7-Day Raw Food Challenge | Are You In?

We all need to hit the reset button and this is the perfect time of year to do it.

I did a juice cleanse a couple of years ago (wasn't the best experience) and told myself that I would only do another one if I could chew my raw fruit and vegetables, too.

If you're interested in transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, I think doing a raw vegan cleanse/detox is a great way to reset your palate.

Some of the people I've interviewed on my podcast started their vegan journey this way.

They start off by doing a 7-30 day challenge of raw vegan meals, smoothies and/or juice and then transition to a healthy vegan lifestyle of both raw and cooked meals.

Since I still have to cook for the kids (Eric is joining me - Woo hoo!), I will keep our raw meals super simple during this challenge.  We will probably eat mono meals, drink smoothies and eat basic salads with lots of raw greens the whole time.

Guidelines for the 7-Day Raw Food Challenge:

  • No meat, dairy, wheat, eggs, processed sugar or alcohol
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit, raw vegetables and drink fresh juice & smoothies
  • Drink lots of water
  • You can also drink warm tea and warm water with lemon
  • Be super gentle with yourself 

I put together a quick video about the challenge here...

So in case you're wondering....

What the heck is a raw vegan?

Raw veganism is a diet that combines the concepts of veganism and raw foodism. It excludes all food and products of animal origin, as well as food cooked at a temperature above 48 °C (118 °F). -Wiki Get more info here

What is there left to eat?

raw fruit, raw vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, sprouts, smoothies, fresh juice, etc.

I found this raw food pyramid that offers more details....

 

What kitchen equipment will you need?

I don't recommend running out to purchase gadgets for this challenge, so keep it simple with what you already have.

Blender for smoothies and/or juice

Juicer (I have this one) but you can also make your juice using a blender (like I did in this video)

Chef's knife & cutting board for chopping fruit and vegetables

 

Here Are Some Tips to Make This Challenge Work for You:

Since I had Chemese on my podcast to talk about her 100-day juice/smoothie cleanse and how she lost over 100 lbs eating raw meals, I knew she would have some great tips on how to move forward with this challenge.  Follow Chemese on Instagram 

Chemese said:

"For me, what made all the difference is not focusing on what I was giving up but on the good things I could eat."

Here are her tips to stay on track:

  • Make sure to eat enough
  • Take it one day at time
  • Educate Yourself
  • Avoid GMO foods
  • Plan what you are going to eat for the whole day
  • Keep it simple (mono meals)
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Get plenty of rest

 

Check out these books, YouTube channels and recipes for more info on raw vegan life....

Books:

Going Raw by Judita Wignall

Ani's Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo

Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw

Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney

The 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas N. Graham

Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make by Amber Shea Crawley

The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram

Crazy Sexy Juice by Kris Carr

 

YouTube Channels:

Fully Raw Kristina

Rawvana

Raw Food World

Dara

 

Shout out to Brown Veggie Mom for sending me her Pinterest board with tons of recipes!

Also, my girl DeChantell (who eats a lot of raw meals) put together a simple plan meal for you.

>> Download it for free here << Check out the blog post she wrote here

~*~Recipes~*~

 

Fresh Juice

Apple, lime and carrot juice from This Rawsome Vegan Life

Badass Juice from Fully Raw Kristina

Banana Pineapple Green Drink from Rawmazing

The Fully Raw Lucky Charm Juice from Fully Raw Kristina

Cranberry Cleanser from Byzantine Flowers

 

Entrees

Cucumber Avocado Rolls from It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken

Zesty Lime Corn Salad from Nouveau Raw

Raw Tomato Basil Soup from Linda Wagner

Raw Vegan Curry Over Zucchini Noodles from The Fitchen

Taco Salad from Fully Raw Kristina

Raw Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta from Vegan Yack Attack

 

Smoothies

Berry Banana Smoothie from This Rawsome Vegan Life

Raw Mango Lassi Love from Happy & Raw

Blueberry & Peach Smoothie from Brown Vegan

Raw Carob Mint Smoothie from Happy & Raw

Green Smoothie from Brown Vegan

Kiwi Apple Smoothie from Happy & Raw

Raspberry "Cheesecake" Smoothie from Mind Green Body

Blueberry & Avocado Detox Smoothie from The Anastasia Co.

Papaya Smoothie Bowl from Happy & Raw

Green Mojito Smoothie from Vegan Yack Attack

 

Salads

Shredded Carrot Zucchini Salad from Happy & Raw

Greek Salad with Kale & Cauliflower "Feta" Salad from Blissful Basil

Cucumber Avocado Salad from Sweet Potato Soul

Simple Mason Jar Salad from Eat Within Your Means

Rainbow Salad and Guacamole from Fully Raw Kristina

Raw Cauliflower-Tomato Detox Salad from Blissful Basil

Mediterranean Salad from Fully Raw Kristina

 

Drink lots of water and eat as much raw fruit and vegetables as you want!

Are you in?

 

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