Raw Foods Detox, Girl Time, and Good Runs


So by Thursday night, I was definitely feeling the gluten/processed foods hangover.  I’m still not convinced that I have, personally, any gluten-sensitivity…it just may be that most gluten containing foods are also processed foods – but either way, ugh.  I felt totally and constantly full, even though I didn’t eat much, and the couple of days of having gluten in my meals (pita bread with my falafel, breads, crackers, etc), and I was left feeling pretty icky.

I woke up on Friday and decided that the entire day would be raw foods (minus the coffee, of course).  So, I started the day with some fresh juice.

kale, apple, carrot, orange, strawberry juice!

For lunch, I went to my very favorite (and only…but that does not detract it from being fantastic) raw vegan restaurant in Norfolk, Quenna’s.  Friday’s are Avocado Friday’s, so I had the avocado sandwich, with stuffed tomatoes and “sunbeam” salad.  It was all amazingly refreshing and filling.  I didn’t take any pictures, sorry – but trust me.  Fantastic!

Dinner was a salad with romaine, cucumbers, dried cranberries, corn, tomato, and radish.  By the end of the day, I was feeling pretty much normal.

tossed with a homemade dressing

Saturday was a mostly raw day with some raw oatmeal (soaked buckwheat blended with a large date and vanilla, and topped with some dried fruit).  For lunch I had a raw sammich (I made a batch of raw rye “bread” in the dehydrator on Friday, and topped it with avocado, red onion, tomato, and spinach that was marinated in a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, and spices).  I will say – this particular batch of raw bread has been my very favorite so far, and I can see making this regularly.

raw oatmeal is SO good....
raw bread dough heading into the dehydrator
finished bread
my raw sammich!

Dinner was cooked food.  Thai food with S to be exact.  Fresh tofu spring rolls, tofu green curry, and red wine.  All gluten-free, of course.

Today I had the rest of the raw oatmeal for breakfast (which I fast see becoming a staple), and went to lunch with AC after church at Pasha’s, where I had my stand-by of red lentil soup and kale/beet salad.  Dinner was Mac & Trees (gluten-free) from Appetite for Reduction.

Mac & Trees made with quinoa elbow noodles

All told, I’m feeling more like myself the past few days, and for that I’m grateful.  You’d think I’d learn my lesson when it comes to eating processed foods.  Processed foods = feeling like crap.  A smart girl would avoid that.

So I will note that the next few months will be interesting with regards to food and caloric intake as my training schedule ramps up.  I have to get away from the mindset that my best fuel is toast, pancakes, or pretzels if I’m going to keep this gluten-free thing up.

Aside from all this, my dehydrator has gotten a crazy workout.  Raw breads, kale chips (about 3 lbs worth, and A ate them ALL), and some banana/cinnamon chips.  I’m reading my camping/hiking trail cooking books, and I’m going to have to start planning major dehydrator sessions to get ready!

prepping for some banana chips!
these are in the Excalibur right now!!! Banana - sliced uniformly on my mandolin - with some cinnamon sprinkled on top


I found myself in downtown Norfolk at the wee hours of the morning, so I did my run down there.  I missed my tri club run because A had to be downtown around 8am, and D was taking R to swimming.

The run was great.  I LOVE running in new areas, and Ghent is just fun.  The houses are huge and old, as is the neighborhood in general.  But it’s also über trendy, so a combination of big old houses and hip yuppies walking their dogs and kids to Starbucks was just fun and energizing.

My run was only 45 minutes (plus a 5 min warmup and 5 min cool down).  I felt like I could have easily doubled that, but I had to be back to the van for when A’s volunteering was over.  It’s a good thing I ran when I did, because 2 minutes after I finished, it started to rain…and didn’t let up all day.

I will give a big shout out to my husband D, who often knows me better than I know myself.  As I was getting ready to leave that morning, I really didn’t want to run or go to the gym.  He told me to be prepared to, because I’d just feel better if I went.  And he was right.  Not long after I parked, I was itching to run, so if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have been prepared to.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of my Tri training plan.  I still haven’t picked the ones I’m doing, but I’m leaning towards one in DC, plus here in Virginia Beach.


It’s been a good, if not busy weekend.  Friday after work was about bulk grocery shopping.  Sam’s club hauls of spinach, mushrooms, cabbage, fruit, and dried fruits.  It was pretty fun, actually.

Saturday was busy in a different way.  Chauffering mostly.  It’s audition time at my daughter’s high school for students applying for next year, and she volunteered for this weekend.  She was assigned the job of photographer, so it was her responsibility to take pictures of all the applicant’s art work for the judges.  To give you an idea….when she had to audition and was accepted to the program – she was one of 19.  It’s pretty competitive, and it’s fun to watch her help out the new kids trying to get it.

After getting back home around 11, it was time for a post-run shower, lunch, and then back to downtown with all 3 kids for haircuts.  That took nearly 2 hrs (without getting into too much detail, A’s haircut took forever because one girl kept screwing it up, and she ended up with 2 people just to fix it).

post hair-cut R
post hair cut M
post hair cut A

Then it was back home, drop off the girls, and take M shopping for a birthday present for his friend.  Then time to take him to the party, and then meet up with S for dinner.  Since we hung out at the Thai place for so long, we decided to hit up a local bar for a quick beer before I had to pick M up at 10.

I will say…that Busky’s is pretty much a red neck bar.  It’s a couple blocks from where I live, and is good for a beer or two (just ask my Dad about their pitchers of Blue Moon!).  What neither S nor I expected was a band of 4 white boys doing a pretty good job of playing live reggae music.  Sometimes I really love VA!

Today was babying my husband and R who are sick, then church, then brunch with AC.  She’s going to have a baby any day now, and I get to keep her other two!  I have so many plans for them (they’re 5 and 2 1/2).  Cooking, swimming, playing, and general spoiling rotten.  It’s going to be so much fun!!!

Afterwards it was time to hit up the fabric store.  I wanted to yesterday, but ran out of time.  I’m re-upholstering my dining room chairs, and am looking for fabric.  Unfortunately, the really nice place isn’t open on weekends, and I had no luck at the other ones.

So I’m wrapping up all my fun things (like blogging!) so I can get to bed in the next hour.  One of these days, my alarm going off at 420am won’t annoy me.  I hope!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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