…and so it begins

So far I’d say I’m off to a pretty good start… The biggest problem I’ve had so far is that I just don’t have a whole lot of fresh fruit and veggies at home. To help solve this problem, I visited a farmers market in Tempe. The place was really cool, but it was also a bit overwhelming; I wasn’t even sure where to begin. I ended up grabbing some organic produce and a few other things that I can use to “cook” like ground flax seed and agave nectar. Yummy!

On my first day I had one slip-up. I had a meeting after school and needed something to tie me over, so I stopped into a Target to see if they had anything I could eat. I found some trail mix that was dried fruit and nuts and got it. About half way through the bag I realized it had chocolate in it (well, to be fair, I knew it had chocolate when I purchased it, but it didn’t occur to me that chocolate is made with milk). Oops! I ate the trail mix anyhow… I was starving! Hey, it’s a learning process.

Tonight I decided to get a bit creative for dinner. I’ve been eating a lot of salad (go figure) and decided to try something different. I had come across a few recipes for raw vegan pancakes so I decided to whip up a batch.

To make them I just put a cup of the flax seed, a whole banana, and two dates in a food processor and blended them up into a mushy gloop…

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They aren’t really the consistency of a real pancake, but they weren’t half bad at all. I think I can play with the recipe and spice ‘em up a bit.

While I had the food processor out I decided to whip up a batch of almond butter that I can use as a peanut butter substitute. I blended some almonds, a drizzle of oil, and a splash of water until it was the consistency of something resembling peanut butter.

I haven’t ate much of the stuff yet, but I did try it. It’s OK… Nothing like the sweet, salty, creamy peanut butter I’m addicted to, but I think it will grow on me and, like the “pancakes,” I’ll work on the recipe and tweak it to make it better.

Health wise, it’s hard to notice any changes. It has only been two days, so that’s no surprise. I stopped taking my allergy pill in the morning because I read a lot of testimonials of people who said their allergies were cured after they started eating raw. It’s hard to say if  I’ve noticed much of a change. To tell the truth, I don’t really know if the allergy pill did much for me in the first place–if anything, they just made my allergies less of a nuisance rather than alleviate them entirely. They haven’t seemed to be any better or worse so far, but again, it’s only been two days.

I haven’t noticed much increase in energy (which is something I’m really hoping for), but I blame the general lack of sleep I’ve been getting and the hectic schedule I’ve been juggling for the past two weeks. Also, once again, it’s only been two days…


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