- Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best. John C. Maxwell
Eat a Raw Diet for a Week
This diet is all about the preparation. Find recipes, plan your meals, and buy your food at the start. You need to have food on hand to help get you through the week, so you don’t grab something else that isn’t raw when you’re hungry. I did research on websites (listed below), wrote down all kinds of ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and kept quick snacks handy. There’s a lot of food prep too. I made meals, sauces, and snacks to have ready and on hand. It made it easy to put together a quick salad with lettuce already washed and cut up in a bag. Some of the food for my week: fruit smoothies, green spinach drinks, guacamole lettuce wraps, bananas with almond butter, mango salsa, cucumber and tomato salad, strawberry mint soup, chocolate walnut “brownies”, tomatoes with non-dairy pesto.
Gather your friends
There were 4 of us that did this together, Alyssa, Christianne, myself, and Sabrena. We started off our week on the first night with a Raw Food Potluck. We gathered at one house and each brought something raw to share. We also all brought extras to take home with us, giving us each 3 more things to eat throughout the week. This was the best part, seeing what others were making, giving me ideas of what I could eat.
Get the whole family involved
I don’t know how I did it, but my husband did this with me :). Yes, Jordan did all 7 days. I’m so proud of him! Even the kid were involved. We let them know what we were doing, told them we weren’t going to go out to eat (no need for temptations) and if they would help us. When it came down to it, my kids were wanting to eat more fruit and veggies than I’ve ever offered them before. I still gave them bread, dairy and meat, but now avocados on toast with a side of strawberries is my daughters favorite lunch!
Thanks to Excalibur for sponsoring my dehydrator, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I love it and use it all the time. (Which by the way, you have 2 more days to win one for yourself from this week’s giveaway). It was on for almost the whole week, drying something. This dehydrator has a “raw food” setting, making sure your food is cooked under 105 degrees. It takes a little longer to cook, a couple more hours, but it’s still considered “raw” or “living”. Dried fruit was a great snack to have on hand, in my purse, in the car, everywhere.
I love to make fruit leather
I usually make it outside in the sun, so in the cold Utah months, having a dehydrator has been perfect. It takes 4-6 hours and I have delicious rolls of dried fruit leather. I simply cut up and blend my fruit, not adding anything else, and pour it right onto the mats. I highly suggest using a raised spatula for spreading it out thin. I made all sorts of combinations too: mango-blackberry-strawberry, strawberry-banana, apple-pear. So yummy!!
There is one official raw restaurant in Utah called Omar’s Rawtopia. On the 5th day, my friends and I decided to go eat there to help get us through the last couple of days. Everything on the menu is raw and it was all really good. Below is their spicy veggie sushi, sooooo good! They even had a few delicious chocolate desserts. I also went to the local grocery stores, Whole Foods, Good Earth, and Sun Flower Market. In each store there is a “raw” food section. They sold yummy local raw desserts and meals, a few from Raw Melissa, I love her stuff.