Food challenge

I’ve got an upcoming 2.5 week housesitting gig. I often take the opportunity to do some sort of food/diet challenge/experiment, since being away from my own kitchen keeps the temptations down.

For this stint, I think I’m planning to try a raw food challenge. Basically, lots of veggies, fruits, nuts, and nothing processed or cooked.

I have no intent to do this either for the long-term, or religiously (I’m not prepared to give up caffeine, but may tone my 4 cups of coffee down to tea). Decent chance I’ll forget or overlook some “rules” completely, but even if I fail miserably at “raw food” the focus of veggies and such will still be healthy.

Rumor has it that even as a short-term diet there can be long-term benefits by way of “palate resetting” – that is, people often report losing their cravings for sweet and salty foods (i.e. all my favorite snacks).

I’m planning to keep track of what I eat, how I feel, etc. and will update this post (either with edits or comments) with my on-going progress. I expect the first few days to be the worst, but I’m hoping to level out earlier than later… we’ll see.


Homemade Coffee Creamer


  • 1.75 cups regular milk
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 splash vanilla extract


  1. Find a suitable container. I use a mason jar because I have a lid with a pour spout
  2. Pour in the regular milk
  3. Slowly add the condensed milk, whisking it in
  4. Whisk in the vanilla

Try it. Adjust as needed. Share your variations with the world. Once I used whipping cream in place of half the regular milk and it was glorious.