I want to show you that a green smoothie can look nasty but it really can taste good. I probably cheated with my green smoothie because mine has some vanilla almond milk added to it and I read where others just add water. I know that the vanilla almond milk has a sweeter taste than water.
This smoothie (as with all of mine) has no measurements used when making. It contains frozen blueberries, maybe two handfuls of baby spinach, some vanilla almond milk, and the power of my Vitamix. I blended it until the ingredients were moving around (less than a minute) and poured the icy drink into my glass. It tastes better than it looks.
My pictures of food (rare) will not be photogenic because I am always ready for whatever food I prepare. That means that the pictures are all second thought so this picture is taken on my way to grab a straw so I can guzzle down my drink. I have another smoothie that I made here.
- Mayah King
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A quick update on things related to my eating plan. I do not suggest anyone eat Kimchee in the amounts that I did because the effects kicked in that night and the next day. It seemed like everything I attempted to consume meant immediate reservations for the bathroom.
My daughter and I had a conversation and I am moving too fast for her when it relates to eating healthier. She would like to take smaller steps toward healthier eating. My daughter wants me to join her on her path and at her pace which means that I will once again abandon my personal challenge to eat raw foods.
I enjoy food challenges because they test my discipline. I do not mind this change of plans so much because I hope it brings my child to healthier eating habits and that she too will find a greater sense of accomplishment down the road.
Not all are mentally ready to go “cold turkey” with change but at least smaller steps are in the correct direction.
- Mayah King
Today we went shopping again and I got more greens in the house, jalapenos, tomatoes, and no fruit. I do not know why the fruit seemed so sad today. My daughter wanted to get some apples but there was enough wax on each apple for us to make candles. Some of those apples should not have been waxed because they appeared to be dead before the wax was applied. We know the wax is to make us want the apples and for them to appear “delicious” but putting wax on sad apples is like putting some type of finisher on skin that still needs to be exfoliated. Can you tell that I know nothing about makeup? I have seen women walking around with makeup on while the skin under their makeup is flaking though.
I am excited to get back to my salads but I am out of fruit. We went to two stores and I am still fruitless. My daughter ended up with two apples and two bananas. Just because you live in an upscale area does not mean they care about their produce.
Kimchee is what I experimented with today. I had heard about it in various reading but had not tried it. I picked up the container and it looked scary and said something about containing fish. I put the jar down because that was not what I thought Kimchee was supposed to be. I saw another jar right next to it that also claimed to be Kimchee. It too looked scary. I thought I saw a fish eye looking at me. I read the ingredients after seeing the label scream at me that it was a raw and living food. The ingredients said that it had cabbage, salt, ginger, garlic, and red chili pepper. I can handle that so I picked it up and was happy to have my new item to try.
Kimchee was yummy. I saw that the jar claimed to have four servings in it but I must have served myself one and a half servings to taste it. I went back an hour later and had more. I think I left half a serving in the container (16oz). I would like to say that I do not recall eating that many leaves so the only way I could get four servings would be if I started cutting some leaves. I will buy another jar but not this week.
Since there was no fruit, I will use my backup plan and have frozen fruit tomorrow. Frozen fruit always means “smoothie”.
- Mayah King
Today was not a great day for me as far as experiencing my food is concerned. I was trying to be supportive of my daughter’s first day of eating whole foods and it did not go too well.
My daughter ate fruit and then told me that she did not think it was going to work out for her. She requested to have some of her processed foods but I did not agree. I reminded her of everything she told me yesterday (why it was important for her to eat healthier and go “cold turkey”). I started fixing some foods that we could try and she would see that it was still good and filling.
In the end, I ate a baked sweet potato and could tell how drying it was in my mouth. I should not have eaten the cooked foods. If I were not trying to be supportive, I only planned to eat cooked whole foods when I think I need a break from raw foods. I am having too much fun and did not want a break at this time. I guess I can remember how my mouth will feel in the future when I opt to eat cooked foods.
For those still debating on what a healthy eating lifestyle looks like, know that I am just giving a brief journal of my days. I am not saying that you will or will not feel the same way. I know that what is right for one person is not right for another but this is more for those who are curious. I am not fixing elaborate meals but the exact opposite. If I want a mango then I eat one or two. A bit later, I may want to snack on an apple or even a salad. My eating times are not “meal times” but just times when I am hungry.
Today was fine except for the cooked whole foods that I ate. I will be ready to return to my raw foods tomorrow. I drank a bottle of water after eating my sweet potato whereas with my raw foods (fruits, salads, etc.) I am not this thirsty.
Find what works for you even if it means you get to set your own rules.
Today was a fun day of eating. I had another juicy salad for dinner but I was brave enough to put in a jalapeno pepper. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. I still had my mango in my salad to balance both the tomato and the pepper. I will not have a salad for dinner tomorrow.
I am not sure about dinner plans for tomorrow because it will be my daughter’s first day of eating unprocessed foods. She had a difficult time in the store today. She seemed clueless as to what to eat (or even begin to eat) from now until April 20. She will be fine after she gets over the mental obstacle.
A trick that I use for my dinner salad combinations is to have my afternoon snack center around the toppings I want to put on my salad. Today, I had a snack of a diced apple, mango, and tomato. I wanted to put those ingredients on my salad. I did not care for the apple so for dinner, I left the apple out and put my avocado and jalapeno pepper in its place. I knew that I would be able to handle the jalapeno with the mango to counteract the heat.
This will be so much fun for me to eat this way. I almost do not want to eat cooked foods but I also know I can be strict with food guidelines and I do not want to feel that restricted when it comes to foods. I would probably prefer to eat raw foods until I got tired (if that happened) and then lean on cooked whole foods to get me over the “break” I may feel I need. I know eating cooked whole foods will greatly encourage my daughter so I will put the raw foods aside to encourage her to eat new foods.
Eating healthy is fun!
- Mayah King