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The RAW Blog: 100+ Days Raw - 35 Pounds Lost

Friday, November 06, 2009

Well hello!

So sorry I've been off the boards for a few weeks. I was managing three - 3!! - conferences- one in Chicago, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco. Now they are all behind me - a big success every one of them. No more long nights and weekends for a while -at least not until next April when it all picks up again. And I'm looking forward to my vacation coming up in two weeks. I'm going to spend two lovely weeks with my wonderful parents at their home in Montana. The last time my Mom saw me I weighed 256 pounds. Today I weigh 212. Boy, is SHE going to be surprised!!! I can't wait to see the look on her face when she picks me up at Glacier International Airport. I just know she's going to cry. And I probably will too.

I'm just so darn happy....... :)

You may have noticed that I'm no longer tracking at the top of my blog how many days I've been a Raw girl. After hitting 100 days this last Monday, I'm not counting anymore.

When I started the 7 Day Raw Challenge on July 27 I could not imagine that I would still be Raw 100+ days later. I did 7, then committed to 14, then another 30, and another 30. It just got easier and easier as I went along.

Here's the latest review of the stats:

July 27: 247 pounds (I only lost 9 pounds from January 09 (256) to July 27 on a low carb plan)
Today: 212 pounds

July 27: Size 18 -20 pants, 2X - 3X on tops depending on style.
Today: Size 16 Misses, XL Misses

I am no longer shopping in the Women's department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When that happened 2 weeks ago I ran out of the dressing room and grabbed the closest saleslady to share the good news. She gave me a high five. It was sweet.

July 27: Energy Level: -(negative) 5
Today: 8 on a scale of 1 - 10

July 27: Brain Fog ----- Bad, bad, bad
Today: What brain fog?

July 27: Complexion ----red, pimply, tired, grey in areas
Today: Clear to sunny, glowing. Still have occasional breakouts in the chin area. I'm going to take TRUSTYRUSS's advice and avoid the citrus for a few days. Could that be the reason?

July 27: Mood - Depressed, angry, sad, frustrated
Today: Happy, hopeful, looking forward to every day

In case you don't know already, I have hypothyroidism. Since being diagnosed in 2000 I have struggled and struggled with my weight. I have tried every diet under the sun. I exercised like crazy. It took forever to just loose 5 pounds and by then I'd be so frustrated and depressed I'd drown my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's or a bag of Snicker's bars. The 5 pounds it took 2 months to lose came back on overnight.

I lost 8 pounds after only 7 days Raw. Finally, FINALLY, I have found something that works for me. I am NEVER bored with my food. I never go hungry (I eat until satisfied). I don't measure. I don't count calories. Honest to God, I don't really even THINK about food anymore. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm CALM around food. I control it. It doesn't control me.

AND - over these last 100+ days I have not had the time to exercise as much as I should. (I'm not recommending that you don't exercise! Just pointing out that this 35 pound loss came with very little exercise). At most I have walked or hiked 2 days a week and I do occasional yoga. Now that my schedule has returned to normal I am beginning a weight lifting routine and have committed to a 30 minute minimum walk every day.

I have decided when I reach my first goal of 190 pounds (sometime in late January I'm guessing) I will share my first set of before and after pictures. I, like many of you out there I'm sure, have avoided the camera for some time. I'm the one hiding in the back behind everyone else.

I'm not hiding anymore.

I'm just so grateful I found this lifestyle. Or, did it find me?

Thanks to all my SPARKIE FRIENDS for their love, support and encouragement.

ONWARDS!

Be well,
Diz

  
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ATRANSFORMATION 11/19/2009 9:44PM

    SO good to read this. You ARE an inspiration!

Mangos. Are you eating mangos? They are related to poison ivy and the skin can cause a rash or redness around mouth. Common problem. Easy to resolve by making sure you cut the skin off the mango, and then WASH YOUR HANDS!

We just got BACK from Chicago. GREAT city, eh?

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ANNIE_1015 11/8/2009 5:07AM

  Diz - I loved reading your blog. You are such an inspiration! All the best to you. I'm sure you will reach your goal by January.

It's funny, but Bobbi was inspired by you and then I was inspired by Bobbi (and now you). I think it is contagious! I'm not raw yet, but I am moving toward clean.

Keep going girl!

Annie

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FLORIDASUN 11/7/2009 11:14PM

    Hey...our Diz girl is back...yay..we missed you SO much! I'm happy that you had success with your conventions..that is awesome..3 at the same time..what are you..some type of wonder woman or what??? I'm still plugging away..doing great with the RAW/CLEAN a few little mis steps here and there..but I get right back up and commit anew the next day. I feel WAY too good to ever go back to the awful feelings I had before.

Who would have thunk it...I came across this interesting blog by an interesting Spark buddy named DIZ...it was some kind of wonderful from that point forward!

Thanks for being you! Hugs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZAEZAE 11/7/2009 11:04PM

    Diz!!!!!! So happy that you survived your busy season and to hear that it's a smashing success!! Wow - what an AWESOME achievement....it will be the sweetest moment when you see your mom and see the look in her eyes, memorize that and save it in your heart. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!

I've missed you tons and I can't wait to see those photos!

I'm hoping to order my dehydrator tonight...I really want one to use for my family and sort of sneaking them into raw in some way. I mostly think my son will really really love kale chips and stuff like that.

Oh yeah, and I'm getting a juicer for Christmas (thank you MIL!) I'm so happy she's actually getting me something I want/need...so awesome! I haven't gone totally raw, but really aspire too. Still trying to find what my body like the most.

Sorry to ramble - so glad to get back in touch with you!

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BAMATEACHER 11/6/2009 8:45PM

    You're an inspiration! Thanks for continuing to share your story.

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CHRYS13 11/6/2009 7:38PM

    What a wonderfully positive blog! I'm so happy for you....glad you're back and that the conferences were successful. That seems to be a pattern for you now, personally and professionally! emoticon Congratulations on your successes and best wishes for a wonderful vacation with your family in Montana!

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The RAW Blog: Fall Cleanse Day 2

Monday, October 12, 2009

[77 days Raw and counting]

You would think that after 77 days living on raw foods that I would be past the detox stage.

It's interesting, doing a cleanse, when you already think you're following the system pretty well. It reminds you that you it takes more than 77 days to clean out years and years and years of toxic build-up.

Other than the lightheadedness yesterday afternoon, I haven't had any headaches. But my face is beginning to break out. Not the huge, subcutaneous stuff (sorry to gross you out) from my first week raw, but unattractive little bumps nonetheless.

Also, I had trouble sleeping last night.

But by this afternoon I felt renewed energy. I got outside and did some yard work (we're supposed to have heavy rain and wind all day tomorrow). Right now, I'm feeling pretty good!

I just want to give you an idea of what you might expect if you decide to do this cleanse.

Here's what I ate today (so far):

About 10 valencia oranges - juiced. This came out to four full glasses. I sipped on this from 7:00 am - 8:00 am.

Later I had about 5 bananas.

Around lunch time I had a green drink (juiced, not a smoothie) consisting of 1 head of kale, about 1/4 head of spinach, 3 stalks celery, 1 whole cucumber, and 1 apple.

I confess this one was not easy to swallow. I do not like kale and spinach. Fortunately, I plan to only have this 3, maybe 4 times this week (until the ingredients run out).

Later in the afternoon I had a whole apple.

I just finished a salad of romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, celery and tomatoes with lemon juice squeezed on top.

Now, I LOVE my salad dressings so I thought it would be really hard to have a salad with no olive oil.

My taste buds have changed quite a bit since going raw! It was a delicious salad. Very flavorful. I'll try it tomorrow with lime instead of lemon.

Later on, if I'm feeling hungry, I'll have a papaya/banana pudding. The papaya is getting pretty ripe so I need to eat it soon.

Oh, by the way, 2 pounds down since yesterday. But this week isn't so much about the weight loss as it is about getting back on track with the raw basics of fruit and veggies. And also, building up my energy stores for a challenging week next week as I'm off to Chicago for another event.

Be well,

Diz

P.S. Someone, I think FLAMENM, was asking about B12. That is the only supplement I take. Every AM, sublingual.

  
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TRUSTYRUSS 10/22/2009 3:57AM

    Have you tried adding a (1) brussel sprout to your juicer?

Saw it done at a show in the uk, seemed to make it "happen" !

your skin issues, I suffer with Acne, not good for a 49 year old !, but have it well under control with a light medication, I also have a skin reddening, (similar to red wine funnily enough lol !), but it is also dry, I found that a lot of citrus in my diet did not help...............I just seen your attack of the oranges for breakfast and wondered.................

mi
ght be worth a try to see if they are a cause for concern?

I feel ready to have a go, gonna carry on with Mr A for the next few days while I work out the cunning plan !

you are doing great, I think your apprentice, miss Florisunbeamtastichousemovingdollyb
irdgal............has me converted !

Take care R x

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ZAEZAE 10/13/2009 8:41AM

    Thanks for the update Diz! I really would like to do a cleanse, but I don't feel the timing is really right for me right now. I am trying to focus on fruits and veggies and I am limiting nuts and avacados but trying not to be too extreme. When I am too strict with myself I want to cheat, and sometimes I do, so I was re-reading Alyssa's book looking for tips and in the FAQ's she mentions that if you have to start all over you should do just that. So, that's where I'm at and what I'm trying to do.

Also, I asked for a juicer for Christmas so I have my fingers crossed. I'm also bugging hubby big time for a dehydrator. It's not for everyone, but I think that making veggie 'chips' would be an awesome way to sort of trick my husband and son into eating more veggies.

Thanks for blogging, I'm interested to take this cleanse journey, so I love hearing about the details from you.

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KYONMIN 10/12/2009 10:35PM

    Have you tried adding something like apple or carrot to the green juice? May help it taste a little better.

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The RAW Blog: Fall Cleanse Day 1

Sunday, October 11, 2009

[76 days Raw and counting]

I decided to do Frederic Patenaude's "Fall Cleanse" because I felt I needed to re-focus on the raw food basics - fruit and veggies. I've been eating way too many nut-based and dehydrated raw foods over the last few weeks and I was feeling a little lethargic. I'm happy to share Frederic's notes and my own here.

If you are considering trying raw for 7 days to see if you can hack it, this program would probably be the most challenging for you as it kicks off with a full 24-hour fast. Remember, this program is only a 7 day cleanse. After the 7 days, other raw foods will be incorporated into the diet. I want to emphasize that this is NOT the way I eat every day. After the cleanse, I will re-introduce nuts, seeds, oils, avocado etc., into my diet, but in smaller quantities.

I started my fast at 5:00 PM yesterday and broke the fast at 5:00 PM today with a papaya & banana pudding, plus 3 more bananas. Fred emphasizes having mono meals (one type of fruit at a time, like a bunch of bananas, or a mango, or some kiwis, etc.) as the best way to break the fast.

I drank a lot of water today and didn't feel any symptoms other than a little lightheadedness towards the end of the fast. I don't expect to have the same detox symptoms (headaches, breakouts) that I had when I went 100% raw almost 3 months ago.

If you jump into this 7 Day Cleanse from a SAD plan, here are some detox signs you might experience:

1. Low energy, depression in the first few days
2. Cravings for unhealthy foods
3. Self-doubt and fear
4. Headaches
5. Mental “fogginess”
6. Sweating, bad breath, etc.

Remember, you often have to feel worse before you feel better. Just think about all the toxins that are being released from your body, and focus on how good you're going to feel after as little as one day of detox!

Some common benefits you can expect during/after the 7 Day Cleanse are:
1. Weight loss and fat loss, often around 5 to 7 pounds in these 7 days.
2. Energy increase
3. Overcoming cravings and addictions to food
4. More energy and desire to exercise
5. New outlook on life, positivity
6. Symptoms of chronic diseases start to fade away
7. Renewed happiness
8. Sinuses cleared
9. Vision improvement
10. Sexual energy renewal and increase
11. Improved blood sugar metabolism
12. Improved complexion
13. Improved sleep
14. And more!


What You’ll Eat
The basics of the cleanse are very simple. You’re only allowed to eat raw fruits and vegetables.
1. Sweet and juicy fruits (including bananas)
2. Greens
3. Vegetable that are normally eaten raw

The foods that are NOT allowed on this cleanse are:
1. Nuts, seeds, avocados, and any food containing fat (including oils)
2. Powders, supplements and any food coming from a factory
3. Any type of cooked food (including steamed vegetables)
4. Bread, cereals, and any form of grain product (including sprouted grains)
5. Any type of animal products (including raw milk products)
6. Salt and condiments of any kind (including seaweed)
7. Dehydrated foods

In a nutshell (no pun intended) the food you eat for these 7 days must be:

1. Either a fruit or a vegetable
2. It must be raw
3. It must be fresh
4. It must be fat-free

Blending and juicing is allowed.

To prepare for the Cleanse:
if you want to get the best results from the cleanse, you should avoid certain foods in the days leading to it. These foods to avoid starting 3 -4 days before the cleanse are:
1. Cheese
2. Meat and Fish
3. Bread
4. Highly refined foods

Coffee
If you drink coffee and you give it up during the cleanse, you will experience more detox symptoms than people who don’t drink coffee and do the cleanse. In fact, most of your detox symptoms will come from caffeine withdrawal.

Note: If you are a heavy coffee drinker, it can take some time - up to a month - to rid your body of the toxins/symptoms. Fred has written several articles on his website about coffee. Here are a few:

http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/article
s/coffee.html
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/article
s/kicking-caffeine.html
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p
=51

Here's the Shopping List for the week. Because I will continue on raw after the cleanse, I did take Fred's recommendation and bought a case of bananas and a case of oranges. It made a hefty dent in my pocketbook, but I am saving money in the long run. Whatever I don't use this week I will freeze (if it's getting too ripe).

Mango: 6 to 10 pounds (if available)
Apple: 4-5 pounds
Pears: 3-4 pounds
Orange: 1 case or several pounds
Kiwi: 3-4 pounds
Pineapple: 2-4
Banana: one case
Papaya: If available: 4-5
Melon: If you can find good ones: 3-4
Cherries: 2-3 pounds
Lemons or Limes: 2-3 pounds
Coconuts (for water): optional
Romaine Lettuce: 4-6 heads
Carrot: 1 bag (large)
Celery: 4 heads
Kale and other greens: 3-4 heads
Parsley: 1 head
Cucumber: 2-3 pounds
Tomato: 2-3 pounds
Spinach: 1-2 heads

If you are the type who needs detailed daily menu plans and recipes, be forewarned. You won't have them here. You just prepare what you want using the fruits/veggies on hand. Here's a typical day:

Fruit for breakfast - example: 7 oranges juiced (I put the whole orange in the blender since I like the pulp)
Fruit for AM snack: example - mango and bananas
Fruit/veggie for lunch: 4 oranges, kale or romaine, cucumber, apple blended
veggie for PM snack: carrots, tomatoes, celery
Big leafy green salad for dinner with tomatoes, carrots, etc.,
Note: you cannot use oil. Use your fruits (lemons, limes, oranges) for dressing.

As I said, this is not the easy 7 day plan. If you are interested in the 7 Day Challenge that jump started everything for me, I'll send you the link.

Be well,

Diz

  
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2010TRIATHLETE 10/20/2009 8:58AM

    I would be very interested in the 7 day plan that helped get you started on the RAW diet! Please, send the link. Thank you!

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HIGHNOON 10/11/2009 9:37PM

  Good Luck with your cleanse. It sounds very interesting. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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The RAW Blog: Protein

Saturday, October 10, 2009

[75 days Raw and counting]

I have just begun Frederic Patenaude's "Fall Cleanse" which over 2500 people so far are participating in. I'm really excited about this because I've been over-indulging in nut based products and avocados and raw desserts. My daily diet should consist of 70-80% fruits and veggies and I know I haven't hit that number in the last few weeks.

When I travel I have to rely more on dehydrated raw foods, nuts and avocados, and I believe that's what triggered my "dependency" on those foods.

Frederic's "Fall Cleanse" is a 7 day program that is all raw fruits and veggies. I'm really excited about this plan since I know it will get me back on track. If you're interested, go to his website: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/

Of course, he would love for you to buy his books and other products, but you can skip all that. The 7 day program is free.

Since this probably wasn't enough advance notice for you, I'll track the daily plan here so those who are interested can do their own 7 day cleanse in the future.

Frederic's lesson today was all about protein. I've had many questions about protein since I went raw. Am I getting enough? Won't my body "suffer" without meat and dairy protein?

We have been SO brainwashed people!

Here's Frederic's article:

"Humans are taught to eat a large amount of protein and to obtain this protein from animal products such as meat and dairy products. Vegetarians worry about lack of protein and substitute meat with tofu, cheese, beans and other meat substitutes.

The person that wants to follow a raw food diet and eat completely naturally will choose nuts and seeds to supply their protein needs.

How Much Protein is Enough?

The idea that a person needs to search for hard-to-find protein sources is a myth! In fact, as long as you eat enough calories to meet your body's needs for energy, you'll probably never experience anything close to a protein deficiency.

Think about this: when a newborn baby is growing rapidly, their nutrition requirements are higher than any other time in their lives. This is because the baby's little body is growing so rapidly. And, nature clearly intended for humans to be able to provide breast milk for their infants. This should give us a clue to the proper amount of protein required to remain healthy. Breast milk contains a meager 6% protein! Interesting and surprising, isn't it?

This would indicate that less than 6% protein is optimal during other life phases. So, let's look at the protein content in various raw food choices we have available.

Protein Content of Fruits

Banana: 4%
Papaya: 7%
Peach: 7%
Avocado: 5%
Orange: 9%
Watermelon: 7%
Average protein content of fruit: 5%

Protein Content of Vegetables

Tomatoes: 17%
Cucumber: 21%
Lettuce: 59%
Celery: 25%
Average protein content of vegetables: 20%

Protein Content of Nuts & Seeds

Almonds: 15%
Sesame Paste (tahini): 12%
Sunflower seeds: 15%
Pumpkin seeds: 17%
Average protein content of nuts and seeds: 15%

- Average protein content of a low-fat raw food diet: 7-8%
- Average protein content of human milk: 6%

In fact, some cultures that survive on root-based diets actually obtain less than 5% of their calories from protein, yet remain in better health and live longer than the average American.

As long as you eat enough to meet your caloric needs and you eat a good variety of foods, there is absolutely no need to fear any protein deficiency. A raw-food diet of fruits and vegetables, even if it doesn't include a lot of nuts and seeds, provides about 7-10% of protein a day.

Excess protein is actually not healthy, just like excess fat."

Be well,

Diz

  
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LYNDA1019 10/11/2009 6:08AM

    That is really interesting. I will have to check it out once I get back home to Florida.
Lynda

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DSNYGIRL73 10/10/2009 10:13PM

    Valerie,
I'm sorry it wasn't very clear in Fred's article! He's talking about the percentage of calories from protein. Here's another link that sheds some light: http://foodjournalforall.blogspot.c
om/2008/07/protein-in-lettuce-y
es-by-kal-sellers.html

To quote:

As I sat down to lunch with my grandma, I was delighted to notice that my salad had been made with romaine lettuce, which I had recently learned had the highest protein content of all the lettuces. I made a comment about it and grandma said, "Ha, the only way you are getting protein from that is if there are bugs on it!"

Kal: Little did she know that romaine lettuce contains 40% of calories from protein and that t-bone steak only comes in at 34% of calories from protein.

Traci: She had fallen victim to one of the most common dietary blunders in America, a misconception put forth by advertisements made through government subsidies for meat and dairy products.

Kal: The W.H.O. and the Food and Nutrition Board from the National Academy of Sciences both say that the actual requirement for calories from protein is 4.5% (human breast milk ranges from 3-5%). Even fruit contains between 4-16% of calories from protein!

Traci: Not only do our leafy green vegetables contain more than ample protein, their protein is in the form of amino acids --which our bodies easily recognize and can use immediately--unlike animal proteins that must be broken down before being re-combined as needed.

Kal: We recommend that live vegetables (i.e. not processed or cooked except, perhaps, lightly) be central to your meal. They provide everything we need to build healthy cells and to create an alkaline blood stream. When we are done digesting vegetables, the high water content fiber eliminates easily and feeds friendly flora.


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AMBERLEIGHM1 10/10/2009 9:21PM

    This is so interesting, thanks for sharing. Good wishes on achieving your goals!

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FLAMENM 10/10/2009 9:06PM

    What does he say about vitamin B cycling. That has always been my biggie...

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VALERIEMAHA 10/10/2009 9:00PM

    I'm totally with you on our obsession with protein. Or maybe we're just looking for justification for our habits? For instance, I was never been concerned about being under SPeople's protein recommendation when I was tracking. But I'm not sure the information on percent of proten in vegetables is accurate.


Where is it from? On lettuce, for instance, which I research a bit, I'm not finding congruent information....

A serving of romaine lettuce contains 0.58 g of protein; this is approximately 1 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein:
http://www.ehow.com/fac
ts_5305236_nutritional-value-ro
maine-lettuce.html

There is 1 gram of protein per 75 gram serving:
http://cmsweb2.loudoun.
k12.va.us/5124653131453/lib/512
4653131453/Lettuce.pdf

Calorie King on lettuce nutritional info:
http://www.calorieking.com
/foods/calories-in-vegetables-f
resh-lettuce-cos-or-romaine-raw
-edible-portion_f-Y2lkPTE0Nzc1J
mJpZD0xJmZpZD03MDg5NyZlaWQ9NDc0
ODIwMjc2JnBvcz0xJnBhcj0ma2V5PXJ
vbWFpbmUgbGV0dHVjZQ.html

Wha'dya think?

You are doing soooooooooo well on "The Program!"

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JAMIEBARTLETT 10/10/2009 8:53PM

    Where's the 7 day program, I went searching for it on the link you posted but i'm not finding it! I think this would be a great fast for me to do on week 9, of being vegan!

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COUNTRYHEN38 10/10/2009 8:43PM

  I am very interrested in the raw food diet, the more I read the more appealing it sounds. Let me know how your 7 days go and thanks for this information

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FLORIDASUN 10/10/2009 8:39PM

    Hi Diz:

As usual interesting and informative information! Who even knew lettuce has 59% protein...is that actually so...amazing! I'll stay tuned to watch your progress. I'm shooting for 80-90% raw with maybe 2 or 3 fish meals within the week. I know that feels good for me...in fact even though I had the grilled salmon last night I passed on the bread, wine, and yummy looking but bad hors'de ouvres...and I STILL Lost another pound this morning...that's a 10 lb loss in 10 days who could ask for more..and it's all because of darling you...that motivated me!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRISHP1961 10/10/2009 8:33PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! Please let us know how this works for you! If you do well on the seven days, I'd be interested in trying it next.

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The RAW Blog: Epiphany

Monday, October 05, 2009

[70 days Raw and counting]

So earlier today FLORIDASUN had asked me a question about green tea. Now, Bobbi, my friend, just because I've been following a raw program for over two months does not make me an expert on raw by any possible stretch of the imagination! Like you, I'm learning as I go here.

To be honest, there are so many "Raw Gurus" on the web, and so many different "rules" it's hard to know who's right, or if one method is better than another.

Since that first conversation with my hairstylist that gave me the nudge to jump on the raw bandwagon I've been following my instincts - my initial gut reaction.

I viewed many different websites that Friday night 73 days ago and the one that struck a chord was thegardendiet.com. I liked the their simple 7 day program and the basic recipes. Lots of fruit and veggies, only 2-3 recipes with nuts.

I followed those same recipes - or slight variations of - for the next week or so and then invested in a couple raw cookbooks - Alissa Cohen's Living on Live Food and Ani Phyo's Raw Food Kitchen. I've prepared many recipes from both of them but, lately, I've been pulling more from Ani's book than Alissa's. And I'm finding that I prefer the recipes that don't call for nuts, or very few nuts at all.

And though I just sang the praises of the lovely avocado, I realize that I've been eating too many of them.

You see, I haven't experienced that Raw High yet.

The closest I came to it was the very first week, when I was eating a diet with a higher concentration of fruits and veggies and less fats (nuts and avocados).

So, there I was today researching Bobbi's question and I came across Frederic Patenaude's website. I'd never heard of him before today.

As I read his blogs, I bet my colleagues could see the light bulb shining above my head!

I don't believe in coincidence. Bobbi's question was meant to lead me to Frederic's page.

I haven't experienced the Raw High, because I haven't been eating the right balance of raw foods!

No wonder I've been feeling a little lethargic at the end of the day for the past week. I was blaming my crazy work schedule. But that's not it at all. I've been eating way too many nut-based recipes my friends! Too many fudge balls! Too much guacamole!

Forget trying to make Raw meals look like SAD meals! I don't need "mock" tacos or burgers that rely heavily on nuts and oils. I need more fruits and veggies!

I am so excited I found Fred's website! And today, TODAY, was the first day he posted his invitation to join his Fall Cleanse which begins this Sunday, October 11.

Coincidence??

I'm jumping on this new, shiny bandwagon this Sunday. Do you want to try it too? Here's Fred's website.
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/

The Fall Cleanse is totally free. You just need to provide your first name and email address. Of course, Fred would like you to buy his books (which look very tempting - but I've exceeded my raw book budget for now). Skip all that and get right to the Fall Cleanse page. He provides the shopping list for the entire week. Lots of fruits and veggies - no nuts, no avocados.

I know this will re-energize me for the week after next when I'm off to Chi-Town for my next big conference.

Also check out Fred's blog about the health benefits of going on a raw diet:
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p
=159

I'm just so happy to share this with you. I hope you can do the Fall Cleanse with me!

Be well,

Diz

  
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ZAEZAE 10/7/2009 12:52PM

    Hey Diz,
Thanks for the post, I checked out both sites you mentioned. I didn't even know there was another 'raw' family, other than the Boutenko's. I really want to find information on how I can feed my son more raw. I would love to get him started young and have him in love with healthy food before he can get sucked into the bad stuff (like I did).

Thanks for sharing!!

I'm also happy to report that I'm back on track today! woo hoo!! My plan is shooting for 60-80% raw. Family dinners are tough, if I don't make something healthy for my hubby and 2 year old, than they will eat something out of a box. I would love to go 100% if I could figure out how to still feed my guys.

Happy Wednesday,
Amy

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TX.PATRICIA 10/6/2009 11:30AM

    Thanks for sharing . . . I am going to cruise over and check out both of those websites!!

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FLORIDASUN 10/6/2009 10:56AM

    Hi Diz!
Hee..hee..glad to know the little questioner..led you to frederic. I'll be sure to check him out too. Welp..today (see today's blog) led me to a fantastic 2 lb loss..when did you ever think I'd look FORWARD to weighing myself...I do now! That if you can even wrap your head around it is 7 lbs lost in 6 days...I'm still thinking it's impossible..but my scale tells me it's the truth. Now I have been sticking pretty close to the green diet for weight loss..I don't trust myself to venture off the proverbial beaten track yet...I am NEVER hungry...I eat HUGE bowls of chopped veggies, cilantro, throw in a organic date for sweetness. I use the fab dressing you gave me and all's well in my world. It's interesting to see the comments that I have gotten throughout my blogs...I love them...but I'm kinda sad that some of my dearest friends seem to be pulling away a tiny bit...almost as if they don't really want to know how amazing this journey is...I can understand that..it's not for everyone..but IF everyone would at LEAST try it...they would understand what really healthy feels like..I hope they do..in the meantime I'll just keep blogging my little heart out..I have to share this awesome TRUTH..thank you Diz..you are my inspirational angel girl..yes, you are.. emoticon emoticon

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CHRYS13 10/5/2009 10:54PM

    Interesting....I'm heading to the site now. thanks much for sharing!

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