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I received an early Mother’s Day gift yesterday — this gorgeous vase from Kiera and Jayla just had to fill it up with white lilacs and fragrant crab apple blossoms. What perfect timing for this beautiful little pick-me-up. Thanks so much girls; I love you.

Another blessing I received yesterday was my parents coming to the rescue and offering to bring Kiera home so that I wouldn’t have to drive out there to get her. Yea! They stayed and visited for the day and so my mother was a huge help to me; doing dishes & preparing food for everyone, so that I could just focus on making my blended meals. What is the saying? “Ask and you shall receive”. Well, I certainly did receive yesterday. Thanks mom and dad.

My morning smoothie yesterday began as a complete disaster — my advice, do not substitute cantaloupe for watermelon in a smoothie recipe. It was actually undrinkable. I dumped in out into the compost pile and began again with the alternate recipe. Yes, this raw food challenge has alternate recipes, and the alternate smoothie recipe was delicious!

It had predicted rain for yesterday, but the rain held off until the evening and so we had the entire day of sunny warm weather to enjoy. Perfect for lifting the spirits. Sun, warm weather, wonderful company and lovely gifts — what more could I ever ask for?

So, today, even though I woke with a tiny bit of a headache and I still have this fogginess, I am feeling so very grateful for all the many blessings in my life.

Last night I listened to the second coaching call for the raw food challenge. Lots of questions were answered during that call, including mine: I asked “can I use organic canned coconut milk in place of the young coconut meat in the recipes”? — Kevin Gianni answered that it would be better if I replaced the coconut meat instead with soaked flax seeds or even better soaked chia seeds instead of using canned products. The reason is that there have been some studies that have shown BPA leaking into foods in cans because they coat aluminum cans with plastic. I am so glad I asked that question, because I didn’t know this about canned foods. I don’t buy a lot of canned foods, but now I will really be aware of the health risks involved in purchasing foods in cans.

Kevin gave so much great advice last night, but the one thing that really stood out for me was asking myself this one question each morning: “What can I do today that will make me healthier than I was yesterday?” I think this is a wonderful approach to health and one I will definitely adopt for myself. Thank you Kevin Gianni.

So, I begin day four of this raw food challenge with an attitude of gratitude and a focus on the goal of being healthier than I was yesterday.

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Here is a close-up of one of Lianne’s flowers. We bought her a little bouquet of flowers and gave them to her after one of her performances. We are so proud of Lianne for auditioning for and getting a part in the school musical — Seussical the Musical.

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So today is going to be a rough day. I could feel it the moment I woke up this morning. Actually, the day didn’t begin well, because Lianne woke me up and told me that I had about 10 minutes to get ready because she needed a ride to school; they are doing an early performance of the musical today at the high school. Ugh.

I woke up feeling really congested in my sinuses, especially behind the eyes. I feel like I am in a fog. Actually, I feel hung over (not that I know what that feels like personally…ha). I am so irritable this morning too, I can feel the emotions right at the surface, just bubbling up about to burst. Yeah, today is definitely not going to be a great day. And to top it off, today I actually have to leave the house. I don’t know if I am up to it – today of all days – but I must go pick up Kiera at my parents’ place and so ready or not, here I go.

Yesterday I was so completely energized the entire day. I vaccumed and mopped my floors top to bottom in my house and never seemed to run out of steam at all. Late afternoon I began to get these overwhelming cravings for junk food. I realized it was because I was hungry, so I made the blended soup and had an early dinner. I ate three bowls of soup, and the cravings disappeared.

The biggest challenge today will be the fact that I will be around other people eating regular food. Here at home I have been separating myself from my family members when they eat. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I just feel so vulnerable in these first few days of the challenge. I don’t know how I would do this if I had to go off to work every day. I guess I would find a way, right?! So far this week I haven’t had to cook suppers for my family, they have been eating leftovers – lasagne and spaghetti that I made on the weekend as a preparation for this challenge, but starting tomorrow I will have to begin cooking meals again, so I am trying to prepare myself for that. How wonderful it would be if the whole family was doing the challenge with me, then I wouldn’t have to think about what to feed “them”… In my dreams!

I must say I am feeling just a tiny bit better right now, just by writing all this down. I know I need to “feel the feelings” instead of stuffing them down with food. Writing it all down is a great way to give voice to all these feelings. There are no “bad” feelings or “good” feelings, they are just feelings, and they are all valid and important.

Ugh, it is really hard to live in the moment when you are wishing that it was tomorrow.

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.

Perhaps you are wondering what happened with the rest of the raw food diva detox? Well, I decided to stop it. It just didn’t feel right and so I just stopped. I know I am ready to do something like this, but this one just wasn’t the right one for me. Actually, I shouldn’t say that “this one” wasn’t the right one for me, instead I will say that I went about it in the wrong way. The Raw Divas do offer a 7 day detox menu planner; but I chose not to purchase this e-book.

Through this experience I have learned that because I am so new to the raw food world, I really do need extra guidance in the form of a menu plan and recipes. Just going it alone was too much of a stretch for me. I am a recipes kind of gal. I love to have a recipe as a starting point at least and then once I feel comfortable I experiment and improvise.

So, I have found another system that I am very excited about. It is called The Raw Food Challenge: 7 days to improve your health, detoxify your body and lose weight by Kevin and Annmarie Gianni. I have already purchased the book and printed it off. I have been watching the Renegade Health Show for a few months now and when this program became available I knew that it would be perfect for me. The recipes from this book look absolutely delicious and I am very excited about trying them out for myself — like creamy tomato soup.

There is one thing I am waiting for before I begin this 7 day raw food challenge. My new blender. YES, I finally took the plunge and purchased a high speed blender. I am so excited and cannot wait to get my new blender and begin my high speed blender adventures.

Each day brings with it an opportunity for a fresh start; and today was definitely a better day than yesterday.

Drank lots and lots of water throughout the day. I always begin my day with 2 – 3 large glasses of water, and then throughout the day I drink glass after glass of water. I prefer spring water. I have tried filtered water and reverse osmosis water, but my preference is still spring water. I would love to drink spring water straight from the source one day soon. One just like this one. Who would like to go with me for an adventure to a natural water spring and sample pure water from the source?

I still don’t have a blender, so even though I would LOVE to have smoothies I can’t right now. Smoothies, and specifically Green Smoothies (meaning smoothies with some sort of greens in them, i.e. spinach, romaine lettuce, parsley, etc) are suggested throughout this detox, but it is difficult – actually quite impossible – to make smoothies without a blender, so no smoothies for me during this detox.

Breakfast was 2 gala apples.

Lunch was the above photo. I made “mayonaise” spread by mashing up a really ripe avocado and then mixing some wasabi powder in with it, I also mixed in some zesty lentil sprouts. I spread this onto a nori (seaweed) sheet, then I put some julienned carrots and pieces of avocado onto that and sprinkled it with black and white sesame seeds and some kelp granules. Roll it up and enjoy.

It was another gorgeous sunny day today (I think that it has been 4 or 5 days of sun in a row now) so Jayla and I spent some time outside in the backyard. I walked around barefoot, connecting with the earth as I tidied up the yard, while Jayla made mud pies and dug around in the sandbox.

In the afternoon I had a handful of dried organic prunes for a snack.

Supper was a gigantic salad made with romaine lettuce, carrots, and celery. The dressing was olive oil, balsamic vinegar, stone ground mustard, salt and pepper. Oils, avocados and even sesame seeds (actually dried fruit isn’t either) are not on the list for this detox, but I continue to consume them anyway, because if I didn’t I know I would for sure break down and eat cooked foods instead.

So, yes, I am following the detox, but not exactly. That is just my personality. I don’t really like being told what to do, so even if I voluntarily do something like a detox, I’m still going to break some (if not all) of the rules. I guess I’m just a rebel to the core…ha ha ha…and who am I rebelling against in this case? Just myself.

Began the day with water as usual. 3 large glasses.

I had 1 gala apple for my breakfast.

Then it goes downhill from here.

Jayla and I went out today. Yes, we left the house.

Our first stop was to a health food store. I bought and drank 1 container of vita coco coconut water with pineapple, and 1 container of zico coconut water. The pineapple flavoured one was supposed to be for Jayla, but she took one sip and didn’t like it, so I drank it.

We arrived at the mall and our first stop was Chapters. And guess what they have in Chapters? Yup, Starbucks. So, I had a chai tea latte with soy milk, and I didn’t even get it half sweet like I usually do. Bad, bad, bad. I didn’t get any dessert treat. Jayla got a hot chocolate and double chocolate chip cookie. I did not have one bite of her cookie. I’m pretty proud of myself for that. I guess I felt guilty enough drinking the chai latte. Then I remembered that they do smoothies there. Duh?! I had never tried one, so I went back and ordered up a fruit smoothie — orange mango. Now, they do have an orange mango vivanno smoothie at starbucks, but I asked them to leave out the other ingredients and just put in the orange mango and ice for mine.

Lunch was sushi. Avocado and cucumber maki rolls. Rice is not exactly on the detox menu. I ate half of it for my lunch and saved the other half for my supper. I must say that my stomach must have shrunk or something because half the container was enough and I usually have no problem eating the whole thing. I also had a bottle of water with lunch.

On the way home I had 2 little bites of a vega whole food vibrancy bar, chocolate decadence flavour of course. This is a raw food product, but again, it is not on the detox menu. The weird thing is that I had a couple little bites of the bar and then I stopped. I was satisfied with that. Definitely a change for me.

No exercise today, although I did scope out ankle and wrist weights today at the mall — does that count?? Maybe if I had bought some instead of just looking at them?

Supper was the other half of my container of sushi (maki rolls) and the rest of the fruit smoothie from starbucks.

All I can say is, I hope tomorrow is a better day.

I thought I would wake up ravenous this morning, but I didn’t. I was really surprised.

I began the day with 3 large glasses of water.

My morning meal was 1 banana.

More water later in the morning. I think it was 2 glasses. I don’t really keep track. I suppose I should, but I just drink until I’m not thirsty anymore.

Lunch was the lovely large glass of juice I am holding in the photo. Carrot, spinach and apple juice. I would have loved a smoothie drink, but my blender broke, or I should say “I” broke my blender while I was washing it — the bowl was glass. As it dropped into the sink I hoped that it had broken whatever it had fallen on, but no, the blender broke instead. I had decided in my mind that once this blender was no longer working I would buy a high speed blender. Maybe I willed it to happen subconsciously? I really wasn’t consciously ready to buy a new one yet, but now here I am without a blender. It might not seem like such a huge deal, but it is actually the one appliance that I was using every single day, so I really do miss it.

For lunch I also had a few carrot sticks and celery sticks.

I did some strength work with my hand weights. Not a lot, I just wanted to do a bit of exercise today.

More water in the afternoon.

Jayla and I went for a little walk to the mail and back. It only took a few moments, but it was still nice to get out into the sunshine and fresh air.

Today I had the girls help me prepare supper. It was a challenge to cook, knowing that I wasn’t going to eat any of it, so having them do some of the preparation really helped. Turkey sausages, roasted cauliflower, roasted asparagus, sauteed spinach, and sauteed onions and mushrooms.

For MY supper I prepared a large salad with cauliflower pieces, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot slices, tomatoes and zesty lentil sprouts. The dressing was made using avocado and lemon juice. On this detox I am not supposed to have any fats (avocado), but I cannot, or I should say, I will not eat a salad without some kind of delicious dressing on it. I just couldn’t see myself eating a salad with just lemon juice on it. Yuck.

These are the zesty lentil sprouts that I began sprouting last friday. I used the instructions in the Raw Divas 7 day detox ebook and they worked out perfectly. I wondered why they were called “zesty” lentils seeds and now I know, they have a peppery taste that really does give them a zesty flavour.

My headache is gone today thankfully. I don’t feel overly energetic, but I don’t feel drained of energy either, so I am pleased with that. I am also pleased with the fact that I completed day 2 of my detox. Only 5 more to go.

A friend told me about this free 7 day diva detox. At first I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do this. I wasn’t sure if it was in keeping with my “gradual” transition. But in the end I decided that it felt right to me at this time and I wanted to do it.

The detox consists of 5 days of preparation and 7 days of the actual detox. Each day I receive an email of encouragement, support & information and access to a forum where I can connect with other detoxing divas.

So last night I began my water fast after my evening meal.

This morning I went for a walk – 3 kilometers (1.86 miles); it was a beautiful sunny day, even though it was quite cool, I had to wear a few layers, a scarf and fingerless mittens to keep warm enough. Along my walking route I walk a steady incline and at the top of the hill it can get quite chilly because of the wind up there, so I always need to remember this when I head out for my walks. I decided not to walk my full 5 kilometer walk today because I wanted to conserve some energy, I knew this water fast might be a bit draining on me physically.

I spent a lot of time today resting, relaxing, reading and napping. I began a new book. I really love her writing style.

I didn’t keep track of the amount of water that I consumed today, but it was definitely more than normal.

I broke my fast at 6 pm this evening and had a bowl of fresh fruit. 2 apples, 2 kiwis, 1 banana. Chopped up. A fruit salad. I don’t think a fruit salad has ever tasted so good.

I started getting a headache late in the afternoon and it is continuing now into the evening. I’m not sure what this means, so for now I am just observing this discomfort. If it doesn’t go away soon I will have to take medication for it; very seldom do my headaches go away on their own. Thankfully, I rarely get them anymore.

I am still feeling quite hungry right now. Thoughts about certain foods (cravings) are coming up. That box of Girl Guide cookies that I know is in Jean’s briefcase would taste really good right now. No, no, no, I am not going to do it. Don’t worry.

I think I will make myself a cup of Bengal Spice tea. I know tea is not on the menu for tonight, but I know it is better than the alternative.

I think it will be an early night for me tonight. I wonder what I will dream about? Girl Guide cookies perhaps??

I am soaking some lentil seeds for sprouting. I tried sprouting alfalfa seeds years ago, but didn’t have much luck with those. Hopefully these will work out better. This seed mixture is specifically for sprouting and I am following the instructions in the 7 day diva detox ebook.

I am preparing myself for my raw food detox which begins saturday evening at 6pm with a 24 hour water fast. The detox consists of 5 days of preparation and then 7 days of the detox itself. Every day I receive an email filled with information, encouragement and links. And best of all it is free.

Even if you don’t want to become a raw foodist, this is a wonderful thing to do for your body. Check it out for yourself here.

Wish me luck.

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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.
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