28 Day Raw Food Cleanse, Health and Wellness, Mental Strength, Weight-loss Record

Wrap up! 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse


I wanted to take a minute to recap how my 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse went (thanks for the reminder, Susan!).

Weight Loss

I felt it was a success, as I lost almost 15 pounds….BUT, I got sick at the tail end of it, so that last five pounds was not really related to the cleanse, I don’t think.

I am now up a few more pounds, but since the cleanse started on Jan. 1, I am still down about 8 pounds.

So, is it a good way to kick start your weight loss? Absolutely!

I think that a 2 or 3 week cleanse would do the same thing, however. It really just gives you a boost.

If I were to modify the 28 day cleanse, I might do something like this:

Week 1: Eliminate all animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and processed food

Week 2: Continue with above, and also eliminate all added oils and sugar

Week 3: Keep going with above, and eat only raw fruits and vegetables

Week 4: Continue with above and eat only smoothies for the first 4-5 days, followed by fresh pressed juice for 2-3 days

Health and How I Felt on the Cleanse

Here is how my Year-long Goals Sheet looked at the end of January.

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How did I do?

My top row, exercise/move everyday, was on track until I became sick.

My green row, the plant-based goal was solid, for every day of my cleanse!!

My cleanse goal, the third and yellow row, of eating only raw fruits and vegetables was awesome too. Four days I drank a homemade broth, when I was my sickest, and on the last day, I had chickpeas in my salad. Still…pretty good!

The last row is related to my mental health, which is to work on my blog. Now, I don’t expect to see that filled in every day, but I want to see some effort there. I can proudly say, that yes, I put forth an effort to either do research on blogging or health or to actually write a blog post.

I really felt terrific during my cleanse! In fact, as soon as I started to eat cooked food, and to eat some dairy, my mood altered…it dipped. I did not feel as good. Did that stop me from eating more unhealthy food? No.

It is amazing how easily I left the raw food that made me feel great, to eating food that I categorize as unhealthy (pizza, cheese etc.) What is up with that??

I think that as long as we eat unhealthy food, we just want more. It may be a cold turkey thing. Eat none of the crap, and you won’t crave it. I just haven’t been able to pull off the cold turkey thing yet!

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Thanks to FoodCourtComics.com, for this great picture!

I continue to struggle to eat the way my mind and heart wants me to. I will not give up.

Wishing you, and me, a healthy journey!

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Eating for Health, Mental Strength

How to Beat Cravings in 5 Easy Steps


I’ve been in a slump for the past couple of days, eating off track and not feeling great, mentally or physically.

Today, I typed in “struggling with eating healthy” on Google and found a nifty trick to help those of us who get cravings for the not-so-healthy stuff.

Psychologist, Katie Rickel, has a short video about the 5 Steps to help us deal with cravings. Check them out below if you prefer to see them in print, at a glance. Click here, if you prefer to go straight to her video. She calls them “The 5 D’s”.

5 Steps to Manage Cravings

1. DISTRACT: find something to distract you from the craving. Read, call a friend, do a crossword puzzle, clean up the house, tidy a drawer or your work area, or get online for some inspiration.

2. DELAY: Promise yourself you won’t give in to that craving for at least ten minutes (or pick a different amount of time). This gives you a chance for the craving to subside. If you give in after the delay, so be it, but at least you gave it a real shot! This step may work for you another time.

3. DISTANCE: Get away from wherever you are that is causing the craving. Go for a walk, go outside, go for a drive…just get away from the source of the craving.

4. DETERMINE: Take a second to think about why you are having that craving. What are you really seeking? Is it food you really need? Maybe you’re thirsty. Perhaps you are having an emotion-anger, sadness, loneliness, etc.-something that is telling you that comfort food will solve your problem.

5. DECIDE: Make a decision about whether you are willing to accept the consequences of eating that food-feeling guilty, feeling sick, delaying health or weight loss etc. Then decide. You are giving in, or you’re not. Don’t spend an hour debating it. Either give in, or get out!

These 5 steps sound interesting. I will give that a try next time. Good luck with your cravings…and beating them!

Wishing you a healthy joruney.