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Last night was the final performance of Seussical the Musical. Lianne did an amazing job in her swing role as hunter/hunch/fish. I was beaming with pride as I watched her perform on stage.

Today is mother’s day and of course my girls wanted to spoil me with a special breakfast – they usually make me a big breakfast in bed – but this year they made me my morning smoothie instead. I guess they had it pretty easy this year, in a matter of a few moments my “breakfast” was done. It was still the best smoothie ever because my girls made it for me with that special ingredient of lots of love. Yum!

I still am amazed at how quickly and easily the week went by. I am feeling fantastic and I know that I don’t want to stop here, I am ready to give this whole raw food thing a go. There is an option with the Raw Food Challenge to continue on for another week and I will definitely be doing that.

And now I am going to go have a nice long bath and then put my feet up and relax with a good book. Mother’s Day only comes once a year and I want to make the most of it. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there.

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take – Cardinal Mermillod”

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.

Yesterday morning I woke up still feeling quite “foggy”, but by late afternoon that feeling had cleared and I was feeling much better. It felt very strange chewing my salad for supper last night after 3 and a half days of blended foods; my jaw was actually a little bit sore afterwards.

This morning I woke up feeling SO much better. It feels like I have normalized to this way of eating – after just 4 days. How strange.

Last night I listened to another coaching call; this time with Nick Ortner of The Tapping Solution. He was talking about using emotional freedom technique (eft) to help with food cravings. He actually went through the sequence with Lisa Miller who was hosting the coaching call; she was craving chocolate brownies and by the end of the sequence she no longer felt the cravings at all, it was so remarkable to be able to listen in and follow along like that, to really get a sense of how this technique is done and how effective it really is.

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.

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.


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.

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.

I love cheese. I have never met a cheese I didn’t like. Creamy cheeses, sharp cheeses, pungent cheeses. It is just such a versatile food isn’t it? And so, so delicious. So why am I giving up a food that I love so much you may be asking. Well, because cheese has been doing damage to my body for years, and I have finally decided that the overall health of my body is more important than my taste buds. When I eat cheese, either that same day or the next day I get a headache, an upset stomach and unbelievable mood swings; just ask my dear family about those. Then there is the skin eruptions, stuffed up nose, and lack of energy (I actually get sort of a sugar rush from cheese and then I crash hard an hour or two later). There are probably other symptoms too that I am unaware of right now, but perhaps will become clear to me once I remove it completely from my diet.

This is not going to be easy for me. What was it that Dorothy said to Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz? “I think I’ll miss you most of all”. Yeah, that is me with cheese.

So, this is a new week. And this week my mantra is “I am a vegan”. Actually, I think I will have to call myself a Bee-gan, because I do plan on using bee products: honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis.

I was planning on living with being a vegetarian for at least another week before moving on to the next goal of becoming a vegan, but last week cheese was on the menu for three meals and after the second one I had to stop there. Cheese just doesn’t love me as much as I love it. Nothing like a one-sided relationship to make you realize it is time to move on.

Can any of you guess what that is a photo of at the top of this blog post? I’ll give you a clue — it is not cheese.

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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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