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The Art of Balance & May Challenge

Bikram was hard today. Really, really hard. Normally the balance sequence is my best but today I found myself falling out again and again of dancer and warrior three. I still just can’t seem to focus properly….to be able to concentrate on something exclusively that is not my brother.

I made it though! And at the end I was dripping in sweat but glad I made it even though there where times when I almost walked out. Once at home I snacked on a One Lucky Duck raw macaroon—

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And I checked the dehydrator to find that the raw pizza crusts that I had made last night were finally done!!

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So, I sort of messed up the recipe, which is from Raw Food Real World (my new cookbook bible) but they actually turned out really, really well regardless!! The crusts are a mixture of raw walnuts, ground flax, zucchini & summer squash and this special little ingredient I was generously sent to test out from Manitoba Harvest:

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I used the whole package in the pizza crust and they lent a nice nutty taste to the final product. I will have to look for these next time I’m at Whole Foods because they are very, very high in protein and would be great in something like a smoothie!

So, anyway, last night I made the “batter” for these pizza crusts and sloppily spread them out in four trays of my new Excalibur Dehydrator, making 8 long crusts. And let me just say that this dehydrator is my new favorite toy……….it’s amazing!!! While dehydrating, it makes a gentle white noise but nothing too loud (I actually found it calming) and it made the kitchen smell delicious. This morning the little crusts were incredibly easy to just peel off the sheets. I can’t wait to make more raw food with this, especially now since we don’t have an oven! 😉

Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to have my pizza for lunch today. I had half of one of the long crusts (each crust is about 340 calories because I messed up the ingredients and added waaaay too much flax and hemp. oops) covered in raw cashew hummus and sprouted tabbouli. Alongside, I had a crisp orange bell pepper and some raspberries

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It was sooooooo good! The pizza crusts were crispy and nutty and adored the combination of cashew hummus and tabbouli. This lunch was also incredibly satisfying even though I got some strange stares from Ryan as I was chowing down.

This afternoon we are going to look at ovens and be with my parents. I’ll see you tonight!

And now…its time for a May Challenge!!!!

This month I am pairing up with my friend Gena (pronounced the same as my name!) to bring to you guys a Raw Wednesday challenge all month. The deal is that on Wednesdays, you have to eat one raw meal + raw snack. We were going to do the entire day raw but I think it might be a little too much, even for me right now. How does that sound? Midway through the month we will be doing a special giveaway and another at the end of the month for participants. Please leave a comment on this post if you want to join us!

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    Annie
    May 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I would love to try to join! I am not too familiar with raw “cooking” and eating, so I will obviously use yours and Gena’s blogs as a guideline, but it sounds so yummy, healthy, and nourishing! I look forward to the challenge.

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    meagan
    May 3, 2009 at 10:20 am

    i’ll join…sounds fun 🙂

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    Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks
    May 3, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I will definitely join you guys! I really want to add more raw foods into my daily eats so this will be the perfect way to start out.

    That pizza looks amazing!! I NEED a dehydrator!!
    Have a good day Jenna!

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    Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 3, 2009 at 10:31 am

    This sounds like a fun challenge! And realistic too!
    I am glad you enjoyed yoga!

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    Shelby
    May 3, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I would love to join!!!

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    Jenna
    May 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    This is awesome!! This is just what I need to get my feet wet. I have been trying but it’s harder than I realized. Not really Hard but often times I plan on eating raw then realized I just grabbed for something very un-raw. So this will be an awesome challenge and I’m so excited that we all are doing it together! 🙂

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    mary
    May 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    What a great challenge! I would love to join you!

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    brittany meenach
    May 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    love too! I can do a review on some new raw products that are locally made.

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    Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness)
    May 3, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Raw Wednesday sounds like a great idea! I’m in.

    Definitely buy more hemp seeds! I recently discovered them, and they’re awesome in just about everything.

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    Brynn
    May 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I’m in!

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    Julie
    May 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

    i am very intrested in raw food, so i will defiently take part in this challenge

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    Emily L.
    May 3, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I totally want to join! This is just what I need. I live with my boyfriend and there is NO WAY he would support a whole wednesday of raw, but a meal! yes please! If it goes well, maybe I’ll make it a goal to do all lunches raw.. but I’m going to need some help with recipes. I’m very new to this whole thang.

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    Shauna
    May 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I would love to do this challenge. You have been inspiring me lately to eat more raw food and I am feeling really good on the days when I do it!

    I also just wanted to say that I think you are doing an amazing job of moving forward, honoring your brother, and supporting your family. I think you you often these days.

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 3, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’ll try Raw Wednesdays 🙂

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    Audrey
    May 3, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I’d love to join as well!

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    kim
    May 3, 2009 at 10:56 am

    i’m in! 🙂

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    katie s
    May 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Definitely up for this challenge!! Sounds great! Good luck oven shopping! It sounds like fun 🙂

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    Alex
    May 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Sounds like a great challange!!!:) I am in.

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    FoodsThatFit
    May 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Count me in!!! This will be great continued motivation to try new raw recipes! I am drooling over the pizza crusts. Ever since I had that raw pizza at the restaurant you took me to in Tampa I have been dying to make it. Mmm, mmm!!!

    I am so glad you have Ryan with you during this difficult time and glad that you listened to your heart and did what was best for you and makes you happy. I admire that a lot!!

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    Erin
    May 3, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I’m with you all!!! 🙂 Just had a spinach, celery and apple juiced drink. My first one. YUM!!!!

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    Gadergirl
    May 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Your pizza looks delish! I wish I had a few extra $$ to spend on an Excalibur! As far as the raw challenge . . . sounds very interesting! I’m game!

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    elise
    May 3, 2009 at 11:23 am

    that sounds like an awesome challenge. im in!!

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    Kat
    May 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I am in! I love your site and have been inspired daily.

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    Ryane
    May 3, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I don’t have all of the necessary tools (dehydrated pizza crust looooooks soooo yummy!) but I’ll def take a stab at Raw Wednesdays…. Raw Hump Day?

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    Jennifer
    May 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I would love to join the challenge! I will definitely be copying some raw food ideas from you because I am pretty unfamiliar with it! Sounds like fun!

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Count me in!!

    Your lunch looks beautiful. Enjoy Sunday!

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    lisa
    May 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I’m. IN!!!!

    yipeee, hooray! this will be soooo good for all of us. thank you ladies, what a great challenge!

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    Jenn
    May 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Jenna, I would love to try your Raw Wednesdays with you and Gena. However, I will need some ideas on what to eat and how to make them! You are in prayers, and I know you will continue to stay strong in your faith and draw on the strength of the Lord.
    Happy Sunday!
    Jennifer

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 3, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Count me in on the raw challenge! I’m trying to go raw (mostly) for the first part of the day most days, since it makes me feel good and not so lazy for being on semi-bed rest! I’m excited to see what everyone else eats!

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    Martha
    May 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

    This challenge seems like a great way to “baby-step” into incorporating more raw foods into my life…so count me in! Thanks, Jenna (and Gena)!

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    Meg
    May 3, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I’m already signed up to do chocolate-covered katie’s “New Foods Challenge”, so if I do this one too, maybe I can try some new raw foods and do two challenges at the same time. Hey two challenges are better than one!

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    Andrea
    May 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I may just have to try this. It sounds like a great way to get started into adding more raw foods in my day!

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    Heather
    May 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I will definitely try to join you both on this! It may be difficult with me being at UMass but I have plenty of vegan snacks, and I think I could manage to make one my dining hall meals a raw one!
    Stay strong girl!

    Love,
    Heather

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    Rebeca
    May 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I’m so scared of eating raw (maybe scared is the wrong word lol) but I always worry that I’ll be hungry afterward… so this challenge will be just that “a challenge” to find raw foods and snacks that will satisfy me! Yay!

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    magicanderson
    May 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Count me in on the raw Wednesdays. As a vegetarian, I have been told many times how hard it must be. I don’t find it hard at all and am thinking maybe eating raw can also become an easy habit! At least, some of the time!

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    Suzanne
    May 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

    The sounds great! I’ve been meaning to incorporate more raw food into my diet lately, anyways! I’m in!

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    Steph
    May 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Count me in! 🙂

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    Susan
    May 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Ooh great challenge! I’m totally down – I find the whole concept of raw foods really interesting, especially after reading about its many mood benefits!

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    Lauren
    May 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I’m in! I’ve been wanting to start eating more raw and this is a perfect way to start. Great idea!

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    Hope
    May 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I am in. Ever since you introduced me to Gena’s blog, I have been trying to eat raw, so I would love to be a part of this. Thanks!

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    weight and meditate
    May 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I’m up for it! Are you going to give us a list of ideas for snacks and meals that are easy (for those of us who don’t have Excaliburs!)? I don’t even know if certain stuff is considered raw…like soy milk is probably cooked at some point, right? And what about rolled oats? The only things I know are raw for sure are fruits and veggies!

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    Lacey
    May 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Im in for this challenge. I have already been trying to do this on my own although I have not done as well as I would like but this will give me a little extra push to do it.

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    Sara
    May 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I just caught up on your last two posts. You don’t have to explain your choices to anyone. You keep doing what feels right to you and don’t let others judge. They don’t have to read your blog! But we’ll all keep reading. 🙂

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    Erica
    May 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Ok girl, you know I’ll need TONS of help but I’ll give it a go! Is there a “Eating Raw for Dummies”? LOL

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    Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Count me in! I’ve been wanting to try eating raw and vegan. Doing it one day a week would be a great introduction/trial.

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    Allie Katie
    May 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    OMG this sounds challenging–but I’ll try it!! I am studying in London starting at the end of May, but that should only cover one week so I think I’m good!! YAY!
    –AK

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    Linds
    May 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I’m in! I’m sure it can only benefit us all! 🙂

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    Joy
    May 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    hmm, i’d love to join! i know i could never go even close to all raw but this sounds great. i’ll have to do a little research but i’m excited! glad you made it through bikram

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    Mariel
    May 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I think I can handle one meal and snack a week! Count me in too! 🙂

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    Amber
    May 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I am defiantly down! I am currently been eating a level 2 on the Raw food Detox, and pretty much raw till dinner 3 days a week and high raw the rest. This challenge will be fun!

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    nicole r.
    May 3, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    would love to join you!! I love raw days—the juicer makes it so enjoyable to do them 🙂 wish i had the $$$ for a dehydrator… booo

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    Jenner
    May 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Count me in. I look forward to some inspiring recipes and ideas from your blog!

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    Kate
    May 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Jenna -I just wanted you to know I had my mom sit down and read your blog for the very first time. She was so moved by your posts and wanted me to tell you that not only is she praying for you and your family, but that you have gained another reader (by someone who doesn’t even know what bikram is btw;), and she thinks you are already a fabulous, beautiful writer. <3

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    coco
    May 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    it sounds great! only one day a week is really manageable for people new to raw food! 🙂

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    mama
    May 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    i dont post much, but im in!! 🙂

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    Marisa
    May 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I am definitely up for the challenge! This looks like a great intro to raw eating … thanks for proposing it, I would not have had the motivation to do it on my own

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    Chloe
    May 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I’ll definitely be joining and will see if the boyfriend wants to join as well! Now I’ll have to find some new recipes to try to expand my raw food horizon beyond salad greens and fresh fruit. Great idea for a challenge!

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    Cecile
    May 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I’m IN! However, I have noticed sometimes when I eat too much raw foods my stomach hurts (sharp shooting pains). Any ideas what this is from or have you ever had this happen?

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    Ozlen
    May 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Count me in!! Thank you.

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    Ky
    May 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I’m in! I think this is a great way to start my foray into raw foods. I’m lucky enough to live close to some great raw restaurants (and Whole Foods too!)
    I recently watched a documentary called “The Beautiful Truth” and it was so inspirational. It is about the Gerson Method for curing cancer with nutrition. I highly recommend it.

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    Caitlin
    May 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I am in!

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    hk
    May 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    *hope- I’m Hope too 🙂

    I’m all about the raw wednesday challenge- I’m aldready “cookin'” up fun new recipes to try out for raw lunches and snacks! Yum, your pizza sounds like a fun, tasty experiment, regardless of the recipe botch!

    Have a good sunday!

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    Callina
    May 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I would love to try the challenge! I’ve been so interested in raw food but haven’t really found a good system to help me incorporate it into my everyday lifestyle…I think this will help. Cool!

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    Anais
    May 3, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I totally want to do the wednesday challenege! Even though I don’t have a dehydrator, I do try to eat raw whenever I can, and I’m going to be buying that raw cookbook (I just hope it doesn’t rely too much on the dehydrator).

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    Christine
    May 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Haha, what a coincidence! Last night I bought Ani’s Raw Food Desserts!!! I have made multiple raw desserts and loved every single one (and my unhealthy food loving family loved them just as much!!) so I was so excited when I saw this book. I have tried “raw” meals in the past and never found them to be satisfying. I always felt starving less then an hour later. But I’m going to try your challenge!! I could never go completely raw, but I would LOVE to learn to love raw meals. Thank you for proposing this challenge, I’m totally in!

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    Angelea
    May 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I’m in!

    First Amazing Grass green superfood (which I love BTW) and now raw Wednesdays…we should all be glowing with health by the end of May! 🙂

    I’ll have to study up on raw foods really quick.

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    Jess
    May 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I’m in! I always love a challenge. I’m going to go find some yummy raw recipes!

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    bibixs
    May 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    i’m in!

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    Jennifer
    May 3, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I’m a raw food skeptic, Jenna… but I think this might be right way to give it a fair go! Count me in 🙂

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    sue
    May 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    this challenge seems very do-able! count me in!

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    martha ann
    May 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    sounds like fun, i’m in!

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    Jennifer
    May 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I’m in! : ) And exploring Raw Food as a team is much funner!

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    caroline
    May 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Hey Jenna!
    Sounds cool, I’ve been all uppity on the Raw goods lately. I’ve been spending lots of time at One Lucky Duck too, can’t get enough of their delicious food! I’d love to get it on the challenge 🙂

    -Caroline

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    Lindsey
    May 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I have been wanting to test out eating raw purposefully and for entire meals. I’m in!

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    Samantha
    May 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I’m in for the raw challenge! I’m trying to go more raw and solidify the change while my husband is deployed which will make it easier to stick to when he’s home and I’m cooking for him.

    The pizza crusts sound great! I bought that same hemp last week and put them in my chia pudding. YUM!

    Good for you getting back into your routine as best you can!

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    Jen
    May 3, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I’ll definitely give it a shot! Why not, right? One raw meal + one raw snack doesn’t sound tooooo difficult… I’ll have to start searching the blogosphere for more raw inspiration, I guess!

    I hope your ability to concentrate comes back soon. Take it easy, Jenna. No rush. 🙂

    P.S. The Middle-Eastern-ish raw pizza looks very cool!!

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    Priyanka
    May 3, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I am in! The pizza crust sounds amazing!

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    *Andrea*
    May 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    yes! sounds great!

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    Amandamoo
    May 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I’m in! Love it!

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    Heather
    May 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I am excited about Raw Wednesdays! I am definitely going to join.

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    Sarah107
    May 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I’d love to join… what a fun challenge. Count me in!!

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    ashleigh
    May 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    sounds good, im in

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    Arin
    May 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Religion has nothing to do with where you live. The person who made that comment should really focus that negativity inward. If two people were ever meant to be, it’s you and Ryan. Marriage is nothing but a piece of paper. I hope you two can open a new chapter–and I’m sure it will be great. Thanks for always being a ray of sunshine. -Arin

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    Cassie
    May 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    In totally in!! Ive got a bunch of raw cookbooks that Ive had for a while but really havent used yet so now I can break em’ back out and put them to work haha

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    Manda
    May 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    This sounds awesome!! I’m so glad you’re trying raw foods while also enjoying other types out there. I have found that people try to do an all or nothing kind of deal, but that doesn’t work for me (though I tend to lean that way). So, I’ve been eating high raw for awhile with some occassional organic meat and I feel like its working well. Thanks for being willing to add more raw foods to your diet, I think they’re pretty awesome!!

    Also, I’ve been meaning to comment on the last couple posts, but you crank them out so fast that I hardly have time to blink 😉 I am sooooooo happy that you are moving in with Ryan!!! I am also very jealous 😎 I have never had a boyfriend, but I can tell you that I’m looking for someone with similar qualities to Ryan—- and who wouldn’t?! He seems kind, compassionate, stable and like a really good friend anyone would be blessed to have.. I’m not sure if there is a better combination 😉 As far as that commenter is concerned, your decision is not one they need to understand before they respect it. I’m glad you’re living YOUR life Miss Jenna! I would not have it any other way!

    PS- Last thing, I promise.. I definitely think the moral implications of that comment are ridiculous, because moving in doesn’t mean “living in sin” or whatever someone wants to call it. The fact is that no one will ever know what it means except you, which is the way it should be. Sorry for such a long comment, and I’m glad you’re doing so well even if your attention is diverted!

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    K
    May 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Those pizza crusts sound awesome! I can’t wait to see what else you make!!

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    Tracy
    May 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I’d love to join in! I’ve been thinking about (and reading up on) trying raw eating anyway. Thanks for the push!

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    Heather
    May 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Count me in for Raw Wednesdays!!!!!!

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    megan
    May 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hey, I am up for the challenge

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    Annie D.
    May 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve never been a raw foodie- but I’m going to take the challenge, as best I can!

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    nadia
    May 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Your post made me smile! I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba! I guess I’ll be trying some hemp seed soon!

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    sirenjess
    May 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Jenna, again sorry for your loss. Congrats on the decision to move in with Ryan. I am a firm believer that if two people are really serious they should live together. I don’t know if you and Ryan plan on getting married but take it from someone who did move in with her boyfriend before marriage, it’s totally worth it. You really get to know a person. Plus Ryan seems like a great guy and with what you have been through you definitely need someone there to be your rock.
    I might try your challenge. But it seems hard.

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    Amy
    May 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I am so intrigued by all the forays into raw foods going on in the blogosphere! I already eat a lot of raw produce –it’s just that I eat everything plain raw or quickly cooked. I could definitely be challenged to learn new ways to prepare raw foods.

    Count me in for Raw Wednesdays!

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    RUnToFinish
    May 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    yes, yes I am very in!! I need to go find some recipes to be prepared!

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    fitforfree
    May 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I’m in! Fun challenge 🙂 your pizza crust looks delish . . .

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    Kristin
    May 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I’d love to try your challenge, but I’m going to do my best to modify it to what’s easiest for me- I’m going to make one meal a week, when I can, and one snack at least once a week, raw! Awesome idea!

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    Stacey M
    May 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    This sounds fun; I’d like to try it.

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    Rebecca
    May 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Great challenge! I am in.

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    meg
    May 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Sounds like a great challenge! Love your raw pizza.

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    michelle
    May 3, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Jenna
    I would like to join the raw wednesday challenge if its not too late?

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    M
    May 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    In!

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    Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    May 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I’m game for trying Raw Wednesdays, it seems like a highly reasonable challenge! I definitely need to find some raw recipe inspiration though (well, easy raw since I have no dehydrator!).

    I think I’m going to give myself a secret sub-goal of making a raw dinner one night without my husband noticing. 😉

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    jen
    May 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    this is just the motivation i need! i’m in!

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    ModelBehavior
    May 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I do one raw meal + one raw snack almost every day already so it would be silly for me not to join this! thanks Jenna!

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    Laura
    May 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Count me in! Since I started reading your blog a couple of months ago I have been contemplating doing a bit more raw, but just haven’t – aside from salad for a meal. I think I am going to shoot for the whole day being raw. Thanks for the challenge – you are an inspiration!

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    megan
    May 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I am in! I have been wanting to try to incorporate more raw food into my diet and this challenge seems like the perfect way to start!! Thanks!
    I hope you’re having a great night, Jenna 🙂

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    Kim
    May 3, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Jenna. I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I would like to try this challenge. I’m not really familiar with eating raw but I would love to learn more about it. Thanks for a great challenge.

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    Briana
    May 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Sounds cool, count me in. 🙂

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    Jess
    May 3, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I would love to join!!!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

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    Candice
    May 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I would love to join this challenge! I’m a vegetarian, and I’ve been seriously considering going full vegan. I just decided to do a full vegan challenge for myself for the next two weeks. I’ve really been interested in raw foods for awhile now too…and this seems like a great way to really try it out! Thanks Jenna!

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    Gena
    May 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Everyone!

    Just joining my fellow co-host of the RAW CHALLENGE to thank you all for your excitement! Many people have expressed interest on my blog, too, and I am so glad you all are joining in. Jenna and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

    Gena!

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    Gloria
    May 3, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I’m in for the challenge.. I was planning on buying a raw foods book this week so this is perfect! What a great “excuse” to try all the recipes!

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    girlatastartup
    May 3, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Jenna!

    I’m in! I love eating a good light raw meal.

    Best,
    Kat

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    amanda
    May 3, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I’ll join! It sounds fun! I’ll probably make my raw meal be lunch because my family would be angry about eating a raw dinner! Haha! Good luck everyone!

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    Laura
    May 3, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    count me in! i’ve always wanted to try to incorporate more raw foods in my diet and this is the perfect opportunity 🙂

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    Sara
    May 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Count me in! I have been slowing building up to start going raw so this challenge is perfect. I’m excited.

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    Jessica
    May 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I am definatly in for the raw wensdays! It sounds like fun! I’ve been wanting to learn more about raw eating and now is the perfect opportunity! It’s not logical for me to do it on a daily basis but once a week will be a good experiment!!
    By the way, I also think it is great news about you and Ryan! Don’t listen to any negativity. I’m happy for you!

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    Sarah
    May 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    count me in

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    Kodi
    May 3, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I’m in- Gotta get my hands on that book…and a dehydrator, but I have a cousin that has been raw for about 4 months and LOVES it! Proud to be doing something with you Jenna!

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    bobbi
    May 3, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I am so in!!!!

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    patti crooks
    May 3, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    i’m in tooo!

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    Abbie Mayo
    May 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I am definitely in! I have been wanting to eat more raw foods, so this is a great first step. Thanks for motivating me.
    I have been and will continue to pray for you and your family Jenna. Stay strong!

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    Caroline
    May 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I am totally in on this! I just got my Ani Phyo cookbook, so I am stoked to explore the raw lifestyle.

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    yolie
    May 3, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Oooh yes please, definitely count me in! 🙂 xyx

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    Sharon
    May 4, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I’m definitely in!

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    eatavegan
    May 4, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Count me in!

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    aisha
    May 4, 2009 at 3:21 am

    I’ll do it, it sounds like a great idea and a nice way to ease myself into eating more raw food.

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    Emily
    May 4, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Cool! I want to join the raw food challenge, but it sounds a little…challenging! reading through the comments, it sounds like a lot of us will need some inspiration in getting started–maybe you could post a few tips or basics recipes? Hang in there Jenna,we love you!

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    Lauren
    May 4, 2009 at 6:23 am

    I am in for the raw challenge!

    Jenna, I just wanted to say that I have been reading your blog quietly for about 6 months. However, in those 6 months you have been such an inspiration for me! Everything from exploring new foods, to getting into yoga, to reconecting with my faith. Thank you so much for all that you do. I am sorry for the loss of your brother; I could never imagine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong! Keep up with what you are doing!

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    Erin
    May 4, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I’ll try the challenge!

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    marisa
    May 4, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Hey Jenna,
    Count me in for the raw challenge! Also, the difficulty you felt tryng to balance in yoga is actually quite normal. whenever people go through a particularly difficult time in their lives it can literally “uproot” you and throw off your first chakra (the root chakra) so when you try to balance in a pose that usually is very easy for you, you may find that its suddenly really challenging. try poses that focus on grounding you and literally root you into the earth again – send me a message if you’d like some suggestions and i’d be happy to give you some [i’m a yoga teacher 🙂 ]

    Marisa

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    Nicole
    May 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I’m in! Inspired by the two of you, I have been increasing my raw food intake over the last month and would love to join the may challenge.

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    anne
    May 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Count me in! Would you and Gena share more meal and snack ideas with us? I am curious about using yogurt and oats too…

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    Jtine
    May 4, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Jenna, I’m going to TRY to do the challenge. I would love to eat more raw foods, but it’ll probably just be a lot of salad!

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    Gretchen
    May 4, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I would love to give Raw Food Wednesdays a try! I recently tired a week of all raw food and it was just too much to do at once. But a couple meals a week will be much more manageable! Looking forward to it!

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    Carrie H
    May 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I’m in! I think I can manage this … and with summer finally coming, I’m motivated to eat fresh, raw foods!

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    Lauren C
    May 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Sounds fun. Count me in!!!

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    J
    May 4, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Sounds like a fun challenge – I’ll definitely give it a try!

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    heather
    May 4, 2009 at 11:07 am

    i just had a raw green smoothie & raw dessert with my sister last night. i haven’t seen her in two years & she eats an all vegan & raw diet. i would LOVE to incorporate this for my body!

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    liz
    May 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I’ll give it a try. So far all the raw food I’ve eaten I love, so it shouldn’t be too hard. Great idea 🙂

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    Marcela
    May 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I’m so excited for this new challenge, will def be relying on your site for meal ideas. Thanks Jenna for inspiring a new challenge!

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    Junghwa
    May 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    i’m definitely up for the challenge~ i love raw cuisine and i was raw vegan for the whole year last yr so this is going to be so fun for me. thanks!

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    jayme
    May 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    im in!!!!

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    jk
    May 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    count me in too. love the challenge

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    june
    May 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    perfect may challenge =)

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    hyang
    May 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    i’ll try my best! but i’m not sure if raw cuisine will fill me up? it;s going to be a real challenge but sounds really interesting

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    Missy (missy maintains)
    May 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I would like to join! Great idea!

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    Anne
    May 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Sounds like fun – count me in!

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    Sara
    May 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    i would love to join the challenge! sounds fun~

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    Kristin
    May 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Count me in on the challenge!

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    Christina
    May 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I’m up for the challenge – I’ll need some recipe ideas though!

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    jenner
    May 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    i’m def not a raw foodist (and don’t believe in it, tbh…) but i end up eating a raw meal/snack a day anyway, just cuz so i’m in!

    although i will say… it seems you jump on to a new food/eating fad bandwagon every few months…

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    courtney
    May 5, 2009 at 9:25 am

    alright, i am going to try it! i have a lot to learn about eating raw, but i am so excited! thanks for the challenge 🙂

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    Monica
    May 5, 2009 at 10:09 am

    i really want to start adding more raw foods into my diet so i love the idea of the raw challenge! i’m in 🙂

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    Jess
    May 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I would LOVE to join!!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

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    Janelle
    May 6, 2009 at 9:02 am

    A little late, but I’m in! I’ll start with lunch right now…

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    Faith
    May 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I really didnt think I’d be able to do the raw wednesday challenege, but after two days of trying it out, I think I’m gonna do it! Actually, I really love eating raw and the way I feel too!

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