You might noticed that I began to have warm breakfast again and with AB, both against raw food and food combination principles. You remember that I was very enthusiastic with raw food & food combining, I reviewed Detox for Woman and even bought a juicer. I mentioned since I came back from Argentina, I’ve lost appetite. I think it’s appropriate to explain a little.
Disclaimer: as the title says, it’s my own experience, I don’t mean to despise or discourage anyone who want to begin the raw food journey.
Claims on raw food/food combining that made me want to give it a try:
- Help digestion, cure IBS
- Improves skin condition
- Boost immune system
- Be alert
- Incorporate nutrients in a direct way
I was 50-75% raw, followed strictly food combining, juicing everyday for about 3 weeks and here’s MY take
- Feel satisfied with less amount of food
- Except for the first few days, I felt bloated most of the time
- Lost weight
- Lost both appetite and hunger
Maybe for someone who wants to loose weight, it might be a good eating style, but not my case. It didn’t cure my IBS, it got even worse the last few days. Food choices were limited. I lost both appetite and hunger, which worries me a lot! I went back to my normal eating and they’re still not back. Except for kabocha and dark chocolate, I don’t enjoy much eating. If I don’t eat for long hours, I might get hungry (but much less often than before), but I don’t crave food, just eat to get rid of the annoying stomach pain. That’s a TRAGEDY for me.
So, here’s my take. It might provoke discontent among raw proponents but as I said, it’s my personal experience and I want to be honest in my blog and to my readers. A blog friend Maggie just wrote a great post related to this topic and her experience, if you haven’t read it, check it out.
Okay. Back to normal posting. Without my parents at home, I spent more time at the kitchen, trying to create yummy dishes to wake up my appetite.
Breakfast: green oat bran cooked with chia gel and topped with coconut butter
AM snack was juice of beets leaves, cucumber, celery, carrot, ginger and lemon.
I didn’t have lunch until 2.30PM (no hunger) . As a good BSI host, I used CAULIFLOWER to make a curry using this powder (the best powder I’ve ever tried)
Quick veggie & bean curry
- 1/3 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1.5 cup cooked beans
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- curry powder/ salt/brown sugar
- Boil cauliflower with water for 10 min, throw out most of the water but keep some.
- Add zucchini, beans and seasoning and cook for 20 min at low
- Add flax meal at the end.
I had it with brown/purple rice cooked with seaweed
Nice creation Coco, the curry was delicious!
For dinner, I had tilapia cooked in a tomato sauce over zucchini noodles. But it was a failed meal and here’s the culprit
it sounds an good seasoning (short ingredient list), but I have to be frank, it’s bad, it ruined my dish!
Tip to choose kabocha: Don’t choose the pretty, clean ones, choose the ugliest, they’re the rippest, sweetest.
My fav way to have it: STEAMED
Savored with a cute company
If you have doubts about how to participate BSI contest, check this post.
Q1: Have you ever tried anything that works for others but failed on you?
Q2: How often do you get hungry?
Q3: What’s your appetite level right now in a 1-10 scale?