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Well, we both got through the first day with flying colors! In fact, I was so engrossed with working on our blog post yesterday, by the time I looked at the clock, it was already 2:15 in the afternoon and all I had to eat was the Apple Tart we shared with you on the video and several hot cups of green tea. I still hadn't even had a shower and It would soon be time to head over to the gym. I didn't want to eat much before exercising, so I took a tablespoon of my chia gel and nourished my body that way. I like the protein and energy I get from eating chia gel. I know that sounds horrid to most people, but I actually like it! Must have worked like a charm, because I had no problems with energy to run 1.55 miles and then go to a 50 minute body pump class! I felt great, so when I got home, I knew I better eat enough so I wouldn't lose weight. I wish I could have said those words when I was younger. Life would have been so much easier for me and I would never had struggled with an eating disorder for 14 years. As you will see, I don't require as much food as Kristy does. I can get by with less food because raw foods really fill me up and last a long time. I seem to have so much energy when i am eating only raw foods and my body just feels lighter and cleaner. After eating this way for the entire month, I may just continue this way of eating as I experiment with simpler, easier foods to make. Here's the breakdown of mine and Kristy's first day.

Kristy’s Monday Experience:

I spent some time over the last few days coming up with a menu and shopping list.  I did my shopping for Monday through Wednesday, and then I’ll pick up the rest of the stuff on Wednesday.  Some food just doesn’t last long enough (like spinach and cucumbers).  I did all my prep work Sunday night, so all I had to do this morning was blend my soup together for lunch and gather my snacks together.

So my day ran like this:

Breakfast: Berry smoothie with hot water, lemon and apple cider vinegar

Snack: 2 clementines, ¼ cup (or so) of trail mix, banana chips, black coffee

Lunch: Pea chowder and beet and cabbage salad

Snack: carob brownies, apple, banana chips

Supper: Zucchini noodles with marinara sauce, salad w/lemon juice and sea salt

Dessert: Apple tart with banana ice cream, cup of Pero

Workout: 15 minutes on the spinning bike, 50 minute body sculpt class

At the end of the night I feel really good.  I am just glad that I found a roast of coffee that I can drink without sugar!

 

Debbie's Monday Experience:

First thing in the morning: Large cup of hot water with lemon, raw apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and lemon.

Brunch: Apple Caramel Tart

Hot green tea throughout the day

Snack: One tablespoon of chia gel

Supper: Salad with a raw ranch dressing, two bowls of a raw vegetable noodle soup

Snack: Banana Chips, cup of peppermint tea

Exercise: Ran 1.55 miles on the treadmill, 50 minute body pump class

Recipes:

Kristy's Marinara Sauce

2 cups tomatoes

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (soaked until soft)

1 date (Kristy used 4, but she said it was too much; so taste test to your liking)

1/4 cup basil

1 clove garlic

Oregano to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Marinate overnight and put on zucchini noodles.

 

Vegetable Noodle Soup (Serves 4)

1 ripe avocado

2 tomatoes (reserve 1/4 of a tomato for garnish)

3 large carrots

1 cup onion

2 stalks celery

1/4t sea salt

dash or two of cayenne pepper (opt)

1 1/2 cups or more of water, depending on how thin or thick you like your soup

1 med zucchini, jullianned into thin slices

chopped mushrooms, scallions, celery if you like more crunch

Blend all ingredients in blender, except zucchini, and chopped vegetables, until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl or double boiler and add some chopped scallion, cilantro, the 1/4 tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, celery, and the zucchini. If you aren't used to crunch in your soups, let this sit for awhile to soften the vegetables. This would be good to make in the morning, let it sit all day and eat for supper. You can warm this in a double boiler or dehydrate until warmed. I had two bowls of this soup and it was very filling and satisfying. I also added a little of my raw ranch to mix in. Yummy!

 

Raw Ranch Dressing:

1 cup cashews

3/4-1 cup water

2T fresh lemon juice

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2t garlic powder

1/2t onion powder

scant 3/4t sea salt

a few leaves fresh basil or 1t dried

1t dried dill ( I like to use fresh in the summer when I have it)

few sprinkles cayenne pepper, opt.

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. You'll have to determine the amount of water to use based on how thick or thin you like your dressing. This keeps in the refrigerator but will thicken up, so each time I use it, I add more water to thin it out.

                        Vegetable Noodle Soup

                        Vegetable Noodle Soup