Oh my goodness! I had the best of intentions of doing regular meal plans back in April 2011. After one attempt, it seems I ran out of steam. And here I go again in light of my 2012 raw resolutions…!
The challenge last time was to try new recipes. This time I feel it’s necessary to revisit a few old favorites to get back into the swing of the high raw thing, and gradually add in new recipes. Would love your feedback on how useful this is to share with you all, or any suggestions you may have.
I’m tempted to explain my falling of the raw (and yes, even vegan) wagon on my Hawaiian vacation but if I’m being entirely honest it started before that and did not stop on my return to Boston last weekend. I have been eating cooked vegan (whole food, plant based) dishes and had a raw fish (sushi and poke) in Hawaii because it was there, it was fresh and it was easier than finding vegetable dishes – they seem a little hard to come by.
Once I started, I found it becomes a downward spiral. I got unorganized with raw foods, cooked food is easier to find when I’m out and suddenly I wasn’t even high raw. But I’m beyond beating myself up for this kind of lapse. In the beginning of my raw journey I would feel guilty for eating something ‘out of scope’ - how could I call myself a raw vegan if I ate cooked food? But at the end of the day I realized I don’t have to answer to anyone except myself. And the amazing thing is, that while it may be ‘easier’ at the time, my body never thanks me for it. I start feeling tired and losing that edge that being raw gives me, so I lose. It’s that easy.
The numero uno rule for being a successful, happy, stress-free raw vegan is to BE PREPARED!! Have food at the ready AT ALL TIMES. While I know this to be true, I do tend to prepare food in fits and starts. This week, not unlike a few other weeks I recall over the last 12 months, I decided that I need to be more organized… that I am going to be more organized. And I’m hoping that making a public declaration about my intentions will keep me on track!
Tonight I pulled out all my recipe books and raided the internet for inspiration for my first ever meal plan… The criteria:
- All recipes had to be something I haven’t made before
- Ingredients had to be somewhat transferable between recipes so stuff doesn’t go to waste
- I needed to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner for five days
- I had to have a green smoothie every day (and maybe some snacks)
… no more living on Pure Bars for me!