Raw Vegan Challenge

So about a week ago, I joined a 7 day raw vegan challenge. Yes, raw vegan!! There are so many great benefits from eating a raw vegan diet. Higher nutritional value, environmental friendly, increased fiber intake, etc. I was sold! This should be a piece of cake, right?! Wrong! The first couple of days were fine. Green smoothies, fresh fruit, colorful salads… But then I started to get bored with the meals. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of raw vegan recipes. You can pretty much make any meal raw vegan. But some of the meals looked pretty complicated. And I needed more ingredients. So back to the grocery store I go. I made a raw chili with walnuts, sun dried tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, celery and carrots. It wasn’t too bad. It was actually pretty good. My hubby even tolerated it. Ha! But I felt like it was missing something. And I started to feel this way with every meal. I was starting to get anxiety about eating. I wasn’t really enjoying my food. I felt left out during mealtime. My family was eating delicious, flavorful cooked foods and I was eating fruit and salad. I felt like I was depriving myself and it was stressing me out. So I slipped a few times and I felt awful about it. Ashamed!! This is not what I’m suppose to get out of the challenge. I think my approach was all wrong. This was a totally different eating style that I was use to. Challenges are great but I should have eased my way into it. Don’t get me wrong, I did reap a few benefits to this challenge. A lost a few pounds which wasn’t my goal but is always an added bonus. And I gained more energy. But eating should be enjoyable. I don’t want to live a strict, by the book life. And that includes my eating habits. Mostly whole food, plant based is the way to go for me. But I won’t feel bad or deny myself if I want something that doesn’t fit that profile. So I will incorporate more raw vegan foods into my diet but not strictly. Lesson learned…