Day 4 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I ate and drank today

  • 3 litres of water with lemon (I’m just showing off now)
  •  Chia with mixed berries
  •  Avocado dip with carrot sticks (there is something so sad about the words ‘sticks’ and ‘carrot’ put together, don’t you think?..)
  •  Rainbow chard and spinach salad (predictable) with cacao nibs, chilli and cumin (Ahh, you weren’t expecting that were you?)
  •  2 tbsp tahini (I got weak)
  •  Steamed celeriac, carrots and leeks with olive oil and nutritional yeast
  •  Green tea
  •  2 bottles of sparkling mineral water…
  •  … and errm….errr… (afewspoonfulsofrawchocolatemouseeandasmallglassofveganorganicwine.)

What??? Alright, alright… Hold your fire. I can explain!

06:50 Chirp! Chirp! Woke up wide eyed and ready for the day, a good half hour before my alarm was due to go off as well! Ahh, that’s more like it! Starting to get my early morning energy back. Nice. 

07:15 Meditated for 15 minutes then BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! My alarm went off. That’ll teach me for getting cocky about my early morning energy. 

07:45 Gorgeous breakfast. Chia with Mixed Berries:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No added sweetener, just chia soaked in water and some defrosted mixed summer berries form the freezer. I blended 4 tbsp’s of them and mixed them into the chia, then added some whole berries on top. I sprinkled on my favourite – cinnamon – and thoroughly enjoyed eating every mouthful. Yum. 

11:11 It was chucking it down outside. I sat looking out the window whilst eating some carrot sticks dipped in mashed avocado and listening to ‘Complicated’ by Avril Lavigne; then felt a bit stupid and got on with my day. 

13:30 Lunch. Rainbow Chard and Spinach Salad with Cacao Nibs, Chilli and Cumin:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cacao nibs and fresh chilli made all the difference in this vibrant mound of greens. I shall endeavour to remember to put them in more salads in the future..

14:00 Lost half an hour of my life staring at this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14:30 CAN’T FOCUS. Trying to work on a project but all I can think about is going over the road to buy a bar of Green & Blacks. Just imagine…curled up on the sofa, fantasy frothy cappuccino in one hand, an entire bar of Green & Blacks in the other…

14:31 I want something sweet.

14:32 I want something sweet

14:33 I want something sweet

14:34 I want somethin- SLAP

CONCENTRATE. 

15:00 Have an interesting observation on why I’m wanting to eat. As there really is nothing much to eat in the house, I am not able to eat whenever I get that little urge to. Not that I normally eat like a house or anything, but I definitely do pick at food, especially to distract myself from unwanted emotions. There is quite a bit of uncertainty in my life at the moment, not that I’m complaining – things could be a lot worse – but it can be an uncomfortable feeling at times and eating can temporarily relieve it. Just the simple act of chewing makes me feel better sometimes (although chewing gum never works so that my theory out the window). I know this is why we have such a problem with obesity, alcoholism and drug addiction. Facing our emotions is a terrifying thing. If we don’t cover them up with food, drink or drugs, what do we do? We have to deal with them, and this can be extremely painful; it’s just too much for a lot people. No one enjoys feeling emotionally exposed and vulnerable. Regular exercise, meditation and a diet of unprocessed whole foods can massively help deal with negative emotions, but for many those things seem too far out of reach. A few weeks back, a good friend of mine sent me this video –  Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability. If you find emotional eating is something you sometimes struggle with, I highly recommend you watch this video. Brown has spent the last ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame, in order to help us “cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognise that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy”. Brown is hilarious too – so even if you’re the most chilled out, sorted, I-eat-ten-pies-a-day-and-am-totally-fine-with-that kind of person, it’s still worth a watch!  

17:15 Tea time (as we say in Yorkshire). Steamed celeriac, carrots, leeks and garlic, drizzled with olive oil and topped with nutritional yeast:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21:00 It’s confession time. Ok, let me start from the beginning (I’ll try to keep it short). Basically, I’ve got an audition on monday and I’ve got to do a German accent for the role, right? Anyway, I got a random text on my phone yesterday from my friend Gunnar who is, you’ve guessed it – German! I told him about the audition and he ever so kindly offered to come all the way from London to Brighton that evening to help with my accent, to which I said – thank you very much, that would be amazing. So! We spent a good few hours in the pub (where I had the 2 bottles of sparkling mineral water!!!) and then Gunnar wanted to get something to eat. Gunnar, a massive meat eater, has never eaten a vegan meal before in his life, so of course I dragged him to Aloka – “You’ll love it! Honest!”. Anyway, it turns out he did love it, but he wasn’t loving drinking alone so much. So in a complete act of kindness and compassion, I had a small glass of vegan, organic, sulphite-free, bio-dynamic, grapes crushed by the feet of tibetan monks – wine. There. Now, the few spoonfuls of raw chocolate mousse I had was a complete accident and that is the God’s Honest Truth! Anyone who know’s me can vouch for the fact that I am easily distracted and very forgetful. When it came to desert time, I was so deep in conversation that I completely forgot about the sugar free thing. It was only on my fourth mouthful that I went “OmmhmyGod!” and put my spoon down and hand over my mouth. But come on…it was raw, it was sweetened with xylitol, so really, I’ve not actually done anything that bad… No refined sugar, honey or agave has passed my lips, and they’re the ones I was most bothered about. So I’ve decided not to feel bad about it, and enjoy the fact that I got to have a sneaky bit of pudding. Woohoo! 

Join me tomorrow for Day 5 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

 

 

Day 3 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!


Day 3

What I ate today and drank today

  • 3 slices sprouted rye bread
  •  1 small avocado
  • 1 litre of water (not enough!)
  • 4 tbsp tahini (too much!)
  •  Rainbow chard, spinach, tomato and apple salad
  •  Handful of cacao nibs (much needed..)
  •  Plate of steamed vegetables
  •  Quite a lot of green tea

 

 

08:00 Ravenous! Again! Woke up in a much happier mood, though. Other than being aware of the bear growling in my stomach, I felt quite mellow and serene as I got out of bed this morning… Skin looked better again too, the puffiness has really gone down. 

09:00 Meditated. 30 mins. No drilling this morning either, shame….

10:00 Managed to hold out until 10am before I ate, not because I’m starving myself, but because I know the body is in strong detox mode in the mornings, so if you are wanting to cleanse it’s best to wait and give your body that extra break it needs to flush things from your system. Breakfast this morning was my new favourite – Avocado on Sprouted Rye Bread, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and cumin. FIT. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This mornings breakfast was a lesson in mindful eating, though. As I tucked into the first bite, I received an email on my mobile. It was from an old friend and it was a really exciting email! I was engrossed whilst reading it, but continued to shovel food into my mouth. So when I finished reading the message I looked at my plate and thought “Hey! Who ate all my breakfast?!? Oh. That would be me. Damn.” 

11.30 Currently reading ‘A Thousand Days in Tuscany’ by Marlena de Blasi which is basically a form of self harm. I have no idea why I am continuing to read it now I’m back from Florence. It’s torture!!! Pain aside though, it is lovely to read, and there are actually talks of a few raw meals that De Blasi enjoys out there! One of them being a recipe with squash blossoms, she describes it as  – “Squash blossoms, raw (raw!) with a handful of arugula, two leaves of basil, a tomato still warm from the sun, and a drop of oil”.  Yum. Might go for that instead of the deep fried rice balls next time I’m in Italy…

12:00 I. Need. Coffee. God damn it! I only had one espresso out in Italy and it’s hooked it’s addictive claws into me like a big ferocious cat. Grrr. Ok. Be strong. Hmm, strong coffee…Shut up! Nope. I am not going to give in. Where’s the tahini? That always seems to help. (It didn’t, by the way…)

13:30 Lunch! Rainbow Chard, Spinach, Apple and Tomato Salad with tahini, lemon and olive oil. When I made this, I completely forgot that an hour and a half previously I’d already spooned 2 tbsp’s of tahini in my gob during my futile attempt at curbing my coffee cravings. I put a further 2 tbsp’s of tahini in the dressing for this salad. Which meant I’d eaten 4 tbsp’s of tahini, which if my calculations are correct, is about 7000 calories (if the back of the jar is anything to go by, anyway). I have now come to the conclusion I can no longer be trusted around a jar of tahini. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15:30 Went to see the lovely lads at EkoUk in their new swanky office (it’s got a studio with a mixing desk and cinema and everything). On the way I stopped off at Infinity foods thinking to myself “I might just grab a nakd chocolate bar”, then remembered I was on a sugar cleanse. Hmm. I needed something, though. The cravings were pretty strong, so I grabbed these:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I tell you what, they actually helped! If you are cutting out sugar, I highly recommend getting hold of some of these. They are very bitter and but they do help to stop you from wanting something sweet. They satisfy the need for coffee, too. Well, a little bit anyway…but every little helps in times like these! 

16:30 Went to the pub and sat in the beer garden with Lee and Guy from EkoUk. I had a sparkling mineral water whilst they supped pints. Was tough, but I survived…

19:00 Big plate of steamed veggies! Think this is going to be my last night on this. I have been really enjoying my steamed veg recently, but I am now starting to crave the freshness of raw again. Well, I might continue to steam some celeriac, I can’t get over how delicate and beautiful the flavour and texture is when you steam it. Why do we not eat celeriac more? It grows in this country, but I never had it growing up… did you? 

20:30 Oh dear God… The sugar cravings are kicking in big time. I thought it would get easier each day but this is definitely the worst it’s been. Argh! What am I going to do? The tahini. NO! Errmmm, cacao nibs? Already over done them a bit… More green tea? Yes. More green tea… Do you know what else I’m craving? WINE. Yup, el vino. I drank a lot of Chianti in Italy and I would LOVE a glass right now. Ahhhh… No can do though. Just gonna have to ride this craving out I think…It’ll be worth it in the end. 

Join me tomorrow for Day 4 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!


Day 2 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 2

What I ate and drank today

  • 2 litres of water with fresh lemon
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vingar
  • 4 slices of sprouted rye bread
  • 1 small avocado
  • Rainbow chard, spinach and apple salad with tahini
  • 1 green smoothie (spinach, apple and lemon)
  • 1 plate of steamed vegetables
  • Post workout bowl of chia with water, lemon juice and nut meg
  • Quite a lot of green tea

08:00 Woke up feeling like one of those annoying girls off a Boots ad for de-congestion tablets as I walked to the bathroom like a sniffling zombie. I had a phlegmy throat and snotty nose – gross! “I’m like soooo detoxing right now…”. My skin looked a bit better though, still spotty but the puffiness had gone down:

 

 

 

 

 

09:15 Meditated. I love meditating when there is drilling going on right outside your window. This silence business is over rated… It’s all about the “THUDTHUDTHUDTHUDTHUD” for me. 

10:00 Oh…my…god. I had my first experience of Everfresh’s Sprouted Rye Bread. I don’t get how I’ve not taste this before!!!

It actually had a similar effect on me as when I bit into the cannoli… I’m not joking. (Ok, not that similar, but close). It’s just so moist and squidgy and mmmmm! I had it with some sliced avocado and it was like eating some kind of salty savoury fudge (does that even sound nice?). I tell you what it’s similar to –  Soreen, but lighter, more squidgy and made with 100% sprouted rye. I mean, can you Adam and Eve it?! Honestly, if you are wanting to give up wheat – get your lips round this and it’ll be the easiest thing you’ve ever done. It’s not raw (shock horror!) but I personally can’t see how this is bad for you, other than the fact that it is very moorish. If after having a couple of slices you think “Hmmm, I could probably fit another one in” DON’T. It’ll tip you over the edge, you’ll feel stuffed and regret it. Ahem. 

COOL WAY TO CUT AVOCADO!

I was shown a nifty little way to slice avocado the other day, and wanted to show you too! 

 1. Get a sharp knife and whack it into the stone. Turn the knife away from you (anti-clockwise if you’re right handed) and pull the stone out. 

 

 

 

 Voila! 

 

 

 

 

2. Now for the nifty part! Take your sharp knife again and carefully slice the avocado whilst it’s still in the shell. As you’ve got more control, you can make the slices nice and thin. 

 

 

 

3. Next, get a spoon and gently scoop out the avocado flesh like you normally would, making sure you get as close to the avocado skin with the back of your spoon as possible. 

 

 

 

4. Ta-daaa! On your chopping board, place the sliced avocado flat side down and gently press. The end result is a lovely thin feathered effect, perfect to lay on lots of ….SPROUTED RYE BREAD!!! 

 

 

 

11.30 There was a situation with a sick friend, a yoga mat, and tube journey. I won’t go into details but I found myself getting annoyed rather than understanding. It was that bubbly hot annoyance that makes you go a bit quiet as you pretend your ok with everything. “I’m like sooo emotionally detoxing right now….“. 

15:30 MAJOR SUGAR CRAVINGS. I tried to ignore it but couldn’t so went on a run. The first song on my ipod as I set off was this Candy – Official video. Excellent. Whilst running along the beach I was having one of those “What the hell am I doing with my life???” moments, which quickly passed when I bumped into my good friend Emma Henderson! Emma was on the Raw Chef Apprenticeship course with my out in Bali (her sea spaghetti with marinara sauce is amazing). It was so good to see her and put me in a lovely mood. Thanks Emma! 

16.45 Back from run. Starving! Did some deep stretching then scoffed the chia i’d pre-soaked in a matter of seconds. It would have tasted a lot better if I’d had cinnamon, but I had to sprinkle it with nutmeg instead. It was still nice and refreshing though and helped with the sugar cravings. Sort of. 

19:00 Green smoothie time! Little Raw on a Budget tip here: If you’ve got a 1/3 of a bag of spinach, an apple, half a lemon and some water – you’ve got a green smoothie. Cheap as chips! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20:00 Had a big plate of steamed vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil, mixed herbs, nutritional yeast and a bit of salt. Really, really tasty… I’m enjoying this very much at the moment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20:30 Desperately wanted something sweet after my dinner. Went hunting in the cupboards and all I came out with was a packed of Sprouted Rye Bread. Go figure! (Is that the right way to use that saying?…) So I had a verrryyy thin slice, and then another verrryy thin slice. Then was forced to use the ‘brush your teeth’ technique. Which seems to be working, for now…

See you tomorrow for Day 3 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

(If you’re joining me in this, please feel free to let me know how you are getting on!)

Day 1 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Welcome to Day 1 of my sugar free cleanse! After my recent trip to Italy where I over dosed on gelato, pizza, pasta and coffee, my body is in desperate need of some sugar free TLC!!! As well as sugar, I will be completely avoiding alcohol, coffee, black tea, refined and processed foods and all animal products. If you would like to follow me on this, when I say ‘sugar free’ I mean no sugar or sweeteners, that also means no agave, honey or xylitol. I will also be avoiding dried fruit, particularly dates, and I will also be staying clear of sugary fruit such as bananas, pineapple, mango, plums, peaches ect… Just avoid anything sugary and sweet basically!!! I will allow myself to eat some apples and berries, though. I know yesterday I said I was going to avoid caffeine completely, but I also know my skin is very happy when I drink green tea so I’m going to carry on drinking this. It feels right. And remember, these are just guidelines, don’t stress out about it and just follow your own intuition!

 What I will be eating is this:

• Lots of blended and unblended raw food, the majority of which being vegetables.

• Seeds and nut milks

• Steamed vegetables and soups

• Water, water, water

• Green juices (if and when I can afford it)

• Sprouted breads

• Oils and healthy fats from cold pressed olive oil, coconut butter and avocados.

I will be meditating each morning for 30 minutes (you don’t need to do this if you don’t want to!) and I’ll be getting daily exercise in the form of walking, running and yoga.

Right! That said, here’s how my first day went.

(NB – I am currently unemployed (said in a wide mouthed whisper), so I know I have the luxury to meditate and things, but I am still working hard at home on my raw projects. I’m not dossing about, honest!)

Day 1

07.00: Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. My head was pounding as I opened my eyes this morning. It was a weird, tight thudding that not only pulsated in my head, but all over my neck and shoulders too. Who in their right mind wants to start their day feeling like this?! Not me! The other thing I wasn’t happy about was the fact that I woke up STARVING. It was the crack of dawn and I was ravenous! I don’t know whether it’s because my body is so desperate for nutrients after my 3 day sugar binge, or whether it’s just hungry for more sugar, but either way this early morning hunger is new for me. I managed to meditate, but really I just closed my eyes and nodded off.

08.30: All I was fancying to eat was a bowl of steamed vegetables, so that what I had. Yes, for breakfast and yes – it was good.

11.00: One word for you – IRRITABLE. I went in to the co-op to buy some avocados and lemons, grabbed them, went to pay and saw this MASSIVE QUEUE. God damn it!! Did they not know I was coming in to do some shopping??? And WHY oh WHY do they not have more than one flippin’ check out person on the tills??!! I huffed and puffed and consequently dumped my avocados and lemons in the box of potatoes as I stormed out. Ha! Sort that out co-op staff…

11.30: As I walked into town I listened to the Circle of Life from The Lion King on my ipod and cried. Oh dear…

12.00: My stomach felt like it was going to explode. Bloat city! My digestion is all over the shop. Not nice.

12.15: As I was in the queue at WhSmiths, I found myself gawping at a box of Milk Tray… It’s on offer. Half price. Was £12 pounds, now only £6.00. Only £6.00! I mean, it’d be rude not to really… It’s got two layers… Maybe if I start my sugar free diet tomorrow, and just eat that box ton- NO NO NO!!! Step away from the Milk Tray!!! Phew.. I swear, only last week I never even acknowledged those foods, they actually stopped looking edible to me. Now I’m having to physically restrain myself from ripping open that tempting deep purple box with my teeth. Woah. This is going to be harder than I thought.

13.00: Lunch was a plate of tomatoes and nutritional yeast (my camera stopped working, otherwise I’d have taken a picture, but I think you can use your imagination on this one..). I felt my body soaking up the goodness. Really enjoyed it.

19:00: After an hour long walk along Brighton beach in gale force winds and rain, I was starting to feel like myself again. All I wanted for dinner though was steamed veggies again, so I decided to listen to my body and go with that. I treated myself to some beautiful organic rainbow chard, and had that raw along side my steamed celeriac, carrots, broccoli, leeks and garlic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I tell you what, I know those pictures of ice cream and stuff looked amazing, but this bag of greens is definitely doing it for me right now…)

What’s that? A pan? On a hob of fire! Ooo, contoversial… So there we have it – Steamed Vegetables with Rainbow Chard! I drizzled some tahini over the chard after massaging it with a little lemon juice and olive oil. The veggies I just kept simple, a little sprinkling of mixed herbs, salt and nutritional yeast. Delicious. 

22.00 I want pudding. I spoon some tahini in my mouth instead. Seems to do the trick…kind of.

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Was I RAW in Italy, the home of pizza, pasta and gelato?….

 

I have just got back from Italy where for 3 days solid I ate nothing but refined flour, refined sugar and fat. The only raw thing I had in those 3 days was a single ripe tomato (and a vat of Chianti, but I’m guessing that doesn’t really count…). I ate 6 different types of gelato – coffee, caramel, tiramisu, praline, hazelnut and black cherry – I had a whole pizza to myself and I sampled practically every single sugar filled delicacy Florence had to offer. I have been high as a kite, floating round the streets of this beautiful city on a cloud of white sugar and flour. I have basked in the Italian sun on the banks of the River Arno in a glorious haze of red wine, and in contrast to that I have walked at a pace of 70 mph after necking my first espresso in over two years. Wow. If there was something I wanted, I had it; and if you think I am crazy, think again. This was a very conscious decision to eat this way, and I don’t regret it for a second. As someone who eats a high raw diet, people always ask me “are you allowed this?” or “can you have that?’ to which I always reply “I can have anything I bloody well want! It’s just that I choose to eat this way”. But for an entire 3 days instead of my usual raw cuisine, I chose to eat pasta, gelato, pizza, biscotti, tiramisu, coffee, foccacia, arancini (which for those of you who don’t know are deep fried balls of white rice), and the most ridiculous selection of pastries and sweets of which I ate far too much of to even recount their names. Why did I do this?…

 Because I wanted to; because I knew it would make me more happy letting my hair down and indulging myself than it would holding back and staying raw; because I wanted to remember what certain foods taste like; because I wanted to drench myself in Italian culture; because it was 3 days out of 2 years that I’d let myself eat like this; because there are no rules; because I want to re-create raw versions of some of these foods back home, especially THIS:

CANNOLI SICILIANI.  This had to be the high light of our gastronomical trip. When I took my first bite it forced me to stand completely still and close my eyes right in the middle of the street. It is basically a heart attack on a plate but it’s oh so gooood. The deep fried pastry dough crumbles and cracks in your mouth when you bite into it and then gets engulfed in all the subtle orange flavoured fondant cream that’s packed inside it. You get covered in icing sugar whilst scoffing it, but that’s all part of the fun. It’s just everything you could ever possibly want from a dessert. And of course, it was purely for professional purposes that I had to taste one of these, as I will be re-creating a raw version of one of these soon!

The food I ate in Italy was simply sensational. It was a very special treat, and I savoured every single mouthful. After not going any where near these kinds of foods for so long, to actually allow myself to say, “Yes! I’ll have that one please! And that! And that!” felt so very liberating, it was wonderful! And so much fun…

Now for the million-dollar question – how did I feel eating these foods, and how do I feel now after getting back to England? For me, this is one of the main reasons I don’t regret eating all the foods I did over the last three days, because what it has done is reconfirm just how much I love eating raw foods, and how important they are in my life. After my first gelato the sugar rush I had was quite incredible. Wooooo!! The crash I had soon after was doubly amazing. DOOSH. I didn’t feel down, I just felt wiped (although the fact that I’d only had acouple of hours sleep prior to my early morning flight will have had something to do with this lethargy, too). But even though I was tired, I was definitely in food heaven. It all tasted ridiculously good. It genuinely should be illegal for those foods to taste that amazing. The coffee flavoured ice cream was to literally die for, and these soft and squidgy pistachio marzipan balls almost put me in a coma. There was no denying it; all this refined sugary food tasted out of this world. I was very, very happy as the sugar sent my serotonin levels sky high. But as the saying goes ‘what goes up must come down’, and up and down and up and down it went! After each eating session that was followed by the usual moans of desire, delirious laughter and bouncing off the walls came THE CrAsH. My brain felt foggy and all of a sudden I just felt pretty knackered. It wasn’t a terrible sensation; I just felt less ‘with it’. The more ‘crashes’ I had though, the more low in energy I became, and the more it affected my mood. I noticed I needed more control not to get wound up about things, and I felt myself feeling a bit self conscious, bizarrely… My arms start to ache a little. I had palpitations. The sides of my head hurt. My clarity of mind got chucked in the bin along with the empty pizza boxes, and after just 2 days of eating this way, my jeans started to feel tight (surprise, surprise…). My eyelids got slightly puffy, too. And then it happened; the one thing that was the bane of my life so long before I discovered raw foods – my skin broke out. It literally erupted! I haven’t seen my skin this bad for over 2 years. I didn’t want to complain, but inside I was absolutely gutted. I knew this might happen, and I was prepared for that, but it still didn’t make it any easier. I have worked so hard at keeping my skin clear as it was such a problem before, and all I do is eat a bit of white flour and sugar for a couple of days and I’m right back to where I was. Not fair!!! If you want photographic evidence, here it is:

 What happens when I eat white pizza dough, pasta and sugar in just 3 days…

 It says it all really, doesn’t it? My face is all swollen and puffy too – this is what you would call a classic ‘carb face’! Nice. And before you say the reason my skin broke out was simply because I’m not used to eating these foods; that isn’t the case. I suffered with bad skin for years, and when I eliminated all processed foods and caffeine, massively reduced my alcohol intake and started to eat a high raw diet, my skin transformed as if by magic. I had new skin I didn’t recognise as my own! It was clear, it glowed and it looked healthy. It is quite incredible how all that can disappear in a matter of days after simply enjoying some pizza, pasta, ice creams and coffee… It brought back lots of uncomfortable memories of how much I used to hate having bad skin. In a way though, I am grateful for this break out as it is clear evidence that my body does not want these foods, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. There are people out there that can eat what they want and still look great, granted, but what is going on inside their body? These foods not only affect your skin, but your mood, your energy levels, your liver function, your brain function and other ‘functions’ that are pretty important to us….!

So what is the next step? Well, I need to get back to some balance and rid myself of all the toxins I have been indulging in over these last few days. For me, that means a 2 week sugar free cleanse, which you can join me in doing it if you like! I will be eliminating all sugar, caffeine, alcohol, sweet fruits, white flour and animal products. I will be eating an abundance of blended and unblended raw foods along side some steamed organic vegetables, some soups and some gluten free sprouted breads. On top of this I will be drinking a lot of water and having green juice whenever I can (wallet permitting). I will be doing this on a budget so it won’t be the most varied cleanse, and I won’t have the luxury of taking things like probiotics, but just getting back to pure, whole foods will do me and my system the world of good. I can’t wait!!! I’m a bit nervous about the fact that I will probably have sugar cravings now as I have clearly ‘effed myself up by doing this, but I’m ready for it. Come back raw food, all is forgiven!!!

I have to say though, even though my skin broke out and I took on a bit of extra weight, I had the best time in Italy eating my way through the city of Florence. But now all I want to do is dive head first into a pool of green juice!!!

😉

See you tomorrow for Day 1 of my Sugar Free Cleanse!

Beautiful Florence...

 

 

 

Raw On The Road

I made it! (Just). I am sat in the pub across from where I live using it for it’s free internet access (well, my pineapple juice cost £1.20, so not completely free). It’s actually not as bad as I thought it would be. Feeling quite inspired actually! Must be the scent of beer battered cod that keeps wafting under my nose…

Anyway, mustn’t grumble.

As you know, I have been travelling around all over the proverbial shop recently. I say recently, it’s been for the last 4 months now… If I had a bag of cacao butter for every time I’d been sat on a train recently, I’d be able to melt it all down and fill a swimming pool. So I thought I might share with you the kind of raw things I eat when I’m on the go. I always, always make sure I take something with me. There is nothing more depressing than being starving and having to pay about £5.00 for 1 banana and an apple at Kings Cross Station because you’re that desperate. Train stations don’t really cater for a raw food diet, obviously, but some of them do have a Marks and Spencer! If I have left the house and not brought enough, this is what I would typically buy at Marks and Spencer to keep me going…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, you are correct. That is a box of cherry tomatoes, an avocado and a jar of tahini. (I brought the tahini with me, slight addicted to it at the moment and am spooning it on pretty much everything). Ok, now this looks very boring, I know, but I really enjoy eating simply like this sometimes. Those tomatoes were so fresh and juicy! And just look at the beautiful green flesh of the avocado…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t you just wanna sink your teeth into it?? I’m not joking, this is probably my favourite way to eat avocado. You may get green hands, but if you rub it in your skin it makes and amazing moisturiser and the green disappears! Magic.

Now if I’m prepared I might pack some onion flax bread with me which looks like so:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmm, a tasty little morsel. Dehydrated crackers and snacks are alway great to have on you when you’re travelling, as they keep you satisfied and don’t go off quickly. So if they’re in an air tight container, you can have them with you for a couple of weeks (although I’ve normally scoffed mine by the time I get to Doncaster from Leeds).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ooo, now whats this? This looks a bit better than a box of cherry tomatoes doesn’t it eh? I made this specifically to fill me up. It’s a Raw Cinnamon and Raisin Roll, made in cashew and coconut pastry and done in the dehydrator. It’s a bit fancy, I know and probably one of those things that if you are new to raw makes you go “well as if I’m ever gonna make that!”. But anything’s possible you know. Plus it would be a poor do if I never got creative in the kitchen wouldn’t it? And I didn’t go all the way to Bali to get my Raw Chef Apprenticeship Certification for nothing you know! And actually, it was very easy to make. Once you’re in a routine with your dehydrator if you’ve got one, rustling up things like this becomes incredibly simple. I’ll give you the recipe soon, if you like?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOMP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now if you are lucky like me and having amazing, thoughtful and kind friends, one of them may be so understanding of your raw ways that they make you a pack up salad for your journey. This sumptuous samphire salad was made for me by my friend Alice, and I have to say it hands down beat any packed lunch I’ve ever made for myself! I mean, come on – samphire?! How luxurious can you get! What a treat. Being raw on the road is very easy when you’ve got food like this in your bag. Thank you Alice!

I shall be on the road again tomorrow (or should I say in the sky?) as I am flying to Italy for the weekend! How fancy!!! I will be having 3 full days of unadulterated pleasure in the beautiful city of Florence and it’s surrounding countryside. Will I stay raw? I very much doubt it….xxx

 

 

 

I have no internet!! Argh!!


I have no internet! (Just in case you didn’t guess that from the title of the post). I feel like I have been neglecting my poor little blog. I know it’s shouting at me “OI!!! What happened to Getting RaWcous?!! Oooohh, so you don’t care about me anymore, is that it? Well – sod you. I’m not going to give you any creative ideas or thoughts or anything. AND I’m going to take the internet away from you, oh and separate you from all your raw kitchen equipment. There, howd’ya like them raw apples? So, if you want me, I’ll be here – but you’ll have to work for me.” Well, that’s life talking to me actually. Not the blog.

There are lots of new things happening in my life at the moment, and many changes are occurring. I am ‘in the gap between the two trapeze’ as it were. I’ve struggled keeping up with my blog during this time, as everything is so up in the air. I’ve been moving around from one place to another, my eating has become very simple, and when I finally find myself settled somewhere, for the next month at least – it has no internet! Now the obvious solution is to just get the internet, right? But the thing is – I may not be staying here permanently. In fact, I may be moving far, far away…. Right now, I am in Brighton and LOVING it. But next month, who knows? So I am waiting impatiently, sorry patiently, to see which path becomes the clearest for me. I would tell you more, but until I know myself what is going on, I’m going to keep this one under my belt. That’s one of the things I find a little bit strange about blogs… I want to tell you everything but then I think “Argh! This is 100% public and open to EVERYONE IN THE WORLD”. Not that everyone in the world is interested in what is going on in my life, of course, but you know…you never know who might be reading it! Plus, sometimes if you are wanting a certain something to take place in your life, it can be beneficial to keep it close to your chest. It’s one thing throwing your dreams out there, but sometimes the more people you tell, the more the energy and bubbling excitement disappears, and doubt can creep in and stop you from getting what you want. And not everyone wants the same thing for you, you know what I mean? Hmmm…

Anyway, I am rambling now, but I will be back on it and Getting RaWcous! very soon. Maybe even as soon as tomorrow? It will mean going to use the internet in the pub over the road, not the ideal setting for writing your raw food blog, but beggars can’t be choosers!

Ciao Bella’s –

Elaine xxx

 

ps. As I haven’t got any raw food pictures of my own to show you right now, these lip smackingly good pictures of raw food come from Aloka, in Brighton. I keep telling you if you’ve not been before, you NEED to go there!!!

Magic Banana Ice Cream

 

It feels ages since I did a post! Well, it has been 8 days to be precise. Disgusting… I have been busy though! I’m sometimes reluctant to say what I’ve been up to though, as I don’t want to be one of those blogs that are all “Look at ME!! Look how fabulous my life is! Heeheehaha!” BUT –  I have just had one of the best weeks of my life. I may be out of work right now, but I tell you what – after the week I’ve had I feel like one of the richest girls alive. So what have I been up to that makes me feel so full to the brim with happiness? I have been seeing my friends. Nothing fancy, no swanky trips abroad, just visiting friends and talking and laughing – a lot. I have the best friends ever and I’m so very grateful to each and everyone of you. I have been flitting around London and Yorkshire, catching up with old friends and meeting very lovely new ones too. And I just want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my beautiful friend Alice, for always welcoming me into her home when I’m in London, and for talking with me endlessly about love, life and chia seeds, and for making me the most delicious raw breakfasts ever. Don’t know what I would have done without you recently! Thank you. And of course to the Bopster, the love of my life, and wind beneath my wings – for being there any minute of any day should I need her. AND for every single other person I saw this week, you know who you are! I would do a shout out for all of you I saw this week, but then I get the feeling people might think I was showing off or gushing a bit. It’s a fine line, you know…But I love you all just the same!

Right – now who wants to see some magic? If you have never made this banana ice cream before, then prepare to be amazed… It contains not three, not two, but ONE ingredient, my friends! You guessed it, BANANA. Nothing more, nothing less. “But how can you make ice cream out of nothing but bananas?” I hear you cry! Well, allow me to demonstrate…

MAGIC BANANA ICE CREAM

• Firstly, you need to take some bananas, peel them and slice them.

• Secondly, you need to put them in a tupperwear and put them in your freezer. Leave them in over night to freeze up properly.

• Thirdly – right, this ‘firstly-secondly’ business is getting a bit silly now. I’m gonna draw the line at ‘thirdly’ – we’re gonna go to pictures….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Take the frozen sliced banana, at least two cups full!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Place in a food processor a turn up the power! This may make a bit of a crazy noise as the blenders set to on the frozen bananas. After a minute it will look like this. (picture above!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. After another minute or two it will look like this. You will want to start scraping down the sides of the food processor bowl as it gets a bit crazy in there. Persevere – we’re not quite there yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. And theeeeen…MAGIC!!! Look at it!!! All of a sudden, the banana gives up the fight and accepts it’s fate and finally becomes ice cream. And what beautiful ice cream it makes! Now I’ve made this many times, but I still can’t get over how amazing this is. I mean – it’s just banana. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. LOOK AT IT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Now stop looking at it, put it in a bowl, sprinkle on some cinnamon and eat, eat, eat! (Oh and it’s completely guilt free, remember?… I love raw food. )

Fennel, Apple and Basil Salad

Since last wednesday, I have been back on the road again – Right now I am in London town, but I’ll be heading off sunny Brighton in a couple of hours. Talking of sunny, if the weather forecast in the UK is anything to go by, we’re gonna be swapping sunglasses for scarves as snow is supposed to be heading our way! I love you England but come, you’re having a laugh aren’t you?! When we get a bit of sun here, you can’t help but think it’s going to stay glorious for the rest of the year. I don’t know why we do this is in England because it NEVER happens, but as soon as we get a bit of sun it’s “What shall we do next weekend? Let’s go to a beer garden!” or “Shall we have a BBQ by the river weekend after next?!”. You’ve got to hand it to us for positive thinking though…

As I’m back to living out of a suitcase for a while, my diet will become very simple. The last time I was travelling round the UK at the beginning of Jan, I found not having my equipment with me difficult. But looking back, it was actually quite good. I ate lots of salads, fruits and some nuts without fussing about with anything too much, and it was very beneficial to me. I love gourmet raw food, I love creamy dressings and flax crackers – but I am finding myself more and more enjoying a more simplistic way of eating. That doesn’t mean I am going to start munching on carrot sticks and nothing else! Far from it! I love my food too much. But whilst I am on my travels and without my army of kitchen tools, I’m going to see it as an opportunity to really eat things as close to what nature intended as possible.

I made this Fennel and Apple Salad just before I left my house for the big smoke. It’s a perfect summery salad to enjoy outside whilst catching some rays 🙂  As I was still at home, I used my spiralizer to make very thin apple rings, but you can always slice the apple thinly with a sharp knife.

Fennel, Apple and Basil Salad
Apple and fennel compliment each other perfectly here in this delicious sunshine salad.
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Light main
2
Ingredients
  • 1 small pack of mixed cherry tomatoes
  • ½ fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 crisp apple, spiralized or thinly sliced
  • ½ bag of spinach
  • ¼ cup basil leafs, torn
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Handful of hemp seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and gently toss together, making sure everything gets coated in the oil and lemon.
  2. Divided between two places and serve, seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

As I made too much, I packed the left overs in a tupperwear, added some hemp seeds, a tonne of nutritional yeast (I told you, I’m an addict) some apple cider vinegar and ate it on the train down to London for my tea. Who said being raw on the road was tough? Oh, me. Well, I’ve changed my mind! Just do a little bit of forward thinking and be prepared to go back to basics for a while, it’s actually quite fun if you allow it to be… 🙂

Who said raw on the road was tough?...