On the plane trip back home, I felt pretty sick to my stomach and bloated with all the horrible forbidden foods that I had eaten. I probably put on about 4 pounds, which was the wrong way to go since I was running a February Fat Loss Challenge. Since I don't normally eat like that my energy and body were really hurting from it. I thought the best thing for me and my only option upon returning was to cleanse my body of all the sugar and junk. That's when I decided that eating just fruits and vegetables would be the mildest, yet most effective way. Starting Day 1, Monday, I went right for it. It was also nice that Ben was on board with me. My day consisted of tons of alkaline water with lemon, bananas, celery, cucumbers, lots of bell peppers, avocados, apples, and a green smoothie. It felt good to be getting rid of the horrible food and putting in fresh fruits and vegetables. I had some lethargy and headaches but knew this was to be expected.
Day 2, Tuesday, came along and I was feeling good but not quite satisfied with all the fruits and vegetables. Tuesday looked just like Monday, except I added a small amount of raw pecans and almonds, which made a world of difference. My body started feeling really cold and I was getting the shivers. I thought maybe it was just my body re-acclimating to the colder weather after being in the tropical climate for a week. Then Day 3 came along and I was still waking up bright and early at 5:30 a.m. with lots of energy. Normally I can't get out of bed until 6:30 or 7, so this was a surprise to me. I had the same foods as Tuesday, but added some fresh young coconut and a few pistachios. I also felt the need to try and add a few lentils to my raw salad. Which actually didn't go so well with my stomach, so I nixed them. My body was really shivering and cold. I was actually shaking at times throughout the day and could barely hold a phone conversation since my teeth were chattering. I figured it was a combination of my body detoxing from all the sugar and animal products. I figured that I was also cold because I wasn't eating anything cooked. I drank a few cups of Ginger tea to warm myself up inside and ended up taking a nap because my body was exhausted from all of the shivering.
|Raw Spinach and Baby Greens Salad with a few lentils topped with Tahini and Lemon|
|Jicama topped with tomatoes and red onions and Mimi Kirk's Cucumber Dressing|
|Cucumbers, Bell Pepper, Pico De Gallo, Avocado, Hummus|
My goal was to eat like this for 3-5 days, then slowly go back to my normal way of eating. However, I started feeling so good that I decided to extend the raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds for 7 days. The first few days were a bit difficult because of the detox feelings and not exercising at all, but the remaining days felt wonderful. I ended up adding a scoop of Sun Warrior, raw sprouted brown rice protein powder, to my smoothies on Day 4 and my energy and mood improved ten folds. Other than that, I had a very successful full week of being 90% raw vegan. Mimi Kirk, Raw Vegan and winner of the Sexiest Vegetarian over 50, who is beautiful at 72, was driving 2 hours round trip to take my classes. She is an incredible human being. Mimi really helped me by providing me with some ideas and giving me the extra motivation to stick with the detox the first few days. She also shared some wonderful recipes. Mimi is releasing an amazing Raw Food book, called Live Raw, in May that you will not want to miss. Even those who eat meat will benefit from adding more raw, fresh foods to their diet.
I ended up making myself about 3 cooked meals total in the past 11 days, which I felt really good after eating. So I have come to peace with myself that I like being more of a "High Raw Vegan" then 100% Raw. I'm learning all the new terms with all the research I have been doing. It's pretty amazing what people have been able to accomplish with their health by eating this way. Asparagus is one that I learned I enjoy grilled. Below are pictures of the other two. So delicious that I don't think I need to eat these any other way, even if I do go back to an omnivore lifestyle. These pizzas were made from Brown Rice Tortilla's, chopped walnuts very fine, light shmear of tomato sauce and lots of veggies. I put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes and they were delicious and crispy. I don't think that I'll ever need cheese again on a pizza when it can taste like this without it!
|Vegan Gluten Free Red Pepper and Asparagus Pizza|
|Vegan Gluten Free Mushroom and Red Onion Pizza|
Today is Day 11 and I am proud to say that I'm still 90% raw vegan. I busted out my juicer and started making some fresh juices since I felt that I was getting a little too much fiber. My favorite juice so far is a combination of Kale, Apple and Ginger. Today I plan on making a Carrot and Ginger juice. I could seriously live off of those! SO good, but you don't want to over do it. The few strength workouts that I've had since regaining my energy back on Day 4 have been incredible. Even after taking 2 weeks off from strength training, I was able to jump back in as if I never left. My plan now is to eat only fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, Sun Warrior Protein, and a small amount of grains when I feel it's necessary for a total of 30 days. The weight that I gained from the trip is completely gone. I am back to my 111lb self. I don't mind bouncing around between 109-113 since, depending on the time of the month, my body can be any of those numbers.
The preparation that goes into making some raw dishes can take some time. There's lots of chopping, blending, juicing and cleaning up. My grocery bill has also increased quite a bit. Fresh produce can be very expensive especially since I go to places like our local Farmer's Market, Trader Joe's, Henry's and Jimbo's. With the amount of fruits, veggies and nuts I'm eating it really adds up.
What I do miss, and maybe plan on adding back in after the 30 days, is a little bit of raw fish. Eggs used to be my staple breakfast for most mornings a week. So I do miss my eggs. I will hold off as long as possible and see if my body responds better without them. I may, however, end up adding a few of those back in as well. But we will see!
Successes so far
Now this could be the results from actually having a vacation, but I have felt much more calm and peaceful. I don't find I get upset over things as easily and my stress levels seem to be much lower. I have just as much work to do if not more, but I'm not stressing over it much. I just tackle one project at a time and take deep breaths.
People have been asking me about my cravings. I hardly get cravings at all. It's actually been very freeing. I haven't even had one morsel of dark chocolate since doing this experiment. I can honestly say I don't even miss it. Which is weird because I reached for 1-2 squares of 85% dark chocolate daily. I know there is plenty of raw cacao which I haven't tried yet and I plan on it next week. I just don't feel I need it right now.
Since "detoxing" I have completely eliminated all caffeine. I was a black and green tea drinker. Now it's just herbal teas in the evening and I feel more energetic. I still feel the natural tiredness in the late afternoon and if it's available I will lay down for a 30 minute rejuvenation. My sleep at night has been INCREDIBLE! I haven't slept this good in years. I used to fall asleep okay, but wake up easily throughout the night from any noise around me, then toss and turn until my thoughts would take over my brain and keep me up for hours. Now as soon as I hit the pillow my body just flows into a deep, peaceful sleep. Then I wake up early ready to take on the world. Let's see how long this lasts. Maybe it's just a honeymoon phase.
All in all I look forward to eating this way and continuing my journey. I will post a recap after the full 30 days are over.