I’ve been very lucky to be here with my partner of 10 years and his working with the staff at the Six Senses Laamu Resort has allowed us to enjoy eating at some of the restaurants at little to no cost to us. The 7-Day Raw Diet was the idea of the resident manager of the resort to do a detox with those members of the staff that wanted to partake of the diet. Our meals during this raw diet challenge, has been complimentary to us and we’ve enjoyed every moment, every meal, every conversation and every foodie experience so far.
Day 4’s lunch experience consisted of a chilled avocado and cucumber soup, a veggie sandwich with a home-made flax seed “bread” and date and coconut balls for dessert. To say this was delicious would be an understatement. Talk about visually appealing, these raw diet meals have been, well, just … WOW!
Well, so much for keeping up with my raw diet food posts. So let me take a moment to share a collection of vacation photos instead and then we will get back to the raw diet foodie posts.
I’ve come to learn that the primary cuisine in the Maldives consist of curry, curry and more curry… Vegetable curry, fish curry, chicken curry and beef curry. No pork is eaten in Muslim cuisine. I do not have a very tolerant palette for spicy foods so I’ve learned to use vinegar or yogurt to bring down the heat. Food is always an adventure when traveling and eating local cuisine. One of life’s many opportunities to experience new things.
So, don’t be afraid give things a try, but be prepared with your quick fix remedies and always do some research when eating local to avoid potential food illness, allergies, etc. There’s nothing worse then spending too much time sitting on the potty and less time making memories and having new life experiences.
If you decide to give this diet a try, I would suggest you do some pre-diet reading to make sure you are physically prepared for this eating adventure. Your body will start to change, you might feel nauseous or have increased headaches, or feel weaker because as your body starts to detoxify it’s trying to accomodate for the things that you’re no longer getting in your diet. So, if you eat a lot of fried food, sauces, dairy or junk foods and sugary sweets you will definitely go into a physical withdrawal for these items. Your bodily functions will change as well, so be prepared and it might be necessary for you to refrain from strenuous activity and exercise. Be sure to listen to your body and make adjustments as needed. Keep hydrated.
I’ve been pretty lucky because I’ve been eating pretty healthy prior to participating in this diet with the others. Most of the people doing the raw diet in the group are not vegetarians, so their body purge has been substantially more severe then my own.
So here is today’s picture post of our lunch on day 3 … A fabulous beetroot carpaccio salad with a raw carrot cake with cashew and coconut “chantilly”frosting … No added sugars or sweetners. Fabulous!
Yesterday’s lunch was amazing and filled of nutritional goodness. You wouldn’t think eating a bunch of raw vegetables and nuts could be so satisfying and filling. The portions are not that large but because they are well balanced, you’re body doesn’t crave more food or temptations for snacks or sugary treats. It’s really quite amazing.
Red Pepper & Carrot Soup
But I do know that when you eat this much nutty proteins, your body is going to start to do some detoxing and there is only one way for that to leave your body, if you know what I mean.
This place is absolutely lovely, the staff here at the resort is amazing. So friendly, so helpful, I can’t see how anyone staying here could possibly have a bad experience. Although I have heard about some guests who have asked for refunds for the most irrational reasons. But I won’t go there, our experience so far has been wonderful from all aspects.
So, let me share with you photos of our Day 1 Raw Diet lunch, prepared just for our little group of 3 who are doing this cleanse diet. We started with a beet root and mango, chilled soup. Absolutely delicious.
Our main course was a vegetable summer roll with guacamole and we finished off our meal with a mango, macadamia cashew tart.
If all the meals are this good, sticking with this diet is not going to be a problem at all. A fabulous meal prepared by the chefs at the Six Senses Laamu resort. 😍
Here I am, in the gorgeous, beautiful Maldives on vacation for 21 days. I’m surrounded by palm trees, turquoise water, white sandy beaches and a collection of wildlife to enjoy and mesmerize over.
I’ve agreed to partake in a 7-day raw diet cleanse, with some of the staff, to show support of their efforts to improve their eating habits, even if just for a few days, to a 100% plant-based raw diet. I’m so looking forward to the next 21 days, with the bonus of a 7-day cleanse. 😍
Watch for the food posts over the next few days. As well as the sites of this beautiful Six Sense Laamu resort.
The last few days I have been enjoying some R&R time in Las Vegas with some co-workers and friends. Now that I am a vegetarian, it is not as exciting to go out to eat somewhere because options are limited at home, in Hawaii. So, when I travel I make it a point to venture out and I use a few different search tools to find vegan/vegetarian restaurants near me. My favorite search tools are listed below and I search for restaurants in the order shown:
I love Groupon because I can search for promotions in any city I am visiting. It helps me to learn of new places that have some cool cuisine that I might not find with a normal search. If there isn’t anything popping up that catches my eye, then I move on to a GOOGLE search using the phrase “vegan restaurants near me”.
Now why do I only search vegan and not vegetarian? Well, because vegetarian is too broad a search and you might get a burger place that serves a salad in a vegetarian result. So, I don’t want that. I want a vegan search because it will really fine tunes a menu and produce better options.
So, with a “vegan restaurants near me” search, this brings my options within a 10 mile radius and there are also reviews for the majority of the search results. Once I pick a few names from this search result, I plug them into Yelp. I use Yelp because I want to see what recent photos people are posting and comments they are making about the food. I also like to see how the place looks outside & inside.
It’s not that I have become a food snob, I kind of always have been. It is so important to me to have an awesome vegan/vegetarian experience. I dine out so rarely I just don’t want to be disappointed. I mean if all I want is a so-so dining experience I can go to a chain restaurant with a salad bar.
I strongly feel that if I am going to go through the trouble of hunting down a place to eat, I want the best possible result for my foodie adventure. Give this a try the next time you are traveling to a specific place or maybe just passing through a city or town. You never know what foodie gem you might find.
Personally, I have never been a big seafood eater. Quite unusual for someone who grew up in Hawaii, living an island lifestyle, surrounded by water, fish and an abundance of marine life the is a normal diet for an islander. Being Native Hawaiian, where my ancestors were raised on food from the ocean, I have never really acquired a taste for fish and other sea creatures as food. But then again, I never really learned how to swim either. Who doesn’t learn how to swim when you live on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Crazy! Welcome to my world, LOL.
For all of you seafood lovers, or should I say former seafood lovers, this might be an option for you. There are now vegan options for lobster, shrimp, and other seafood from Sophie Kitchen. It is not likely I will be giving any of these a try, but hope you find this meal option enjoyable and to your liking.
Sophie Kitchen releases two new vegan seafood options!