I first heard about her a couple of years ago when I was eating SuperNatural Energy Balls (no longer available) and was gathering recipes for raw food as I had no clue as to what I was doing. I had found her book Ani's Raw Food Kitchen and had integrated several recipes into our family dinners. Even the kids didn't mind!
She grew up on a farm in upstate New York eating seasonal veggies and juicing. Needless to say, her family was way ahead of the current green juice craze. Her love of raw foods came by accident though when she stumbled on them in college and realized the impact that they had on her mental clarity. Since then, driven by her passion for raw foods and her desire to share what she has learned, Ani has become the top go to raw food nutritional person. At least Adidas, Carnival, Whole Foods, and thousands others through traditional and digital media have thought so.
It was no shock that when my husband and I were fed up with being fed up with our weight and lack of health that we decided to follow Ani's detox protocol. We came across Ani's 15 Day Fat Blast at the library (being republished as Ani's Raw Food Detox December 2013), read through it and knew that the results were going to be great. Not because of over hype or crazy promises in the book, but because of the true science that is behind it. While I am no Raw Diva, I knew enough to know that Ani is and her knowledge of how food works was spot on.
The very next day, I set out for the grocery store.
Shopping was an adventure. I realized just how much garbage is on our grocery shelves that isn't actually food and how little real food that they carry. I needed to make a couple of stops; however now that I am more familiar with the foods again, I will be shopping at local farmer markets and Whole Foods.
So what do we think so far? The morning shakes ROCK! The soups, well, the more toxins that you are holding the more difficult they are going down. We have found that a similar soup that we had on day two tastes quite different after detoxing a few days! And when we got to enjoy a tomato from our neighbor's yard on day four-- WHOA. It was like a little bite of heaven in our mouths! The flavor was insane.
The detox lasts for fifteen days is broken up into three stages. Each stage has food that has a specific task. Even the time of day that consume them has reason. Please follow it as written. Though with that being said, if you stumble or fall, simply get back up.
For us, I'm looking at this as pounds = points. Not like Weight Watchers points but like in sports. It helps me keep focus. Although our scores will be reported as a scoreboard, my man and I are on the same team, just like in life. He is shooting to score a particular amount of points and so am I! As we are now on day five, here are the results for Team Nichols:
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We are feeling great- we have energy to get through our day, we are enjoying the vitality and mood shift, and we love knowing that the best 'medicine' can be grown on a farm and not made in a lab.
There is just one thing though. While we have been thoroughly enjoying our green tea throughout the day, we have been missing our coffee. It is getting to be Fall in Seattle after all.
The above post is not a paid testimony but is meant to encourage you and give you an option for what may support your health goals. Can you imagine the passions that you could follow and the dreams that you could fulfill if you had abundant health? We can for ourselves. And that's why we are going after it!
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