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Raw ‘Til Dinner: In Which I Attempt to Eat the Last Days of Summer in 10 Days

Technically, we have until the middle of September to say goodbye to summer, but as most of us know, Labor Day signals the end to cookouts, beach days, and Summer Fridays. I’m going to salute the final days of summer with my very own food challenge, in which I pledge to eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can until dinnertime.


Mainly because I haven’t been partaking in summer’s fruit bounty as often as I would like. The farmers market I mentor teens at doesn’t sell fruit, and I keep missing the order deadline for my buying club (that I run. WHAT is that about?)

But also, it’s a great opportunity to rediscover plant-based foods in their natural state while easing into fall, when I plan to do a parasite cleanse.

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I’ve enjoy several raw periods throughout my food as healing journey with very positive results, so it will be interesting to see how it goes for me after more than five years of consistent, consecutive uncooking.

AND, I’m looking forward to not having to do a lot of dishes!

This challenge is going to be real simple – whatever I can do with my Vitamix, a cutting board, a knife, a colander, and a mixing bowl is IT.

I also plan to hit up several juice bars and a couple of raw food restaurants during my time here.

My recipes are going to come from The Green Smoothie Bible, Raw Food Detox Diet, Juicing For Life, and if I start to feeling ambitious, Living Cuisine.

Over the next 10 days, I’ll be sharing what I’m eating and will share my perspectives on raw food lifestyles in urban spaces and in general.

My primary goal is to increase my water intake from 60 ounces a day to 80-100, drink a 32-ounce green smoothie, and eat something fermented everyday to build up the good gut community.

I took a hiatus from Insanity to recover from a knee injury (bike-related, and interestingly not affected by Insanity), and I’m looking forward to resuming that as well.

And the usual – decluttering, clearing out, goal setting will get in there as well.

In the meantime, if you’re curious about raw foods, head on over here to download a free 3-day Raw Foods Guide from Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

If you’re in NYC, come hang out with me. I’d love to connect with you in real life.

What percentage of your weekly meals consist of raw foods? Do you think you could manage a “raw ’til dinner” challenge? Share your thoughts and experiences below!