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Fruit and Greens, the simple side of the raw foods diet...

Breakfast- A large green smoothie: 1 head Romaine lettuce blended in the Vitamix with 4 Pink Lady apples. I served the smoothie in a bowl and ate it with a spoon, it was kind of like a raw porridge.

Lunch- 6 large Navel oranges

Dinner- 5 Bananas

It never fails that when I go back to keeping my food really simple I start sleeping really soundly. That's what happened last night. I slept like a baby and I woke up feeling thoroughly rested.

I've kept things very simple today with food and otherwise. I've been recuperating from a muscle spasm that flared up between my shoulder blades a few days ago. I think its mainly the result of tension accumulated during the holidays. Traveling over both the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends, I felt afraid that I wouldn't have satisfying raw food available and I was rigidly determined to stay raw. I did of course, but I could have lightened up within myself about it. I also over exerted myself on a skiing trip and also in the ski lodge exercise room and I suspect that all this combined with normal holiday stress and it triggered the flare up of the muscle spasm.

My therapy is to relax and lie still and much as possible, eat simply, and gently massage it and gently stretch.

I feel happy about sticking with eating only fruit and greens today. I recently read an article by Frederick Patenaude in which he wrote that he plans in advance the days he is not going to eat any added fats such as seeds, nuts, or avocado. I like that idea. It reminds me of when I was switching from cooked food to raw food and I would plan in advance how many days I was going to eat only 100% raw food.

Tomorrow night I am going to eat dinner at Bonobos and keeping that in mind helps me to stick with keeping it simple today.

Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 06:58PM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | Comments2 Comments

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Do you think the green smoothie and more greens in your diet helped you sleep better? I recently read Green Life by Victoria Boutenko and HIGHLY recommend it. www.rawfamily.com
In her survey of those who had a quart of green smoothie a day, most said they slept better and woke up more rested. This has been my experience.
April 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Silliman
The longer I live this way more attuned I become to making observations like yours. In the recent months I've increased the amount of greens I eat. Lots of fruit and greens work really well for me. Dinner on April 30 was terrific. Regarding sleep, I sleep best when I eat early and keep added fat to a healthy minimum, and keep my food combinations simple. Referring back to Monday, April 30, that whole day was a great food day for me.
May 2, 2007 | Registered CommenterStephen Parker

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