Raw Food Challenge-Day 1

by Susan on September 10, 2010

Welcome to day one of our new Rawmazing Raw Food Challenge 21. Before we get into this, I want to let you know that this isn’t going to be your typical raw food challenge. I am not going to be listing everything I eat, or giving you exact menus that you should be eating. I want to make this raw food challenge about you, not me. I want to empower you.

This is going to be about more than just food. It is about your life. It is about taking 21 days to identify and make the changes you want to make in your life, including the most important, what you eat. But I want you to figure out what works best for you. I will give you hints, and tips and suggestions, but essentially, I want you to use these next 21 days to decide what you want to change in your life and commit to doing it.

Challenges

I love challenges. When I decide to do a challenge, something shifts in me. I pick a date, and start preparing. I get myself mentally ready. I know that for the next 21 days, I will commit. I love the 21 day formula because it seems very doable. 30 days seems so long, but 21? We can all do 21!

Commitment

It is time to figure out what you are going to commit to over the next 21 days. It doesn’t have to be 100% raw. It can be a commitment to having a green drink every morning for breakfast. It can be a commitment to giving up coffee.

Take 21 minutes and sit down with a blank piece of paper. Really think about what you want to change. Ask yourself, what are the 5 things I can commit to right now that will make the biggest change in my life. What have I been neglecting, what have I been wanting to do. It could be cleaning out closets, starting an exercise program, de-cluttering. Look at your list, pick out one or two things, and decide how you are going to incorporate these into your 21 day challenge.

I am committing to doing 5 sun-salutations (yoga) every morning and some restorative poses every evening. Not huge, but something that I know will change how I feel and how my body wakes up and goes to bed. I am also going to commit to a 10 minute (not too long but a start) meditation every morning. And personally, I am committing to 100% raw because I feel that is what my body needs right now as I prepare for our cold Minnesota winters.

If you would like, use the comment area to write what you are committing to. At the least, write it down on paper and put it somewhere that you will see it.

Food

I will be eating 100% raw for the next 21 days (with the exception of spices, etc -  I am not a complete martyr.) I am committing to green drinks every morning, and clean food through out the day. As we all know, raw food is actually very easy, it just requires planning. So now is the time to start learning how to plan in advance!

Go to www.rawmazing.com and start looking through the recipe archives. You can find the master list here: Recipe Archives. The two areas that I really pay attention to are snacks and main dishes. Because honestly, if I don’t have that planned out, it is the easiest place for me to become de-railed.

Pick out some crackers and flat breads. They work great in a pinch. You can put raw spreads on them, use them for sandwiches, or just pop them in your mouth for a quick pick-me-up.

Dinner is the other biggest challenge. I like to choose between recipes that I can throw together quickly and ones that take some planning. Get out your paper again and plan out the next week. Just dinner and snacks for today.

Some recipes that don’t require dehydration and can be made quickly:

Basil Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Stuffed Avocados

Tomatoes with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Broccoli Mushroom Stir-Fry

Some of my favorite breads and crackers can be found here: Breads and Crackers

Take a few minutes and work through the recipes. Pick out some favorites and start your personal plan.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Elle (thewaybyelle.blogspot.com) September 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I’m going to join you on this one! I will give you my goals tomorrow night. I’ve got so much to do right now! ; )

Susan September 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Yea Elle! We are going to have some fun!

Krista Rodriguez September 11, 2010 at 12:22 am

My goals:
Raw breakfast, lunch and snacks, light dinner.
Bye bye coffee….ouch!
10 minutes morning quiet time, I know it’s good for me but seems so hard to enforce!
Declutter, declutter, declutter! When the stuff piles up around me I get so cranky!
Go to bed early having prepped for the next day, lunches made, permission slips signed, calendars checked.

I know I feel so much better when I commit to caring for myself 100%. I know I need to take as good of care of myself as I do of my family. For me that definately starts with diet. Green smoothies, fresh juices, big salads, all of those things recharge me from the inside out. I need those things to feel my best. I’d like to try 100% raw during this challenge, not the whole 21 days but I will try to reach 100% raw and really pay attention to how I feel on those days.

I’m so glad to have found your site! It’s great to go through a challenge like this with others.

Susan September 11, 2010 at 12:24 am

Welcome Krista!

Donna September 11, 2010 at 8:11 am

I am committing to this challenge, one day late, but I commit to staying on one extra day. I am committing to the following: uping my intake of good filtered water before each meal with lemon.
Eating breakfast, snacks and lunch as raw and 50 % of my dinners incorporate raw into it.
Using my food dehydrator to make snacks and breads/crackers.
Exercising starting with 3 – 4 days a week to 6 days aweek by the end of 21 days ~ starting a running program combined with aqua size.
Getting to bed earlier ~ 7 – 8 hours.
All the best everyone!!!! Here’s to our 21 day journey to health and well being!!!

ramona September 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I’ll join.
I have to think about my list for a bit.

Deneen September 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I most have missed this when it first came out but I am in, a few days late but in!:)

My goals

strive for 100% raw – currently 90%
drop the popcorn and pretzels that I snack on for the next 21 days
meditate every morning
consistent juicing for 21 days 2 times a day
run 3 times a week and 1 hour activity for the other days

Best of luck to everyone!

Victoria September 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I started my own 30-day raw challenge on August 1st, so I’m going to keep right on going and join ya’ll. I’m challenging myself to stretch twice a day. I’ve only been working out once a week because my schedule has been so crazy, but I’m committing to 3x a week. So far, so good! =)

I did have a few minor slip-ups, but I just crawled back up onto the wagon and we’re on a roll again! =D

Anna September 14, 2010 at 4:01 am

I’m joining you on this!! Today was my first day. Unfortunately it was a bit of a last minute decision once I realised that I’m due to travel in a month’s time so better get started fast. This means I have very little on hand but did fine today with lots of fruit and big salads. Tomorrow my blender arrives which should make a big difference. I really need to work out meal plans if I’m going to stick to it, so the suggested recipes are great.

Another goal is to buy nothing but raw food and essentials – particularly I want to give up buying (and reading) gossip magazines. Hopefully this will be a time of comprehensive cleansing and I certainly don’t need that detrimental junk in my life! I will incorporate some type of meditation and exercise goal, but as my first time going 100% raw I want to wait to see how my body feels and work with what feels right at the time.

CDainMiller September 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Thank you soo much! I am joining you on this as well, and like Anna – but different lol – Tomorrow will be my first day (SO i am starting a bit late) but I am sooo amazed to have found this site due to a tweet a few moments ago about wanting to do 2 weeks of raw. This is amazing, to have a community to do it with. You inspired me so much and the recipes will helpfully hope. I have a huge problem with feeling like I need that salt, and just that feeling of cooked food filling u up… So that will be my biggest problem that I foresee. I am pretty sure I can do it tho!

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