw go-time). And no, I'm not eating a diet of lettuce and "twigs" (Who eats twigs? Come on, people!)
I don't want every day to involve dragging in a heavy bag the size of an airplane carry-on. I'm aiming for taste, but also simplicity.
The jokes that aren't so funny.
Waving your roast beef sandwich at me, telling me about the cheeseburger you're about to eat and referring to my diet of "seeds"? Not cool, man. Not because it's cruel or tempting. But because it's literally not funny. Seriously, my six-year-old nephew could come up with better material. You can do better, folks!
(In the first offender's defense, he did also offer me fresh mango. As he points out, there were witnesses).
I'm a two-pack a day kinda girl. Of sugary gum, that is. And I could use a fix. And right now, somewhere, someone in this office is popping popcorn. Mmm...buttery goodness...