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We thank Thee for Thy Abundance

We thank Thee for Thy Abundance
Genesis 1:29

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 17 of Raw

December 17, 2010

Weight: 151.2 as of yesterday the 16th day. That is a weight loss of 8 lbs. 1/2 a pound a day!

Well, I have missed blogging and thought I could catch up...but no way.

My husband had his birthday on the 15th and among 20 other things I have been SWAMPED! But, despite all of the stress of these things PLUS Christmas, I have remained raw!
I have had to eat out a lot these past 3 days because of it and am so happy to say that I've been able to do it. How, you say?
Well, I WANT to be raw.
I KNOW that I am being supported by friends and even my family!
On his birthday my husband mentioned going to a favorite Thai restaurant and I actually said, "Sure, It's your birthday, I'll just eat a soup, Tom Ka, and it's okay to eat cooked I guess on your birthday." (Can you believe I ACTUALLY decided to eat cooked?) To which my husband replied, "No, I don't want you to go off raw."
(How sweet was that?) And just like that, just that simple reply of love and support from him woke me up and strengthed me and made me feel so good keeping me on the "straight and narrow". I love him so much and am so grateful for him.

I can't stress enough the importance of support. Support from spouse, family, or friends. ANY kind of support. It is vital to maintaining this lifestyle.
The other reason I was able to stay raw was having some CHOICES of places to eat or simply BEING PREPARED.

I went to Jamba Juice several times and got wheatgrass, fresh squeezed Orange juice or Carrot juice or both combined together.
I stopped at the health food store and had with me some Gone Nuts or Kale Chips or a simple apple or banana. Keeping these things in the car at all times is super smart!
Most grocery stores have prewashed and even pre-cut packaged produce that you can just run in and pick up for a meal. REAL fast food!
Even in a pinch you can just get a plain salad just about ANYWHERE!

On my husbands birthday we went to a fancy restaurant for lunch and I told the waitress about my "special diet" and asked if she would ask the chef to make me a large entree with all of the fresh vegetables of the day along with an E.v.O.O and balsamic vinagrette.
I'm learning that restaurants, nicer ones especially, are more than happy to make you something special. I've heard that chefs actually LIKE the challenge.
For dinner we went to Carrabbas (an Italian chain.) The result was the same! They made me a delicious and beautiful salad!
I've read somewhere about making a laminate card that says something like this, "Dear Chef, I have a special diet and only eat fresh, raw fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Could you please make me an entree with all of your fresh foods of the day. Nothing cooked. Thank you so much!" Then, you can just pass it to the waitress when ordering in front of others without having to say a word and not even bring it up, hence, not making any big deal out of it. I LOVE that idea! We go out to eat to have fun with the PEOPLE we are with. Why have I always made it about the food?? I think I get it now. :)

Another thing that has kept me strong is REMEMBERING the past. It goes something like this: "Don't you remember how you felt after eating that?" or "Yes, that bread looks fantastic, BUT, (squeezing fat around my belly) it makes this on my body and you know what? I don't want it on my body anymore. I'm done with it. I loved you Bread once, but, you are just not good for me anymore. No more. I've got something new, something better."

The definition of sacrifice is the giving up of something good for something better.

Giving up food that tasted good but made me feel bad or sick and depressed me and was leading me to heart disease, obesity, and cancer, for food that tastes good and is better for me, that makes me feel good, leading me to health, a beautiful body, and longevity is my definition of "sacrifice" on this lifestyle.

Today's food:

Breakfast: Water. Green Smoothie of dark kale, orange, lemon, strawberries and blueberries, chia seeds, and Udo's Oil

Lunch: Green Juice with Dark Kale, Cilantro, Celery, Cucumber, Apple, Carrot, Lime, Beet with Greens.

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