Hey everyone! So while Freelee’s motivating 30 day challenge is up and running I thought it would be good for those of us who find ourselves eating cooked food at night to set up our own DAY – DAY challenge.
There seems to be a lot of us out there wanting to commit to the raw food lifestyle but are finding themselves flip flopping back and forth with cooked food. So here presents a forum page for anyone who wants to set themselves up with the challenge of committing to as many days of raw food as they can without going near cooked food… because one of the things we learn in this lifestyle, is that the longer we can commit to eating raw food, the greater we will feel and the less tempting cooked food becomes.
Cooked food can mean a variety of things to people. For some it can be as easy as giving up steamed potatoes for dinner, for others it’s much harder and can mean giving up things like salt and flavourings. And there are those (most of us) who have an emotional attachment to food. I know I personally like the idea of a warm bowl of veggies on a cold winter’s night...
So how this challenge is going to work is that there is no set amount of days you have to eat raw, instead you are going to take each day and commit to eating raw. This way you don’t feel like a ‘failure’ of you don’t make it to ‘so amount of days’. Each time you eat cooked food, you will start again from day one and try to beat your last record… so every day is like its own personal challenge! Y A Y !
You can choose how to post, you can either post the day before or in the morning so you have an idea of what you will eat, or you can post at night after all your meals, whatever suits you. I also thought it would be a good idea for everyone to introduce themselves so anyone taking part in this challenge can give a beaming hello to fellow participants! It will also give us a good idea of how we can give advice and support to each person based on their personal attributes, location, health ect. Here’s the criteria I would like you to fill out on your first post, after that feel free to log your day however you want:
Name, age (if you want to) and location:
How long have you been on this lifestyle?:
Current consumption of cooked food includes:
Personal goals and motivation (possible health problems you’re hoping to ‘heal’ with this lifestyle):
(Add food/ water / exercise log here. First 3 criteria only need to be described on first log)
So that’s really the only criteria, if you want to add anything else about yourself, feel free. And there we go… this is what the challenge will look like. Remember it’s a personal challenge and becoming a raw vegan doesn’t just happen overnight… it takes dedication, persistence and time. So if you think you need a little push in the RAW direction, join this DAY – DAY challenge and let’s eat some fruit!
Heather don't worry about the cooked food! and remember there's no failure here... we're all taking baby steps, its about progress not failure! good job on picking yourself up again =)
I have major potato cravings.... but i'm fighting through it!
breakfast: smoothie: 8 bananas, 1/2 romaine lettuce, 500ml water
lunch: smoothie: 8 bananas, 500ml water
dinner 1: 6 medjool dates, 1 tsp chia seeds, 2/3 cup raspberris (made into a 'jam' tart)
dinner 2: salad with 2 oranges, 2 cucumbers, 3 tomatoes
water: 4 litres
Still working on upping my calorie-intake...
breakfast: 6 banana smoothie and two nectarines
lunch: 4 banana smoothie and 4 golden kiwis
predinner: half a watermelon
dinner: big salad with lettuce, arugula, baby leaf spinach, red pepper, cucumber, carrot, one small avocado and lemon sprinkled on top.
I'm glad to see you guys are still going strong as well! I'm having some cravings for rice, mostly because I eat together with people who are not even vegan, which makes me want something more for my dinner.
Yesterday and today I replaced the rice with a small avocado just to make it more satisfying for me. Any opinions whether that's a good trade or not? When I have rice with my salad, I don't really need avocado..
the avocado is fine, maybe just track it on cronomtre to make sure you're not going above 10% fat. some people can eat exactly 10% and feel great, others like to keep it as low as they can. You could try blitzing celery in a food processor to replace rice, it makes a kind of burghul texture... maybe because avocado has a wonderful flavour, try making a dressing for your salad instead wih oranges, tomatoes, mangoes... or a mock pesto could work to add bulk.
you should also eat your melon first thing in the morning because it is the easiest to digest and when it sits ontop of other food it can be bad for digestion as it will start to ferment ontop. you're doing so well too! lets make it to one week! =)
Yeah, I didn't have the avocado today, so maybe the fat percentage will even out over the week if I don't have any overt fats for a few days. Thanks for the dressing-tips! :)
I always try to leave some time between meals when I have melons, but that's a good trick as well. Thank you, Juliana :)
Ok, couldnt post yesterday but here is what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: Half a watermelon
Lunch: 7 orange juice
Snack: 3 dates
Pre-dinner: Banana, date, apple, carob smoothie
Dinner: salad with lots of spring mix greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, avocado and lime juice squeezed on top.
Will post later on what I had today :) SOOO excited! Thanks again Juliana, and thanks to everyone here for being so inspiring :)
Feeling strong today! Just finished having a really high calorie treat. Im posting a pic for you all to see :) I am so satisfied i cannot possibly think of anything cooked that I would want lol! Soooo goood!
Breakfast: a pound and a half of cherries
Lunch: 6 figs and 2 bananas
Pre-dinner snack: Southern Cherry cobbler recipe that FullyRaw Kristina shared a few weeks ago but using rainier cherries instead of red cherries.
Dinner: Have not had it yet (have already had close to 2500 cals today!) but it will be a salad with lots of greens, maybe avocado, tomato, whatever I can find in the fridge. Love you all! :)
Victoriya! that looks so yummy! damn.... you have figs! they are one of my favourite fruits! lucky!
Claire, all that fruit sounds yummy! glad to see you joined!
Day 4 (oh my god! so excited! 3 more days and its a week!):
Breakfast: smoothie: 1/2 large organic iceberg lettuce, 8 bananas, 500ml water
Lunch: 5 bananas
Lunch 2: 1 litre fresh orange juice + pulp
Yummy Dinner: 'korean sushi' - cucumber, carrot, lettuce, celery, tomato, garlic chives, mint wrapped in sesame leaves * with 'sweet chilli sauce' - grapefruit juice, lemon juice, dates and a small chilli ( I know chilli isn't desired on this lifestyle but I figured one small every now and then can't hurt)
* if you have never tried sesame leaves you have got to find some! I have been eating them for a few years now and they have such a unique flavour... minty and nutty =) your best bet of finding them would be at a korean grocer... at the very least, an asian grocer.
I'm going to look for those! Thanks :)
Thanks for the encouragement Juliana. You're right, it's all about baby steps :)
7/14: I am really proud of myself :). My mom's bday was today and we went out twice to eat. I had the first restaurant make me a special variation of their smoothie and I stopped by a grocery store and bought a ton of cherries before going to the next stop. I really cave in social situations because I love that aspect of eating. But, today, I just joined the in the conversation and company while leaving out the cooked food.
Breakfast: Juice of 8 oranges
Lunch: Strawberry, banana, orange juice smoothie (at a Burger joint where they have DELICIOUS veggie burgers, celebrating my mom's bday. Yeah me!)
Dinner: 2.5 lbs of cherries, kale salad (at yet another celebration dinner out at a restaurant)
Snack: flax chips, seaweed
Movie theater snack: dates
That is so inspiring Heather! You are so strong, keep it up ")
Viktoriya, I just might have to try that cherry cobbler!
Heather, you did so good!
My day three:
breakfast: 8 banana smoothie and two mangoes
lunch: box of grapes and 7 bananas
dinner: arugula, celery, cucumber, red pepper, spring onion, carrot and lemon.