I am in the full swing of classes and have been assigned the DASH diet for one of my classes. For this project, I have to "live the diet" for 7 days, track my progress and write a paper on my experience. This is basically to help the class understand the different diets that future clients/patients will have to go on, based on their health status and needs. The DASH diet is a diet to stop hypertension (high blood pressure) by cutting salt to a bare minimum and reducing fat intake. Luckily, I mostly follow this lifestyle already, but it has been a challenge so far. Although I've only been doing it for 2 days, I am finding it difficult to eat the recommended foods as they are basically 100% cooked. If you have been following my blog for awhile, you probably know that I am working towards a low fat raw vegan lifestyle and am absolutely loving it! This diet, however has higher fat percentage (around 25-30%) and protein (around 15-20%); so naturally the carbohydrates must go down (about 60%).
One thing I do love about this week is that I get to really monitor myself and focus on my food more often than I normally do. Since a mild eating disorder 2 years ago, I have stopped counting calories and being fixated on food, but now I have to do just that for a week to track my progress. Although I have seen a few of my old eating behaviors creeping up, I have been able to manage them and meet my daily goals. I must say, I can't wait to get back to my high fruit and veggie lifestyle though!
Speaking of high energy food...let's get to the real reason you are reading this post!! I will be making this one this weekend for sure and will be posting a picture on twitter, so follow me @LuanaOla
Living Pumpkin Smoothie (for 1, but can easily be doubled or tripled!):
- 2 c pumpkin puree (for fresh: remove skin and chop fresh pumpkin into cubes and blend in a high speed blender or food processor)
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 dates, soaked and reserve liquid if needed for smoothie consistency
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- a small sliver of fresh ginger (1/8-1/4" thick)
- Begin by pureeing the fresh pumpkin, then add the banana, dates, and spices. Blend well, adding leftover date water or almond milk to achieve the consistency you like.
- Sip slowly and enjoy every moment!