I’m not a vegetarian.
Nor, a vegan.
I am, however, a whole-foodist. I eat a predominantly plant and whole grains diet, but I also enjoy high quality lean meat, seafood, and poultry. I also try to incorporate a large proportion of raw food into my meals as well, Happies. You know, variety and all that.
Of all the research I’ve been doing over the past year or so, I’ve found that eating a diet rich in greens, many different vegetables, and whole grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa and oats (to name just a few) is a pretty damn good idea. Especially if you want to live for a long time, and not get nasty, totally preventable diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease.
Which brings me back to my idea. I figured that everyone loves a theme. Right? Too right. So, to encourage all of you (and the world) to eat more wholefoods, I’d make it fun, exciting, and not-at-all intimidating.
The idea? Raw Meal Mondays. Hooray! Brilliant! Clap, clap, clap!
I thought that by encouraging people to have just one totally raw meal a week, at the beginning of their week, they would start off on the right foot and be encouraged to have, say, one raw meal a day. Or three times a week. Or whenever, because let’s face it, one is better than none. And three is even better than that.
We all know that Mondays tend to be the ‘beginning’ for many people. It’s the day you start a diet, or a juice cleanse, or a pattern of some sort. I always find that if I start the week off eating badly, the entire week suddenly becomes a right off and I’m out of balance for a whole 7 days. Simply because I couldn’t get my shit together on Monday.
It doesn’t have to be hard, or painful. Try switching your regular Vegemite on toast for a green smoothie made with avocado, greens, cucumber, and apple. Or, raw oats with chia seeds, nuts, and some homemade almond milk. Or, a massive salad for lunch with every vegetable you could imagine. Or a tasty chia seed parfait. Or…the list is endless.
Here are some great sites I recommend for recipe inspiration…
I also thought we could create a little community here on The Happiness Cocktail, where we share recipe ideas and keep each other motivated to take part in Raw Meal Mondays. Tell your friends, spread the word, and help create a fun, exciting, and entertaining market place of ideas and recipes about food, health, and wellbeing. Who wouldn’t want that, right?
Definitely not this guy, who I stumbled across when googling images for ‘Hooray Monday’…
What do you say, Happies? Are you in?