Going Raw

Hi Friends! 

I decided to go on a 5 Day Raw Food Cleanse starting tomorrow! 

I am doing it to cleanse and detox and to experiment with making raw meals.

Instead of doing one of those popular juice cleanses, I decided to go raw for practical reasons. I’m excited to add more raw recipes to my toolbox and see how long it takes to prepare raw meals in comparison to cooking.Plus, I already love eating raw, and always feel more energized and clean when I do. 

But can I do it for 5 days straight? I guess we will find out. 

To get some guidance, I consulted Ashley Pitman, a wellness guru and cleanse specialist and the creator of a website called, Vixi, which she describes as a “digital ashram”. She created The Generosity Cleanse, which I will use to guide me on this raw food adventure. 

Ashley’s cleanse plan also includes daily affirmations and Ayurvedic practices to ease uncomfortable side effects (I’m thinking grouchiness from the lack of caffeine) as our body works hard to pull toxins out of our cells and tissues at a faster rate than we are used to.  I’m so excited to give those a try! 

I’ll fill you in daily to share my full experience – from how much the groceries cost, how long it takes to make the meals, how this experience fits into my busy schedule, to the effect on my body and mind. Let’s do this! 

Why do it? 

Cooking food usually destroys a lot of the protein and reduces the assimilation of vitamin and minerals as well as most of the B12 and phytonutrients. According to the research described in Ashley’s cleanse plan, 

 “one only needs to eat approximately 50-80% of the amount of food and calories on a live-food diet as on a cooked-food diet to get an equivalent amount of vitamins, minerals, protein and phytonutrients”. 

In addition to keeping all the nutrients in tact, raw food gives our organs a “mini vacation”, especially our liver, which works around the clock to eliminate toxins out of our bodies. When it has to work really hard on processed food, it can’t keep up with cleaning the house. Eating raw organic food is much easier on the body, letting the liver finally start working on getting those toxins out. 

Logistics

I will be eating live food for 5 days. This basically means uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. The food can’t be heated, cooked, processed or altered in any way from its natural state. 

Warming food just a  bit is ok – the official temperature where the food loses it’s nutrients is said to be 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

To do this, I’ll need a few key kitchen tools: 
Blender  +
Food Processor +
Juicer   
Sprouter

Since I already have a high-speed blender, instead of buying a juicer, Ashley recommends getting a nut milk bag or a cheesecloth to strain the juice after blending. I’ve never used this method before, so I’m curious to see how that will work out. 

Seeing a sprouter one the list is interesting – I have not given that one too much thought. Sprouts are very nutritionally dense – from minerals, to vitamins, high level of antioxidants, fiber, and enzymes, which help digestion. You can find a variety at a local health food store. 

Grocery Shopping

Since my goal is to cleanse the body, I’m sticking to clean organic food. Introducing pesticides into the body will burden the liver at a time when I want to clean house. Remember the Dirty Dozen? Apples, celery, and strawberries are top 3 dirty dozen foods and should be purchased (if possible) organic. 

I loaded up my shopping cart today with lots of new goodies, including sunflower sprouts, sprouted lentils, mung beans, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and many different types of raw nuts. To be honest, many of the ingredients on my list cost me a pretty penny. I couldn’t bring myself to buy the $12 liquid Stevia. I know It’s just one of those things that costs a lot up front and lasts a while, but things were adding up, so I skipped it and will use raw honey instead. 

So this is it folks, I’m giving up some of favorites for 5 days, including coffee, granola, soy vanilla yogurt, and yes, martinis. Wish me luck! 

See you tomorrow. 

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