Starting on Mon 25th June (Australian) I will be hosting a 30 DAY High carb raw vegan challenge on my facebook page. Lots of people excited already, about 400. Join us! Please follow this link to the event page.
Watch my video to find out more --->
Remember if you are not on facebook you could still post your daily journal here. Here is the post from Facebook --->
Time to get your raw on folks! For the next 30 days, EACH DAY please come here and record what you eat, your exercise, water and sleep and encourage others to stay on track. This challenge is only for HIGH CARB raw vegans, 811-style. No superfoods or powders, salt thanks. Example is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtxFC4LHnKo
* Not only the joy of being 100% raw for 30 days but as motivation --> those who honestly stay on track for the 30 days and post here everyday (without fail) will get a free copy of my upcoming ebook!
* If you fall off the wagon please don't post about it here because it can negatively affect others on the challenge. Posts like that may be removed to help keep the high vibe.
* You must be 100% raw and post here EVERY DAY for the next 30 days to receive the free ebook. You *must* use the same thread day after day so I can read your journal. Journals that are all over the place cannot be accepted.
* Please set out your journal like this :
Bfast: 10 banana smoothie
Lunch: 1 head of iceberg lettuce with 20 dates
Dinner: 1/2 jakfruit (med) and a kg of snow peas
(good to include calories)
Exercise: 10km easy jog
Sleep: 9 hrs.
1. This is me and my friend Rachael-today I biked to her house, she and I jogged 2 miles to our work ,took a yoga class for 75 mins, jogged back to her house, and I biked home ;) I love fitness with friends!
2. I got a job interview to be Juice Bar Lead in Greenwich village, NYC with salary, health benefits etc. Wish me luck!!
BK: smoothie (1 c strawberries, 4 bananas, 4 dates, mint, water)
LN: smoothie with juice base (base:4 celery sticks, 2 med cucumber, with 4 bananas, 1.5 c blueberries, mint)
SN: smoothie (1 c spinach, mint, 3 bananas, 1.5 c pineapple, 1 kale leaf, 2 dates, water)
DR: 1 large cucumber spiralized, 4 c fresh pineapple
EXERCISE:2.3 mile run to Yoga studio, 1hr yoga, 2.3 mi run back with Rachael :)
FEELINGS: I love my life. For real for real.
1. Excited for the interview for Juice Bar Lead in Greenwich village, NYC with salary, health benefits etc. Wish me luck!! Excited for it since I'd be a great match for it, interview is tomorrow at 9am and I hope I get it since I'd be good at it. Also that's fulfilling my dream of working at a job I love in NYC and living in NYC-perfect timing Universe! Well, that's if I get it...no guarantees, but I'll try my best, and fingers crossed I'll get a job I'd be great at!
2. Today at work (yoga studio/juice bar) had fun discussing building towards the future and details about the Tasting coming up. I love working towards event-throwing that I'm passionate about, knowing a lot of good people will come to my tasting and having friend support in throwing it-I'm a lot more confident now that I know I'll have help throwing the party and will have a juicing partner.
3. I also love having friends as into fitness as I am, that push me to be better. You explore the world, have fun getting to know good people better, and get better at your craft all in one!
Got out and about today, meandering in NYC in between meetings; walking for hours, jogging in the evening in interview clothes lol, from Wallstreet to Grand central...I loved the feeling of rigorous exercise, no excuses. That's a quality I really appreciate and I'm glad I have it. Odd how I desired less food, moving my body so much. Just interesting how we choose to fill our time. Brought all my own food too ;)
BK: smoothie ( 5 bananas, 1c strawberries, mint, 2 dates, water)
LN:8 dates, 5 champagne mangoes
DR: 2 c strawberries, 1 Green apple, 3 c grapes
EXERCISE: walking in NYC from 8:30am-3pm (5 mi), jog from event in wallstreet area back to Grand Central Station (3.3mi)(674 cals)
SLEEP: 6hrs sleep needed more. Had a vibrant dream about a friend doing a ballet demonstration in a green sequin dress in a dance hall
FEELINGS: glad I jogged back from wallstreet today. I was wearing flats and nice clothes, but where there's a will there's a way. It felt so good and I was like, f*** it I'm doing this. Grateful a friend asked me out to a self-empowerment conference today in nyc too; was nice to get out there for an event with people, and especially after my interview this morning. Good to connect and get out there in the world, and I'm very happy
Freelee Frugivore wants to extend what we have into something continuing beyond our 30 days. Truly, this has really been helpful for me, and I'm glad to what I've contributed to others. It's all about giving and symbiosis=a win win situation. :)
Is that Washington Square Park? :)
haha yes it totally is. Are you close to NYC too?
Yes, I am! :) I hang by there all the time.
Woke up a lb lighter. Yes weight on the scale isn't totally reliable etc, but I've lost 9 lbs on the scale and that's hard to argue against. So an almost 10lb weightloss just by going 100% ain't bad, and I'm certainly going in the right direction. Pic is: Rachael and I making raw vegan marinara and zucchini noodles with red bell pepper
BK: smoothie (5 bananas, 1 c spinach, 1/2 c blueberries, mint, water)
LN: 3 dates, leftover smoothie from work (1 c orange juice, 1/2 c mango, 1/2 c strawberry, 1/2 banana)+(1 cup almond milk, 1 c bluberries)
DR: 3 c grapes, 1 apple, 12 clementines, 1 cauliflower floret
EXERCISE: Feet had huge blisters from running the length of NYC in flats yesterday, so none
WATER: 3 litres but my lips are really dry for some reason
SLEEP: lol, 6.5
FEELINGS: Made raw food over at Rachael's apt! I'm so glad to have friends in my life aligned with my values-and personality as well. Just a note-I've met raw foodists that I don't get along with for one reason or another, like oil and water. I had a disappointing experience recently with one, so it was refreshing to be hanging with what truly feels like my flock; people who really want you to achieve your goals and are working towards their goals while supporting yours as well. Rachael's a really good person. She, like me, has chosen to have action towards positivity, not reaction towards negativity in her life, through her tough experiences, and I'm glad we're friends and can support each other going forward. In the same vein, it was nice to go see my superhero/cyclist/BF after the disappointing experience of oil/water raw foodist relationship, to run up the stairs and say "I missed you!" as I collapsed into his arms with kisses and to know he loved me for me and wants me to succeed. Just saying.
Got up at 4:45am to get to work at 6am today to work a farmer's market w/ juices and vegan food etc. My job at Kaia Yoga is going to "discuss future opportunities and vision" with me on monday, aka move me into being a manager of the Greenwich studio possibly. I've been led to believe it's an opportunity so I have to weigh the pros with the cons, etc. I need need sleep but I have so much to get done to cover my ass in life with moving, my car, moving paperwork, vision appts, my Tasting/business(www.solarpoweredhealth.com), cycling, work etc etc. Anyway, just have to get it done, focus on priorities. Keeping raw keeping vegan no matter WHAT, though it's not exactly a struggle anymore. I don't need falling-off-the-bandwagon stress anymore than I need a nail in my foot, and I desire neither.
BK: 12 dates
LN: 2 c blueberries, 1 corn ear, 12oz watermelon juiced with lemon
DR: 20oz grapes, 2lbs clementines, 1.5 c sugar snap peas
EXERCISE: packing and unpacking boxes of food and juice bins at the farmers market, standing for 8 hours or walking a half mile to the bathroom occasionally.
SLEEP: 5hrs, 45mins
WATER: 4 litres, still thirsty
FEELINGS: Doing this as a grateful list today.
1. Was inspired to record some videos for youtube (www.youtube.com/somethought) after being surprised to see rowers out on the water as a beautiful athletic and meditative exercise
2. Satisfied from a day of work, proud I got up and out on time, but I have a lot of paperwork for my car and details for my Tasting Party I really need to take care of, and time is running out. Tired; will go to bed once I've tackled some of my responsibilities. I see this posting as a responsibility, actually, to help keep me on track- as it's life or death for me to keep on track regardless of this post so I'm glad for the help it brings :)
3. On a lighter note I've been running a sleep deficit, glad I can sleep in tomorrow.
Hey a non-photoshopped pic of a woman! More specifically-me! And still pretty how about that lol right after my a.m. workout!
BK: 5 sm apples, smoothie (mint, 1c strawberries, 5 bananas, water)
LN: 1 sm apple, 6 dates
DR: 5 small cucumbers, 2 avocados , smoothie (5 bananas, mint, water, 1 c blueberries, 1 c mango)
EXERCISE: 3 pull ups! 23 burpees and a 4 mi morning jog in rain w/ 4x40 sec sprints (400 cals)
WATER: 4 litres
SLEEP: 7.5 hrs
FEELINGS: eating dates straight makes my teeth hurt. Also- I let myself get too hungry and had 2 avo's as part of dinner. Feel weird about that, don't want that to happen often. I'm not even one of these avocado loving people, some people crave fat or salt...I don't. It was just there so I had it. Stressed about moving into the Bronx and the uncertainty of it, whether I'm going to stay at my job, not having money, my Tasting party (though I'm excited for that). Grateful in general but a whole lot to fix and to do before the end of this month.
The pic is a smoothie and a juice made at work. I often marvel at the obvious and intrinsic visual appeal of natural foods. How we were ever led to believe we should have anything but fruits and veggies is beyond me. Well actually its not, desperation and then taught patterns led us astray. I'm glad in this day and age we can choose a better way.
BK: smoothie (1 c blueberries, 5 bananas, water, mint)
SN: smoothie (3 c orange juice, 1 c mango, 1 c blueberries)
LN: smoothie (6 bananas, 1 c strawberries, 1/2 c blueberries, water), 2 apples, 12 dates
DR:4 corn ears, 2 c spinach, 3 lemons, later on my BF made guacamole from avocados so I had some, using spinach as taco shells. DELISH.
EXERCISE: Moving my heavy dresser to new place, then got on the bike with 3 sprints but nothing too strenuous (5mi)
SLEEP: 6 hours
WATER: about 3 litres
FEELINGS: 1. Started moving my life over to the Bronx; cleaning out the shared room I'm moving into, listening to a couple vegan speakers including a Durianrider talk in Melbourne about positivity. Decided to bike before the day was done, and there was one point when I'd walked to the beach and was looking at NYC over the water and thought to myself "Yea, things are tough now, but I can do this" and- this is amazing- right when I thought "I can do this", fireworks exploded over the water in the distance right where I was looking, for only like 10 seconds. HOW COOL IS THAT? I was laughing at such a wild and serendipitous call I'm on the right path. 2.Tired due to lack of sleep, I was just like fat kid central today lol. Felt like I was chowing down all day.
LN: smoothie (6 bananas, 10oz almond milk, 1 c blueberries), 1 green apple sliced and dipped into thick date sauce (blended dates)
DR: 1c cauliflower, 1 large cucumber with indian-curry sauce (1 medium carrot, 10 grape tomatoes, 1 small red bell pepper, 1 small shallot, 2 dates, 1 garlic clove, small handful cashews, curry powder, chili powder, cumin powder)
EXERCISE: 3 mile jog (285 cals)
WATER: 1.5 litres
SLEEP: not enough, 6 hours
FEELINGS: 1. I really have been wanting to expand on the dinner dishes I make, so I'm going to be making a different entree every night. That'll help expand the options for my Tasting parties as well. 2. I booked it: I have a party I'm catering in August for a woman in Greenwich who wants to throw a party for her daughter before she goes to college. It'll be in her sprawling backyard by her garden. How cool is that? 3.The lack of sleep is catching up with me, I took a much needed nap and went for a jog after. I have to go to bed early tonight.
Jogged to miles to 75 min yoga class and jogged back 2 miles with Rachael again. I love that I can say that I did that, I love being fit enough to do that no problems. So worth it to get out there and be active in the world! I have to start recording more vids to put on my youtube of things just like this. My life is such an adventure.
BK: smoothie (1 c blueberries, mint, 5 bananas, 2 dates) 3 dates
LN: 1 green apple with date paste, 1/2 peach with 1 date, smoothie (5 bananas, 1 c bluberries, 1 c spinach, mint, water)
DR: spiralized zucchini with sliced tomato and raw vegan pad thai dressing
SN: 5 dates, 1 banana
EXERCISE: Jogged to miles to 75 min yoga class lol and jogged back 2 miles (667 cals)
SLEEP: 6 hours
WATER: 2 litres
FEELINGS: I didn't drink as much water as usual and felt it today- it was HOT. setting up the yoga mat I was slipping and sliding all over the place I was dripping sweat lol. So satisfying/ fun today, the running and the yoga and the friends and the raw food pad thai dish makin'. One grateful and happy chappy today.
LN: 1 c tomato, 1 mushroom
SN: 7 dates
DR: Smoothie (5 bananas, 1 c strawberries, mint), spiralized zucchini with mushrooms, 2 c pineapple, and marinara over it (3 lemons, 3/4 c scallions, 1/2 large red bell pepper, 1/2 c pineapple, handful fresh basil, 1.5 cup tomatoes)
EXERCISE: 18.6 mi on bike, walked 2 miles for groceries and fun ( 957 cals)
WATER: 2 litres
SLEEP: 6 hours
FEELINGS: Life is so beautiful. I was listening to the Phantom of the Opera, original cast recording (the musical has actual talent) all day. So rich a sound, such a crafted and quality sound. I sang in a choir for years as a soprano, and traveled to England, Scotland, and Denmark. True musicality is very important to me, and I found this recording again after many years; I've been singing to it since I was 6. And you know what? It sounds better than EVER. That...is a true art. I hear a lot of cheap sensationalism in the music world today, but it's good to know some things will always sound good, and be appreciated for it's art. Here's the 25 anniversary vid-SKIP to 3:11 to get full effect:
When I have more money I want to take some time to continue making original music myself. I'm "Champagne Mango" on soundcloud.