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“I must admit I had a love/hate with wanting to go raw for a day. A “love” for the intrigue
and desire to see how much better I’d feel, and a “hate” for the fear of what I might possibly
be eating, wondering if I’d like it and worrying if I’d be really hungry and cranky during the
day. After putting it oﬀ for days, I made the commitment, did my shopping, and embarked on
my day with excitement (and trepidation). As usual, on my ﬁrst raw day, I awoke tired, feeling
unrested and puﬀy-eyed. I grabbed my blender to make my ﬁrst mango-spinach smoothie
and was incredibly surprised at how delicious and ﬁlling it was. My kids looked on with awe.
Lunch of Karen’s nori-rolls was the highlight of my day. Not only are they satisfying and simple to make, but my kids
loved the nori sheets (and they are typically ﬁnicky macaroni and cheese eaters). All in all, I absolutely loved the
ﬂavours of all the foods, and the ease of preparation and I felt incredibly satiated through the day. With a fridge
stocked with healthy food, I’m eager to focus on day 2.”
– Kim DeYoung, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
“Before my raw day, I generally felt really run down. I lack energy, and this is what I was
hopeful the raw day would help me with. I am a vegan for moral reasons and have let health
be an afterthought. I am overweight by about 50 pounds. I am very busy with work and life in
general, and my low energy really holds me back.
“During my raw day I had a lot of mixed feelings. I was excited about the possibilities for
health and energy that raw food oﬀers, but I was nervous I would feel hungry or unsatisﬁed.
Although thoughts of how I would avoid hunger occupied my mind all day, in reality I was
never hungry. I had a light feeling throughout the day. It was nice not to feel sluggish or weighed down by my meals.
In the evening I felt a little light headed, which I may not have even noticed except I was getting ready to exercise.
“For my raw day I decided to go with the mango spinach smoothie for breakfast, kale salad for lunch, and marinated
veggies for dinner. Kale salad is my new FAVORITE dish. I have made it several times in the last week! I enjoyed the
date/almond snacks throughout the day and also ate a banana for a snack between lunch and dinner.
“After my raw day I was very happy that I had accomplished not eating any cooked food for the day. I was tempted
during the day but did not go oﬀ the plan mainly because of the commitment I made to do this day. The best part
was the next morning – I stepped on the scale just to see what I might have lost. I was shocked when I saw I had lost
over 3 pounds! I have been exercising and losing weight slowly for the past several months and to see a drop of 3
pounds in one day was amazing.
“My most positive experiences were of empowerment and accomplishment from completing this “challenge,” which
to me, it was a challenge. The other thing was the weight loss. The small inconvenience or difﬁculty I had during my
raw day was quickly forgotten once I saw the weight I had lost. Also, my skin looked beautiful the morning after my
raw day! It was practically glowing, which was so cool. My next goal is going to be researching and testing out raw
recipes so that I can get some good ones under my belt and next do a raw week.”
– Meghan S, South Carolina, USA