I just realized something yesterday about my diet... I have overcome my fear of greens.
When I first went raw, I absolutely hated greens.
Which means I hated salads - I found them extremely plain and bitter.
Then when I went raw, I immediately went 80/10/10 but this is what I was doing when it came to greens: I would BUY the green leafy veggies, and then let them waste away in the fridge. All the while I was thinking I was eating them. I'd have a LITTLE now and then but FAR from enough... not even close!
Then I learned about green smoothies and my first few were gross... not enough ripe fruit.
So then I got a juicer and it was the perfect way to get me into greens -- I juiced ALL my greens (and made ridiculous amounts of juice) and I would drink a TON of it... at first I would either chug it or just sweeten it with apples, but then i started to actually enjoy them for what they were and i LOVED the energy I got from them.
But I needed more.
So eventually I made an amazing green SMOOTHIE and now I am OBSESSED with them!
I stopped juicing (temporarily, as I'm 80/10/10 again) but I haven't stopped eating greens...
THis post is mainly about this though:
I started LOVING salads.
It's seriously a miracle if you knew how I used to eat.
I learned how to make salad dressings by blending fruits, and MAN it makes it SO GOOD.
The factors that really made me start liking salads are these:
-chopping up the lettuce in REALLLLLY SMALL PIECES -- i feel like I can eat it better this way. I don't know why, but I can't stand HUGE leafy veggies - I don't eat as much of it.
-adding fruit --- I love my salads with fruit. It tastes sweet and delicious
but what first got me into salads was adding chopped raw nuts. Now i've learned to omit them (as I am doing low-fat) and im still loving my salad more than ever!
SO guess what - yesterday I ate a HUGE salad and it had ZERO fruit in it. All it was, was diced up lettuce with a BUNCH of chopped tomatoes from our garden. I never knew how delicious tomatoes were!!!!!! SInce I don't eat salt, the tomatoes were SO NATURALLY SALTY and delicious! I was amazed at myself for eating SO MUCH of it.
Another funny thing is how my portion size of salads has grown ENORMOUSLY. I can eat a whole head of lettuce in one sitting.... it takes me a LONG time to eat salads, but I always finish because i love the feeling they give me.
Like --- you know how at parties and family dinners how you have a HUUUUGE salad bowl to serve EVERYONE? well my PERSONAL salad is almost that big now... As long as the pieces are chopped up small, I can eat SO MUCH SALAD. They make me feel amazing.
Even when I am writing this, I still can't believe how much I like salad. I wish all of you knew me before raw foods... you'd be amazed at me. =)
I'm truly taking steps in my raw food lifestyle. SUPER SALADS! =)