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Here's the menu plan for this week:

breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/stevia
lunch: beans {pinto or black} and salad {cabbage mix and tomatoes} with homemade vinegar dressings
snack: apple, or 1/2 cup oatmeal, or 1 medium potato {carbs for working out every day}
dinner: steamed veggies {asian or broccoli/cauliflower blend and garlic} and whole grains {either kashi 7-grain, quinoa, or rice}


I'm limiting the menu because I spent most of my day in the kitchen yesterday! :D And I think it's probably good to keep the menu simple so that my body can adjust to the sudden change. The easier, the better at this point. :)

The kids are actually kind of doing it with us. The foods we are eating aren't that different from what we ate before, it's just that they are all we eat now. So we're still serving meat for the kids, but they will eat the rice and veggies with us at dinner. They are asking lots of questions about food, which is awesome. :D

I'll be interested to see how day 2 goes! I'm teaching a class this afternoon and I'm curious to see how the new diet holds up to lots of exercising!


What are your favorite natural foods? :D

19 comments

  1. I am excited for u. Having done this before, it is fun. Getting enough calories for all your exercising is important. Are u planning on eating meat again? I haves couple of books to recommend. Nourishing traditions, and deep nutrition. I add slivered almonds to my oatmeal. Also almond milk might be a good substitute.

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  2. Hi Mandy here is a link to a post I did quite a while back but the food keeper works great I got mine at Wal Mart I have 4 they keep cleaned lettuce great I also store mushrooms in them and parsley and cilantro it keeps them so much longer. And a salad spinner is a must - I wash a package of romaine hearts and let them drip dry in a collander for a bit then cut up a head and spin it dry- usually takes 3 spins and drains... but it makes your prep work all in one day then you have lettuce for a week just open up your keeper and make a salad. I buy carrots by a 5 lb bag take them home and wash them and peel them then store them in an extra large glider ziplock bag in the fruit and veggie drawer. Cleaned carrots keep longer for some reason. Carrot juice is also a WOW if you need a boost of energy.
    also if you can't buy organic here is a link to a great list of ways to clean your fruits and vegetables to rid of many residues the first is the same as was on the Dr. Oz show http://tipnut.com/produce-wash/

    http://ewecreekcottage.blogspot.com/2009/09/must-have-kitchen-items.html

    PS Raw corn on the cob is sublimely delightful and a pleasant addition to salads

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  3. Thanks bunches for sharing this info!

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  4. This really sounds do-able....I might try it! I have celiac plus I am allergic to dairy so it might be good for me

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  5. are you allowed to use maple syrup (100% pure) on this plan? it's an awesome sweetener, especially in oatmeal!

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  6. Also, any sugar cravings?

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  7. I have never managed to like oatmeal unless it is in a cookie. How do you make oatmeal--without it being slimy?

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  8. I use cinnamon and nutmeg to spice my oatmeal up...and a few nuts and dried fruit. To me it is more tasty that way. You can also bake the oatmeal (if you don't like slimy oatmeal) or make granola out of it. That does take some molasses and honey but stevia might work as a substitute. It doesn't take much. We eat our granola with greek yogurt and fruit. Agave nectar is not a 'natural' sweetner...http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

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  9. I boil water on the stove and then add the appropriate amount of oatmeal and stir and let it sit. I've found it tastes much better than the microwave! :D hope that helps!

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  10. Thank you Sara! I agree with you- maple is good!

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  11. yes! :D we love it!

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  12. I think it's hard but doable for sure! Let me know if you go for it! :D

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  13. THank you for the info RaNae!! THat's so good to know- I was just thinking about what's on the veggies today! I've never tried raw corn- what a great idea!!

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  14. not so far! I'm using stevia though, so it might be helping me out... I'm not sure. I've not had any real cravings or withdrawals yet. :)

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  15. I like that idea! I think I would love the fruit and nuts especially. I'm becoming a huge nut fan on this diet! :D

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  16. The first time I was introduced to the raw diet was through a place called Hallelujah Acres. They have lots of information and recipes on their website if you're interested. www.hacres.com

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  17. I love making popcorn on the stove with olive oil and then adding a little sprinkle of salt and nutritional yeast. Delicious!

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  18. raw honey is incredible. I am with you on that one! It seems like this diet is similar to a vegan one which typically does not permit honey. I know Mandy is not trying to be vegan, I was just curious which sweeteners she was allowed to use. I was surprised that she was going for stevia when maple and honey exist! LOL! Thanks for looking it up for me :)

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  19. Lesley, I just did a little reading & it seems that maple is also considered one of the healthy natural sweeteners along with honey and agave nectar. I usually use raw honey, because it's what my taste buds love.

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