My morning concoction of green papaya and apples. It was good. I’m glad I didn’t throw out the papaya.
Today was a busy day. I had to take a test this morning for a position I applied for. Then I had to take my daughter to an appointment.
I started the day with my mango coconut water smoothie but I only had one good mango so I added a banana to my smoothie. It was ok. I’m not really a fan of bananas.
After my test I was starving so my daughter and I went to the grocery store. I was bombarded with smells and sights of All types of food and for a nanosecond I wanted some vegan sushi. I saw the produce section and the want faded.
I got a papaya and a cherimoya. The cherimoya was soft sweet tart and creamy. It was very filling. After eating half of my papaya I was full and I can usually go through a whole papaya with no problem.
It was soft to the touch, but when I cut it open there still were some hard areas and it didn’t look creamy like I’ve seen in YouTube videos. I didn’t eat it because I was afraid it wasn’t as ripe as I thought and I didn’t want to not like plantains because of it.
I went to the grocery store to get cantaloupes because they are on sale. I was inspired to create some fruit art.
Lazy Sunday. I was all prepared to eat on this all day.
I got three 32oz mason jars of juice. So lazy Sunday got even lazier. No chewing, just drinking.
So I weigh myself every Sunday. I didn’t last Sunday because I was staying at a hotel. The last time I weighed myself I was 149lbs today I am 145lbs. So you know what that means… I don’t have to be afraid to eat durian!
This is going to be short and sweet. I had my mango coconut water smoothie in the morning.
This is how it went down for lunch, me durian and Steely Dan’s greatest hits.
Later I had one of the papayas I got at the Asian market yesterday. Is it just me that hears the angels sing when I cut open a perfectly ripe papaya?
For lunch I had half of a watermelon that I cut up and put in two containers (I forgot to take a picture). I noticed I wasn’t really hungry by lunch time but I ate the watermelon anyway.
After work I stopped at the Asian market
Yes, that is a durian you see in my cart. I was craving jackfruit which is what brought me to the Asian market in the first place. There are a few Asian markets within a few blocks from each other and I went to all of them.
The first market didn’t have any produce. The second market had one jackfruit that was brown and moldy. The third market had a jackfruit but it was green, hard and about 30 pounds so even if it was ripe, I couldn’t afford it. While at the third market I picked up the items pictured above (watermelon, 2 yellow papayas, durian and 2 dragon fruits).
I still wanted jackfruit, so off to Whole Foods I went. The store nearest to my house didn’t have any so I drove 10 minutes to another Whole Foods. Jackpot jackfruit!
There were three slices left and I bought all three. This was all I got from the slices.
Although I know I have to make more budget friendly decisions, I’ve decided not to stress over it. I’m having fun trying new fruits. I’m putting good food into my body which is going to save me money in the long term on doctors visits and other health related expenses. Plus I can always increase my food budget to accommodate my new lifestyle. I’m not going to focus on the destination, I’m going to enjoy the journey.
Fifteen days into the fruit feast and I need a reset. The goal of me starting the fruit feast is to transition to a raw vegan lifestyle. In order for me to make the transition, I need to focus more on what a typical day would look like.
I’ve had so much fun trying new fruits, I haven’t been very practical about how I’m going to sustain this lifestyle. I have to find a balance.
I also jumped the gun on how I wanted to reintroduce solid foods back into my diet. Prior to starting the fruit feast, I had just completed a 114 day juice cleanse. So joining the fruit feast was right on time and seemed like a gentle way to get back on solid foods. The rules of the feast are simple:
- Eat water rich raw sweet fruits
- No botanical fruits
- Drink plenty of water (if needed)
- No nuts or seeds
- No coffee or tea
- Juices and smoothies are allowed but limited to one of each per day
- No herbs or supplements
I was doing fine until I tried durian. I’m not bad mouthing durian, I love it, but I wish I hadn’t been introduced to it so soon.
I had a plan, I wanted to introduce fiber from fruits first, fruit fats like avocado, coconut meat and durian next, then add greens, salad and vegetable fiber, then nuts and seeds.
This was all supposed to take place over a three month period. Eight days into the fruit feast, I try durian for the first time and eat it four days straight!
Now it’s not the end of the world. Durian has lots of health benefits, it’s very satiating and it tastes good (to me). The downside is it’s expensive, it has a pungent odor so I can’t eat it in the house (I live with family), and it contains fat.
Why does this matter? Well for one if I could have it my way, I would eat durian every day. I’m already looking into planning a trip to Thailand or Malaysia where I can openly eat it and try all the varieties. Secondly I have lost over 57 pounds during my juice cleanse and I don’t want to gain it back.
Intellectually I know I would have to eat a whole lot of durian to gain all the weight I’ve lost back, but I have to acknowledge that it is an irrational fear I hold.
I struggled with food addictions and that’s one of the things that led me to do the juice cleanse in the first place, so my mini obsession with durian scares me a little bit.
Maybe my body needs some fat after going so long without it and I’m making a big deal out of nothing. Besides there isn’t anything in fruit like there is in processed foods that causes food addiction.
With that being said, I still want to stick to my plan and reintroduce foods in stages. I want to get a handle on this raw vegan lifestyle and build a strong foundation so I can maintain it for the rest of my life.
I started the day with black mission figs and a Chinese melon. It was my first time having both.
The figs were hit or miss. Some of them had a rich maple syrup flavor and some had no flavor at all. I noticed the ones with flavor had syrup coming out of them so I guess that is an indication of their ripeness.
The melon has a light refreshing taste. Like a cross between a sweet cucumber and celery. Out of the two fruits, I liked the melon the best.
I am spending the weekend at a hotel so I made sure I stocked the mini fridge with plenty of fruit.
As I’ve stated before I started the fruit feast to reintroduce solid food after being on a juice cleanse for 114 days. I didn’t have any fat during that time and I think my obsession with durian may have to do with the fat content. Not that I think that is a bad thing but I wanted to reintroduce one thing at a time so I’m going to stick with high water content fruits.
I can tell there’s a difference in my digestion since I’ve been eating so much durian. It’s slower and I can feel what I eat sitting on my side while it’s digesting.
I’m ending the day with my boo, papaya. I’m going to be eating more papayas and watermelon to get my digestion back on track.