WIAW (ish): Raw Vegan Food!

Happy Wednesday! For the most part, I’m not going to do traditional “What I Ate Wednesday”‘s anymore, due to some things I talk about in this post in terms of triggering and judgement, etc., BUT, I figure I can show you some stuff I’ve been eating on the regular. This isn’t an example of a specific day of eats, but it’s a general picture of some of my grub. I happen to be doing a Raw Vegan Week with a friend of mine, so it’s a lot of fruits, veggies, salads, and smoothies.

Par example: Watermelon!


And watermelon smoothies! (recipe will be up next week for this gem).


GIANT SALAD with radish, carrot, kale, zucchini!


And my aforementioned Raw Food Week companion made a gourmet dinner for us, which included a raw sweet potato burger on a flax bun, a side of jicama fries and raw ketchup, and a side of amazingly tender local kale with avocado dressing. So delicious!


I’m enjoying this Raw Food Week—I’m not thinking of it as a cleanse so much as a break from cooking. I always enjoy doing food stuff like this with friends, too.

What have you been eating lately? Have you ever done a week of eating only raw foods?

8 thoughts on “WIAW (ish): Raw Vegan Food!

  1. ShannonStevens (@ShannonStevens) says:

    Yay! This is the best WIAW ever!!

    Seriously, though, I’ve been meaning to drop a comment since your original “back to my anti-oppression roots” blog to praise your new direction. And also to praise you for being so open about your journey from the beginning. Reading along with you as you worked through some of these very, very challenging and important issues has had a pretty big influence on me. In the past month I’ve started wearing dresses again (!!!!), which is a big move for me as someone who has recovered from (is always recovering from?) a highly restrictive diet/extreme exercise regiment that kept me severely underweight. . . it’s taken a lot of thinking and reading and thinking some more to realize that just because I don’t look like a magazine or television or film female anymore (my weight normalized about 10 years ago), I am in fact just fine to look at. . . and I’m super healthy! I regularly get my cholesterol and blood pressure checked, and both are ideal. My point being that I fully related to the guilt impulses you would express when not eating “healthy enough,” as well as the triggers that lead us so close to that restricted feeling again.

    OK I’m rambling now. Basically, what I wanted to say, is this: in every stage, your blog has been important to me as a reader in helping me work through the differences between what is healthy and helpful and what is dangerous and oppressive.

    So thank you!! And keep up the fantastic work!!!

    • raechel says:

      Shannon, it makes me so happy to read that I could contribute something positive to your journey with this stuff! I am by NO means an expert or always a role model, but I think having other people to work through these things with is definitely helpful. I’m glad it has been for you. It means a lot, especially because you are someone who I respect and admire so much!

      Can’t wait to team up for another cooking class!

  2. CeCe @Pink Sunshine says:

    I’m starting a raw food fruit and veggie based diet today. I’m having a really hard time wrapping my head around all the carbs that you end up eating without meat or dairy. I was sticking to a Fat/Carbs/Protein ratio of 30/40/30 but I can’t get my carbs any lower then 70% without meat or cheese. Help! I don’t get how that can be good but I want to give it a try.

    • raechel says:

      Hi! The belief of the raw fruit and veggie diet is that you should actually be consuming a ratio closer to 80/10/10 (carbs/protein/fat). The science about whether or not this is best is somewhat disputed, but there has been evidence that suggests it’s ideal for health. If you want to try a raw food diet with less carbs, you could always do a higher fat, more nut-based diet with less fruit. I hope you find something that works for you!

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