7 days – Raw Foods

Let me begin by saying this… RAW is HARD to do! The first three days are especially hard. One thing I would have changed is to have planned and picked recipes in advance (and a juicer would have been nice, we got one after the fact). We kind of just said hey lets do this for a week, bought some food and let the guesswork begin. We were however able to come up with some clever meals of our own, which I’ll share below. Mind you, we did add beans into our menu, because we did need some protein. By the end of the week we had added in boiled eggs, sauted veggies and cooked chicken.

But I can honest to goodness say I went a whole week without sugar! For those of you who have read my recent sugar addiction post, you know that I am an addict… So this was a huge accomplishment! Read more about my thoughts on sugar here…

If there is ever a diet to go on in this world, it is to eliminate/decrease sugar. PEOPLE, I LOST 3 POUNDS IN A WEEK BY ELIMINATING SUGAR. My exercise stayed the same and everything, so what I’m getting at is this may be a total deal breaker for anyone who is plateauing!

***I do not claim that this is a sure way to lose weight, this is what worked for me and I cannot make promises to anyone else***

Even if you don’t lose weight, this accomplishment is so awesome because you know exactly what is going into your body, you feel cleaner and healthier and energized and you realize that you just exhibited self control for a whole week! Now that’s a confidence builder!

Kudos to those who can go for just one day without sugar, you’ll find it is in everything!

For those who want to try this, remember – your short term goal is to eat raw one day at a time. Your longterm goal is 7 days! Goals are key. Best wishes to you on your healthy journey and like my husband always says, “Health, it’s contagious!”

The recipes below are just some suggestions, no measurements are listed so make it to your own liking and preference! (Drink lots of water too!)

Raw Italian Salad:

  • Red onions
  • Romain Lettuce
  • Assorted mini peppers (red, yellow, orange)
  • Tomatoes
  • Italian Dressing of choice (careful of sugar content in dressings)

Raw Spicy Lettuce Wraps

  • Guacamole (lemon juice and salt)
  • Sliced peppers (any color)
  • Tomatoes
  • Chili powder
  • Romain lettuce leafs

Bean Salad (Almost Raw 😉 )

  • Lettuce of choice or spinich
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onions
  • Dressing (Olive oil, lime juice, salt, chopped cilantro)
  • Black beans
  • Garbanzo beans

Raw Oatmeal

  • Raw oats
  • Dried coconut
  • Crushed Almonds
  • Fruit of choice (cherries were my favorite!)
  • Almond milk

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