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.
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!
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.
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:
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.