I very rarely cook any of my food. The exception being porridge, which I always do raw variations of anyway. Sometimes I make a HUGE casserole tomato sauce dish with butter beans and vegetables, which I freeze into very large portions as my fast food fix for the odd day. Other than that, I always have smoothies for dinner and leave heated meals for eating out. Now, this is quite possibly as much due to laziness as to a self-conscious act of clean eating or awareness that cooking food essentially kills a lot of the nutrients. I do 100% believe that eating raw is the way to go, but at this point I’m just experimenting with it all and aiming for 50/50, always going with what my body wants while following gradual changes. Although, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do without hot soup or porridge!
So this is my staple raw dinner when I have the time to slice up a few courgettes. After that it’s fairly easy and inexhaustive, just a matter of throwing all the ingredients together really!
~2 tbsp Tahini dressing
~Brazil Nuts (as many as you like; I used 6)
The slicing of the courgettes into noodles takes a bit of practise; sometimes I’m in the zone, sometimes my strips don’t turn out so perfect, but who really cares when it tastes so good mixed with everything else?
I also use vegan pesto sometimes instead of the tahini dressing (which is basically just tahini paste mixed with lemon juice) and would leave out the brazil nuts in that case, and add in some sundried tomotoes instead. I’ve also used butterbeans instead of sprouted beans, depending on what I have in terms of student rations…obviously then it wouldn’t be fully raw, but let’s not beat ourselves up here!
As for my weekend, it has mostly been spent languishing over French fascism in the interwar years (which may or may not have existed, is the general consensus), making zero progress on an essay which has yet to produce any part of itself.
I’ve also started a few new fitness regimes and workouts at the gym! Last week I took a session with one of the gym instructors to show me the ropes of weight lifting and setting new goals. Yesterday was my first trial, instead of knocking out the treadmill as per usual I contained myself with 20 minutes warm-up on the cross-trainer followed by 40 minutes in the weights section. The legs were truly burning today after that. Get me to run 10km in under an hour no problem, but my arms literally deflate if they attempt any lifting!