Monday, May 23, 2011

Rock-n-Raw



Hey Friends!
I hope your week is off
to a wonderful start.

Mine sure is.

This time, last week, 
I was in the middle of
a three-day raw detox
eating plan and I promised
to check back in and
give you the honest-to-
goodness low-down
skinny on the whole 
experience.


{Cue drum roll!}

It was great.
Truly.


So, let's dive into the

raw
green
purposeful
clarifying
humbling

details.

P&H:  Remind us why
you wanted to do a detox.

Me:  This time of year is
crazy, with spring sports
and all of the end of school-year
activities that have our family
grabbing meals on the run. 
While I always make sure
that my family is eating well, I
let the ball slip on my own health
and wasn't making the best
choices for nutrition.  I don't
get enough sleep and really
need to draw as much energy
from my food as possible.  This
seemed like a good way to
focus on that goal for a few days
and hopefully jump-start the
desire to continue eating real,
unprocessed foods all summer long!





P&H:  Why a raw detox?

Me:  A raw {vegan} diet means food
not cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit,
so it maintains all of its digestive enzymes.
The raw foods act like little sponges
and soak up and carry away toxins such
as heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides
from the body in a way that cooked
foods do not.  The menu was also organic,
gluten-free and had no added sugar.  This
increases nutrients such as vitamins and
minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants 
and increases enzymes to keep the body in 
good working order.  Beverage choices were 
water or herbal tea.



P&H:  What was a typical day's
menu like?

Me:  I am lucky to have a friend who is a
chef and prepared the detox menus fresh
each day.  I always looked forward to picking
up my daily food and seeing what Emily had
created  for her detoxers to enjoy!  
Breakfast might be a creamy smoothie made from 
spinach, bananas, strawberries and Brazil nut
milk.  Lunch was another smoothie, such as 
the filling avocado, pineapple and basil one 
I had on the first day.  Dinner was a cold soup, 
such as carrot ginger, which was served with 
home made crackers or flat bread.  The rosemary 
crackers were my favorite.  I also had a raw 
energy bar each day, made from almonds,
buckwheat, walnuts, coconut, almond butter,
honey, vanilla and sea salt.

The lack of preservatives and emulsifiers meant 
that all of the food felt really pure.



P&H:  Did you experience any side
affects from eating this way?

Me:  I had some minor headaches,
which was probably due to eliminating
caffeine for those three days.  The detox
made me realize that I'd been using
coffee as a crutch both morning and
afternoon for the last month or so,
which isn't good.  A positive side affect
was realizing how satisfying the flavors
of fresh fruits, veggies and herbs can be.  When
I went back to normal food, it seemed
very salty; even processed food that seems
natural  can be loaded with sodium!




P&H:  Were you tempted to cheat?

Me:  While it was challenging to cook 
meals for others without partaking, I
knew that I'd only be short-changing
 myself if I ate or drank anything not 
on the plan. So, no, I stuck with it 
all the way through.  Stepping out of
my comfort zone and testing my self-
control {and winning! as Charlie Sheen
would say} were positive benefits for me.



P&H:  What did you miss the most
while on the detox?

Me:  The only thing that I really missed
was my morning coffee....because I love
the way it smells when it is brewing.  That
first hot sip, tempered with half and half
and yes, the little jolt.....the I'm awake and
ready to rock and roll through my day feeling!

P&H:  What changes have you made 
since finishing the raw detox?

Me:  I have tried to get more sleep, but
am still grappling with that.  I just have so
much I need {and want!} to pack into each
and every day.  I am usually asleep almost
instantly when my head hits the pillow.  I'm
drinking a lot more water and I find that I
crave fresh fruit and veggies, so am constantly
looking to work them into my diet.  This week
I am cooking up some nutritious food that
can be kept in the fridge, ready to consume
despite my busy schedule.  Emily's blog has
some really wonderful, quick recipes.  At the
moment, our cupboards contain very few 
processed snacks.




P&H:  Would you do this detox plan, again?

Me:  Absolutely.   One of the positive side
affects that can come from doing a raw detox
is mental clarity, which I absolutely experienced.
I would highly recommend it for anyone.  Even
if you don't have an Emily to prepare it for you,
there are plenty of raw detox recipes on-line
 that you  could make yourself at home.  

P&H:  What did your family think?

Me:  They were supportive of the concept, but
it was hard for them to get past the look of the
green smoothies!  You have to be open to new
colors and flavor sensations.  Not everyone is cool 
tasting cilantro, for instance, in their smoothie : )
The kids seemed especially interested in the menu.




Thanks to all of you who left me such encouraging
comments about the detox.  I just love you all!  
I hope that I was able to answer a lot of your 
questions about the detox experience, here.  
If you have anything specific questions, please 
contact me by e-mail:  privetandholly@gmail.com
I am very happy to lend an ear. 

Sending you my 
purest
 organic
 raw
 thoughts for terrific week
 full of energy and happiness! 

Now, off to grab a banana......

xx
Suzanne


40 comments:

A Vintage Chic said...

Sounds so good, Suzanne! Glad you feel so good afterwards--the mental clarity part is a definite plus! Makes me want to try a little harder to eat the pure stuff...

Thanks for the in-depth interview!

Wishing you a healthy, fabulous week, my friend!

Julie

Leslie said...

Wow! Good job! It interests me. Maybe this summer I'll try a detox.

lisaroyhandbags said...

It sounds like it was a huge success! I wonder if I could talk my guy into doing that (just so that I don't have to prepare something separately for me and for him..hmmm :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Suzanne! I tell you, with the exception of slowly cooked chicken and my addiction to Trader Joe's Vanilla Greek Yogurt, I eat like this all the time and it has made the difference. Fresh fruits and raw vegetables with occasional cooked broccoli make up at least 90% of what I eat and it has its BENEFITS FOR SURE! You are such a great sport to try these things! Many people wouldn't but you DO! Oh dearest, I just saw pictures of the tornado in N. Minneapolis...soooo sad. Not far from where we live!

Have a PERFECT DAY! Anita

Happy Homemaker UK said...

How did I miss you doing this? Congratulations! Sounds fantastic :)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I want Emily for my next door neighbor . . . and you on the other side.

Thanks for the encouragement toward health.

I would miss my morning tea.

Fondly,
Glenda

paige said...

suzanne, i am so impressed!
i love most fruits & veggies but may have been a little iffy mysefl about cilantro in my smoothie. wink.

i really would love to do this duirng the summer.
yay you!!

Hartwood Roses said...

I hear myself in your words, and I think I would greatly benefit from a bit of TLC ... detoxifying my system would be a good thing. I plan to check out menus and see where I go from there.

Jo said...

Good for you! I may be able to handle such a detox if I were treated to such fresh goodness. Coffee would be my hard spot as well ~ enjoying a cup right now.
Have you gone back to it now that your finished?

Jo

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I really like the soubnd of those smoothies. Mmmmmm. They have my mouth watering all the way over in England!!!

Well done, you, for sticking it out!

Sarahx

Julie said...

WOO HOO..way to go..glad you had a partner to help out with it...makes it more (fun?)..:-) We ALL could do some DETOX and PURGING to get some of that yucky leftover stuff out of our bodies, I am SURE! But oh to have to give up my DUNCAN in the morning would feel like a .....Divorce??? ack! GOTTA LOVE those fruits and veggies!!! Staying away from sugar as much as possible and it makes a difference...I guess that is pretty much a "DO NOT NEED" for our bodies to run optimally, but most of us can't resist having some of it...I'm trying. You are right too. Once you eliminate things out of your diet...even the slightest salt on something increases its taste 10-fold...
Hugs to you Suzanne. Enjoyed reading about your experience!!Have yourself a Terrific Tuesday! xo

traci said...

so so good seeing you again suzanne!!!! i am not sure i could do this. i am not really disciplined enough. i did buy your yogurt, bread and fruit spread. the yogurt is growing on me. love the fruit spread and bread. thanks for the tips. keep them coming. i may get healthy after all. xo!!

Lili said...

Oh I've been bad eating way too much sugar lately, and hearing about your raw detox motivates me. Especially the part about the effect on mental clarity! Oh I admit, I miss the coffee too, and that little kick you get in the morning from it. I love hearing all about the benefits of eating raw though. Thanks for sharing this with us! And kudos to you for doing this. xo ~Lili

Low Tide High Style said...

Sounds like a wonderful experience Suzanne! We eat only organic around here, and our daughter is vegan, but I could use my own Emily...wish she lived closer!

Kat :)

Lisa said...

Suzanne, I love reading about your raw de-tox experience (and apologize for posting naughty desserts on my blog :) My friend just did a 21-day program and said she has never felt better and can't believe how much junk she was eating on a regular basis before. I think it's time for me! (Except I don't know if I can get past no coffee or wine!) Good for you for sticking to it.
Hope you have a good day.

Beach House Living said...

Bravo to you! Your stronger willed then I.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Suzanne! I'm heading out for my weekly shopping this morning, and will be tossing a LOT more veggies & fruit into the basket. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!!!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Biz said...

This is an amazing post.
I don't know if I could do a raw de-tox....I'm sure I could.
Maybe post pregnancy....
P.S. In case you haven't been by recently we just found out we are having a girl ;)

How is the end of the school year wrapping up for your kids?

Melissa K @ Lulliloo said...

I stopped drinking coffee recently, it is amazing when you realise how much you can use it as a crutch. The raw detox sounds very interesting - will have to check out more about it. Thanks for sharing - Melissa x

pollydove said...

I should SO do something like this ... it would definitely help if I had Emily to have it all together for me. (On any given day, I would love to have an Emily! I have always maintained that if I could choose between a house cleaner or a cook, I would absolutely take the cook!)

hometown girl said...

wow, that's great suzanne! i don't think i'd have the discipline to do it and the no coffee would probably hurt the most, that is my one little pleasure in the morning! have a great week!! xo susan

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great post on your experience Suzanne! I prepare my meals using only organic produce and eat a primarily vegan diet. I had been a vegetarian for probably close to fifteen or so years before I leaned more toward a vegan diet and once I did, I began noticing a lot of improvement in some health issues I was having. If not for having a slight addiction to cheese, I would have no problem being vegan. Sure there are cheese substitutes but when you like cheese as much as I do, those are poor substitutes! My kids eat meat and seafood, but enjoy my meatless meals too. My kids and their friends love my smoothies but little do they know what hidden ingredients are lurking in the smoothies they beg for!

Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

~ Tracy

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

We really need to talk, doing something like this intrigues me.
Not to mention that I NEED it!

Proud of you!

XO,
Anne

Teresa said...

I want an Emily!
Does she deliver to Montana?

Farmgirl Paints said...

good for you girl. it's so good to clean it up every now and then. if she didn't live so far away i'd be all over that detox! now off to check out her blog.

Anonymous said...

Ok--now I feel a little guilty;) I am sitting here eating my buttered popcorn and drinking my diet coke catching up with from the past few days...
I do love eating raw--it does feel good--I do believe you have inspired me to work it into my week--

I so loved your post on Waste Not--that will stay with me this week--so appreciative for your words tonight

~Vonda

Style Attic said...

Dear Suzanne,

Congrats on a successful detox! It's a great feeling, literally from the inside out :) Energy is such an elusive item that never seems to be in full stock. Your part about less sleep because we are non stop there for others, I totally nodded my head to! Nothing can compare to health of our minds, hearts and bodies! Good for you XO, Kelly

pretty pink tulips said...

Feeling like we on the same wave length. I "gave" up my morning coffee on Monday....and so far I'm on day 3. I know there are worse things, but for some reason, I feel like coffee is more of an experience for me. So, water and iced green tea are my new friends. Today, on impulse, I headed to the most amazing little cafe in our town. A huge raw salad bar - even the kale tasted amazing. I don't think I'm ready to go full throttle, but I do feel better adding in some healthy things.

Are you going back to coffee or is it out for good?
xoxo Elizabeth

Jemsmom said...

Good for you Suzanne!! I keep saying I am going to make changes and then I don't. Then I feel bad, and say I am going to do it! I was going to lose 20 lbs. by the time we went to Ireland. Well, we leave in 2 1/2 weeks and I've maybe lost 5 lbs! Urrrgh!!!! I am proud of you for making the commitment and sticking to it! You go girl!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Hi Suzanne, I good certainly use the mental clarity. Sounds good and really good for you. I definitely need to start eating more whole foods.

Life with Kaishon said...

I think you are very amazing. Way to go doing that detox. Green smoothies do freak me out a little, but I am in desperate need of something. I feel like I need an intervention!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Good for you Suzanne. I totally changed my eating habits 6 years ago and became a pescetarian 2 years ago. Inspired by Oprah's boot camp to lose weight and get healthy (there is major heart disease on my dad's side of the family -- he had bypass surgery when he was 45 which is the age I am now), I started working out with friends and lost about 25-30 lbs. I gave up coffee the first 6 weeks and only had green tea. I would have a smoothie in the morning (skim yogurt, banana and pineapple) along with natural peanut butter on wheat toast. Yum! I don't buy processed foods or junk food (although my husband easily caves in to what the kids might ask for). I will only eat homemade treats (nothing storebought) and always slash the sugar that is called for in a recipe. I think it is rather sad that folks think they can't have a real meal if there is no meat involved, if the food hasn't had the life choked out of it, or enough sauce to cover up what you are eating. I love simple, easy meals that are brought alive with natural spices. Soup is often on the menu at our house. A friend's husband just did a 3 day fruit detox and after that, he felt so good, he decided he wanted to give up meat too. She can't believe it -- has been about 3 weeks now and he is still sticking to the new way of eating and she's right on board with him. :) I am looking forward to visiting Emily's blog and will be sharing it with my girlfriend too. Best wishes, Tammy

Simple Daisy said...

Yeah for you on the detox:) I always want to try but have never given it a whirl!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Good for you, Suzanne. It is not easy to make that kind of change. I tried something like this a couple of years ago and noticed a difference immediately. It was a detox cleansing diet for a week. I know I should do it again but to be honest I spent most of the time in the bathroom so it was a bit of an inconvenient diet! So wonderful you had Emily for support and to prepare food for you. I try to eat mostly fresh unprocessed food but when I see a brownie I cave in!
Bravo, my friend!

Linda said...

This really sounds like it was a great experience! I think eating foods as close to natural as possible, can't help but to be good for us! I loved hearing all about it!

deborah said...

thanks for you encouraging comment to me, this morning.
we're eating lower on the food chain too. haven't gone raw, but have been considering going a few days a week, perhaps. having someone prepare those meals? how awesome. you must be doing this only for good health reasons, i've seen your slim body and crazy to the moon legs. a friend of mine is losing weight really well while being raw. alright, you've talked me into it--for the rest of the day--RAW. thanks friend. ;)

LuLu said...

I'm absolutely cheering you on. Good for you for sticking to it. I think I would need Emily to prepare my meals. I've cut back my coffee intake to once a day but I'm still plagued by the morning headache if I delete it all together....how long did the headache last and second question....do you think one coffee aday would be bad if I just stick to that?
xo,
LuLu

Frizzy said...

So incredibly proud of you! Way to go!

Jeanie said...

Fascinating! I'm glad it worked for you -- and that it's over!

Gretchen said...

I really enjoyed reading about your detox experience. Although I've never done something like this yet, I am seeing a Natural Doctor and undergoing lifestyle and dietary changes. It's been almost 1 week and although I had headaches for 3 days as my body was detoxifying I now am feeling quite improved. I know this is something I need to do for life and to eat more of the Raw Food sources that are offered and stay away from altered/processed foods. My body doesn't handle them well at all.
Thanks for sharing your week of detox.
Gretchen