Raw Vegan Challenge Week 1_Days 1 to 7. Exercise, Meals & Costs

Discussion: Shopping list, Budget, Exercise, How I felt overall, Weight loss & Meals

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To start my week right, I’d do lots of research, scouring the internet for recipes or I’d flip through Kimberly Snyder’s books for raw recipes I could try. Sometimes, I looked at my own recipes & wondered how I could remake the meal raw.

Each Week, I usually go food shopping on Sunday morning (or afternoon). My first stop is always the produce store (most cost effective).

Before I went to the produce store, I would clean out my refrigerator by getting rid of anything that had gone bad or added leftovers to smaller containers. Next, I would write down the items I had and create a produce store list of things I’d need for the week. So for example, if I still had garlic left from the batch I purchased, I wouldn’t buy that again.

shopping list

Once I was done in the refrigerator, I’d check to see how many nuts and spices I had left. These Items I got, usually, from Whole Foods Market. Again,  I would write down the items I had and create a shopping list of things I’d need for the week.

Weekly Whole Foods Market Shopping List

  • Bulk raw nuts/seeds
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Coconut milk

Cost

Each week, depending on how much fruit I craved or nuts I needed or how many people I also made raw meals for, I’d spend between $40 – $100. I will note that spending $100.00 per week is rare! Again, it varies week to week (like a typical shopping list).

Note: I spent the most Week One because I was starting from the beginning. I might have spent a little more than $100.00 on Week One only.

How I felt & Cravings

Believe it or not I did not have any cravings! It probably has a lot to do with my excitement of inventing new recipes. I was so excited, I didn’t write most of them down (eeek!).  I was actually enjoying everything I made. I did not feel deprived.

I felt so good. I felt lighter, physically. I did not notice a huge change in my digestion, just a small one. My energy increased during the daytime hours and made me want to go to bed earlier. I’m a night owl, so going to bed is unusual. I also reduced my caffeine in-take. Perhaps that played a role too (Click here for my coffee addiction details).

Week 1  Exercise & Weight

Exercise : 2 days

  • 1 cardio day
  • 1 strength training day

End of Week 1 Weight Loss: 4 pounds

Days 1 to 7 MEALS

I track my food daily on Instagram (click here to follow me!). All of the pictures below are from my Instagram page. So the photo quality may be different than my other pictures. Recipes coming soon for some of these! Let me know if have a request!

NOTE: Sometimes I ate Protein Bites I made as a quick snack between meals or if I wasn’t home and was hungry, I’d snack on raw nuts I keep in my purse!

Day 1

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  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie Bowl. Topped w/ Bee Pollen, Hemp Seeds, Coconut Flakes, Blueberries & Raw Almond Butter
  2. Lunch: Rainbow Salad with Lemon-Oregano Dressing
  3. Lunch: Spiralized Carrots w/ Almond-Ginger Dressing and Lime Juice
  4. Dinner: Kelp Noodles in a Cilantro Cream Sauce. Topped w/ Edamame, Peppers, Scallions, Zuchinni, Carrots & Coconut

Day 2

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  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie Bowl. Topped w/ Bee Pollen & Coconut Flakes
  2. Snack: Raw Beet Ravoli 1/ Rosemary Nut Cheese (Kim’s Recipe)
  3. Lunch: Beet & Zucchini Salad w/ Spinach-Cilantro dressing
  4. Dinner: Raw Sushi rolls
  5. Dessert: Banana-Cinnamon Nice Cream

Day 3

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  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie Bowl. Topped w/ Bee Pollen & Coconut Flakes
  2. Lunch: Mixed Veggie Salad w/ Red Pepper Dressing
  3. Lunch: Spiralized Beet ad Zucchini Salad w/ Cilantro Pesto
  4. Dinner: Raw Veggie Sushi & Cashew Spicy “mayo”

Day 4

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  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie
  2. Lunch: Apples with Cinnamon & Almond Butter
  3. Dinner: Shredded Salad w/ Magenta Goddess Dressing (Kim’s recipe)
  4. Dinner: Raw Tomato and Red Pepper Soup(Kim’s recipe)

Day 5

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  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie
  2. Lunch: Raw Wrap from Ganster Vegan
  3. Dinner: Raw Spaghetti & Tomato basil Sauce

Day 6

SORRY NO PHOTOS ON THIS DAY! I meal prepped so I was super busy running around to different stores.

  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie
  2. Lunch: Protein Shake
  3. Dinner: Veggies (random raw veggies from meal prep)

Day 7

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  1. Breakfast: Green smoothie
  2. Lunch: Raw Taco Wraps (With Walnut “meat”)
  3. Dinner: Curry Kelp Noodles

 

Click here to see a Week 2 Meal breakdown&experience!

 

 

 

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