Fresh Start to 2011

Happy 2011! I hope you had a really fabulous Christmas. Are you making New Year's resolutions yet? I just realized that I want to start making my list of goals for the coming year - something I do every January, but continue to update as the year goes on. It's so fun to look back and see accomplishments small and big.

I have a little announcement. I'm just about to launch a brand spankin' new blog - Universal Eater! It's a space where I'll be sharing my continued health journey, in addition to a more personal side of my ups and downs as I walk my path. I've toyed with the idea of sharing all of this on Sweetly Raw, but it seems fitting that I find a new space, especially since it will be void of raw desserts. In fact, as a commitment to myself, I will be blogging daily for the whole month of January 2011.

I feel that I have come really far in my quest of returning to a healthy body and mind, yet there are still areas where I struggle. As of December 26th I've started a "detox" diet. No messing around until January 1st. I felt it was imperative to get started right away. This is different from any detoxing or cleansing I've done before though. No juice fasting, smoothie/raw soup dieting, or fruit cleansing for me this time. I'm back to a cacao-free diet... and I'm going full blast by cutting out all sweeteners too!

I see my daily blogging commitment as a way to stay accountable to my new plan. What exactly is the plan? I'll map it all out in detail on the new blog. My food plan, recipes, my emotional and physical reactions to going without my beloved cacao/sugar, how I am ensuring my success, other modalities I am using to heal, and what I've been through since my last post which detailed my progress. Stay tuned. The blog will be up shortly.

Here's my lake, covered in snow and ice, taken by my mom on a day when the fog came in.

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  1. January 1, 2011 at 23:38
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    so proud of you and excited to see what goes on for you!! being honest and open is the best, helps so many people!! xx

  2. January 1, 2011 at 23:42
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    yay, so proud and happy for you!! Sharing your journey will not only help us, but I know others will benefit too!! <br /><br />Love u!<br />Happy New Year!

  3. January 1, 2011 at 23:50
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    so excited to read your new blog!

  4. January 1, 2011 at 23:57
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    Sounds like a wonderful and very committed plan. All the best to you with your new blogging experience!!<br />Peace & Raw New Health,<br />Elizabeth

  5. January 2, 2011 at 00:11
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    Hi Heather,<br />That is indeed a beautiful picture your Mum took of your home river. The photo seems fitting for the next steps in your journey. I too have sugar dependencies and am interested in what you are doing.<br /><br />Blessings on your work and search.<br />Love Swrk

  6. Sarah
    January 2, 2011 at 00:21
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    Wonderful! I am looking forward to your blog and the progress with your detox!

  7. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 00:38
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    Oh, honey, I am SO excited for your new blog...the recipes and detailed meal plans would be so so AMAZING and appreciated beyond your imagination.<br />You inspire me.<br />I'm having a tough time. I tried to do a jog and walk method today (determined to start a jogging program again). But I was crawling and stumbling the whole time. My body aches. But maybe I am just tired from sitting all the time? I do gentle yoga, but it never feels enough. And I've been walking for 2 years. I just can't stand it anymore. Really.<br />I've cut out sweeteners and other necessaries.<br />However, I eat perhaps 4 servings of fruit a day. Perhaps that is not good. I also eat very heavy on the animal products , so I fear I've swung up to much to an extreme. <br />But my energy is so low. All I wish to do is sleep and sleep and sleep. Even the idea of changing my bedding sheets is exhausting. Ridiculous, much? I think so.<br />But it has been over 2 years of this, and just walking. I want to do cardio. I'm so conflicted. It is the NEW YEAR and I want to treat and honor my body SO right. You know?<br />I plan to start a blog now also. I'm just stuck on a title :)<br />Sounds funny but I have no idea what to call a blog because I want to include health as only a part of it. <br />Anyway, your openness and honesty on a new blog would be amaze.<br />Happy happy new year to you hon.

  8. January 2, 2011 at 00:40
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    Happy new year!<br /><br />I'm really looking forward to reading of your detox journey and am looking forward to your new blog. It does sound like you've made amazing strides these past few months and I thank you for sharing your inspiring journey.<br /><br />love<br />Ela

  9. January 2, 2011 at 00:53
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    Hi Heather, looking forward to the new blog! Here's to being open and sharing. xxx

  10. Diane
    January 2, 2011 at 01:03
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    I'll be curious if your diet will be similar to what I've had to start following due to health reasons. It's void of most sweeteners and most fruits. I wish you well finding the diet that makes you feel the best. It's a tough journey sometimes but worth the trip when you get there.

  11. January 2, 2011 at 01:29
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    SO excited for the new blog! Sounds like we are on a similar journey my girl :) I am starting my Denyse "detox" on Jan 3 :) xoxo

  12. January 2, 2011 at 01:57
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    Good luck with the detox and the new blog. I started a second blog as well with the more "inner" side of me. I love it! Happy New Year! Xo

  13. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 02:28
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    very excited!

  14. January 2, 2011 at 03:24
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    I love your blog, and I too, am going to start blogging more to keep myself accountable... Good luck, and Happy New Year!

  15. January 2, 2011 at 06:51
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    goodness, sounds hard core. hope it brings you greater health and happiness

  16. January 2, 2011 at 06:51
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    goodness, sounds hard core. hope it brings you greater health and happiness

  17. January 2, 2011 at 12:01
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    Happy New Year, lovely Heather!<br /><br />I'm so excited to read your new blog and learn more about your journey. I have a great feeling about 2011- it's going to be a good one :) xxx

  18. January 2, 2011 at 15:38
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    Happy New Year Heather! <br /><br />I have been following your blog since 2009, and have purchased most of your ebooks. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me! I am looking forward to reading your new blog in 2011!! :)

  19. January 2, 2011 at 21:28
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    can't wait for your new blog, the alfredo turned out fantastic, my noodles dehydrated too much they looked like threads, tasty crisp threads, but i have fun trying, i keeping thoughts of your continuing healthy growth, i go snack on the tasty sunflower seed rece you posted, i mixed up the cayenne with the chili, there were the same color, but they are good anyway. will work on my healthier eating too.<br />christine

  20. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 22:01
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    In response to you, and anonymous.<br />Wishing you both success in recovering your health.<br /><br />I have been on a journey for over 10 years.<br /><br />My top issues were MSG, gluten, and FODMAPS.<br /><br />Check out www.msgmyth.com<br />Google FODMAPS. Also,read<br />info at DogtorJ.com<br /><br />I found the most help at these sites. :) I felt the need to share<br />as I know how awful it is to lose your self in health issues.<br /><br />Anon- sounds like MSG issues are likely. MSG is now marketed under 53 different names.

  21. January 2, 2011 at 22:07
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    Hi Heather, <br />I'm looking forward to reading about your detoxing journey. I'm working on something similar (I tend to embark on the journey periodically...and then get a little off track after a while). It always makes me feel amazing. I love raw desserts but they derail me rather quickly!<br /><br />Can't wait to read more :)<br /><br />Happy New Year!<br /><br />~Lisa

  22. January 3, 2011 at 03:58
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    thats great girl! i'll be keen to see all the wonderful healthy things you will be eating. I started a challenge with my family and just started this blog, please have a look. Aimee<br /><br />buddhafulbelly.blogspot.com/

  23. January 3, 2011 at 09:32
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    It's love/hate with the cacao, eh? I'm kind of backing off it again for a while as well. <br /><br />Brr ... that looks like Michigan!<br /><br />Happy New Year :)

  24. January 4, 2011 at 01:13
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    looking forward to reading it!

  25. January 6, 2011 at 04:20
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    I sure hope you'll keep posting on this blog too! I'll miss it if you stop.

  26. January 7, 2011 at 04:29
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    the snow looks much prettier around your way then it does mine! stay warm! xoxo<br /><br />off to check out your new bloggie!=)

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