Hello interweb friends! I will more fully update you all in writing soon enough but here is just a little update video to keep things going. This is actually from about 3 weeks ago and since then I have been about 99.9% raw! Yay! Here's my vid from a few weeks ago and I will certainly make a new updated video very soon too!...
Yes, I got lazy for a couple months here. As well as with my diet and exercise. I had began 2012 with a vegan diet and slowly started slacking and even eating seafood again. It's hard to resist sushi. But it is even harder to resist bread, pasta, and other non-whole-food starch items. So I have just recently made a somewhat extreme change in order to hopefully re-wire my tastebuds and brain. I've decided to try a mainly fruit and veggie based vegan diet. No animal products and minimal baked/cooked items especially not bread and pasta. I want to make it as organic and raw and whole as possible. If I wouldn't be able to find it in a garden (right off the plant) or make it myself from those garden items then I don't want to consume it. Let me share with you some videos that were part of inspiring me to refine my eating habits.
^That's Jordan in that second video. I encourage you to check out more of his videos on his awesome channel :)
My dad and I just started a little garden so it's still got a long way to go. We have gotten a few veggies so far but still more to come and I'm not sure how many we will get before the NH nights get too cold. I can't wait till the garden is healthier and fuller and more expanded. It would be awesome to someday have a garden as epic as John in the first video up there! We also have a good apple tree we've had since before I was born, and it always gives a lot of fruit. Sometimes it gives so much we make loads of apple sauce and apple cobblers. Delicious!
So basically I am trying to eat mainly what John talks about in his video. Whole raw fruits and veggies. I still cannot stand most veggies so I try to put what I can into shakes that also includes some fruit so that I am getting in my veggies but it tastes like fruit so it is palatable. It's gone well so far but it's hard to make a variety of shakes because I only have a blender, not a juicer, so I'm doing my best with that for now. I hope to get a juicer at some point, that will make things a bit easier. Other than the shakes, I'm eating fruits such as bananas, oranges, avocados, apples, and peaches etc. (Lots of peaches right now because we just got a half a bushel of peaches for 20 bucks because they were ripe and banged up a bit. But they are still in awesome condition so we are enjoying them and they are absolutely delicious!) I am also trying to eat nuts and seeds and such. We have some raw nuts and some already roasted ones so my diet is not 100% raw but still quite good. Veggies I'm eating raw include spinach, celery, cukes, zucchini, carrots, and there is some kale and new veggies just bought today that I plan to use this week.
John also mentions in another one of his videos about how someone who is eating raw vegan can deal with eating out or at get-togethers. I do find that so long as there is salad or raw fruits and veggies available you can do with that for the time being. John talks about 'pre-gaming' meaning that you eat and drink your raw vegan food before going to the restaurant or friends house. Once at the restaurant or get-together do your best to find the right foods. If it is a get-t0gether perhaps you can bring a home-made raw vegan meal to share with others and also to have something there that you can eat yourself. John has so many great videos about eating raw vegan while traveling and of course many more videos about raw veganism in general. Check out his pages: okraw, growingyourgreens, rawfoods.
I have only been on a vegan diet for a short time myself and even less time doing raw vegan but I have certainly done a lot of homework and shall continue to do so. It definitely is a process and I'm progressing more and getting more familiar with it every day. I still have difficulty with discipline and consistency from time to time but I eventually get inspired to try again. I still haven't gotten back into exercising much but I plan to kick that into gear very soon as well. I'm going to try it a step at a time with that. As I mentioned first, I slipped up a bit in the last few months. However, it is not necessarily bad to eat seafood since it contains a lot of healthy oils, but I am back on track with my original vegan plan and onto more raw now! Not to mention I have stopped drinking coffee in these last few days as well and instead drinking my Yerba Mate, so we'll see how that goes haha. Whenever I slip a little I think of what Dan Millman said, "When we feel stuck, going nowhere--even starting to slip backward--we may actually be backing up to get a running start." :)
I believe I exercised on wednesday. Let me see. Tuesday was a "snow day" but I still had classes because my classes are at 8 and 9:30 in the morning and they didn't put up the cancelations banner on the site until 11am. So when I got back home I had lunch and then helped out with shoveling. I think. I can't remember what day I shoveled but I do know that I exercised two days ago (wednesday). So anyhow. The point is that I was hoping to do more exercising after shoveling but I think the shoveling, in itself, was exercise, at least for upper-body strengthening. So when I exercised on wednesday I did a good amount of stretching but I know I didn't do all of the upper-body strengthening exercises and I pretty much just went right to the bike. I rode for about 15 - 20 minutes I believe and I think that was the session where I pushed myself a bit. I was listening to Pandora again, this time to my Bachata/Merengue station and that was some fast paced music. I usually will try to keep up with the music that I'm listening to if it is moderately paced, but some of that merengue sure is fast. I actually tried to keep up with one of the songs and pushed myself pretty good there, I felt accomplished :) Then I went down to eat dinner.
On the food note, since I haven't said much about that lately, I have been doing well. I deviated a few pathetic times in the last week but otherwise I'm doing a lot better than my usual diet in the last few months. I've tried to keep myself in a certain mentality when eating lately. I've tried to make the majority of my meals vegetables and fruits. I have been eating about 2 - 3 pieces of fruit everyday and enjoying fruit juices here and there as well. I've also realized that I can fit some of my tofu into basically any meal if I want. Tofu is a great source of protein and of course it is from a vegetable at the same time. But yes, I have heard about the problems with soy products and I'm trying to make sure I don't over eat the soy products that we buy. It is apparently a bad idea for someone who has breast cancer in their family to eat soy products and my grandmother had breast cancer so I am definitely aware of the serious issue at hand here. I've definitely tried to back off the soy as much as I can. Me and my mom are looking into different healthy sources of protein.
Another thing related to exercise - My mom told me the other day that a friend had actually recommended P90X. She says they told her that P90X is a great thing. I had heard about it before and thought it looked really cool. I would love to try some of the exercises. I would actually love to try that 90 day program, haha, the one where you can get insanely ripped in just 90 days, but the program includes some intense, not so noob-friendly, exercises. And it requires some equipment that I might not have available and the bottom line is - the dvds are over 100 dollars. I'm sure it is totally worth it but I am very much an unemployed broke college student, so buying the dvds is definitely out of the question. But I'm going to do a little more homework on that and see if I can find some videos online of people doing the exercises.
Below I posted one video I just found on youtube about some guy's success story with P90X...
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