Now I'm not about to become obsessed by food nutrition and healthy living, I just want to do the best for my body, to give it a fighting chance of serving me well. I'm not going to make any drastic changes to my diet based on what I read, but I want to incorporate some of the ideas, and introduce them gradually to see what happens.
There are a lot of videos on yoootube, posted by people who have an interest in raw vegan food, something which I want to try. They all say how much better they feel within themselves, how alive and full of energy they are. I am pretty much heading in that direction, but I feel there is still more I can do, so I'm going to make a start.
It will be little steps at first, replacing some of my meals with raw food. I have always loved crunchy fruit and veg, but now I have a problem with chewing, it takes me ages to get through an apple, because most of my back teeth on the lower jaw are missing. I do have a denture but it feels so horrible in my mouth and food gets stuck underneath it, so I don't wear it anymore. My missing teeth doesn't affect my appearance so I don't see any need to wear it.
Anyhow, let's get on, it's a sunny day and I want to get out. I found this book at the Christmas Fair last month and bought it for 50p. It's a bright and colourfull book with all you need to know about making smoothies and juices. An ideal solution to get more raw food down me.
So this morning I decided to change my normal routine of coffee and cereal, or toast, or porridge for breakfast, and go for a smoothie instead. I usually only have one mug of coffee a day, first thing after waking, and it always tastes great. So this is what I did this morning. One banana, one advocado (reduced price), chunks of fresh pineapple from the 20p prepared fruit pack, and a teaspoon of sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, golden linseeds, and a few walnuts.
Put it all in the pot with a splash of water, and whizzed it up with the new stick blender. This I got free of charge with my Tesco vouchers when it was the double up offer. A £20 blender for £10 vouchers. I must say it does the job very well. I had a cheaper stick blender before, and I couldn't clean it properly where the whizzer thingy goes up through the shaft. Horrible brown gunge came out because the seal wasn't very good and the food had seeped inside it. Yuk, it had to go.
The result..... I decided to leave the consistency thick so I could eat it with a spoon, and do you know it was surprisingly delicious. The banana was the prominent flavour, with hints of pineapple and advocado. When you eat it, it's best not to gulp it too quickly, but to swish it around your mouth so it mixes with your saliva, no chewing yipee. This is the start of the digestion process. See, I'm learning already, ha ha. I think I'll be making lots more smoothies and juices, I could get hooked on this.
I can't see me doing this every morning, just yet. Slow steps first, if I see an improvement in the way I feel, I might go to the next level and gradually increase my intake of raw foods. A little at a time I think. Have a nice weekend. Toodle pip.