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Kristy’s Month in Review

I am proud to say that I have not cheated once this month.  I have eaten a raw diet from January 6th-31st.  I actually had a pretty easy time at it.  After the first week I did add my coconut sugar back into my coffee however.  And the prep work took a little bit of time to figure out.  My suppers usually were soups, smoothies, salads, fruit salads, and this week-apple tarts with banana ice cream.  I made scones every week and I did a lot of food prep on Sundays. 

About two weeks in, my energy level really went up.  I started running more last week on top of our three gym classes.  I haven’t dropped a lot of weight, three pounds in total.  But I think I’ve lost some inches around my middle.  I plan on continuing eating mostly raw.  I really like the fact that I don’t have to worry about what or how much I eat.  I was having to really pay attention to serving size and protein to carb ratio before I started this raw food cleanse. I don’t plan on eating completely raw forever.  But I would like to make it a very large portion of my diet.  All in all, it was a very good month and even though I was very unhappy with mom for coming up with this idea, it turned out to be a very good thing.   Thanks Mom!

Debbie's Month in Review

I am so thankful Kristy and I were able to do this cleanse together. It's been a great experience and I have loved the simplicity of my diet for the last month. I've gotten so used to not eating sweets that I think I'm going to have a hard time wanting to again. I've enjoyed the simple pleasures like the Apple Tarts, Chewy Granola Bars, and Fruit for desserts or snacks. The thought of desserts with all the added sugars just doesn't appeal to me much. I've thoroughly enjoyed my juices which also helps with the sweet tooth. Like Kristy, I have noticed a huge energy surge this month and my endurance level is definitely on the rise. I really think a lot of it has been the lack of added sugars in my diet plus I've not used chocolate at all this month. It's not that raw cacao is bad, it's just you have to add more sugar to counter the bitterness of the chocolate. It has certainly been a challenge trying to do recipes with no chocolate! Look up raw desserts and see how many of them include chocolate!

How foods can nourish your skin

This month I've also noticed an improvement in my skin so I wanted to blog a little bit about foods that are really good for it. I've been one who never had beautiful skin. Growing up, I dealt with acne pretty bad that left several pot marks on my face. I used make-up as a cover up since junior high school days. I remember sleeping with make-up on so no one would ever see my face without it! The thought of ever going out in public without make-up was unheard of in my life. About three years ago, after I began my raw food journey and began to eat a lot more  nourishing foods, I gradually saw improvements, but this month I've definitely seen the most improvement. I think a lot of it has to do with the amount of greens I've added into my diet this month. About a year ago, I actually stopped wearing make-up altogether. The first time in how many years?????? I like to use a tinted moisturizer, but that is all. It's amazing how far I've come. it's not only about all the nourishing foods that I've put into my body but also the amount of rest and exercise I get on a daily basis. It really is a lifestyle that affects so much of who you are.

Here is a list of some really great foods that will nourish your skin and you'll see why so many of the raw foods are so good for you:

  • almonds and walnuts: Packed with vitamin E
  • chia seeds: rich in Omega 3's. Helps erase blemishes and soften wrinkles because of the hydration that chia gives to your skin.
  • sweet potatoes: lots of vitamin C (you'll see how to use sweet potatoes even in a raw food diet with the recipe I'm sharing today)
  • mangoes: an anti aging food; high in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A and also high in vitamin C.
  • Nori: one sheet of nori has a high level of omega 3 fatty acids
  • coconut oil: softens the skin
  • sunflower seeds: rich in selenium and vitamin E
  • sesame seeds: contains zinc
  • citrus, strawberries and peppers all have vitamin C
  • blueberries: lots of anti-oxidant power that helps with aging
  • apples: the peel contains quercetin which protects against sun damage.
  • watermelon: great for hydration
  • green leafy vegetables: spinach is a great example because it's rich in antioxidants, vitamins and B6. Greens are also anti-inflammatory which helps flush out toxins that could be building in your body and showing up in your skin.

Skin Rejuvenating Juice

This juice is not only good for your skin, but tastes wonderful!

1 sweet potato 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen;partially thawed) 1 orange Juice your sweet potato and pineapple through your juicer. If you want more of a slush, use frozen pineapple thawed somewhat, but not totally. I really like it this way but fresh is really good too. I think for summer, I'd like the frozen better. I usually juice my orange in a manual juicer. (Never put the peels of oranges through your juicer or you'll have super bitter juice! I've learned the hard way). Mix all your juices together and drink!

1 sweet potato

1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen;partially thawed)

1 orange

Juice your sweet potato and pineapple through your juicer. If you want more of a slush, use frozen pineapple thawed somewhat, but not totally. I really like it this way but fresh is really good too. I think for summer, I'd like the frozen better. I usually juice my orange in a manual juicer. (Never put the peels of oranges through your juicer or you'll have super bitter juice! I've learned the hard way). Mix all your juices together and drink!