Spicing Things Up

Have you ever discovered that when something is new to you, it begins popping up all over the place? Maybe you bought a new car and suddenly it seems like every third car you see is the same type or color. Or have you ever learned some obscure new fact and suddenly it seems like everyone’s talking about it? Some people call it the Red Car Syndrome (see aforementioned example) but as it so happens, this is a real psychological phenomenon known as confirmation bias, or more colloquially, diegogarcity.

Well, ever since I started this vegan-raw-foodist thing, I’ve been hearing things about it left and right. Even Dr. Oz is talking about it! It’s all got me thinking so I’ve been doing some research to try and find out if other people have tried this experiment. I’ve discovered some pretty neat things. For instance: Continue reading

…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. Continue reading

Starting From Scratch

The expression “starting from scratch” comes from the British who used it in reference to the game of cricket in the 1800‘s; the scratch was the boundary line for the batsmen. Since then, it has come to mean a few things: starting from the beginning, or, gastronomically-speaking, made from the most basic ingredients. Tomorrow, for me, it means both of those things. You see, tomorrow I am starting a raw vegan diet.

“Why would I do such a thing?!” you are probably asking yourself. Well, there are a plethora of reasons, but it boils down to one basic idea: IT’S REALLY FREAKING GOOD FOR YOU!!! (according to these people, anyhow).

Basically, I have been on a diet in conjunction with P90X for just about two months and it’s been miserable. I have been hungry, tired, cranky, and I haven’t been able to shed the last bit of tummy fat that I want to get rid of. My brother, Kevin, recently went vegan and the fat just fell off of him. Literally. After talking with him and doing some research of my own, I’ve decided to give it a shot… Continue reading