Raw Challenge 21 Wrap Up

by Susan on February 22, 2010

At the end of January, I had an idea. I decided to do a raw food challenge for 21 days in the dead of winter. I eat almost 100% raw in the summer, it’s easy. I am  mostly raw in the winter and love trying new raw food recipes. But I have always given myself a little excuse room to indulge in foods I wouldn’t normally eat. This past holiday season, the excuse room got a little too big and I found myself really wanting to get back to 100% raw. Thinking that eating raw in the middle of the winter, the cold Minnesota winter, would be a great way to discover the challenges that we face when choosing this path, I made the commitment. I am extremely glad I did.

Not only did I get a great picture of what my triggers were, I regained my energy, and my mental clarity. My skin improved dramatically and I lost 10 lb. I released many cravings and discovered what my weak times and areas are. It was a great challenge to do and I highly recommend you do it.

A few of the tips I discovered:

1. In the winter we crave heartier food. We want food that is dense and warm. You can fulfill those desires with more nuts and grains.

2. Use your dehydrator like a crock pot. Toss your veggies in oil and seasoning in the morning, throw them in the dehydrator and by supper time you will have a warm, tasty dinner waiting for you.

3. Planning becomes much more important when doing raw in winter. You need to think ahead and plan your meals and snacks in advance so you have plenty of time to prepare them.

4. Become aware of what your habits are so that you can over come the bad ones. Sometimes all it takes is making sure you have some raw food with you to help you avoid the unhealthy alternatives.

5. Don’t let your food be sneaky. Look it directly in the face and think about the consequences of eating it. And them remind yourself how great you feel when you are eating healthy food. Be careful of slipping into complacency.

To see all of the posts for the Raw Challenge 21, click here –> Raw Challenge 21

It is day 22 and I have yet to even want anything not raw.

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bitt February 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm

awesome! i love the dehydrator as a crock pot. it would make the house smell good too. :-)

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Eco Mama February 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Oh I didn’t see the tab! I’ll have to go back and read and get caught up. I’m doing a high raw detox and it’s wonderful and insightful, there are definitely things I won’t go back to again. Good for you Susan! yaay!
xo
Eco Mama

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Roxanne February 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Congratulations Susan! Be proud of yourself. You have the best Raw Food blog in the whole World Wide Web! Fantastic talent. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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hihorosie February 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing!

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sioux February 23, 2010 at 3:29 am

Thanks for these tips, as well as posting the entire experience online. This is my second winter since going high-raw and the support and insight you offer really helps. Your site is gorgeous to boot! Off to meal plan…

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Nikki @ yummy raw kitchen February 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

Congratulations on doing so well! Winter is a time for warming comfort foods for me, and I love keeping the dehydrator full of goodies, for the smell and the warmth :).

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Melissa February 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm

congrats on your winter raw challenge!! That’s really awesome and you have discovered a lot about yourself which even a greater accomplishment.

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Stefania (Ingredients for Life) February 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Such a simple tip but I’ve never thought of putting veggies (other than kale) in my dehydrator.

Sounds like you had a great 21 days.

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LoveFeast Table February 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

I haven’t gone totally raw ever….however, I like to incorporate and substitute in healthy food habits. I like the idea of a dehydrator…hmmm. I’ll definitely visit again…I’d like to learn more….Also, your site is beautiful and the lead picture of the frost….so Minnesota. :) ~Chris Ann (the MN side of LoveFeast Table)

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Dot D. February 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

Like Eco Mama, I too did not see the tab for the challenge, and wondered how you were coming along. Thought maybe you gave up early on…..tsk, tsk on my part. Now I’m going back to read it all. Thanks for posting your experience and giving such great tips and advice. I love this website!

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Sarah February 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Thank you, Susan, I wish to try out the crock pot idea, along with the other ideas.

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Kelly Parr February 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Five powerful suggestions as we push through these cold months! I really like how you compared a crock pot to the dehydrator… good analogy! ….and number FIVE was a favorite too….. stare down… great visual! Next time when a big fat chocolate cookie tries to seduce me… I am going to look it square in the “chips” and have a stare down – and ME.. coming up the winner!
Thanks for sharing this with us today…there is hope for us yet!

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Brigitte February 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Hi Susan,
Thank you so much! Your tips are fabulous! Winter is tough, even in California where it’s not that cold, but can be very wet and still dark way too early! Again, you’ve inspired me!

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Nancy Zare, WellnessWiz February 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Congratulations. Your post is very clear, no doubt from the cleanse you just completed. I appreciated your tips. This is my first raw winter and I’m glad that I’ve been able to maintain this food plan so far. I like warm soups, which I heat in a double boiler to keep from cooking. It’s like a savory green smoothie but warm.

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junglegirl February 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I guess everyone is different. When I first went raw it was the middle of winter in Washington state. Not the coldest place in the world, but it still snows. Not knowing anything about raw food (10 years ago, there were no blogs about this), I just put vegetables in the blender with warm water to bring it to room temp and lived on that for 4 months straight. I added a tbl or so of flax oil and avo maybe once or twice a week. I was cold but then my mom keeps her thermostat at 68 religiously. Says it’s better for health which I’m sure is true, but…! Eventually, I discovered that adding a few slices of ginger to whatever I’m eating makes an immediate difference and leaves me feeling warm to the core for at about 3 hours.

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Susan February 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Honestly, there is a huge difference when you go below freezing for weeks on end. Temps like -20 get difficult to bear when completely raw. I actually keep my house at 62 all winter to battle the horrible heating bills we can have here. It goes down to 54 at night. For me, warming spices and ginger just can’t cut that kind of cold.

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Ray Hacquard February 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

What is a dehydrator?? Where can I get one?
Thanks

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Susan February 28, 2010 at 12:58 am

You can read about dehydrators here: http://www.rawmazing.com/articles/dehydration-questions/ We have them available in the Rawmazing store, here: http://www.rawmazing.com/rawmazing-store-2/

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