I'm not sure if I've discussed this previously, but a secondary reason for me to try a raw diet was indigestion. Before I tried going raw, I was experiencing terrible indigestion in the morning. I was throwing up clear puddles of acidic liquid each morning. It got so bad that I thought i was pregnant (morning sickness), and eventually I had blood work done. It turned out I was not pregnant, so the doctor recommended I take an antacid. Long story short, the antacids didn't work, but the raw diet did.
Corn & Black Bean Salsa
2 tomatoes, dices
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cucumber, diced
3 thick slices of red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
cilantro to taste
couple splashes of vinegar
1 can of corn (use fresh if in season!)
1 can of black beans
- Toss together all of the diced veggies.
- Rinse canned ingredients well, and add to veggies.
- Add cilantro and a couple splashes of vinegar. (The recipe I found called for lime juice, but I didn't have lime juice, so I used vinegar. Feel free to use lime juice if you have it. It would probably be better.) I used garlic flavored rice wine vinegar. It's just what I had on hand. I'm sure any mild vinegar would be fine.
- Scoop into bibb lettuce for veggie tacos (pictured above), or eat it with tortilla chips.
I'm sure this would be really great with garlic and jalapeno, if you care for a more intense flavor. If this is a little bland for you, you could easily dress it up with a little bit of greek dressing, or even your favorite homemade dressing!
Other than eating salsa and green smoothies, I'm going to try to include more whole foods in general into my diet. Easy on-the-go stuff like apples, bananas, grapes, and cherries. At least at first.
And speaking of smoothies, I just made an awesome smoothie this morning. Kale, strawberries, bananas, coconut oil, and hemp seeds. The coconut oil and hemp seeds really leveled it out and kept me full all morning! If your smoothies haven't been keeping you full, try adding some seeds and/or oil!