For the next week, I will not only be eating “green,” but will also be eating completely vegan and raw. I should backtrack and tell you a bit of what inspired this plan.
About seven months ago, my sister-in-law, Lisa, told me about this blog she started consistently reading called Green Smoothie Girl. At first, I was quite skeptical. Lisa told me she bought a blender and started making smoothies that were tasty. I couldn’t believe that you could combine fruit and SPINACH and make that taste good. So, when I went to visit my family during my dad’s knee operation, I had a chance to try one of Lisa’s smoothies. It was incredible! I knew that they would be a hit when I saw my nieces and nephew devouring their smoothies, just like I devour ice-cream. As soon as I came home, I bought a Blendtec Total Blender, (trust me when I say that a Blendtec is a must have. No other blender compares to what this one does!) bought spinach and lots of frozen fruits and began having smoothies at least 5 times a week.
A couple of weeks ago, Lisa did the week long “detox” that Robyn suggests on her blog. The results were fantastic. Her skin became clearer, she felt much better and lost a bit of weight, which is always a nice byproduct of any new change. Although I am neither a fan of fad diets nor a believer in the concept of a detox, I think its a great idea to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet and eat healthier overall. I think it’s good to switch things up in my diet and this week-long project looks really good. It doesn’t look like something that will make you starve and it doesn’t seem extreme like eating cayenne pepper and syrup for three days or something of that sort.
So, as I stated in my original Travels through the Heart Project post that I wanted to do things to improve my life, so this is my newest idea in improving my health.
I prepared for my newest project by spending a lot of time in the green leafy area of the supermarket.
Then, I bought a ton of food. The cashier was astounded by the amount of food I bought. As I mentioned before, New Yorkers do not buy a lot of groceries. The most interesting part of my interaction with the cashier was her asking me what every second item was so she could punch in the prices. It went like this, “What’s this?” “That’s mint.” “What’s this?” “Kale.” “What’s this?” “Parsley.” I’m not innocent here–I have a lot to learn, but the interaction I had kind of shows you the eating habits in our country.
Then I got home and set everything up on the counter. Here, in all their glory, are the foods that will be making up my raw and vegan diet for the next week!
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