Thursday, April 22, 2010

Raw Food doc

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I pitched my documentary about the raw food movement and got chosen! Woo woo! So next semester, I'll be able to go and film with a real film crew with faculty backing. So excited.

As for my raw food diet, I've been going at many different "percentages." I'd like to go close to 100 percent for at least a week but I end up falling at day 3 or day 4. I still try again the next day but it's really hard without an eating plan and convenient go-to foods.

For next week I think I'll try to buy foods that are easy to eat and that's on the go so that I will always have snacks on me. At the same time, I need delicious raw meals that I will WANT to eat. Some of the snacks I bought at erewhon were definitely hit or miss. I should review some of the things I'm eating here.

I'm also realizing what I like and what I don't like in terms of flavor and texture. I never realized that I don't really like dill. Nope, definitely not a dill person.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Raw Food Detox Day #5

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This morning I had coffee. I had to. I was so tired. I still brought my lunch and ate most of it - Korean seaweed salad, kimchi. But, I also had beer and tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa. At least the only non raw things were the beer and the tortilla chips.

I then had another large cup of iced coffee.

I decided to only go raw by 50% today, which essentially means I am not on the raw food diet anymore since I have to be over 75% to be considered a raw foodist. Actually, I'm not sure how the percentages work...by calories or by intake or volume? Regardless, I'll get back on track tomorrow after the pitch. As for now, I'm going to inject myself with any sort of toxin near me so I can survive this pitching process.

Hopefully I'll get this pitch and be able to go on a longer raw food journey. =D

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Raw Food Detox Day #4

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Pretty Proud of myself that I didn't eat any of the millions of pizzas that were facing me. Even though I had two glasses of alcohol, which I was expecting to do as a celebration of picture locking our documentary, I still maintained a raw diet starting with raw cereal and ending with a very elaborate green leafy "sushi" which I will call..."vegetables wrapped in raw nori" because...that's what it was and that's what it tasted like. It took me way too long to make them because it's just not intuitive yet. For example, if I were to cook food and I only had basil, cilantro, and kale, I'd add garlic and olive oil and sautee it in a frying pan to have some cooked herby kale. Well, I had all those ingredients but I had trouble putting it together. I ended up making 2 liters of "dressing" which tasted good but way too garlicky. Perhaps I shouldn't have used the entire garlic clove. I forget that raw garlic is just so much stronger than cooked garlic. I almost burnt off my tongue and will ward off vampires for years!

Anyway, though I was pretty proud of myself for not eating pizza, I was really tired and my energy level just flattened by midnight. Maybe it's my body adjusting to my non caffeinated life but I passed out at midnight when I should have been pulling an allnighter editing this pitch tape.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Raw Food Detox Day #3

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Really quick.

I noticed that I got angry a lot today. Like everything pissed me off. I mean, I'll admit the things that happened to me were pretty annoying even on a normal day but maybe it's because I'm going through withdrawal and I'm really stressed out about this pitch tape but I got super angry and I pretty much stayed angry all day long. I had a few dips of happiness and complacency but then when I got home, I got fired up again. I'm a little more calm now. I blame it on the detox because it's easier than saying I have anger issues...which I don't.

Anyway, I ate a lot of raw food today. Instead of telling you what I ate this time, I'll show you. I ate these throughout the day. I couldn't finish my salad because it was too big.

I already lost 3 pounds.

fruit salad with kombucha.


I added a slice of blood orange into my kombucha.


I couldn't finish my fruit salad so I took the rest "to go."


My salad.



Some guacamole that I packed to have with my raw onion crackers.

The best part: dessert! Brownies.
Since I couldn't have Liz's brownies, I decided to have these today.
I ate all four pieces. Check out the ingredients!




Everything I ate today. I couldn't finish the salad cuz it was too big. I'm still full, believe it or not. I wonder if when you detox, you don't feel as hungry all the time?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Raw Food Detox Day #2

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I woke up and DIDN'T have coffee. This wasn't too hard because I was slowly taking coffee out of my daily diet anyway. Thankfully, I didn't have to eliminate major addictions all at once. What also helped is that I've been eating meat sparingly the last few weeks, with just an exception here and there for special occasions. I remember eating like this when I grew up with my grandmother. She rarely fed us beef or chicken and we almost never ate pork. We ate fish on a regular basis, and lots of Korean stews and soups and noodle dishes. I miss her! She used to always tell me how Kimchi was so good for me and how that's the reason why Koreans live a long life, etc. I never really believed her, thinking kimchi was just old spicy cabbage. A few years back, Koreans were saying that the reason we weren't affected with SARS was because of our kimchi. Crazy talk, right?

Raw foodists seem to believe that kimchi is one of the most healthy foods on earth. For realz? I grew up being ashamed of my kimchi breath and only shared kimchi time with my Korean friends. Well, now I can say to those kimchi haters that they were wrong! Muhahahha.

Anyway, back to the point of this blog post, which is... not to procrastinate from my editing this raw food pitch tape. It's to chronicle my raw food detox diet.

Today I had a raw cereal, which was comprised of almond and rice milk (yup, I like mixing it! It's sweet and nutty and thick), dried goji berries, dried longan's, lydia's organic cereal mix (it's like the best thing ever and I totally splurged on it and don't regret it one bit), chocolate chia seeds, fresh blueberries and fresh strawberries. It was the most colorful and thick cereal ever. I wish I took a picture but I was too busy trying to eat and leave the house. I'll take a picture tomorrow since I'll be eating essentially the same thing.

For lunch I had my tahini salad with raw veggies. From afar, it looked like a tub of creamy pico de gallo. This salad freaked out my friends but I ate it all anyway. I also picked on my kale salad which I got from Better Life Cuisine, but I couldn't finish it because I was already really satisfied. I had two snacks on me to nibble on throughout the day - cashew sticks and onion rings both from Awesome Foods. The onion rings were good until a friend said it looked like overgrown toenails. Thanks, Neil. The cashew sticks were not that good but I know I'll crave them when I have a cheese craving. Very cheesy.

For dinner, I had my ten dollar salad from Erewhon. It was SO GOOD. I think it was the salad dressing. It reminded me of chimichurri with less garlic and more zing! I would totally spend another ten dollars to eat this salad again. All the greens looked boring but in eating it, I realized just how diverse the greens were and how herby the salad was.

For dessert, I had a raw fudge bar which was very coconutty, which is awesome because I love coconuts.

Day 2 was not as easy as Day 1 because Liz came down to the editing basement with her brownies. After smelling the delicious brownies, I was tempted to eat it but I realized I had RAW BROWNIES in my fridge so I could come home to some tasty treats. But then again, I satisfied that craving already with the fudge bar. =D

I also had some fruit juice throughout the day but no coffee and no tea. Go me! I'm pretty proud that I was able to do this for a full two days.

CRU - Raw Food Detox Diet Day #1

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So some of you may know and others not, but I have a major life event happening in the next 8 months and I want to get nice and trim for it. Instead of abandoning my food blog as I undertake this dietary change, I decided to use this blog to chronicle my journey. Hopefully it will inspire people to try a raw restaurant or even try going raw for a few days. Your body will thank you.


Today was my first fully raw day and I decided to do it today since it would be easy! I was going to be at the Raw Food Bazaar all day anyway, interviewing people for my potential documentary. The hardest thing about dieting for me, is making it too difficult or tempting. I didn't decide to go raw until I was actually at the Bazaar and thought, wow, if I started NOW, I wouldn't have to really think about it. So I did. I told my raw friend that I was going to give it a week.


So this is what I ate all day:
1 young coconut
A raw dish including sprouted chickpeas, kale salad, kelp noodles
Grape Kombucha
Dinner at Cru: Spring rolls, Green vegetable curry with zuchini noodles, chocolate mouse pie
dessert: pumpkin pie ice cream


All raw!
And here are the pictures I took of some of these:


Spring Rolls made from cucumber wrap.
Very sweet and spicy, with the right amount of acid.


My friend ordered the Asian Noodle bowl.
She loved it but after a while she said it was too nutty. If you're going to get this, it might be better to share with another dish that is more spicy and less nutty.


The Thai Green Curry Vegetables was awesome!
The noodles were made of zucchini and though it was slightly spicy, it wasn't so spicy I couldn't finish it. The waitress does warn you about the spice. I thought it was the perfect level of spiciness. I also love the contrast of the tomatoes in this. I'd get this again.



Coconut Chocolate Mouse Pie
Second time I've gotten it and possibly not the last time.
This is the one reason I knew I could do raw.



Spring Rolls on a later visit - different presentation


Coconut Chocolate Mouse Pie at a later visit, 
now served with ice cream, less coconut and more chocolate ratio.


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