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Hello everyone, I figured it was about time I catch you up on how my raw food smoothie cleanse ended up.   After an unexplained severe allergic skin reaction to something I ate that the doctors so far haven’t been able to pinpoint (possibly from canned peaches soaked in preservatives), I personally decided that it to was time for a change and wanted to try a cleanse. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be but then again at times it was. Eating fresh raw food made me feel great. I did however have to hide all the treats in my cupboard  as an out of sight out of mind thing. Doing a raw food cleanse at leading up to Christmas time was fine, however if I decided to do my cleanse during the Christmas holidays then I’m certain that would have been a completely different story for me. My cleanse days were filled with delicious fresh smoothies full of every possible fruit, veggie and even herb I could cram into the blender. It usually looked a little something like this….

Banana, mint, watermelon, cucumber, cilantro, ginger and pure pomegranate juice.

My meal times were spent chopping and preparing the fruits and vegetables. At times when I was craving something a little different I thought I’d get creative and make a raw chopped salad/salsa hybrid. I used tomatoes, A LOT of purple garlic, avocado, cilantro, parsley and hoped for the best… EEEEEKKK, this was not what I was going for! It turned into a horrible gazpacho instead. I learned with raw food as with any cuisine there’s a lot of experimenting involved and many trial and error experiences.

This is what I was trying to make, I realized that a knife works just as well as any super blender… haha.

During these 7 days I ate as much raw food as I could. For me it wasn’t only smoothies though. I made salads and raw soups as well. I even managed to convince someone to try out a raw food restaurant with me. My friend and fellow foodie Jenna Perreault, owner of Delish Gluten Free Baking. We often go on little food adventures in the city and she’s always willing to try new things. If you have the chance to try her baking visit Rubens Chocolates or Gallaghers Coffee Shop, both located in Port Moody. Her cookies are amazing FYI!

Foodie adventures at Gorilla Food

Foodie adventures at Gorilla Food

Cheers at La Taqueria

We ventured downtown on a typically rainy Vancouver day to this literally underground restaurant on Richards Street, aptly named Gorilla Food.

The entire menu is raw, organic and vegan. Even their bread for their sandwiches is made with pressed squash! I had their Main Street Monkey sandwich, which is made with mashed avocados, zucchini humus, olive tapenade, sprouts, tomato slices and cucumber on a curried raw veggie bread. Accompanied with their fresh dreamy creamy carrot, avocado and basil gazpacho. It was so different yet so fresh and filled me up, I had to take half a sandwich to go.

My Gorilla lunch

Overall I saw major results in my skin and felt so much better while eating only raw. I’ve decided to now incorporate as much raw food into my eating habits as possible and throughly recommend trying it out at least for one day to anyone who’s interested. I will most likely be going on another raw food cleanse again and hopefully the next time I’ll learn how to make a proper gazpacho!

If you are looking for more information for raw food eating in your area check out these links.

The Raw Food Okanagan Pot Luck

The Raw Food Society of BC

Indigo Raw Food Cafe & Cooking Classes in Vancouver

The Raw Family

Living-Foods Community

A quick check in from day 3 of my Raw Food Green Smoothie Cleanse. It’s not easy but I’m actually kind of enjoying eating this way. My appetite has decreased, my skin is clearer (glowing actually) and I feel better in general. I’m thinking about possibly extending this cleanse past 7 days… but then again maybe not. I’m already dreaming about what my first non-raw meal will be (a big creamy Thai curry dish!). I must admit though I haven’t only been having smoothies; I’ve also been chomping on lots of big fresh salads and snacking on fruit.  Do whatever works for you, even if it’s just one fruit and veggie packed smoothie a day. For anyone interested in this eating movement I totally recommend trying to eat only raw food for one day and see how much better you will feel. Here is some more info about the cleanse from  Happy eating!

Good morning fellow foodies! Hope you’re holiday season is merry and bright so far. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family during Christmas and enjoying the snow in the Okanagan as there isn’t a single speck of it here on the coast right now. Now, who’s been indulging in some holiday treats so far? At this time of the year they can be extremly difficult to avoid. I’ve recently decided to consciously try to make this holiday season a healthy one. This is a new thing for me as I would usually be baking up a storm with all kind of goodies. Actually, I still will be baking cookies I just won’t be eating them, at least for one full week. I’ve decided to go on the 7-day Green Smoothie Cleanse. Partially inspired by blogger Amanda over at and partly inspired by my love of smoothies among many other reasons I’ve decided to attempt this feat. This is one of the healthiest cleanses, if not the healthiest cleanse you can do for you body. All you need is a good blender and a refrigerator stocked full of fruits and vegetables. You can try the cleanse for however many days suits your fancy as it is such a wonderful gift to give your body. I’ve decided on 7 days, some people choose 30 days and some 3 days it’s really a personal decision. I actually think that the holiday season is an excellent time to try this and it will help me avoid all those over indulgences, at least for one week. Doing a green smoothie cleanse helps in so many ways. It gives you energy, clears your skin, helps with weight loss, detoxifies blood, reduces cravings among so many other benefits. It’s also quite simple to follow. All you have to do is going to your local produce department and stock up on all your favourite fruits and veggies. I even bought some I don’t usually try in smoothie like parsley, ginger and cranberries. You fill your blender with all the ingredients you choose and blend, drink, repeat throughout the day. The more different variations of fruits and vegetables you include in the smoothie the better. You can also make your own juice by squeezing oranges, lemons limes etc for a even fresher, healthier taste. The point of this cleanse is to use only raw food. Uncooked, unprocessed etc. Frozen fruit is A-OK though. I also have 100% pure pomegranate juice which I think is fine to use as well. I don’t think this is going to easy but I know if will be worth it. So please join me this holiday season and let me know on the VineVie Facebook what you’re doing this holiday season to keep healthy. We can support each other and I’d love to know some of your best smoothie recipes! Also, this self guide and motivation form from Frederic Patenuade is an excellent way to start your off on your green smoothie cleanse. You can find that info at If that sounds a wee bit too intense for you, you can always make the cleanse your own and do a lesser version subbing just 2 meals a day with a smoothie and eating a ‘clean’ meal for dinner. So go ahead, raise your big smoothie filled mug and let’s cheers to a healthy and happy holiday season.