With anticipation of the new year I’ve found my thoughts gravitating toward goals & resolutions I can set for myself. I love the holiday season but my favorite part is the quiet aftermath of the gift giving and celebrations where you find yourself reflecting on the past year and the year to come. It’s sort of a tradition for me to make a list of the things I want to achieve or change in the coming year (I actually do this all year long, but the new years list holds more weight!). During the past two years I’ve gotten to a point where I’m actually happy with my body and I don’t feel the need to constantly try to change myself. I got into a kind of groove where I paid attention to my hunger levels and ate whenever/whatever I felt like eating. I would supplement with vitamins off and on but I wasn’t eating a healthy diet and eventually I started to feel pretty bad; low energy, headaches, etc despite having perfectly normal bloodwork. I thought I could eat anything.. I was wrong.
I started researching to find an optimal solution to my problem: an embarrassingly poor diet. Now I’m in no way nutritionally illiterate but I learned things that I should have learned a long time ago like, heat destroys nutrients in food.. who would have thought? Apparently eating cooked food is not only an inefficient and insufficient way to derive nutrients, it actually creates a state in your body called digestive leukocytosis where white blood cells increase and your body goes into defense mode (against the food).
Armed with my new found knowledge I set for myself a lofty goal; 50% raw food, forever. Now this may sound extreme but it’s really not, it basically means making a consistent effort to buy and eat raw fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I thought about juicing briefly but dismissed the idea because it removes the fiber which is one thing I really want to increase in my diet. So far I’m getting an early start and beginning each day with a veggie & fruit smoothie but I can’t wait to try out all of the ways to eat raw food, hope you’ll join me by adding some % of raw meals to your diet in 2016!
This kale salad is an awesome way to add raw food to your diet, you can make a large batch and it will keep for about a week if you keep the dressing separate.
- Kale, 4 cups
- Carrots, 1 cup
- Mushrooms, 1 cup
- Raspberries, 1/2 cup
- Blueberries, 1/2 cup
- Goat cheese, 1/4 cup
- Pecans , 1/4 cup
- Balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup
- Olive Oil, 1/2 cup
- mustard powder, 1 tsp
- Salad: Combine kale, chopped fruit, veggies, nuts, and goat cheese in a large bowl.
- Dressing: In a separate container combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and mustard powder. Whisk until combined.
- Refrigerate salad and dressing separately for up to one week.