Bowl of greens: Raw food made simple

Posted by on May 21, 2012 at 10:48 am.

Recently, I’ve been craving a lot of raw dark green vegetables; which is a great, since they are loaded with nutrients like calcium, iron, and an entire host of other nutrients. Since they’re packed with fiber, they can help keep you regular, which I must say is welcome any day to constipation. Who wants that?

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Today’s a special day, it being my daughters ninth birthday. After dropping her off at school, I returned home to get things ready for the small celebration we’re having.

About thirty minutes ago, I took a break and prepared a meal for myself. Since I’ve been craving dark leafy greens I went into our garden and picked collards, fennel, kale, and spinach, and tossing everything into a bowl… and promptly ate them. Well, I did make a homemade salad dressing; cherry tomatoes, ground raw cashews, balsamic vinegar, and some raw honey. It was delicious, and I thought I’d share the above picture on my site. Admittedly, the picture was prompted by a few emails I’ve received over the past several weeks…

Although Celebrate Life site is small, I do receive a lot of email from users; new and old.

Some remembered me from my old personal site; Vegan Momma, and wandered if I’m still Vegan. I am. Others asked whether I still eat a high amount of raw food. I do. Well, why aren’t you sharing them on your site? Good question…

In my mind, I think most people won’t be interested in what I eat. My meals are very simple. But, I guess I shouldn’t feel that way, since Celebrate Life’s search stats tell a different story…

People do land on my site in search of raw food info. Yeah, there’s not too much information here at the moment. A huge change from my old site, where posting a variety of healthy meals was common. Eventually, I moved my food postings to their own site which focused on raw and cooked foods.

A lot of the extras you see in today’s foods, are a bit too strong for me. The past several years, I’ve been following a whole food lifestyle, so my taste buds can taste all the extra crap that’s tossed in over processed foods, and my taste buds reject it. But you know, making a conscious effort to eat healthy has its benefits… I don’t appear to be 41, many think I’m a lot younger. My skin glows, and I do have a ton of energy. I don’t need pick me stimulants, such as caffeinated drinks to jump start my day. I don’t need it; I have a lot of natural energy.

Over the years, my weight hasn’t changed a lot. A lot of that is because I stayed active, even the years I couldn’t get  in the gym. These days, I am more muscular. I’m five feet and weigh 115 pounds. Not too much fat, but a lot of muscle. I work out several times weekly.

Moving forward, I’ll try to do better and post brief snapshots of my raw food meals. But… I have to warn you, my meals are simple, nothing fancy here. But, I promise in the future; I’ll do a nice presentation with a few of my meals before I show them on Celebrate Life. And I’ll add a few raw food recipes too.


  • DragonLady says:

    I still remember Vegan Momma. In fact, I think I got a green smoothie recipe from you. 🙂 I’ve been working on a whole food diet, and it has been difficult. I tell you, I had no idea just how addictive the chemicals in processed foods were until I got off of them. I seriously had withdrawls. I told myself I wouldn’t ever get back on them, but I am helped a little bit in that area with the gluten intolerance. But, yeah, I can really tell the difference now in processed versus whole food taste, and it hasn’t been that long since I started changing the way I eat. 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @DragonLady, Yes, change can be difficult. Although I always ate healthy, sometimes I would add processed into my diet, up until about six years ago. I stumbled upon a site by Scott Ohlgren, titled How Health Works. He wasn’t a vegetarian, but promoted making healthy choices. I think you can be healthy, with most eating lifestyles you just have to make healthy choices. He also went one step further. He promoted a whole food lifestyle.

    I already had a lot of energy, so was skeptical about how much this would work for me, but I was willing to try it out.

    I participated in his NACHO cleanse (whole foods only for a month) and eliminated breads and normal pastas, and not only did I have even more energy, which I thought I wouldn’t happen, since I already had a lot. But, my constipation vanished. Who knew? 😉 Later I learned that my constipation was tied to the occasional flour based products I’d eat, more specifically gluten, and once I removed it from my eating habits. It wasn’t an issue. But, it would resurface if I started eaten foods with wheat gluten again. 😉
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  • Teeni says:

    I have to agree with Dragon Lady. When I stopped eating processed foods, I felt so much better all around. I like eating a lot of raw things too and need to work on doing more of that since I got away from it lately. But I always feel more clear headed and focused with lots of raw veggies!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Teeni, That’s exactly how I feel, the more raw fruit and veggies I eat. I sort of get the same feeling just eating whole foods, lightly cooked, but boy do I get a big burst of that when I eat only raw foods.
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  • Divas Chitkara says:

    Eating Raw Veggies makes you feel lighter. Right after you’ll start eating these veggies you’ll be already feeling the difference.
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