Choosing Raw Counseling Giveaway


Yesterday, I was so excited talking about my mellow green smoothie that I overlooked something big. That post was my 365th: that’s a year’s worth of CR.

Back when CR was just an idea, I used to come up with all sorts of reasons why I shouldn’t start a blog: my writing wouldn’t be good enough, no one would care, my friends and colleagues would think I was even more of a wackadoo than they already do, I’d get attacked for my veganism, etc. Most of all, I worried that I would run out of content. How much could I possibly have to say about vegan food?

The past year and a half has proven me dead wrong. If any of you happen to be aspiring bloggers (foodie or otherwise), and you’re thinking that you won’t have enough content to fill a blog, let me put those fears to rest. If you write a blog about things you love—anything you love—you’ll have more content than you know what to do with. Trust me on this. No matter how many posts I write, I find myself constantly struggling to get everything I’d like to say on paper. And as I grow, so too does CR. It’s a fun part of blogging: as you evolve, your blog evolves with you. How could that not be an endless source of material?

In honor of a year’s worth of the mind-numbing sound of my own voice blogging, I thought I’d do an extra special CR giveaway. No, this isn’t raw treats or an appliance. It isn’t even raw food DVDs. It’s a free CR nutritional consultation with yours truly. In other words, if you haven’t yet gotten sick of me, you can talk to me about food and health for an hour on the phone. Free.

An initial CR consult will include:

  • Discussion of your history with food, including your feelings about your body and your own self worth
  • Discussion of what you eat day in and day out, and whether or not there are gaps in your diet that need filling
  • Discussion of any health complaints that might respond well to plant-based nutrition
  • How-to for some fundamentals of raw un-cooking
  • Recipe ideas based on personal taste and preference

Before we start, I’ll be sending you a questionnaire that will help me get to know you and your goals.

In the last year, I’ve had to scale back my counseling practice dramatically to accommodate other professional projects, but I hope to expand it once again very early in 2011. Until then, nothing could make me happier than to give one of you a chance to sound off a bit about plant based food, body image, and health—and to give you encouraging feedback as you do. The deepest reward of being a blogger is to connect with likeminded men and women via the magic of keystrokes. What could be a more fitting celebration of a year’s worth of posts than the chance to connect with you outside of my blog—and offer some helpful feedback about nutrition while I do it?

There are a bunch of ways to enter. Each of these is worth one entry, so just use a new comment to tell me if you’ve done it:

1) Leave a comment telling me what sort of post you’d like to see more of within the next year of CR. Recipes? Nutrition talk? Body image/ED musings? Vegan rants discussions?

2) Tweet this giveaway, by copying and pasting the following text: @choosingraw is giving away a free plant-based health and diet consultation! (Or at least include my twitter handle in your tweet.)

3) Like me, please like me, on Facebook.

I’ll announce the winner in exactly ten days: on Sunday, November 14th.

Good luck!!!!


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  1. I love the content on your blog! It is funny, inspirational, gives me just what I need!
    I would like to see more nutritional analysis along with the great recipes. I would also like to see body image & working through emotional eating info. Keep up the good work!

  2. You’ve been liked on facebook! Also, it’d be nice to read more on how to start communities/find support when transitioning to raw and vegan foods.

  3. Hi! I’d love your great recipes and overall view on healthy eating, lifestyle choices, etc. Loved the post you just did on how ‘you’ eat, and would love to continue seeing in-season hi-raw recipes. Thanks for a great year of reading/learning. 🙂

  4. I’m a big fan of your blog – it’s so inspiring. I love the way you make healthy eating seem so obtainable and within reach.

    I’d love to see more recipes with a more kid-friendly slant, if possible! I have two little vegans and am always looking for ways to get them to eat more veggies.

  5. I’d love to see more nutrition talk on the site, Gena! As a nutrition major, it’s my passion and love to talk all things nutrients, health, and vibrancy from vegan foods.

    I overcame an eating disorder 1.5 years ago and veganism saved me. A consultation from you would mean the world to me.


  6. I love when CR reviews a restaurant (or a city when Gena travels!). Please keep up those kinds of posts. All in all, I think there is a good balance of post topics on CR. I read every new post and am constantly entertained by the discussions, recipes, and advice given.

  7. Hey Gena,

    I’d like to read a post discussing raw foodism and EDs.
    Having struggled with EDs for 6 years now I’m hesitant to make changes in my diet that I think will put a lot of focus on food, like “going raw” and I would like to hear more about your experience with this, as I would like to eat more healthy raw food, but without getting obsessed.

    Take care,

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