Are you feeling like the holidays have you eating a tad more with family traditions, parties, and delicious Christmas treats that leave you feeling like you want to hit the reset button on your diet and start fresh?
I have put together a full day of easy and delicious raw meals just for such occasion.
I want to mention first that I don't support yo-yo diets or lose 10 lbs in a week diets that leave you starved and miserable. So this day of raw eating is meant to be kind and loving to your body. Eating raw foods will help you lose weight in a healthy way yes, but when you incorporate these meals into your day please know that you are beautiful, amazing, and worthy of feeding your body loving foods. Because you deserve to feel your best from the inside out.
Real quick here are a few things to help you enhance your day of raw eating:
Practice intermittent fasting
Only eating in an 8-10 hour window. Exp: 8am-6pm eating window. Fasting can be a wonderful way to help your body detox and rejuvenate. When our bodies are not working to digest food they are repairing and cleaning. So giving your body a break and time to go to work for you is so important for healing to take place.
Drink 120 ounces of water.
Try infusing your water with sliced fruit and lemon.
I love infusing my water with fruit. Jazz it up a bit and make drinking water fun! Slice a lemon, some strawberries, throw in a few mint leaves, and there ya go. Delicious and hydrating!
-Drink green tea in place of coffee
Try a gentle caffeine source to start your morning. Green tea is full of antioxidants and is naturally caffeinated in a way that is easy for your body to metabolize.
Move for 20 minutes
I love lifting weights and going into beast mode with my workouts. I truly enjoy bringing my best efforts to each workout. But again, love your body and move to celebrate your abilities. I don't encourage people to kill themselves at the gym doing endless hours of cardio because they feel guilty about all the food they ate. But rather I say move in celebration. Do some stretching, practice yoga, go for a nature walk, dance, whatever it is do it with love.
So just move in any way that feeds your soul.
Get 8 hours of sleep
This seems like an obvious one but getting enough sleep is often put on the back burner. We are busy, we have things to do, we will stay up half the night to meet a deadline or finish our homework. But missing sleep can compromise your health, add stress, and negatively affect your performance. So set aside time to get enough sleep. Maybe drink some chamomile tea before bed, read a chapter or two of your favorite book, and get in your coziest jammies. Because when you are well rested you can conquer the world.
Upon waking: 32 oz warm lemon water
Breakfast: Fresh Juice
- 1 cucumber
- 4 stalks celery
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup green grapes
- 1 green apple or 1 cup pineapple
Mid Morning Meal: Green Smoothie
- 3 cups spinach
- 2 cups fruit: oranges, banana, pineapple, or berries
- ½ tsp vanilla
-1 tsp maca powder (optional)
- ¼ tsp spurilina (optional)
- 2 cups almond milk or coconut water
- plant-based protein powder
Lunch: Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing
- 3 cups leafy greens
-1/2 cup corn
-1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
-1/4 cup red onion
- handful of cilantro
-1/2 lime juiced
-1/2 clove garlic
-handful of cilantro
-sea salt to taste
-1/4 cup water
Afternoon Snack: 2 pieces of fruit and 1 cup of herbal tea
Dinner: Rainbow Rolls
- 2 sheets of rice paper or nori sheets
- ½ cup shredded purple cabbage
- 1 cucumber cut into strips
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup red bell pepper strips
- sliced red onion
- kimchi or avocado (optional)
Orange Peanut Dipping Sauce:
-1/3 cup orange juice
-1 tbsp rice vinegar
-2 tsp sesame oil (optional)
-1 tbsp amino acids
-2 tsp agave or maple
-3 tbsp peanut butter