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14 days to Raw Food Chef Certification

In June I had the chance to take a 14 day Raw Food Chef Certification course. The workshop is called "RawRose Culinary Arts Program". The adventure began a few days prior to the program where we were suggested to do a cleanse before the program to get our bodies used to not eating cooked foods. I however did not go through a traditional cleanse like some of the participants, I didn't give up coffee a week before the retreat, I was still drinking my one cup of coffee in the morning to get me going. I drink 8 to 9 glasses of water on a daily basis as I do a lot of cardio and strength training. I was working on my first draft of my memoir I am writing and I never ate breakfast, just a coffee, then I might have something small for lunch and then a big dinner with a glass of wine. The day of the retreat I was eating a gluten free chocolate chip cookie, and drinking a green tea. I was thinking there was no hope for this cooked foods addict.

I wanted to take my health to the next level and eating raw or trying to eat raw seemed to be the next step for me. It is a hard journey to eat raw all the time, but the one thing our facilitator expressed was "if you only take away one thing from this course is that if you drink one green smoothie a day that is better than none". That was a simple goal for me and it was easy for the 14 days being with 15 other people who were on the same path of wanting to learn more about living foods and the benefits.

The entire course was hands on and we prepared over 150 recipes and made real connections not only with each other, but the food we were preparing and putting into our bodies.

By day 4 I was totally off coffee and it has been four months since I've had a coffee. The only thing I crave in the morning is my green smoothie!

Now I eat about 75% raw whenever possible. I definitely eat more fruit and veggies and when I am in a grocery store I spend more time in the produce section than any other section of the store. Every day is a fresh new day, I eat three to four meals a day, raw mostly for breakfast and lunch, and dinner is usually cooked as my partner is more of a meat eater, but is willing to try some of the raw recipes. I do it is hard to go to a restaurant and the only raw option is a salad, but this is in my community and I am aware of other communities that have more than one raw restaurant and if I am traveling I usually look for raw options and very happy when I the opportunity to eat living foods.

Today for example I had a Fiji apple and blueberry smoothies with some maca and kale. At lunch I had a shredded carrot salad with beats and red cabbage with a light apple cider vinegar dressing, and for dinner I had Raw Enchilada's with a cooked corn tortilla, so it is possible to eat mostly raw. The most important thing for me is to listen to my body and what it is needing. Yes, I still have my chocolate, but I've found raw chocolate and you don't need as much and that's okay with me. I'm happy to be living more of a raw food lifestyle and will keep trying to implement raw every day.

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