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December 2013 Blog Posts (50)

It's Great to be Back!

Hello, Family! I really missed you all! I'm back home! Did you guys miss me? Now that I'm back, I hope to share with you my personal favorite raw dishes with my new Seasonal exercise program, and send my picture as soon as I can! I love you all!

Added by Vanessa Machelle Helm on December 30, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Day 83: Feeling better

So I have been taking vit C and D3 and Zinc and drinking hot tea made with alkaline water. Beginning to feel better. Have mostly slept while sick the past two days. Did not go to work yesterday. Went to bed instead. 

Finally feeling a bit better although not totally up to par. Will go on to work today. Keeping it simple, green smoothies and hot tea

Not much more to say.

Raw Truth

Added by Raw Truth on December 29, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments

Day 82: Lesson learned

I am actually farther away from that day off than I thought. Ugh! Just got my schedule and they scheduled me for next Saturday so I am looking at yet another two weeks with no day off. I am not happy about this and it is time to put in my two week notice. I can not keep going day after day with no day off. Also that job pays less per hour so thinking it is time to say good bye. I actually like the people I work with but it is really not working well for me, and I really don't enjoy the job…


Added by Raw Truth on December 28, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments

Maintaining the Self-Love

Recently I started dating someone I met in a class.  He has totally different eating habits and history than I do, but I'm learning that as long as there is acceptance and non-judgement of our differences (food being only one of them), then there is the emotional safety to bridge those differences.  I really appreciate how easy going he is, and how he is willing to flex for me at this point. 

One surprising thing for me is getting to see how far over on the spectrum of healthy eating…


Added by Amahla Johnson on December 27, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Day 81: Feeling more centered and balanced

I am nearly tho the end of my long no day off journey with work. Next Saturday I will have a day off. So excited for that. 

I think I will take the day and get out and do something fun. I need that to alleviate the burn out feeling. Maybe go to a movie or go shopping with my daughter. 

I have learned some valuable lessons along the way on my second part of my journey to wellness. guess this is part 2 of my 4 part journey to my goal. Part 1 was about cleansing. Part 2 has been…


Added by Raw Truth on December 27, 2013 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Day 80: Time to real in and regroup

So, holiday festivities are winding down and it is time to focus on getting back to high raw. I will not be able to fully get back on track until January but will begin going in that direction as much as possible. Actually thinking of doing a bit of cleansing to begin the new year off. 

I think my schedule will get back to some sanity or at least a regular steady schedule that will be more routine. Thinking about continuing with both jobs through January to help with catching up a few…


Added by Raw Truth on December 26, 2013 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Food and body peace for today

Tonight I was sitting at the kitchen table, reflecting on how far I've come with this raw food thing. There was a traditional kind of holiday dessert sitting on the stove (starts with "p" and rhymes with "eye") and I was eating almond butter with a banana and some dates and feeling completely at peace with things. Not because I always do this without fail but because more and more it is what I actually crave. To not be at war with myself was one of the best gifts I could have received…


Added by Lucy Provost on December 25, 2013 at 11:55pm — 2 Comments

Today might hurt

In retrospect, maybe I should have waited until after Christmas meals to kick start my healthy diet. It could go one of three ways;

1. I munch on salad and drink lots of water and punch (my cousin makes the best punch) and nobody says much. I come home hungry, make some juice and feel fine tomorrow. (best case scenario)

2. I give in and eat way too many mashed potatoes and my cousin's awesome cheesy carrots and have a nasty food hangover tomorrow (just in time for my…


Added by Brianna Sawyer on December 25, 2013 at 12:12pm — 2 Comments

Day 79: So thankful, I found out I only have to work this evening and don't go in until 5pm!

So amazing to sleep in this morning and not have to rush. Kids are still in bed, I am making an apple pie and pecan pie. Enjoying Christmas music and feeling rested today. 

Thankful to be beginning a new year soon and looking forward to heading up the mountain top. I believe it is going to be a great year! So thrilled to be making more money and still have a job I can work around my family and my business. God is good! 

Even more thankful to have enough for food and much needed…


Added by Raw Truth on December 25, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments

Holiday Wishes!!

"Getting ready for Christmas Eve and all the festivities of Christmas! Wishing Warmest Thoughts for this entire community! ~ Joan ~ :D"

Added by Joan Gosselin on December 24, 2013 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Day 77 and Day 78: Exhausted but feeling better

So, busy time of year. Yesterday was non stop on the go after work. Two Christmas get togethers down and one to go. Today I work half a day so we will celebrate with Christmas dinner tonight and I plan on going to the Christmas eve service at church.

Then I work all day on Christmas day. ;O(   I really wish things were more like the old days when businesses would close on Christmas. But it will be nice to have the extra money next Friday. it will help cover bills and extra money for…


Added by Raw Truth on December 24, 2013 at 5:52am — No Comments

Starting to feel the difference

I'm not even at 65% raw yet and I'm already feeling the benefits. I didn't want to jump right to majority raw and make myself sick so I've been incorporating more raw in as I go. I began by adding fresh juice to my mornings. This morning I took it a step further and blended my juice (apple, carrot, kiwi, pineapple) with a banana, spirulina powder, gingko powder, and a little bit of yohimbe root powder for an energy boost. I also had some oatmeal (but that's not raw, so shhh).

My lunch…


Added by Brianna Sawyer on December 23, 2013 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Day 76: Third day and beginning to dry out!

Wow! Unbelievable. I have felt ill for going on three days now. Feel like I have the flu, but I don't. My body has become ultra sensitive and It is a lesson learned, sugar really is horrible for the body.

Coffee enema is in order. God forgive me for I did not realize just how bad I was treating my body with that endulgence. I have just talked to my kids about this and Come January 1 we will not be having sugar in our home even on birthdays after this. They noticed not feeling well…


Added by Raw Truth on December 22, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Day 75: Dealing with reality, and my body is talking

So, I did something I regret. I had choc cake with lactose free icecream. Guess what, my body is soooo not happy about it. I have had brain fog for two days now, interesting, they say sugar is a neurotoxin, I truely believe that now. 

Some rules are best not broken and this has been a real eye opener for me. Alcohol has always made me feel this way the day after as well. Interesting, it is the sugar connection I believe. Very toxic for the brain. So that being said, I am done with…


Added by Raw Truth on December 21, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Day 74: Dealing with life

I find it annoying when people are not on the up and up. 

I am trying to remember that I can not control what others do or say or how they conduct themselves. But at times it actually makes me angry when I feel like others do not  put the best interest of people at heart. 

So my long journey of continuous work continues. I will definately not be able to keep this up for the long haul. If I can just make it one day at a time, I can do this. Next week will be tough as I have…


Added by Raw Truth on December 20, 2013 at 10:44am — No Comments

From sweet to bitter

After eleven months on daily green juices with fruits, I skipped the fruits today. Well, actually I just forgot them, while juicing some radish, carrots, celery ribs and a big bunch of endive, and realizing that none of my friends and family would ever drink endive, as the way we're used to consume this in the Netherlands is (*the following could be shocking*): mixed with lots of potato mash and much baked bacon, a typical Dutch winter dish called 'andijviestamppot' (literally…


Added by Foekje de Vries on December 20, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Planning an indoor winter garden

I was given a big dirty 75 gallon tank that I'm going to clean up and turn in to a little garden for the winter. It has a crack on the bottom so it's not really useful as an aquarium (I guess that makes it a terrarium) and to be honest we already have enough aquariums going right now: two 55 gallons, one 45 gallon, and a 10 gallon, so we don't really feel like sealing it up at the moment.

I want to fill it with sand, gravel, and a top layer of soil (hopefully that will be enough…


Added by Brianna Sawyer on December 19, 2013 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

Day 73: Working on my attitude

This is sometimes a big project. I have to admit, I have had a bad attitude from working both jobs and trying to do everything at home plus my business. I am dealing with some resentment and anger at having to do this. However, I am greatful for the income and to have enough money for food. 

I will not be able to do this for a long period of time though. I think it is important to at least have one day off to do things at home. I have to focus on the good things to get through this.…


Added by Raw Truth on December 19, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Day 72: beginning to feel alot better

Back on greens and I am amazed at how much better I am feeling already. 

Thankful my two week training period is almost over. I will still be working two jobs for much of the remainder of next month. It is what I need to do to survive. So many things to pay for at the end of the year and funds are very tight. However it should get better in the next couple of  months. 

Greatful to have a means to begin making things better. 

Long day, not much else to say.

Added by Raw Truth on December 18, 2013 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Day 71: rebalancing.

Beginning to get my fridge restocked with items I like to have as my mainstay for high raw. It feels great and my body is happy! 

I am working on my attitude but it is definately better too. Food makes a big difference in our moods. I am letting go of some anger, ready to knuckle down and get to work.

I will soon be through the worst of my double job journey. I found out I actually will not have Christmas off. However it will be half a day on Christmas eve and half a day on…


Added by Raw Truth on December 17, 2013 at 9:54am — No Comments

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