April 19, 2013

I'm Going Raw

Remember that time I told y'all about my "30 before 30" list? Remember reading #9: Eat a raw diet for 3 days straight? Remember how I looked back at 'said' #9 and thought "What a terrible idea!"

Well...it's happening. Whether I like it or not.

That's right folks...next Monday, April 22 I am officially going raw...but it's not for just 3 days...it's for an entire friggin' week. (Genius idea, Stephanie. Genius.)

Believe you me, this is NOT going to be easy. (Have I told you about the time I did a vegan challenge and didn't even make it 4 days? Oh ya-it happened.) In saying this, I'm making it a group effort because it's obvious there is no way in HELL-O I could do something like this on my own and there is NO way in HELL-O Beau is doing this with me. Granted, I do eat healthy about 85% of the time but a raw diet is 100% healthy 100% off the time. (Good lord what have I just gotten myself into?) I need you, your help and your sanity starting next Monday.

What I'm saying is I need you to do this with me. (Picture me in full-on begging mode...) Come on...it can't be that bad. Just raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds for 7 days. Yes? I know all of you are looking down at your thunder thighs hoping they'll magically shrink themselves. I know you're all dreading walking into Victoria's Secret and trying on that first bikini of the year. And I know you're all wanting to find a way to get that layer of winter flab off your belly. OK, so maybe I'm talking about myself here but you get the idea.

Here's what will happen.

I provide you with a food list and a yummy recipe and you participate with me. Capiche?! I encourage you to blog, tweet, pin or Instagram your raw journey because God knows I will be too...you know...for accountability purposes. Let's hashtag it up while we're at it with  #RAWWEEK2013.

I'm not going to even ask you if "you're in" because I'm going to assume you all are. ;)

As promised...here's your food list:

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Here's a small list of what a raw diet can do for you:

• rid your body and gut of harmful toxins
• absorb essential nutrients to help you feel and live your best
• improve digestion with enzymes found naturally in fruits in vegetables
• lose weight
• clear up brain fog
• improve complexion
• cleanse the body and mind
• heal your body from years of harmful food ingestion
• break your unhealthy relationship with food

I'll take ALL of the above.

I fully believe that food is a source of fuel for our bodies. The more colorful your plate is, the more colorful your life will be. The idea behind a raw diet is to feel alive, just like the food on your plate. When you heat food, whether it be on the stove, grill, oven or microwave, you cook out all the important nutrients that your food once stored. By following a raw diet, everything you eat is fresh, colorful and vibrant, and is exactly how you can feel once you've rid your system of "the junk".

One of the main reasons people have a difficult time sticking to a 100% raw food diet is because they don't eat enough food throughout the day and find themselves starving. (Umm hello...no meat?!) In an effort to help you succeed, I've done extensive research and put together a sample meal plan for ya. (You're welcome.) I've also decided my juicer is going to be my very best friend next week. Keep in mind these are just ideas so feel free to get creative and if you have any raw meal ideas, please leave them in the comment section below for the rest of us to see!

Breakfast:
• Fresh juice (kale, pineapple, cucumber, lemon, celery)
• Fruit salad (mixture of melons and berries)
• 1/2 avocado with grapefruit

Lunch:
• Lettuce roll ups (romaine lettuce stuffed with avocado, cucumbers, sprouts, carrots, tomatoes and onion-have fun with this!)
• Veggies dipped in fresh guacamole or guacamole salsa
Salad in a glass
• Salad topped with fresh veggies and mango salsa

Dinner:
• Large spinach salad loaded with fresh fruits and/or vegetables topped with fresh lemon/lime juice, fresh salsa, or guacamole salsa
Cucumber salad with large side of fresh fruit
Grape tomato and avocado salad (using a cold-pressed olive oil)

Snacks:
• Raw nuts/seeds
• Dried fruits
• Banana with almond butter

Dessert:
Cocoa-nut banana slices
• Pecan pie bites (recipe below)

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Raw/Vegan Pecan Pie Bites
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups Medjool dates
Instructions:
  1. In a food processor, combine pecans, cinnamon and orange juice and pulse into small chunks.
  2. Add dates and mix well.
  3. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls and place on parchment paper.
  4. Refrigerate and enjoy!
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Remember! The key to a successful raw diet is to EAT ENOUGH FOOD! This is your excuse to eat all day, ever day, as long as you're consuming nothing but raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds!

If you're looking for a few great raw resources, here are some of my recent faves:
Whew! Ok. That was a lot. I know. (Actually-I think this is the longest blog post I've ever written.) But this is why you have a few days to mull it over and get yourself prepared. I fully expect to see your hashtags all over the social media world and can't wait to see how many of you are in for the challenge!

Like I said...it's only 7 days!

18 comments:

  1. You are brave! Although i cant join in on the fun of the "raw" (makes me wanna say RAWRRR) diet i am on a very lean diet of my own. Good Luck, you can do it!!!

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  2. I told myself I was going to start Monday too! We'll see how it goes!

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  3. I will totally do this with you! I have been wanting to do it and heck, why not now! :)

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  4. I did this for the first part of this week!! Alright, I will join in and do it again with you this week! :-) #rawweek2013

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  5. ummmmm good luck!

    If you need more recipes head over to fitnessista...she went to raw school.

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  6. Good luck! I'm on day 3 of a 7 day juice cleanse. A 10-15 minute power walk does wonders for clearing your head in those moments that you want to give in!

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  7. OK so I am totally intrigued by this. I am a little concerned that I will be starving all day every day, but like you said I just need to eat...all day lol ;)
    Can we have coffee?!??!!??

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  8. You know what's great about this? I bet you'll feel so full eating all those nutrient packed foods you won't have any cravings. So that's a bonus :)

    I am so grateful you introduced me to the YF challenge. I've been YF/paleo for over 2 months now, I'm down 12 lbs, and I feel better than I've ever felt. I own that to you! You were the one that gave me the motivation and inspiration. My hubby and I have made the "challenge" a lifestyle. Who knew being healthy could taste and feel so good!!

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  9. I've been slowly but surely phasing into clean eating...my daily food intake consists of fresh fruits and veggies, lean organic meat, organic granola, corn chips, and hummus. Then I have days like yesterday where I have a drink, pick up chicken satay and rice and nibble on Reeses PB chips for dessert. Whoops! ;) Good luck, you'll do great! You will definitely motivate me to stick to good food decisions! A lot of the time I'll crave something and even though I know it'll make me feel horrible, I eat it anyway. Worst habit ever.

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  10. Good luck! I won't be joining the Raw Week but, am definitely getting back on YF full time! Have a great weekend!!!

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  11. I sat here and looked at this post for about 20 minutes and finally decided to print out the guide and join you next week! After the nasty virus I had last week I decided that I need a good week of super clean eating!

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  12. yep...you are brave! I can't go an our without carbs or something similar...and pregnancy is funny, I want sooo bad to eat super healthy but sometimes the only thing that tastes good is breakfast tacos and brownies haha

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  13. I am doing a motified, raw diet. Check it out http://kiskatie.blogspot.com/

    Thank you for the movitation and the inspiration! I'm excited :)

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  14. Good luck! I hope you'll post before/after info for us. I'd love to know how it works for you. I'm so nervous to try it. I eat too many carbs and meat. Ooops!

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  15. I don't have a juicer, can I just use naked juice instead? I have most of next week off work, so I think I will try it

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  16. Joining you next week hopefully it goes super well!

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  17. Eating crawfish with Irvin and reading your blogg.....our phones are so dirty right now

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  18. one thing that it also helps with is increasing the if fiber you get on a normal basis so it'll help keep you regular ;-) is crawfish on this plan?

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