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43 – Zero Overt Fats March

toxins out

Out of necessity, I decided to do a month of zero overt fats on the 80/10/10 lifestyle.  Too many bodily pains happening after the cruise and a couple weeks of high fat eating.

I felt good about the decision, and so far the first half of March I’ve felt very good.  Some headaches and hormonal issues initially.  

I had 2 “cheat days” where I went back to cooked food, mainly vegetarian/vegan, but I feel fine about that.  In fact, I have a lot of hope that I could eat like this forever… mainly 80/10/10, with low fats, and then an occasional cheat day when some occasion comes up.  

My desire to exercise has increased, and my stamina has increased.  This week I did Zumba dancing for 60 minutes and took a 1.7 mile walk in the drizzling rain.


I can see myself continuing on for several months like this, perhaps adding in one avocado per week or so.

I don’t want to rush the detoxing, since it can be a bit painful at times.  I think slow and steady is a good idea for me.

My daily food logs are posted at http://www.rawjenni.wordpress.com for those curious about what an 80/10/10’er eats every day.

To be continued…




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34 – Loving 80/10/10 Raw Vegan

Check out my video update (click on picture below) on living and loving 80/10/10 raw vegan!

I have been on the 80/10/10 raw vegan “diet” for 24 days now (the first week or so I was still transitioning over).

A few reasons why I’m LOVING it:

~ I have a list of health issues I wanted to clear up.  My digestive issues have almost completely cleared up on 80/10/10… in less than one week of doing this faithfully.

~ Clean living:  no cooking necessary 🙂

~ I have a sweet tooth for a reason, and it’s for FRUIT!

~ I feel more satisfied at a deep level.  My vitality and love for life is forever increasing.

~ Family seeing me, and joining in.

~~~~~~Daughter getting steady on the fruit and feeling better.  She has lost 5 pounds so far.

~~~~~~Husband getting on the salads in the evenings and increasing his fruit smoothies in the mornings.  He says he’s feeling better.

~ I’ve started exercising again, because my energy levels are increasing.

~ My weight loss total… so far is 7 pounds.  I lost the first 5 or 6 rather quickly.

~ My BMI (body mass index) is reducing.  Not that long ago I was up around 29% body fat… and now I’m at around 25%.

So, what do I eat now?

~ 80% fruits all day long (amazing smoothies, or just whole fruit, plus some “veggies” that really digest as fruit – see below)

~ 10% protein through greens and veggies, and some nuts or seeds

~ 10% fats – mainly in my salad dressings (see my Recipe tab for these)

Proper food combining made a huge difference for me with digestion.

For example, I’ve found that cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and bell peppers are really fruits.  So they digest better with other fruits.

See my Recipe tab or click here for some of my recipes 🙂



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25 – Gray Areas

MY THEORY:  There is an early feeling of “I could stop eating now, and be satisfied.”

Then there is a continuum of gray area where I could stop, but if it’s tasting amazing, I’m going to keep going.

Then I approach the “Alright, if I don’t stop now, I will be in pain, have heartburn, and digestion is going to be awful!

And then finally, “I’m in PAIN!  Why did I do that to myself!!!?

I would love to stop at the “I could stop now” mark 99% of the time.  And then occasionally, when something is particularly tasty, stop in the gray area somewhere.  That is my goal.

Currently, I stop most often in the gray area, generally right up to the “I better stop now, or I’m going to be in pain” spot.  Occasionally I go over the line into the “Why did I do that to myself section?”  And once in a while when conversation is amazing, or something else distracts me, then I stop at the “I could stop here” point.

Years ago, I would stop at the far right all the time in the “PAIN” section.  It took a lot of surrender to let go of filling myself with food instead of facing why I want to use food to fill the emotional pain inside.  More on this later.

Week 4 of the Raw High Life

Day 22 – Hummus in the Vitamix

I made the recipe in the Vitamix cookbook for hummus (all raw except the chickpeas, but they were organic).  It was so warm and wonderful!  Had two bowls of salad with lots of romaine lettuce, broccoli sprouts, ground flax seeds, red onion, avocado, Bragg’s vinegar and olive oil (first cold pressed).  Sooo good!  Especially after a weekend of parties!  My body rejoiced!

I wanted to stop at an Arby’s on the way home from seeing my family up north, but thankfully, that exit was blocked! Woo!

I am really craving good healthy stuff!  Heading back to my Vitamix to blend some more!

Day 23 – Ugh!

Bummed that I had a piece of cake and gummy bears last night.  Up 2 pounds.  Sorry body!  I don’t feel sick this time though.  Maybe those two salads and hummus cleared a nice path in my system for the cake to slide by 🙂

Plus, we are about to go on a trip.  So I’m focusing on preparations for that, and less on the eating the healthiest.  I’m counting on God for showing us healthy choices on the trip everywhere.

Day 24 – Splitting

Running around is my excuse for eating not as healthy.  But in my defense, I split the burger and fry with my step-daughter.  So I don’t feel bad in my body or mind about it.  Do I wish I could give up the burgers and fries forever?  YES.  Do I hope I get there one day?  YES!

For me, splitting food is a great way to share the calories and not so great stuff.  If I “gotta have it,” I might as well share it and have less of it.

Day 25 – Progress Report

Sometimes it’s just good to remind myself of the improvements, since I’m not where I want to be yet.

  • Coffee – basically off coffee.  Had it one or two times in the last couple weeks.  Finding the raw chocolate drinks available in more places.
  • Vitamixing – for me and for the family.  We are incorporating way more fruits & vegetables into our daily lives!
  • Weight – going down.
  • Cravings – are changing.  I crave fruits and veggies much more.

Day 26 – Little Cabin in Virginia

Our first stop of our trip was a weekend in a cabin.  We were able to buy groceries and eat pretty healthy.  I felt so good about preparing food and getting creative.  This is a new thing for me to be so happy about cooking on vacation.  In the past, I really just wanted to eat out all the time.

My favorite thing I made was a sandwich with sprouts, hummus, eggs, and onions.  I was just using what we had to put a quick picnic lunch together, and it turned out delicious!

We got out on a lake with a paddleboat, and just “anchored” for a while, enjoying the sunshine and quietness in the middle of the lake.  So good!

I felt great about our food choices in the cabin.  Now we are headed to a conference and lots of eating out.  There isn’t even a fridge in the hotel room.

Day 27 – Wine Tasting

We were part of a group tour to a winery today.  It was super fun.  Definitely the best wine tasting event I have been to.  There were about 25 of us tasting about 10 different wines, from dry to sweet.

Then we had a superb meal.  I was thankful I skipped breakfast and only had some juices, because the day was filled with food.  I did stop eating before too full.

The group tour took us also to a Fudge Factory where I proceeded to load up on 2 pounds of fudge (not eating 2 pounds, just buying 2 pounds).  I’m not sure what I was thinking, except, “I love fudge.”  I bought 8 different flavors!  Oh my!

I didn’t really need dinner, but I went for it anyway.  I stuck with a vegetarian meal – eggplant and risotto.  The loaded baked potato soup put me into lactose hell for part of the evening.  We went for a brisk walk to burn off some of that overload.

Day 28 – Petite Red Robin

Well, I always wanted to try Red Robin, so today I did.  I gathered up the spouses that were not in the conference that we are at with our husbands, and we went out to tour (ok, shop).  I did find a banana chocolate shake made with honey earlier in the day at least 🙂

Red Robin was very good, and I found out that they do a petite size of any of the burgers and they give a discount then.  I tried the mushroom swiss petite burger.  Just about the right amount.  I feel like I need salads for a week now.

Conclusion of week 4 of High Raw – This week did not end very raw at all.  My body is mostly happy with me at least as far as digestion.  But I do feel full and like I’ve had more food than necessary.  I’m hoping husband will split the rest of the meals with me!  And a big hike to a waterfall sounds good for tomorrow!

Let me know how you are doing!



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8 – Raw Chocolate Moccachino

Week 8 – Raw Chocolate Moccachino

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I can’t keep from sharing this one!  This drink replaces coffee for me on most days.  It has the caffeine if I want it to, or it can be made without caffeine, using carob powder.

The simplest version contains:

1-2 Cups of coconut water (I buy this in bulk)

1/2 Tablespoon of raw cacao powder & 1/2 Tablespoon of raw carob powder (can use one or the other also – 1 Tblsp)

1 – 2 Tablespoons of raw agave nectar (can substitute with raw honey if you prefer)

1 – 2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds

1 (or half) Frozen or regular banana

(Optional:  1 – 2 Tablespoons of coconut butter, for some almost crunchy chocolate chips inside)

Blend the ingredients together.  Chill for 1 hour, or overnight for a morning drink.

Pour it into a “to go” cup, and you won’t need to drive through anywhere for a drink.


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7 – Kid-friendly Smoothies or Shakes

Week 7 – Kid-friendly Smoothies or Shakes

Click on the picture above for the video

This week you will need

– your agave nectar

– some coconut water (can buy these in bulk now)

– frozen bananas (1/2 banana per smoothie)

 – fruit:

Red – strawberries or raspberries

Purple – Blueberries

Orange – Peaches

Ask your kids what color smoothie or shake they would like, and blend the above ingredients.

Pour & add a straw!

This is one of my favorite ways to get my fruit quota for the day.

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6 – Freeze Your Bananas – Raw Ice Cream Flavors

Week 6 – Freeze Your Bananas  – Raw Ice Cream Flavors

Click on the picture above to see the video for week 6.

Frozen bananas make banana “ice cream”.   It’s amazing how close to an ice cream consistency this becomes!

So, don’t throw away your over ripe bananas, freeze them.  After they have been in the freezer – even for one hour –  take them out and peel them.

Blend them in the blender to an ice cream consistency.

Strawberry flavor – Blend a few strawberries into the mix.

Chocolate or carob flavor – Blend a tablespoon of raw cacao powder or carob powder (if you don’t want caffeine) into your mix.

Make it a shake – by adding a little coconut water or even rice milk or almond milk (still better than what I used to eat)!  If you need it sweeter, add some of your agave nectar.

Make it a sundae – by adding any of these:

– cacao nibs (similar to chocolate chips)

– real strawberry slices

– pineapple chunks

– nuts

– strawberry sauce made up of 1 tablespoon of raw honey blended with real strawberries

– a cherry on top.

Keep it as simple as you like, or get creative.

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5 – Raw Agave Nectar

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WEEK 5 – Raw Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener from the Agave cactus plant, boasting a low glycemic index.

We used the raw agave nectar week 2 and 3 to make delicious desserts.  I wanted to make an extra note on agave nectar this week, because I do believe it deserves a week of its own.

The other day, my husband used raw agave nectar as a syrup on his gluten free waffle.  He felt it was just as sweet if not sweeter than regular syrup, but no sugar crash happened after eating it.  My mom and I also tried it on her silver-dollar pancakes, and really liked the smoothness and sweetness of it.

I also added raw agave nectar to my gluten free spaghetti sauce to sweeten it a bit, and bring down the level of spiciness.  I loved the sweetness.  It was just as good as adding brown sugar to my sauce.  This nectar is a nugget of goodness.  A friend of ours uses it in his coffee even, instead of sugar, so my mom and I tried that as well in the video.

This is such a great example of a baby step towards going raw, even if you are using it randomly and not on all raw items!  I give you permission to go for it!


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4 – Raw Almond Butter

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WEEK 4 – Raw Almond Butter

Another simple, but excellent raw addition to my life is raw almond butter.

Now there is a store I have found where this is really inexpensive, so I encourage you to shop around.  Some places are really expensive, but one is almost a third of the expensive price.  You can buy it creamy or crunchy.  I love the crunchy one!  My mom loves the creamy one.

  • Buy raw almond butter – crunchy or creamy – this week.
  • Add it to your banana for breakfast or a dessert with the raw honey.

A spoonful of half almond butter (or less) and half honey (or less) on each bite of banana satisfies my sweet tooth.  And I have a very sweet tooth!  (Remember, I grew up eating lots of pastries and donuts.)

Follow Trisha’s (my mom’s) progress and mine in our 52 weeks to improve our health.


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Jen’s 52 Week Challenge

BABY STEPS – 1 A WEEK – for a year

This is RAW for the motivationally challenged (like me).  Follow me, Jen, and jump in at any point!

I feel GREAT when I’m eating all RAW, but let’s be honest… for the vast majority of people it’s not easy to just go raw, and stay raw all the time.  Therefore, I am issuing a 52 week challenge (to myself and anyone who wants to join me), to just take 1 step per week toward the raw, healthy lifestyle.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up eating burgers and fries, pasta, pizza, ice cream, and donuts.  These were my favorites, for sure!  Suddenly, in my early 20’s, disasters surfaced in my health!  Thankfully, I had a doctor referred to me that knew about nutrition and told me to remove dairy and a few others from my eating.  This made the first huge difference.

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After more struggles with digestion and daily fatigue, another doctor recommended no gluten or dairy (I was back on the dairy), AND if I could get all the way RAW, that would be the best for me.  I was excited to get started!  It took a year of mainly gluten and dairy free, with a few months of trying a raw detox.  I always felt so much better on the raw.  However, I would only last about a month or so, and I’d go off.  Back to the old way of eating…  even to gluten and dairy again.  Then I would feel bad, and wonder if this would ever work!

Shortly after that, an awesome person encouraged me to take baby steps in this, such as, one step per week for a year.   I LOVED the idea!  I knew I could celebrate one easy step per week, and I knew that others wanting help could do it too!

So, even if you’re not sure about going raw, but you would love some encouragement toward a healthier way of eating, then hop on this train with me, and let’s see where it goes!

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