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33 – Pura Vida – 80/10/10


The Lord has just bumped me and my family up another level!

We have stumbled upon the 80/10/10 way to eat, and it is pure satisfaction!

I was having major digestive issues in the last few weeks, and started eliminating meat, gluten, dairy, soy, and cooked food from my life.  I was researching some blogs and found this way of eating that sounded like pure Heaven to my digestive system!

I have been logging my daily journey with it at this blog link:


I’m not perfect at it yet, but the funny thing is… I’m more raw now than ever before!  Because I’m aiming so high, I’m landing in a really heavenly raw zone!  I love it! 🙂

I feel so satisfied eating this way.  My food cravings have disappeared!  I’m not kidding!  My cells and body feel so satiated that even if I get hungry at the end of the night a little bit (like after 11pm), I don’t need to eat anything.  It’s so wild!  I’ve been looking for this answer my whole life.  I always felt so hungry so quickly after eating cooked food.  Even if I would eat a huge meal, the hunger would return, and I never knew why.  Now I know why.  My cells were never satisfied with that food.  It was lifeless, nutrient drained and deficient.  My cells were malnourished in a big way!

There’s a quote that says, overweight people are actually starving to death (from malnourishment)!  I believe it!

I would have trouble losing enough weight and keeping it off, yet I was always so hungry eating crappy food.  It never made sense.


Sure, there are more things to learn on this “diet” but it has been the easiest transition for me yet.  My body loves the fruit.  I have wonderful smoothies all day long, then a big salad of greens and other goodies, limiting the fat to reasonable amounts.

Going raw in the first place was a lot harder than this, perhaps due to all the gourmet recipes I was trying to test and learn.   This plan is much simpler.  Few ingredients, or even just one ingredient sometimes 🙂

I’m so thankful this has come my way.  I feel like a new Jenni is emerging!

Two Moms in the Raw bars, in the shape of a heart 🙂

Beautiful kale in the garden

Links explaining 80/10/10 if you are interested:


Link to the book by Dr. Graham:



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27 – Stop the Criticism! Enjoy Life!

A wise woman once said that if you’re craving tons of chocolate (or anything), just go ahead and have it.  Pretty soon, you’ll be over it and move on.  I think this just happened to me.  After several days in a row of bacon and potatoes, I’m over them, and back to high raw.

Yay for choosing healthy delicious foods again!

WEEK 6 – High Raw


I really like watermelon.  I have a new passion for it.  It so helps me to eat better when I run into raw foods I like just as much as unhealthy options.

We are back at apartments now while travelling.  We have a kitchen and a fridge, so we bought all these healthy things:  watermelon, pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime juice), the smoothie juices, and added some dark chocolate to the raw seed/nut mix we had from the other day.  I whipped up some eggs (cage free/organic, hormone free) with the pico de gallo – YUM!

Added some dark chocolate bites to the Raw Energy mix below.

Body happy again!

Washington D.C. 

We have been splitting appetizers for dinners and walking walking walking!  Today we walked and went on a bus tour in the rain!  I guess you do what you have to do to see what you want to see, despite the circumstances.  This was my fashion statement today 🙂

Williamsburg, VA

Amazing salads – Watercress salad with dates, blue cheese, candied almonds, and mustard dressing!

Beet salad with feta, candied pecans, mustard vinaigrette!

North Carolina on the beach

Bought kale and lots of greens, veggies and fruits.  The house we are staying at has a strong looking blender that I will be putting to the test with smoothies!

Yay for the blender in the house rental!!!

Mango Tango Smoothie

Couldn’t find raw cacao, so did the next best thing… coffee.

The view of the ocean from the house rental 🙂

A friend of mine posted this about Kale!  Have you had yours today?  I have 🙂

(I haven’t checked the validity of each of these claims, but I know Kale is a superfood!  If you know anything different, let me know!)

Digestion has been very happy!  Been having fruit smoothies every morning and a salad each day.  Besides that, just moderate amounts of meat, rice, and sweets 🙂

Here’s to moderation!



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24 – Raw High Life


Week 3 of High Raw Life

I took my quiz again, and I’m now about 78% raw!  Woohoo!

The slideshow below shows some of the drinks and dishes we made this week:

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Day 15 – Pesto and Thai Curry Soup in the Vitamix

Pesto made in the Vitamix with basil from the garden!  Everyone loved the pesto linguine (gluten free).  It’s all gone!

Husband and I loved the Thai Curry Ginger soup.  It’s a favorite here.

Strawberry Delicious Smoothie I made today (so gorgeous, right?):

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple and peaches mixed (or any fruit)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen or add ice at the end)
  • 1 cup ice if fruit wasn’t frozen

Day 16 – Down 6 pounds total for me now!

Rollerbladed and walked to the dentist today.  Dentist said I am very low on plaque build up and keep doing what I’m doing.  He wouldn’t change a thing!  I would love to be in a world where we don’t need dentists at all.  Anyone else?  I know my Mom agrees 🙂

I know teeth get really clean on raw food diets, so maybe…?

Drinking this delicious treat after all that exercise.


  • 1 cup of almond milk (or coconut water)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • Drizzle of agave
  • 1 cup of ice

…and blend in the fabulous Vitamix!  Voila!  Super refreshing after a workout!

The other amazing thing I noticed this week was NO CRAMPS on a week where they would have knocked me off my feet for 6 hours, NONE at all! Woo!

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I’m guessing I get all my fruit and veggie servings in a day now.  The newly recommended from Building a Better Food Pyramid, is the following:

“Food Pyramid: Vegetables

A recent study shows that most people still don’t eat the amount of vegetables they need. The food pyramid now gives recommendations in total cups of vegetables per day — you can spread out the amount you need any way you want across your meals and snacks. Totals are between 2 and 2.5 cups per day for women and girls over the age of 9, 2.5 to 3 cups for men and boys 9 years old and up.

Food Pyramid: Fruits

Believe it or not, there’s a limit to the amount of fruit you should eat. Why? For adults, it’s because of the calories. “Fruits are double the calories of vegetables,” Sandon says. According to USDA, the total daily recommended amounts for fruits are for 1 to 1.5 cups for children ages 2 to 8 years, 1.5 cups for most women and girls over 9 years old, and 2 cups for men and boys over age 9. Fruit provides great nutrients and fiber.”

Why is dairy a food group at all on the pyramid?  So vegans and raw foodies are missing a whole group besides meat?  Guess so!

I like how this video (link below) said split your plate into four sections.  Fruits and veggies should take up half the plate, with veggies a little more so than fruit.  Then the remaining two sections are for meat and grains.

I found it interesting that the site mentioned people only need about 5 to 6.5 ounces of lean meat per day.  They recommended 2 ounces of lean chicken at lunch and 4 ounces of fish at dinner.  That is a lot less meat than I have eaten my whole life on a daily basis!  Wow!

I understand they are trying to get a handle on portion control and nip the obesity problem in the bud 🙂


Now the raw food pyramid looks something like this:

(from this link: http://www.vegan-raw-diet.com/rawfoodpyramid.html)

I recommend doing a Google search on raw food pyramids.  There are a lot and some are quite fun!

I do think it’s helpful not to worry the first few weeks about how many servings of fruits, veggies, or nuts you are having.  I went by my cravings for each of those.  I get more “in tune” with what my body is craving/needing as I go.  And now more veggies sound better than they did at first.  I wanted a lot of fruit at first.

Day 17 – Binge

Ok, so at first I felt bad that I ate too much almond butter and honey last night, and I was barely hungry today.  Then I had perspective… I used to put away half a cake, or a pint of ice cream in one sitting (one long sitting – in front of the t.v.).  Then I felt better.  At least it was a binge on antioxidants and raw goodness.

Day 18 – Party Day

Life has gotten super busy again.  Preparing for a big family party and playing keyboard for church in the morning two times this weekend.  Started partying with my food too.  Still wasn’t as drastic as before.  Had one piece of cake at the party, and honestly, the sugar shocked my system.  I really did not feel well after that.  It’s amazing to me how bad refined sugar makes me feel, especially after eating really healthy for a while.  Anyway, in the past, I probably would have had seconds and thirds, so it’s still improvement!

I wish I would have taken a picture of the Sangria my daughter made.  It was so pretty!

Day 19 – Party Day Too

It’s Labor Day Weekend, what can I say!  Had Mexican with the family up north.  Nachos supreme and a Margarita.  Neither of these made me feel bad though.  Usually nachos are just fine for a splurge food.  My skin is definitely showing it’s confusion.  I think I was in detox mode prior to all these parties, and now, the body is just confused.  Sorry body!

Day 20 – Labor Day

Hitting “RESET” after all this partying!  Ready for some good fruits and veggies again!  I did eat a sandwich with sprouts today, some veggies and dip, and a chocolate banana shake!  Ahhhh, feels better!

Day 21 – Back Home

Excited to get back home and get back into Vitamixing goodness!  I’ve added links all over my blog for Free Shipping if you want to buy a Vitamix using my unique code for discounts!  Shop away!  You won’t regret your purchase!

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Where Do We Go Now?

WEEK 18 – Where Do We Go Now?

I’m sitting here at lunch, eating a few bites of salad with kale, lentils, sprouts, etc.  then a creamy tomato soup, and a KitKat awaits me.

Since I’ve been just “going with the flow” I’ve been feeling well, not sick at all.  I’ve been eating about half raw, and half whatever.  But this leaves me wondering, what do I blog about?

I’m not on a “gung ho” raw feat anymore.  And how often can one blog about balance?  I suppose my blog could be all about balance.

I DO still wonder about the “amazing health” 100% raw people brag about.  I wonder if it’s true, and will it bring crazy, wonderful amounts of energy and make me more productive, less cranky, and whatever?

I still have hope that I will get motivated to get there, without forcing myself or depriving myself.

Is there ever really a GOOD time to go 100% raw?

I would think it would be summer…  when people naturally eat less, lose a few winter pounds, are out exercising more just for fun.  There’s not too many holidays to contend with.  Oh, but the weddings, and tailgating, and grill outs… Hmmm… Thoughts?

Well, for now, I am motivated to eat healthy in the mornings, generally raw bars or Lara bars.  (It’s just too early to think about comfort food.)

Lunch is still some salad, some soup, and sometimes fries.  An apple in the afternoon if I remember, otherwise the old standby – chocolate.  Dinner could be quinoa, veggies, grilled meat, and whatever dessert is around.

Well, raw foodies, if you have suggestions, I’m listening 🙂




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