This is the second day of our fast at The Raw Food Institute and I have had only green juices and energy soup. I am starting to feel a little tired. Others in the group are feeling energetic so I might need a lot more energy soup…Actually I think I have to drink more water, which is something that I have to force myself to do.
I can’t complain though, because I have lost 5 pounds. I can’t believe I have lost weight and have not been hungry or felt deprived at all. Some days lunch seemed like too much food but everything looked so delicious and fresh that I wanted to taste it all. I have lost weight while feeding my body good, raw food. There was no counting calories, or measuring portions, and the only exercise I did was on the rebounder. Most of us were on the raw food program but some participants supplemented with freshly prepared cooked foods as Lisa Wilson and the attendee had coordinated with their doctors.
Our lectures were on Greens, Grains and Proteins, and Cooked Foods and we discussed grains like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet and brown rice as they are gluten free. The most common food sensitivities now are to wheat, gluten, soy, eggs and dairy and you can get tested for these to find out if they are bothersome for you. We had delicious buckwheat cereal and almond mylk earlier in the week and this is something I know I can make myself and eat. We are getting most of our protein from greens, and learned to make green drinks and green smoothies for the morning green drink. This is important because then you start the day with a more alkaline system, rather than acidic.
We learned how to grow our own sprouts in various ways. It is not hard to do, and will save a lot of money since sprouts are the basis of our entrees. They can be started in mason jars or grown in soil or hydroponically. There are several youtube videos that show how to do this too.
The guest speaker was Linda Zeller, who was Lisa Wilson’s inspiration for getting into raw foods. She not only talked about her cancer crisis but other research she has collected over the past 18 years on cancer, and she is extremely knowledgeable on the subject.