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The reason I am doing this raw food challenge is of course for myself; so that I may experience better health and happiness. But, always on my mind, is how I can be a person worthy of imitation for my daughters. I want them to know that it is okay for a mother to put herself first at times. I have done the whole “sacrifice myself for the sake of others” thing and that serves no one in the end. Leading by example really is the best way.

Last night’s supper was a raw chili and it was so delicious (and spicy). To my surprise, my husband and daughter both wanted to try it. Of course I was only too eager to give them each a bowl, and guess what…..they liked it. I didn’t go into this journey into raw foods with the intention of changing my entire family’s eating habits, not at all. I did this with the thought that I would always be the odd person out at the dinner table. But just the fact that they are so open to “try” these new foods fills me with such happiness.

This morning my smoothie is the most beautiful chartreuse green colour – think perfectly ripe avocado colour. But it doesn’t taste “green” at all; the flavour is mango and banana, so sweet and thick and creamy. YUM! And there is so much of this smoothie. Enough for second and third helpings for breakfast and for midday as well. Yesterday, I was not able to drink all of my smoothie, there was just so much of it. I was planning on finishing it in the evening, sort of as an evening snack/dessert, but sleep came instead. I was the first one in bed last night. My body desperately needed it.

During the day yesterday I was really energized — it was only in the early evening that I ran out of steam — I did a strength training workout in the morning and in the afternoon I was outside digging in the garden (barefoot of course) and mixing in the soil amendments with my bare hands. I was connecting with the earth on many levels, and soaking up some delicious sunshine too.

I found that I was easily annoyed and upset yesterday; I had a few episodes of “snapping” at my children for one thing or another, but by late afternoon that feeling was gone. Grounding myself outside in the garden probably helped.

So, after a good night’s sleep, today is another day. I am feeling really energetic right now after just one glass full of my smoothie; I think I’ll tackle some much needed house cleaning this morning and back out into the garden this afternoon. YES!

Yesterday I had fun working in my vegetable garden – barefoot gardening. I am getting the soil ready right now. The soil is mostly clay and so I need to add in some things to help with drainage and also extra nutrients by adding in things like peat moss, compost and sheep manure. Jean sifted the compost from our own compost piles. It felt incredibly satisfying to use compost that we created ourselves.

Today is the first day of the Raw Food Challenge and I feel really good about this one. Last night I listened to the first coaching call and I feel really ready for the challenge. I have had my morning smoothie already and it is absolutely delicious and so easy to make in my new amazing blender. Woohoo! Breakfast and Lunch will be the same – I just made one huge smoothie this morning and drank half for breakfast and the other half will be lunch. I love that. Lunch is already done. This frees up so much of my time to do other things. Another bonus. Another thing I think is really great about this particular raw food challenge is that there is approximately 2000 calories per day (you can adjust up or down if you wish), so there is no deprivation at all and all the recipes look so delicious. I am really excited to try them all. I know that there will be challenges (food cravings for sure) but the fact that I won’t be calorie deprived and healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts & seeds) are included gives me a really good feeling about this challenge. So, wish me luck and I will definitely update you on my progress.

I am experiencing some wonderful new flavours lately. Some I am enjoying more than others, but so far I must say that there really aren’t any flavours that I absolutely hate. These are just a few of them: goji berries, raw cacao, spirulina, coconut butter, dehydrated flax crackers. So far, so good.

There are some favourite recipes from my cooked food life that I love and I don’t mind substituting for raw, as long as they taste really good – they don’t have to taste exactly the same, but they still have to taste good. If you know what I mean.

So far I have discovered two substitutions that taste just as good as the original cooked version; if not better.

A few weeks ago I made chocolate pudding made with avocado, banana, raw cacao powder and vanilla in a food processor. So delicious.

This weekend I made some nori rolls without the rice. They were so good. I made sure all of my favourite flavours were included in them: wasabi (not sure if this is considered raw) paste, avocado slices, julienned cucumber, sesame seeds and of course the nori (seaweed) sheets. I added julienned red pepper to these ones and it added a really lovely sweetness to them and beautiful colour too. I am hooked. I don’t think I will ever want nori rolls any other way now.

My new books came in the mail this week. For the past two mornings Jayla and I have sampled two different smoothie recipes from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. I am not exaggerating when I say that these are the best smoothies I have ever tasted. I think I’m gonna LOVE this recipe book.

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I'm Colleen. I am a wife and a stay-at-home homeschooling mother of 3 daughters, living in Canada and beginning my journey towards becoming a raw food vegan. My new mantra is "transition slowly and gradually", which is where I got the name for my blog. Thanks so much for visiting and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by for a visit.
"You are not a human being, you are a human becoming." - Og Mandino

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