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Review of The Raw Food Detox by Ani Phyo

Review of The Raw Food Detox by Ani Phyo

I was walking through Mike’s Merchandise when “The Raw Food Detox” by Ani Phyo practically jumped into my cart – which was quite a feat since I didn’t even have a cart. It was in that moment that I remembered WHY I had avoided going into Mike’s for so long. The book aisles are too tempting.

The book had made such an effort, I decided to bring it home with me.

I confess the concept made me nervous. The idea of eating nothing but raw foods was not new to me. I did a Green Smoothie Challenge several years back and went almost all raw for that. It was 28 days. There was something about the cover of the book and the idea that there was a set plan that set my nerves on end.

*Those of you who know me, or have met me, or have read anything by me already have a clue that I am not good at following rules*

Ani Phyo did not expect me to jump in blind. I appreciated that before she expected me to dive into the process, she took the time to explain the benefits. She also invested more than a few pages to explain WHY the choices were beneficial.

RAw Food Detox Book Review

Because I wanted to reap the most from the experience, I determined I would follow the recipes. If nothing else had caused my nerves to fire then trying to follow a recipe would have done the trick. I don’t think I’ve followed an actual recipe since I was in the 4th Grade 4-H competition and I HAD to follow the recipe. Most of the time I guestimate my measurements and hope for the best.

I made it for the first three days before I started changing the recipes. I tried to stay true to them, and I did try them all first, but I made modifications so that I would enjoy them more and so that I would continue the process.

It is not a hard read and it is a great introduction to eating raw. The recipes were diverse enough to provide a wide range of flavors sure to please any palate. I will not be moving to a raw lifestyle anytime soon, but it did remind me that fresh and raw are tasty and filling.

What are your experiences with raw food options? Share your links and comments below!

Writing Our Story of Adventure

Writing Our Story of Adventure

I had never finished a #NaNoWriMo. I usually started with some gusto but faltered as soon as the “you should be here” line towered above where I actually was.

I didn’t give up. Every year I started . . . determined to make it through.

In 2014, I had an idea sparked by a story about a shipwreck being uncovered by a hurricane along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

“Mystery Rock” follows three brothers as they tried to unlock the mystery that they had discovered after a hurricane. The best part about the book was it was inspired by real events and real people – the conversations were often word for word what my sons were saying in the other room (adjusted only for context). Is that cheating?

I already knew I wanted to incorporate letterboxing into the book design. It was important for you to see the locations and to experience them for yourself.

Book 2 of the Scouting out Adventure series is “Secret of the Mounds.” It continues the pursuit of the mystery uncovered that day on the beach. This time the brothers discover the mounds of Alabama.

Book 3 will be “Shadow in the Caves.” If my family stays on me, then it will be ready for a full launch by the Summer of 2017

The thing I learned most when creating these books was to write what inspires and entertains you and others will be inspired and entertained as well.

The Mom
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About the Books

Family fun and Alabama adventures – join three brothers as they uncover a secret long hidden and follow the clues around the State of Alabama to the amazing end. Mystery Rock, Secret of the Mounts, and (coming soon) Shadow in the Cave.

Mystery Rock from the Scouting Out Adventure series

About Kathryn


Kathryn offers phrases of hope in order to shine the Light on the moment. She works through her columns, articles, books and workshops. Her personal hope is that every person who encounters her words will feel as if those words were written (or spoken) just for her or him.

“In my fiction, I tell a story that provides an uplifting message entrenched in hope. In my non-fiction and columns, I offer words that will point to hope. In my talks, I tell stories that inspire hope. Helping others discover their path to hope is my focus.”

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