Thursday, September 25, 2014

I only eat fruit.

This past week I've been reading about the Fruitarian diet. I'm surprised that many people have never heard of it. I've known about it for a while and thought it was absolutely crazy (sorta like when people just juice).

A vegetarian running blog I read (No Meat Athlete) has been posting about it recently and said the diet of almost all raw fruits and vegetables made him feel amazing and need less sleep. That's pretty cool, right? Except when you realize you have to eat 8 bananas in one serving. He also lost a ton of weight and decided it wasn't for him, but it got me doing some research.

I honestly had a really good laugh at this video where the guy says "I had 15 oranges for breakfast." SERIOUSLY? How long does it take to peel and eat 15 oranges? It would take me all morning. I also had fun telling Aaron I'm going to eat nothing but fruit from now on. Including fruit flavored ice-cream. He wasn't as amused as me.

However, all of the reading did bring me back to the year or so when I tried to eat mostly/almost all raw food during the day with a cooked dinner. I felt great! Then I spent the summer in Mexico and couldn't eat raw vegetables without disinfecting them, so I got off track. With all of the business travel I do now my diet definitely leaves something to be desired. Although my friends and coworkers think I'm healthy, there is just way too much cheese, dairy, and white flour involved with eating on the road. (Also, is beer a raw fruit?)

While I won't be going all Fruitarian, I'm going to make an effort to get back to more raw fruits and vegetables during the day. It is pretty easy: smoothies for breakfast, huge salads for lunch (thank you salad bar!), fruit and raw veggie snacks. Before you know it you've gone the whole day with zero grains, refined sugar, or cooked food.

In the meantime... if anyone gives fruitarianism a try, let me know how that goes for you. And also let me know how long it takes to eat 15 oranges.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Soup weather

The only good things about fall are boots and soup. I was really dreading the change to fall weather, but then I remembered I have about 1,000 soup recipes I haven't been able to use for the last 4 months. So many dinner options! Soup is easy to make, easy to freeze, and great for using up our CSA vegetables. I also had a growing supply of frozen veggies in the freezer to make veggie broth with (so much cheaper and better than buying it- you should make it at home).

Here are some of my favorite soup recipes to keep you warm/stock up your freezer:

Soothing Red Lentil Soup - It is soothing! I like it with extra lemon.

Carrot Ginger Soup - A favorite for a couple of years. We made it this week and it is still amazing! (requires an immersion blender unless you are brave enough to put hot liquids in your stand up blender... I'm not)

Stale Bread Soup - just make it.

Coconut Red Lentil Soup - something about the golden raisins in this soup make it the best.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Split Pea Soup - one of Aaron's favorites.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Surprise! (not a surprise) We have a wonderful second puppy named Micah who hasn't had the honor of being featured on my blog (because I haven't posted in a long long time). Here are some adorable photos from the first few months we had him at home. He is now almost as big as Moses and has improved in temperament and behavior immensely (he was a little bit of a shit when we got him).

We now know what its like to keep a house clean with two dirty dogs and are looking for a bigger house so they can spread out a little. Enjoy the adorableness!