Well, healthy foodie friends, it’s been ages once again. No posts in months! Have I abandoned my blog? No, no, no! I’ve actually been very busy with work (as usual), but in fact, I haven’t been spending much time in the kitchen. Eating out much? Nope! I’ve actually been following a very low fat raw vegan diet (LFRV) or a high carb raw vegan (HCRV) diet, also know as the 80/10/10 diet, and it’s been doing wonders for how I feel, though the first week was tough. I’ve been eating some cooked foods as well, such as veggie soups and even rice and other grains, simply because it’s cheaper and fills me up without having to eat so much. Will I stick with it, and for how long? Not sure, but it does appear to be working for me well for now! (I’ve been doing it for almost 3 months now, though far from perfectly.)
Yes, I’ve been eating a lot! Since it is so low fat, especially if you choose to go raw all the way, you have to eat literally crap loads of mostly fruit to get in enough calories and put any cravings at bay. I’ll probably talk about it all more later, but I just want to emphasize how incredibly fast and easy it is. I simple drink a giant, kick ass smoothie in the morning, snack on fruit and a pack of natto or something for lunch and throughout the day, and in the evenings I have a massive salad (if I’m staying raw), and maybe snack on more fruit later. The diet is so simple and as a result I’ve not been researching or creating any recipes, really. I thought this lifestyle would be insanely boring, but in fact I am surprisingly satisfied. One key to this diet I’m finding, however, is 1) you have to shop several times a week to make sure the fridge is packed and 2) there’s a need for good, low-fat dressings for those freakishly massive evening salads!
Coming up with dressings that contain very little or no overt fat requires some creativity, but I’m finding that including fruit and/or zucchini is a great way to add that creaminess and texture, which, if new to a low fat diet, you may find yourself missing. I came up with this one while perusing an oil-based version. And you know what? It tastes pretty darned good! This batch makes enough to dress two huge salads, or just one gigantic one if you’re doing 80/10/10.
PS – I sold my dehydrator! That should give you a clue about how much I’m simplifying my diet!
PPS – I changed the look and feel of this website. Like it?
PPPS – I just opened a new Youtube channel! Nothing on it yet, though, and I’m not sure if I’ll have time to change that situation. I may move over some of my old videos at some point.
- 1 small zucchini, peeled and chopped (about a cup’s worth)
- 1 small papaya, peeled and chopped (about 350 grams)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- some seeds of the papaya (about 1-2 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds (makes it creamy, adds those desirable omega3s)
- 1 tsp mustard – powered or whatever – your choice!
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 – 1 tsp of black pepper
- dash of sea salt
Surrender to your Vitamix blender!
In this salad I have baby greens, coriander, and mushrooms.
This is only less than a 1/4 of it… Told you I’m eating a lot!