What I Ate Wednesday – Raw Till 4
July 30, 2014
Hello! Happy Wednesday to you! How’s it going? I’m here to share with you another “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Woo! I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “where are the recipes?!” because it’s been a while since I shared one. Well guess what! There will be a new one by the end of this week. Yes, yes, yes. As much as I’m enjoying sharing posts other than recipes, I do miss creating lots of food to enjoy with you all. Working on finding the balance between various posts. I’ll get there! But until then, let’s all enjoy the delicious foods that I’ve been eating lately. I’ve been trying to incorporate more veggies in my life and it’s going pretty well! When I’m making food I’m always trying to talk myself out of eating them, but I suck it up and put them in my meals and it’s not so bad! Hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon. What’s your favorite veggie? Let me know!
If you like to read through “What I Ate” then keep on scrolling. If you want to see the video version, then head on over to Youtube! In my opinion, you should do both of those things
Breakfast: 1/2 watermelon
If I were to invite you all over for breakfast someday, this would be what we’d eat. It’s no secret that I looove watermelon. I’ve mentioned before that I usually eat one every day for breakfast and I wasn’t kidding. This is the ticket to having a good day. Plus it’s such a summertime food and I love summer. Happiness!
Lunch: 10 bananas, blueberries, & arugula
Not the most flattering smoothie, I must admit. But it’s one of the tastiest! I put a couple of handfuls of blueberries and arugula in the blender with the bananas and blended it. Then I added some more blueberries because who doesn’t love those antioxidant rich little guys. So good! I have a smoothie for lunch almost every day and I love it. If I’m in a hurry then I can take it with me quite easily and if I’m home then I’m able to drink it and get work done online at the same time. Yay for multitasking!
Dinner: Rice, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, potatoes, and oregano
Veggies!! Look at that. Broccoli was always a food that I was like “nope, never ever.” Today I was at the store and was scoping out the veggie section when I found the broccoli. I don’t know why but I bought it and now we’re friends. How exciting! This is all organic and I believe that if possible, it is very important to buy organic. It’s better for the environment and your body. I think that’s pretty important stuff! Plus it tastes so much better. Mmm.
That’s it for today guys! I am getting ready to go to bed. I have an early morning run to get in tomorrow and I need my rest for it. Rest is important! Sleep well, eat well, and be well! I’ll leave you with these pictures of me and Roxy.
Let me know what you’re eating lately in the comments below! Talk to you guys soon!
What is Raw Till 4?
July 28, 2014
How’s it going friends? How was your weekend? Mine was pretty great! I was pretty busy with life stuff which is why this post didn’t happen sooner. Whoops! The thing that matters is that you’re reading it now, right!? As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to do a more detailed post about Raw Till 4. I got a lot of people who were interested in it. I was surprised and super excited. So here it is!
I began learning more about Raw Till 4 at the beginning of this year. I happened to stumble across it on accident and became very interested in the concept. Here’s a rundown of what it’s all about.
Each day you eat raw fruits and veggies, mainly fruits though, until dinnertime. Each fruit meal should be around 1,000 calories and restriction is not allowed. You eat in abundance! Any fruits that you’re hungry for or craving, eat ‘em. Then for dinner you eat a cooked meal of rice, potatoes, pasta, etc. with a minimum of 500 calories. As many of you know, I do not promote counting calories and I do not talk about them much. A large portion of people who ask me about calories are those who restrict or have a negative view on calories. I am a huge advocate of counting calories in a positive way. Making sure that you are eating enough plant foods is a crucial part of succeeding on Raw Till 4, especially in the beginning. I no longer count calories like I did in the beginning stages of Raw Till 4. But I do on random occasions just to make sure that I’m consuming enough. Raw Till 4 is a lifestyle that will heal your mind and body. Almost everyone comes from a past of unhealthy eating; eating disorders, dieting, a diet high is processed foods, etc. By transitioning into the Raw Till 4 lifestyle, you’re healing your body from all of the past damages that you have done.
The goal is to consume a majority of your intake from carbohydrates such as fresh fruits, some veggies, and some cooked starch foods. Your macronutrients should be in the range of 80% carbohydrates, 10% fats, and 10% proteins. Carbohydrates are a main source of energy which we use to power through our busy days. Carbs are not bad, they’re fuel! Our bodies do not need excess amounts of fats or proteins. I usually eat in the ratio of 90% carbohydrates, 5% fats, and 5% proteins. I don’t worry about getting enough protein and I’m fine! I recently had my blood levels checked and everything was great!
A typical day would consist of fruits such as dates, bananas, melons, berries, etc. for breakfast and lunch. For dinner you would have a large portion of potatoes prepared how you prefer or a large bowl of rice with fresh or steamed veggies.
Monomeals are also great, especially in the early stages of Raw Till 4. A monomeal is a meal consisting of one single food, such as 10 bananas. And no, you won’t overdose on postassium. That’s impossible! By eating one plant based food, you’re giving your body a chance to ease up on the digestive process and heal from past damages. Ten bananas are a lot easier for your body to digest than eating a wider variety of fruits and veggies at once. I do a lot of monomeals! Usually 2 out of my 3 meals each day are monomeals. This is just a suggestion to help the healing process of your body and I find that it really is beneficial.
Food combining is important as well. At first it can be a little confusing and overwhelming but you learn it quickly. Some fruits do not digest well with other fruits. For example, melons have a high water content and are best when ate alone. Definitely a favorite of mine!
By “carbing up” throughout the whole day, your body will no longer crave “bad foods” or mindless snacks. I never ever thought that I wouldn’t crave or take a gluten free vegan cupcake or cookie when offered. But I don’t really have many desires for those foods anymore! I eat to feel good and eating pure carbohydrates does that. But I do eat cakes, cookies, etc. on rare occasions when the opportunity allows itself and think it’s totally okay to do every once in a while. Being strict with any part of your life isn’t healthy, in my opinion. It’s all about balance!
Food isn’t the only important aspect of Raw Till 4. Hydration is so important as well. It’s recommended to drink around 3-4 liters of water per day. One in the morning upon waking up, one before each meal, and more as desired. Drinking plenty of water hydrates your cells and keeps your system moving smoothly.
By consuming a diet high in carbohydrates you will be filled with energy. It’s great! You will want to exercise and be active. I typically workout every other day but I am active each day. On the days that I workout I usually ride my bike or go for a run. Keeping a consistent exercise routine is important. Consistency is the key to success.
Sleep and low stress levels are important in life as well. Get enough sleep! Sleeping 8+ hours per night is so important. Sleep improves your physical, mental, and emotional health and well being. By not getting enough sleep, you’re letting your body become rundown which lowers your brain function, immune system, etc. No good! Keeping your stress levels low is a huge component too. By reducing stress and increasing sleep you will notice a difference in your overall health and happiness. I have come to a realization that most things that I stressed about in the past are not things worth worrying about. Becoming more in tune with your body by eating more plant based carbohydrates opens up a whole different side of you that you will find comforting and relaxing.
As many of you know, I believe that knowledge is power. The more you know, the better off you’ll be! I find that to be true in all aspects of life. That is why I’m writing this to share with you guys! I did a lot of research prior to transitioning into all of my different lifestyles. Before going gluten free I read a lot about it, same with veganism and Raw Till 4. You are much more likely to succeed at anything if you prepare and become educated on the topic. Plus, learning new things is fun!
Here are some of my main sources of knowledge and inspiration. These have all helped me immensely and I hope that they’re able to do the same for you!
Freelee the Banana Girl - I happened to stumble across Freelee’s channel one day. She’s quite popular in the vegan community and is a great help. She is passionate about veganism and her main goal is to get the message out and help others.
Raw Till 4 Facebook Group – This group is truly wonderful. I’m not a big fan of Facebook in general but this group makes Facebook so awesome. The group has over 20,000 members and is growing each day, so great! Raw Till 4′ers come together on this page to support and help one another. You have the option to post a food diary and the admins of the group are so generous to help lead you onto the path of success with this lifestyle. Join and check it out!
Cronometer – Cronometer is a great website for calorie counting (in a healthy way!!) and tracking your nutrient levels. The only calorie counting site that I’ll use. They have a phone app as well!
Rice and Raw - Rice and Raw is another Youtube channel ran by a girl named Sasha. She has a lot of great videos that I watched during my initial transition stages. They were all such a help. She’s very knowledgable and so fun to watch!
ADAPTT is one of the best websites on the internet, really. Created by Gary Yourofsky, an extremely passionate man who is out there spreading the vegan message. Great site with tons of great information! Not really related to Raw Till 4, but a super awesome site nonetheless.
Banana TV – Banana TV is a Youtube channel that offers information on a large variety of topics such as diet, exercise, lifestyle, etc. ran by Cayley and Nicole. They’re informative and love helping out when help is needed!
Food Combining Chart - I linked this above but feel that it is very important to follow!
Create N Plate Youtube – You guys can check me out on Youtube too. I haven’t really promoted my Youtube channel yet, until now I guess. But I post some things mainly about Raw Till 4 and a vegan lifestyle. Check it out!
That’s all for today! As you can see, I highly recommend and love Raw Till 4 along with many others. Check out #rawtill4 on Instagram and look at all of the awesome food that people are sharing. So fun! If any of you are interested in starting Raw Till 4 and need a little more help and guidance, do not hesitate to contact me! Comment, shoot me an email, Instagram, or Facebook and I’d be glad to help you out! Thanks for reading and talk to you guys soon!
What I Ate Wednesday – High Carb Vegan Intake
July 23, 2014
Happy Wednesday! How’s it going on this lovely day? I’m doing quite well. It was a super warm summer day and any day that is over 75 degrees is a good day to me. So I decided to start doing “What I Ate Wednesday” posts. I get quite a few questions about my diet because I don’t eat just a “regular” vegan diet. I eat a high carb, raw till 4 diet. I know a lot of your are probably thinking, “a what diet?” Well let me give you a little overview of Raw Till 4. I eat raw foods until dinnertime, most of my calories coming from fruit. Then for dinner I have a cooked meal of carbs such as rice or potatoes. Living this lifestyle gives you the freedom to eat unlimited calories every single day. So freeing! So delicious! So awesome! I plan on doing a more detailed post about Raw Till 4 in the near future, so if you don’t feel like researching it more then don’t worry! You can come here and I’ll tell you all about it.
Oh and I have one more thing to share with my favorite people. (aka you guys) I’m now on YouTube!! Check it out. I talk a lot more about my Raw Till 4 journey, working out, and all kinds of fun stuff like that. Like, subscribe, comment, share, etc. Let’s connect there too!
Okay, now onto the good stuff! The food from today. Mmm. Ready?!
Breakfast: Blended watermelon – 11 cups
I loooovee watermelon. I really love it. I found a watermelon sale a few weeks ago and bought a total of 10 watermelon that week. YEAH 10. Told you that I love it. I eat 1/2-1 watermelon everyday. But I’m not going to ramble on about watermelon all day. Today for breakfast I blended up 1/2 of a watermelon and had about 11 cups of watermelon for breakfast. I usually drink half before my workout and half afterwards. Perfect for hydration!
Lunch: 10 bananas & 12 dates smoothie
Let me just start by being honest here. I forgot to take a photo of this smoothie. It’s really such a shame too because it was so good! But you do get this lovely screenshot of my intake video that I posted to YouTube. So I put 10 bananas and 12 medjool dates into the blender. It tasted like a cool caramel milkshake. I can’t get over how good it was!
Dinner: 1 and 1/2 cups jasmine rice and 1/4 cup zucchini
Okay, this probably looks boring but I’ve grown to love simple meals. Plus, this is a look into what I really eat in a day. It’s not all brownie ice cream explosions and peanut butter crumble granola. Sometimes I wish it was, but that’s not food that makes me feel good. I was eating way way too much fat before transitioning to Raw Till 4. Fat isn’t bad! I was just consuming so much because of the recipes that I made and the foods that I enjoyed at that time in my life. I’m not saying that I’ll never ever eat a higher amount of fat in my diet again, but right now Raw Till 4 is really great for me and I love experimenting with various foods! So fun. Anyways, just plain rice is great! I wanted to add more veggies to this but I literally don’t have anymore right now. I also add a tiny tiny (like 1 tsp maybe) of gluten free, low sodium soy sauce for some flavor. Yum!
That’s all for today. I was so full of energy tonight that I was basically bouncing around the yard like a little kid. Try it sometime and see how it makes you feel. Take advantage of all of the beautiful summer nights and delicious summer fruits! Smile, laugh, and eat lots of carbs! I’ll leave you with these cute pictures of my little friends.
Mini Peach Ice Cream Pie – Gluten Free, Nut Free
July 21, 2014
Hey friends! How’s it going? I figured that it would be awesome for us all to start of this fabulous week with a little dessert recipe. Does a mini peach ice cream pie sound good? Good. I decided to make this on the hottest day that we’ve had in a while, of course! My ice cream was melting all over the place. I’m not complaining because I got to lick it off of everything but still, just giving you guys a heads up! You might want to make this in a place where the temperature isn’t 80 degrees if you have that option. Anyways, I threw this little guy in the freezer, no wait. I placed this guy nicely in the freezer, no throwing around here. I like to treat all of my creations with kindness and you should too. They deserve it! But really, I put this guy in the freezer and plan on devouring it tomorrow. Mmm, so excited. I recommend making this right before you plan on eating it, or at least doing the ice cream portion right before you eat it. But if that’s not possible then you must freeze it or you’ll have a big delicious mess on your hands, literally. Enough talking though, let’s get to this recipe! Mmm.
Mini Peach Ice Cream Pie
1 and 1/2 cup dates
Blend dates in blender or food processor until you get the “dough” of the crust. Shape the dough into a pie shape. I didn’t use a pan for this. The dates have enough structure to stay in place. You might need to wet your hands to make sure that the dough doesn’t stick to you while you mold the crust. Place crust in refrigerator or freezer until ice cream is made.
1 frozen banana
1 frozen peach, peeled
A handful of fresh blueberries
Blend the banana and peach together in your blender until smooth. You might need to add a very small amount of liquid to get it started, depending on what type of blender you have.
Remove crust from freezer and spoon ice cream into crust. Top with fresh blueberries. Serve, enjoy!!
Three Reasons To Go Vegan
July 17, 2014
Hi guys! How’s it going? Today’s post is a little different than my typical recipe posts. I’m taking Create N Plate and switching it up a bit. I want to share more of my life with everyone. Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting recipes along with all kinds of other fun posts. Variety! Who’s excited?! Now on to today’s post! We all know that I’m vegan. No surprise there. I am very compassionate about veganism and so grateful that I stumbled upon Earthlings last July. I never ate meat again after watching it. Shortly after I made the slow transition into veganism. I won’t get too into detail of my transition though. I’ll save that for another post. Stay tuned! Back to the topic, 3 reasons to go vegan. I got the idea for this post last night after I posted on Instagram about veganism. I can’t believe that I’ve been vegan for almost a year. So crazy! I have loved every single minute of it. It’s changed my life in so many positive ways and I know that it will continue to do so. That’s why I wanted to share this information. I believe that knowledge is power. Being educated on things that you’re passionate about is important. So let’s all learn a little more and/or refresh our memories with 3 reasons to go vegan!
1. The Animals
This can be broken down into a few different parts and this is my main reason for adopting a vegan lifestyle. Last night I was inspired to post on Instagram mainly about factory farm animals and this is what I said, “I often get asked why I won’t eat animal products because “it’s not a big deal” and “everyone does it.” I have many reasons for living a vegan lifestyle. One of the main reasons is because I could never imagine killing Jack (my rooster) for a meal. He’s my friend just like all other animals. I wouldn’t kill any of my pets for food so I don’t want other animals killed for food either. Animals are not here to live a life of torture in a factory farm so that humans can have a steak for dinner, eggs for breakfast, turkey on Thanksgiving, etc. The products that you purchase in the grocery store are full of chemical additives and unnatural substances that are not meant for consumption. They cause diseases and cancers which is why so many people are sick. Adapting a vegan diet and lifestyle gives you the opportunity to heal yourself from the inside out just like I have done along with many many others. I do not want to consume something that has lived a life of suffering and is packed full of things that are poisons to my body. I want to eat foods that make me feel good and that I know did not harm any other beings in the process. That is one of the many reasons that I’m vegan and will not “just take one bite” of something containing animal products. Veganism is not a fad diet like Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, low carb diets, etc. It is a lifestyle and one of the most important parts of my life which is why I believe in it so much. Go vegan to save animals, the Earth, and yourself.” When I walk down the aisles of the grocery store and pass the meat section I feel sad. I am sorry to all of those animals that had to suffer for a humans meal. Earthlings plays in my head and I can’t imagine taking another beings life for a moment of satisfaction at meal time. By consuming a vegan diet you save about 200 animals a year. Think of all of the lives that would be saved if you, your friends, and family decided to go vegan. Tons! The second part of this is animal testing. A lot of people don’t realize that there is more to a veganism than not eating animal products. But I’m sure that we’re all familiar with animal testing and what goes on in those labs. If you’re not familiar with it or want a refresher, this is really powerful. It’s not only important to not consume animals, it’s also important to not use products containing animal products or products that were tested on animals. “Over 100 million animals are burned, crippled, poisoned and abused in U.S. labs every year to test products. Yet 92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work.” (source) It’s so inhumane and unnecessary to test on animals which is why it’s important to buy products that don’t test on animals. I usually buy locally made products and they’re all wonderful!
2. Your Health
Health is important. Taking care of your body is the key to a happy life. By adapting a plant based diet you are giving your body the nutrients that it needs to thrive. Think of a hospital. How many patients in a hospital that are sick with cancers, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. are vegan? How many patients in a hospital that are sick with cancers, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. are meat eaters? We all know the answer to those questions. In fact, tons and tons of people have healed themselves from those medical problems by adopting a plant based vegan diet. Meat consumption is known to cause cancer, heart disease, and many other problems. Dairy consumption is known to cause osteoporosis. Type 2 diabetes caused by a high fat consumption, not sugar. Plant based vegans have healed themselves from Type 2 diabetes and are able to manage Type 1 diabetes much better than those consuming a Standard American Diet. When consuming animal products you’re receiving much more than just an egg, piece of meat, or glass of milk. Factory farmed animals are fed unnatural hormones, toxins, and antibiotics that are not meant to be ingested by humans. Almost all health issues that we face can be healed by eating more fresh foods. Physical health isn’t the only important part, mental health is just as important. By eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables you begin to see such a positive difference in your overall mental health. It brings true happiness to your body. Fueling up with plant based foods gives you the energy to do things that you enjoy which results in happiness. I get excited just talking about fruits, so you can only imagine how happy I am when I’m eating them!
3. The Environment
Growing plants takes a lot less resources than growing animals. The animal industry causes more damages on the environment than driving cars. “A vegan driving a hummer contributes less to greenhouse gas emissions than a meat eater riding a bicycle.” Isn’t that crazy? “Livestock production is responsible for 70% of deforestation in the Amazon region of Latin America, where rain forests are being cleared to create new pastures.” When those forests are destroyed the animals that created homes and lives on that land are destroyed as well. Each animal, plant, tree, etc. serves a purpose in this world and humans are wiping out too much, too fast. The pesticides, waste, fertilizers, etc. involved with livestock are now found in our waterways which has a huge effect on our ecosystems overall. It causes problems for the humans and other animals living in and near those waterways. It makes them sick, some to the point of death. There is nothing that they’re able to do to stop it. Living a vegan lifestyle gives you the opportunity to help save the planet. It’s a shame how badly we’ve become accustom to treating Earth and we need to become educated and aware before the damages become irreversible. There are so many more reasons to go vegan. These are the three that mean the most to me though and I wanted to share with all of you. Veganism has brought me success on Create N Plate and I have also found a wonderful community. The online vegan community is like no other! It’s really great to be a part of it and continue to spread the message with anyone willing to listen. If you’ve read this and you’re already a vegan then *high five!* and if you’re a meat eater and you’ve read this then *double high five!* come and join us. My main goal is to educate others on veganism. You don’t have to eat salads all day when you’re a vegan. Heck, I rarely eat salads. I’m more of a chocolate almond butter cup person. But whatever you’re eating, as long as it’s vegan, is cool with me! Share your yummy food with me on Instagram or Facebook or email me a picture! We can be excited about your foods together. That’s all I have for you guys today. I’m off to do some yoga and go to bed. Whatcha up to on this fine Thursday? Let me know and see you soon for another post!