Challenge 21 Day 21!

by Susan on September 30, 2010

It is day 21 of my 21 day raw food challenge. Honestly, I can’t believe how the time has flown and what a wonderful re-set this has been for me. What have I learned?

1. Just because you are hungry, or the clock says you should be eating, doesn’t mean you have to eat. You can wait until you are around good, clean food.

2. Bad habits can be reset in 21 days.

3. When you change your eating habits, other healthy habits become easier and more desired.

4. Eating raw is not expensive, nor is it time consuming.

5. To be successful at eating raw, you do need to plan.

6. There are so many raw food substitutions that you can use to satisfy food cravings.

7. Food cravings tend to disappear when eating raw.

8. Sweet cravings tend to disappear when eating raw.

9. 21 full days of not feeling bad after I eat.

10. 21 full days of feeling energized after I eat.

11. Making a commitment inspires creativity.

I am grateful for this challenge. I would highly recommend that you do one of your own. Amazing things can be accomplished with just a little dedication and commitment.

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Challenge 21 Day 20

by Susan on September 30, 2010

Just two more days left of my 100% raw challenge. I am diving in, head first to my next cookbook today, No Dehydrator Needed. It is always overwhelming when you are in the planning stage. So much work ahead, but I think this will be a great one for everyone.

It is interesting. As I sit here and contemplate incorporating cooked food back into my diet, I am finding that I am not that excited about it. I feel great right now and I know it is because of how I am eating. My body loves raw food, and isn’t a big fan of a lot of cooked food. The challenge for me will be to keep that 10-20% cooked food clean and pure, with only an occasional deviation into the dark side (cupcakes?).

One of the wonderful side effects from eating all this wonderful food is that I have been exercising more. Somehow they just seem to go hand in hand. I now take a 3-5 mile hike every morning with the dogs. There is this wonderful old growth woods by my house, filled with paths. I seem to not be able to get my day started properly now without the hike.

Have you noticed any other unhealthy habits that are slipping away when you eat healthier?

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Challenge 21 Day 19

September 28, 2010

Today I want to talk about challenges on the raw food diet and how you can meet them. But first, I will report in. I am feeling great. It is so amazing to eat anything I want (within the raw realm) and never feel “bad” after I eat. I have cravings once in a while, […]

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Challenge 21 Day 18

September 27, 2010
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How was your weekend? We had beautiful fall weather here. I did a lot of hiking in the woods with the dogs. Which is a great by-product of the challenge. I did have an interesting experience on Saturday. I was photographing a cooking class. An amazing French chef who’s food makes you want to weep. […]

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Challenge 21 Day 15

September 26, 2010
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I am always amazed at how much will power one can muster when they just put their mind to it. I remember a book, years back called “Flipping the Switch”. And that is exactly how this feels. The decision is made, the date set and all of a sudden, it’s easy to stick to what […]

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Challenge 21 Day 14

September 24, 2010
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We are two weeks in! Only one more to go. I am feeling great, and other than a few moments when I was actually just bored, the challenge has gone very smoothly. I am grateful that it has really inspired me to get in the kitchen and develop a bunch more recipes! I did some […]

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Challenge 21 Day 13

September 22, 2010
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It has been an extremely busy. Starting with an early morning meeting, I have been going almost non-stop. I find that in these circumstances, my old stand-bys don’t work. Old standby: the coffee shop with treats, old standby: quick lunch out, old standby: throwing anything in my mouth I can find because it is “time” […]

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Challenge 21 Day 12

September 21, 2010
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Today, I am having a little bit of a struggle. I have been making great recipes, developing new ones but man would it be great to be able to go to the store and just pick up some raw food treats and not have to worry about making something for a change. Not that I […]

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Challenge 21 Day 11

September 20, 2010
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Brussel Sprouts with Figs I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. I ended up going to the Farmer’s Market and making a haul. Part of my haul is in the picture, above! I threw together a brussel sprout fig dish that is wonderful. I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about […]

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Challenge 21 Day 9

September 18, 2010
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I had a fabulous time this morning at the Mill City Farmer’s Market. What a special place that is. Fully supporting organic and local, there are many merchants there that have amazing, beautiful goods. I was down signing copies of Rawmazing Desserts! Meeting readers is always a highlight for me. And enticing people who are […]

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