10 Days Raw: Completed!

It feels really good to complete something.

I challenged myself to eating fully raw for 10 days and I completed it! (Check out why I decided to do this and what I have been eating if you haven’t already!)

I feel good. I’m not surprised about that. As I mentioned before, I was eating a lot of raw food throughout my day. I usually ate cooked meals for dinner. However, I did experience cravings and some interesting side effects.

Over these ten days, I ate A LOT of fruit. Between smoothies and snacks and lunches, I pretty much wasn’t eating a vegetable until dinner time.

Despite all this  energy filled food,around day 3 and 4 I started feeling tired and a bit nauseous. This is very unlike me, however,  I figured it was part of the detoxing process. After I made it through those days, the nausea stopped and the tiredness fade a bit. I can’t be sure this has anything to do with eating fully raw though. I have been exercising a little less than usual, due to time constraints and I am due for my period this week. I am putting into account that these two factors could have been the cause of my issues, not the raw diet.

My skin also broke out a lot during these 10 days, which I’m a little upset about. I did some research on skin and diet and found that my issue might be with keeping my body alkaline. Because of the amount of fruit I ate, mostly moderately acidic food like mango, bananas and dates, I think my body was really off the alkaline scale. Because I enjoy more of my vegetables when they are cooked, like broccoli, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc, I wasn’t getting any of those in my diet for this period of time. I was only consuming zucchini, cucumber and raw spinach for vegetables. My next endeavor is to try following a more alkaline way of eating, which will hopefully help my skin. If you haven’t already read my skin story, I was having a lot of success with my past acne by eliminating dairy and thus becoming a vegan. However, in the past few days, my skin seems to be falling back into its old patterns. Again, this could be because of the factors I mentioned earlier, however, I am going to delve into some more information on alkaline and see where that brings me.

Another little challenge I had to over come was thinking of what to pack for work. I just got a new job, with traditional 8-5 hours. I now have to plan, pre-pack and prepare what I am going to eat during my work day. For lunch for the past few days, I have been packing this DELICIOUS fruit and granola bowl, that has left me feeling full and energized for the rest of the day.

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The granola is simply dates, coconut, oats and 1/2 of a ripe bananas. Blend it up in the food processor and pour over bananas, strawberries and mango. In order to stay full, I chopped up a whole mango, two or three bananas and about 10 strawberries.

Depsite, this lovely lunch idea, I started craving cooked foods around day 5.  I was dreaming of beans, sweet potatoes and hummus. What really saved me was finding this raw vegan Pad Thai recipe. I found it on tastemade.com and was immediately intrigued by the main ingredient: kelp noodles.

The only seaweed product I have ever had was sushi. After reading about how to prepare the noodles (just soak them in water!) and taking a trip Whole Foods, I was really excited to try a different textured noodle and also have something that would hopefully taste a lot like traditional pad thai.

Oh and it did.

Between the flavors of soy sauce, almond butter and a little spicy from chili flakes….I was sold.Such a treat after a few nights of cucumber and zucchini noodles.( I mean I love them, but maybe not so many days in a row?)

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I have since made this twice during my 10 day challenge and would HIGHLY recommend trying out yourself!

So in conclusion, this was a good week. Despite my few “problems” or side effects, I felt healthy and clean inside. I am proud that I disciplined myself to stick to this challenge and that I fought my cravings. I want to continue eating raw, however at this point, I am going to be eating cooked food on occasion, or for dinner/lunches. The cooked food I have been eating isn’t full of oil or processed chemicals or an overabundance of salt. As long as I keep eating fresh, wholesome ingredients  know I will continue to feel strong and healthy!

Have a beautiful day! 🙂

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Am I Weird?: How to Deal with Being a Social Outcast

(** Disclaimer: This is meant to be an empowering and encouraging post. I want people to know they aren’t alone. I am not putting any negative vibes on this page)

Today, I want to discuss something a little more personal than my last few posts. Since going vegan, I have met a lot of people who don’t agree with this lifestyle. I expected that, of course, and I am no one to preach to someone who doesn’t show interest. If asked, I will tell my opinions or speak to what works for me. But I’m not going to shun you from my life if you are a meat eater or anything like that.

What I have found interesting is just how upset and angry people get about me being vegan. I have had a few people make jokes or insert themselves into conversations that they weren’t engaged in, only to insist that people NEED animal protein, not wanting to hear what I had to say about the matter. It is as if my choices are effecting them personally.

Because of this, I have been feeling a bit like an outcast lately. My health conscience ways have actually deterred people from getting too know me better. I find this all very interesting. Its as though people have such a strong connection to their food and, therefore, form their identity around it. They can’t grasp a world where meat is not the staple of every meal. That I am doing something bad by not including it in your diet. That people feel they have the right to tell me how I should be eating.328eb3069c18f84a8a0865de07c93b65

I get it though.

I have had to drastically change my perspective on how I eat. Between portions, the amount of fruit on my plate, avoiding soy when possible, thinking outside the box for recipe ideas…the  list goes on.  I’m finding that some people I have encountered, don’t even want to envision, or even HEAR about a way of life without the foods they love. Even if that food is hurting them.

I want everyone to be healthy. I want this cycle of disease and medication to stop and the health and well being of our world to get better. Once I learned of  factory farms, and the hormones and the treatment of animals and the cancer causing chemicals the population ingests on a daily basis, I can’t help but want to shout my finding from the mountain tops! I want to tell everyone. (Hence starting this blog).

I am not a stranger to being an outcast.

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I was home schooled on and off throughout grade school and high school. People my age thought I was incapable of having friends or that I was a naive, inexperienced, socially stunted girl. People older than me, looked at my mother with judgement and questioned how her children were ever going to get a proper education. In reality, I had a lovely group of friends, a job, a car and plenty of worldly experience that I was actually getting in the real world and not a concrete building I was forced to go to everyday. I graduated college with honors and have since moved myself across the country in pursuit of a healthy life. So everyone who questioned my mother should probably be taking some notes 🙂

I have had my beliefs questioned, my motives analyzed and my ideas criticized. But I’m here to tell you that this shouldn’t stop you!

Now that I think about it, I’m glad I don’t fit in. I don’t want to anymore. I’m happy my mom encouraged me to take control of my education. It made me an organized, well read, independent woman with a love for learning. I’m happy I lived a life differently than most as a young girl, that I played in the woods with my sister until I was well into my teens and that I didn’t party until I was in my 20s.I learned how to explore, be in nature and think for myself.img_2794

I’m grateful I have found veganism! That I’m filling my body with wholesome, live food and  that my skin has healed. I’m grateful this lifestyle has opened my mind to the world around me, to nature, to the earth, to animals, to the benefits and pleasures of fruit and vegetables and plant based foods. I’m happy I don’t feel sick or lethargic after my meals. That I don’t worry about gaining weight, that I won’t have enough energy for the day. This lifestyle has worked for ME. That is the only person I can speak to. As much as I want to get along with everyone and be liked and understood, I’m not going to be able to please everyone. I need to be my own person, even if the risk is being a little bit lonely at times.

While thinking about this post, I compiled a list that has helped me when I start to feel like the odd girl out.

1. Love Yourselfimg_2685

You are worth thinking for yourself. You are worthy of a life that best suits YOU.You are unique. You are amazing 🙂

2. Learn to Love Your Own Company

Once you get to be best friends with you, and truly enjoy spending time alone, its as if others opinions roll off your shoulders a little faster. Hey, you love yourself, you love being you, what does anyone else know about that?

3. Have Conviction in Your Beliefs

I truly believe in the power and health of veganism. I will gladly share my knowledge with you, but nothing anyone says, does or implies is going to change my opinions. I’m convinced. I’m proud of my beliefs! I live humbly, but I know who I am and what I stand for.

4. Find Happiness in “Going Against the System”

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Let’s face it. Our society is one, big set of rules. You need to do this to be happy, this to be pretty, this to get into a good school, that to get a good job, this to make money. There are certain ages all these things are to be achieved by and if you don’t meet the mark, well then you are just fucking up. I say, all this is a joke. I’m not doing anything the “right way” now and I’m the happiest I’ve even been. Be your own person. You is a good place to be.

5. Love Others

I am not advocating that you are better than anyone else because of the opinions you hold. I try my hardest not to look down or judge the people that criticize me. If the goal is to live in a peaceful society, than I can’t afford to bring anymore negativity towards another person in this world. Love is,and always will be, the answer. Don’t shy away from expressing yourself, but always do it with love 🙂

Thank you so much for reading! If you like this post and want to hear more personal stories, please comment below!

xoxo

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What I Eat in a Day: Fully Raw

Today is day 5 of eating fully raw! I’m proud of my progress and I have really been enjoying this challenge. I love the simplicity of eating raw (hardly any dishes to wash!) and how I have been fully enjoying the tastes of fruits and veggies, as they aren’t masked with seasoning and other ingredients we usually cook with.

So this is a little example of what I have been eating this week as a fully raw vegan!

Breakfast

For me, breakfast hasn’t changed up that much because I always start with a large piece of fruit or a smoothie. However, after drinking a liter of water, Marty and I have been drinking maca powder as a coffee substitute. I love it! I’m not incorporating coffee into my diet anymore, as it’s not good for my skin and I don’t like the crash coffee usually leaves me with. img_2649Maca gives me energy, but in a very smooth and satisfying way. No spikes or dips in my mood or body. And since maca is made from a root, there are a ton of health benefits! I drink my maca from the brand Macaccino in their Dark Reserve flavor, with a little almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

The smoothies I have are generally very simple. I did, however, buy my first papaya the other day. I didn’t like the taste on its own, but I threw it into a smoothie with mangoes, water and vanilla bean powder and it was delicious!

I also love to have a mango and a banana or half a watermelon if I’m not feeling a smoothie.

 

Snacks

I am definitely a snacker throughout the day. Again, my snacks haven’t changed too much from any of my last posts. (Almonds, walnuts, dates, oranges, berries, bananas, mangoes etc).  I did just learn how to make raw brownies that I have been munching on all week. This recipe comes from Kate Fruit Flowers, who has an amazing raw vegan Youtube channel as well as an ebook. img_2770

For these brownies, you simply combine:

  • 2 cups of dates
  • 1 cup of cacao powder
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Spread the dough out onto a pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes! They taste like they are bad for you, but you could eat the whole pan in one sitting if you wanted to 🙂

Lunch

I don’t typically have  sit down lunch, as I am usually at work or out for the day. But on the few occasions that I am at home and I’m not eating fruit, I eat something pretty simple. A bowl of avocado and tomato with a little salt and pepper has quickly become my go-to lunch. Here, I topped it with a little raw sauerkraut which was even more amazing.

 

Dinner

img_2815If you have read any of my other posts, you know I’m a fan of vegetable noodles for dinner. (check out my noodle post!). For dinner today, I made a delicious mango avocado sauce to pour over my zucchini. I was inspired by someone else to make this recipe, although I don’t remember where I read it, so I’m not taking full credit here. But this recipe is super easy!

All I did was blend the following ingredients in the food processor:

  • one, large fresh mango,
  • 2 ripe avocados,
  • half an onion
  • about a handful of cilantro

Top with some more cilantro and a sprinkle of chili flakes for heat! This dish is creamy, slightly sweet and refreshing!

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Eating raw has felt amazing these past 5 days. I have learned how great it feels to eat simply. I see these beautiful, elaborate vegan meals on Instagram all the time and I think that what I eat should look like that. However, it is more realistic for my life to eat clean, with few ingredients.

I would love for anyone to comment with raw recipes or ideas that work best for them! Thanks for reading!

Have happy, healthy day 🙂

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Going Raw!

I knew that when I started this site, it was going to involve a lot of experimentation. Going vegan is one thing. Finding out how exactly to do that, based on your own body is a whole other discovery.

But I love challenging myself and see the results of my progress. Which brings me to my next endeavor!

I have been wanting to try eating a fully raw vegan diet for a while now. Some days, my meals just happen to fall into place that way, but I haven’t deliberately tried to do this. Once again, my boyfriend, Marty, is fully on board as he has been doing a ton of research on fruitarians and other raw vegans who are spreading their message. He suggested we do this 10 day challenge as a way to set ourselves up to potentially live out a fully raw lifestyle. 10 days seems like a reasonable amount of time and I wanted to have a time frame so we could track our progress.

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I’m so excited to get started. I LOVE fruit and it gives me so much energy. I never feel lethargic or down after eating it. I feel revived. I know that these 10 days are going to do wonders for me and I can’t wait to fill you in on the final verdict! I’ve written up a quick little list as to what I hope will happen to me during this challenge!

1. Good Digestion

Since my juice cleanse, my stomach hasn’t fully returned to it is regular self. I’m hopping that the lack of cooking oils and just cooked food in general will help me in that area.

2. Clear Skin

I don’t know if it is hormones or that I have been eating a lot of peanut butter and oils lately, but the pores on my face have been really clogged. My skin doesn’t look as fresh and radiate as it has in the past. A lot of the people who are raw vegans that I watch on Youtube have glowing, healthy skin. I am hoping that is an attribute to their lifestyle and I really want to achieve that! Since going vegan, I know that my skin has the potential to be clear. I want the excitement I had when looking in the mirror, after eliminating dairy from my diet, and seeing blemish free skin. I really believe that all the fruit I will consume this week will bring that back!

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3. Energy

I always start my day off with lots of water and a breakfast of fruit. This gets me ready for my workout or whatever I am doing that day. I can’t wait to see how much added energy I will have eating all raw fruits and veggies!

4. Happiness

I can’t deny that since going vegan, I am 100 times happier. My outlook on life, love, the universe…everything is different. I feel more awake, alert and open. Without the weight of cooked food, I believe this happiness will progress even further. Knowing that I am feeding my body life, instead of something dead or depleted of nutrients makes me feel better already.

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I will update you on my progress! I intend to do another what I eat in a day post as well! (If you haven’t read my other ones, you can click this link!)

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The Importance of Your Kitchen

I was extremely fortunate to grow up with a mother who loved to cook.img_2657 I was raised eating homemade meals pretty much everyday. I believe this instilled my love of eating, but it also has made me realize the value of preparing food yourself. I didn’t develop much of an interest in cooking  until I started living a plant based lifestyle. I knew that if I wanted to eat healthily, I couldn’t rely on restaurants or pre-made meals at the grocery store  to help me do that.The best thing about being so passionate about this lifestyle, is I WANT to prepare my meals. I want to eat wholesome, life giving breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks! Even though this may require a bit of time, I know I will be much happier in the long run if I make the space for it.

A lot of Americans don’t feel as I do.

According to a report on Bloomberg.com, Americans are spending more money dining out than they are on groceries, for the first time ever.

In March, sales at restaurants and bars surpassed those at grocery stories for the first time since the Commerce Department started collecting data in 1992.

 

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I wasn’t entirely surprised at these statistics as it seems to be the norm as far as social interactions and group/couple entertainment goes. I, however, have been finding a lot of fulfillment and health benefits to preparing my own food lately. I wanted to share with you my top 5 reasons as to why I see the importance of spending a little more time in your kitchen. Here they are!

1. You are worth it!

This is by far the most important reason. img_2663 You only have one body on this earth and what else do you really need to do other than take care of it?! Our society doesn’t foster this idea, instead telling you that your job, career path, school or social media accounts are more important than taking time for yourself. I’m not saying that these others things are not important, however, I’m simply saying that your body and your wellness should come first. Then you will be able to succeed more wholly at all other avenues in your life. Take time out of your day to make sure that you are being properly nourished and hydrated. Prepare the night before school and work. Wake up a few minutes early to pack your food for the day. Eat a big breakfast. Make lots of smoothies. Get excited about what you are going to make for dinner. Be passionate about your body!

2. It’s healthier!

Even though there are a lot more vegan options popping up in many restaurants, you still can’t be entirely sure where the products are coming from. Most restaurants don’t have organic img_2658produce and vegetables and you don’t know how they are cooking your meal. For example, the restaurant that I work at is not vegan, but they have a veggie burger option. After eating it, my stomach felt awful and my digestion was off for the rest of the day. I came to the conclusion that the oil they cooked the burger in was probably processed oil. When I make my food at home, I use coconut oil, hemp or avocado oil. I know my body can process these correctly. There are a lot of vegan processed foods out there, that I try to avoid to maintain my health. You can be an unhealthy vegan. I find that cooking for myself, I am more apt to use fresh and soy free ingredients because I’m controlling what I buy.  Part of being vegan is being mindful, and in being mindful you need to know where your food is coming from.

3. It’s a stress reliever!

I look forward to preparing my food. I plan what I’m going to make for dinner early in the day and am excited about what I’m going to create. Most of me and Marty’s meals are quit simple, but they require some kind of assembling or thinking about flavor combinations. I feel very at ease as I chop my veggies, season my sweet potatoes or stir my rice. Cooking or preparing food is a creative act.

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Homemade Tabouli!

The kitchen is your canvas and you have the power to invent and construct anything you want! And with the added confirmation that you are going to fill your body with exactly what it needs. I feel a sense of calmness and quiet and my stress seems to fade away.

4. It’s cheaper!

As you know, going out to eat is expensive! Marty and I often find that when we dine at a restaurant, we spend the same amount on two meals that could have been enough ingredients at the grocery store for over four or five meals. Once we cut eating out from our budget we were saving a lot more money. On average, we spend about $120 on groceries, a week, between our local farmers market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. We buy a lot of the same ingredients each week and split the cost of whatever we spend. I think this is a very reasonable amount to be spending between two people. There are many ways to reduce your grocery bill, especially if you are mainly buying local fruits and vegetables or if you shop at places like Trader Joe’s.

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Sesame Ginger Jackfruit with sweet potatoes and mushrooms!

5. You learn to find other ways to entertain yourself!

Our culture thrives off going to bars and eating out. It’s our way of socializing. It’s something to do. Once you eliminate this from your life, you will start to find other ways to spend your time. Sometimes while our food is cooking, Marty will put music on and draw. Sometimes we will read. We might just sit and talk about our day, or watch a Youtube video together. I have been finding that I get more reading done and thus am learning so much more now that I have decided that it is okay to be home more often that not. I’m nourishing my mind, while waiting to nourish my body. I’d say it was a win, win.

 

img_2506I would like to add, that I am not completely against restaurants. I have worked in them for years and I genuinely enjoy finding a great place to eat. There are a few great places in or around Long Beach, that Marty and I will make special trips to if we are craving something or have the extra money.

 

However, I feel that Americans have been over doing it and our health has significantly decreased because of it. Again, I think it all comes down to the idea that your body is a sacred place and you should treat it as such by eating foods that are going to help you and make you the best version of yourself.img_2319

Foods that the earth has given us!

Have a happy, healthy day 🙂

What I Eat as a Vegan: Noodle Edition (pictures!)

Since I bought my noodle maker, I have been having WAY too much fun making dinners for Marty and me. I love having vegetables noodles because there is so much you can do with them and they always leaving me feeling full. And there is no guilt involved because it’s not really pasta! Today I am going to show you my favorite cooked and raw recipes, as well as a  kind of strange dish that ended up being really delicious. To the noodles!

Sweet Potato with Sauteed Mushrooms

This dish is inspired by my mom who is an amazing, creative cook. She recently started eating a plant based diet (I’m so proud!) and has been texting me pictures of her lovely creations. I changed it up a little bit, but the credit for this delicious dish goes to her!

First, peel the sweet potato before putting it into the spiralizer. You will be left with these beautiful noodles, ready to saute.

Before I cooked the noodles, I already had a pan of olive oil, chopped onions and mushrooms sizzling on the stove. I let the onions caramelize a little with some salt and pepper before adding the mushrooms. img_2498

After they are cooked down and the mushrooms are almost ready, in a separate pan, heat up some olive oil before throwing in your sweet potato with a chopped clove of garlic. You don’t want the garlic to burn and you don’t want to cook the noodles for too long, just enough for them to darken in color and warm through. Add the two pans together.

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I topped mine with some broccoli and drizzled on sriracha for an extra kick. Marty chose to saute spinach and top his noodles with sriracha as well!

Such a savory dish! Thanks mom!

Zucchini with Vegan Pesto (Fully Raw)

This is my favorite meal. It’s so easy to make and I have made it again and again. I have done this dish  with cucumber noodles as well, for a lighter dinner. Even though every time I make it, I eat a ton if it.

To start, make the pesto.

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  • fresh spinach (cut the stems off)
  • olive oil
  • one clove of garlic
  • dried basil (I use a good amount)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutritional yeast

Blend together! The nutritional yeast is important because it’s going to give your pesto that traditional cheesy flavor. Sometimes, I will add avocado to the pesto mixture for added creaminess.

Now,  pour pesto over your zucchini noodles and dice up some tomato! So amazing.

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Buffalo “Chicken” Noodles

Sometimes Marty and I have the classic dilemma of not knowing what to eat for dinner. However, our problem is that we want everything we have and therefore must narrow it down to one dish. But since we are fat kids at heart, we usually  end up having everything we want anyway. This time we wanted buffalo chicken AND noodles. Therefore, this recipe was born.

Instead of chicken, your base for this recipe is cauliflower. Most of the recipes I see online call for flour and  I am trying to stay away from gluten as much as possible. I decided to try breading the cauliflower with ground up almonds and see how that would work. After blending the almonds in the food processor, I combine: img_2491

  • Cumin
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • almond milk

This is going to be your batter. Coat each piece of cauliflower and place on a cookie sheet. I baked these at 400 degrees until they were golden brown. Make sure to check them half way (around 15 minutes in) and flip them over.

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The almonds didn’t stick that well to the cauliflower, but they did enough to get the effect. They just didn’t look that pretty. However, the almonds do crisp up nicely and I really enjoy their flavor. After the cauliflower is cooked, pour over some buffalo sauce. We bought a vegan sauce from Tessemae’s All Natural brand. You can find this at Whole Foods. img_2503

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After the cauliflower is coated in as much dressing as you prefer, bake for another 10 minutes. Now normally this is enough and you can just dip your little cauliflower nuggets in a vegan blue cheese sauce. (This kind from Daiya is amazing). However, like I said we were craving noodles as well so we simply topped our buffalo chicken on top of our zucchini noodles and sprinkled the blue cheese dressing over like a sauce.

It was surprisingly delicious and VERY filling. But it kind of gave me the feeling that I  was eating a chicken and spaghetti dish, like I was eating sometimes from bad for me. Instead, everything is plant based and nutritious so I ate the entire thing 🙂

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Let me know if you want to see more recipes and food experiments from me! I love trying new things and preparing my own food. Comment below!

Juice Update: The Verdict

If you are new to my page, I declared a few days ago that I was  embarking on a 7 day juice cleanse. My boyfriend and I bought a juicer and a ton of fruit and veggies and prepared to drink nothing but juice to reset, detox and renew our bodies.

However, it did not go as planned. Today, would have been day 6 but I called it off after day 3. Here is what happened:

Day 1:

I woke up around 8:30 and drank 3 liters of water. (I use a glass pickle jar to drink out of.) I went for a 3 mile run and had my first juice at 11:50 am, which was simply 7 oranges. I felt great and the juice was absolutely delicious. img_2406

Juice #2: One half of a watermelon around 1:50 pm. I got a slight headache at 2:30, but I didn’t know if that was from the juice or if it was because I was in front of the computer for a long time. The juice kept me full though.

Juice #3: I decided to get some veggies in and I juiced a whole bunch of celery at 4:00 to drink before work. I mixed in a little coconut water because I wasn’t feeling the celery taste. It took me an hour and half to get it down and afterwards I felt bubbly and uncomfortable in my stomach.

Juice #4: One mango, 7 carrots. This was an amazing combination and I loved drinking it. I had this at work around 8:30. I felt bubbly again and a little bloated. After I went to the bathroom I felt good though. I figured all this was just part of the detoxing process. I knew that my digestion wouldn’t be as normal as it usually is. Overall, day was went well and I felt great.

Day 2:

I woke up happy and full of energy, although I was starving. I drank juice #1 at 10:30 am, which consisted of 7 oranges and 14 strawberries. I felt satisfied after with a slight headache again. I was expected this, however, as a lot of what I read prior to this cleanse told me this would happened. Also, this juice combination looked beautiful in my glass 🙂 img_2442

Juice #2: 2 mangoes, 5 carrots around 1:15pm. I drank this after I rode my bike to the beach. Along the way, I felt very mentally clear. The only way I know how to describe it, is that I was kind of in my own little world, but at peace…content. I felt almost elated. It was wonderful. img_2448

Juice #3: I sipped on some coconut water and regular water, until I had my next juice of pineapple and spinach in the late afternoon. I don’t think the pineapple was completely ripe because it was extremely tangy on my tongue after a while. I felt lightheaded again also.

Juice #4: By 7:30 pm, I was really hungry and craving solid food. I wanted to finish the day with something sweet, as my tongue was still feeling strange after the pineapple. I drank 2 cucumbers and 1/2 a watermelon with a little coconut water at 8:15pm.

I slept horribly. I didn’t know if it was because I finished the day with watermelon, something so concentrated with sugar. I was up for hours, even though I was tired. I felt anxious and STARVING. It was very frustrating, but I wanted to put through it so I just laid there until sleep finally came.

Day 3:

I woke up really hungry, tired and irritated. I made a juice of oranges and strawberries again and felt better.

Juice #2: Mangoes and carrots again, which was my favorite juice up to this point. I had this around lunch time

Juice #3: Marty made me a concoction of oranges, carrots and ginger. It was spicy, which was nice after really only having sweet tastes for two days. However, this is when the cleanse started to take a turn for me. I felt tired and irritable again. I was straight up miserable. My stomach felt bubbly again, but I couldn’t go to the bathroom. I had this lasting pain that felt like someone had punched me, hard, right in the gut. I toyed with giving up for awhile because I was just so unhappy. I hate the idea of quitting something half way, however, this detox was suppose to make me feel good. I hadn’t felt this bad since going vegan.So,  I decided to eat a raw meal for dinner and see how I felt after that.

I made cucumber noodles and spinach basil pesto (recipe coming soon!) and I felt SO MUCH BETTER. My stomach stopped freaking out and I was full and able to sleep that night.

Day 4:

Breakfast: We woke up early to go surfing so I just had a smoothie with some fruit and water. I felt good, but I still felt that feeling as if I had been punched.  Halfway through the morning, my stomach started acting up again. After going to the bathroom, I felt better. We ate out at a vegan restaurant and later, before working at 5:30pm, I had a mango. My stomach went crazy. I felt my upper abdomen begin to swell and I could literally see it bulging through my skin. I tried to go to the bathroom, multiple times but I couldn’t. Marty looked up my symptoms online and they seemed to coincide with a sensitivity to fructose, which is the sugar found in fruit. Eating that mango really did me over. We figured that since I was eating such high levels of fruit, by juicing them, that my body just couldn’t digest it properly. The funny is I eat these fruits and vegetables all the time. But I guess by juicing them, it was just too much for my body.

Verdict:

I felt upset at first, because I felt like I failed. I told you all that I was going to be juicing for 7 day and I only made it through 3 days. However, the whole point of eating well and taking care of your body, is actually LISTENING to your body. I can’t respect myself properly if I don’t do this. And my body was telling me that this was not good for me.

I definitely want to try it again someday, because I did feel some positive effects. Aside from the for mentioned elation, my skin was glowing and I felt thin without any bloat. I’m sure if I continued, I would have seen other changes. Next time I will do more research on what juices will work better for my body. I know that I still did my body some good by detoxing for the 2 and 1/2 days so I am  going to be proud of myself. It’s hard work fasting and depriving yourself, but I learned that I don’t need as much food as I think to be full and I can go long time spans without eating, just fine.

Have a happy healthy day 🙂