08:00 Woke up to my alarm going off. Felt a big groggy after having a dream about living with an actual pig, and my next door neighbour baking chocolate cakes and making omelettes all day. The walls were glass so I could see everything. I’ve clearly got issues. Meditated for 15 minutes and felt much better.
09:30 Had the most unsatisfying breakfast that’s ever been. A bowl of polenta. I tried to liven it up a bit with allspice, but failed. Someone made me a delicious bowl of polenta porridge for breakfast a few weeks back, with pears, dates, ginger and topped with dairy free coconut yoghurt. It was to die for. I tried to attempt the same thing except without the pears, dates, ginger and coconut yoghurt. Strange that it didn’t work out the same.
Ate a few spoonfuls and gave up.
10:30 Picked at the polenta again in the vain hope that the flavour may have improved after an hour. It hadn’t.
11:30 Went to the co-op to have hunt round the reduced section. Managed to grab a few bargins – a beautiful sweetheart cabbage for 35p, a bag an chantenay carrots again for 35p and a mahoosive bag of onions for 25p that I will probably never do anything with but still – 25p!!! It’d be rude not to. Went over the road to the ‘£1.00 a bowl man’ and got a bowl of baby plum tomatoes.
14:30 Went for a run. Nearly passed out on the way home, probably due to the fact that I’d eaten NOTHING. Idiot. Got through the door and wolfed down the polenta in a matter of seconds – and it tasted like a dream….
16:30 Decided to get creative in the kitchen with my bargin buys from the co-op! Can’t make a raw meal out of cabbage, tomatoes, an avocado and a sweet potato? Just watch me. I was feeling a bit defeatist yesterday about the whole lack of money and inability to eat raw thing, but I’m feeling inspired today. The first thing I make is this:
Raw Avocado and Sweet Potato Dip. It was yummy! I diced half a peeled sweet potato and put it in the blender along with half an avocado, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of half a lemon ¼ cup water and some hot smoke paprika. I whizzed it all up and voila! Gorgeous. The sweet potato blended really well and gave a lovely texture to the dip.
Then I used the sweetheart cabbage leaves to make some little nori style rolls. I steamed the other half of the sweet potato, thickly sliced the remaining avocado and chopped up some baby plum tomatoes, too. I then used these along with the Raw Avocado and Sweet Potato Dip as a filling for the sweetheart cabbage rolls, like so:
17:30 I really am craving something sweet. I’ve never completely cut out sugar, agave, honey and sweet fruit before. I have no real problem giving up refined sugar, I don’t crave it as I’m so sensitive to it. I can feel it in my system straight away. But I am gagging for some raw chocolate or a banana or just ANYTHING sweet!
I guess I’ll have to settle for a green tea.
21:30 A late dinner of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onion and garlic. I add mixed herbs to the pan along with some salt and black pepper. When they are cooked, I drizzle the vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil. My sugar craving seemed to have subsided, for now….