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Three Hartford Courant staffers: Cindy Kuse, Eric Danton and Joann Klimkiewicz.


While the rest of you may be organizing cluttered closets and sudsing bedroom windows, three adventurous Courant staffers are embarking on a spring cleaning all their own.

Cindy Kuse, Eric Danton and Joann Klimkiewicz have volunteered to participate in a 30-day challenge to get healthy by eating a diet of only raw foods.

And no, that doesn’t mean sushi.

It means a dairy-free, organic diet of uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. No meat. No foods heated above 115 degrees. No coffee or alcohol. (Well, Eric is making an exception on the last one).

It may sound extreme, but it’s a lifestyle that’s gained a lot of attention in recent years, thanks to a list of celebrity advocates and an overall trend to natural and organic. Many raw proponents say the diet has helped treat their chronic arthritis and diabetes.

This summer, a documentary sure to provoke controversy shows six diabetics, accustomed to eating a standard American diet of processed and fast foods, adhering to a strict raw diet at an Arizona retreat center. Those who stuck it out in “Raw for 30 Days” are said to have reversed their disease, coming off their insulin and other diabetic medications by the end of the program.

While none of our three staffers has any serious medical condition to treat, they are curious to see what the fuss is all about. Can they jump-start healthier lifestyles? Will they feel more energized, or deprived? Can they stick with it for 30 days?

With guidance from local raw food chef Glen Colello, a certified holistic health counselor and owner of the new West Haven cafe, Catch a Healthy Habit, they’re about to find out.