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DAY 21 IS HERE!

We did it, 21 days of being a raw vegan!

Ok, maybe we weren’t as strict the last two days, but we did it. 3 weeks of juicing, cutting and peeling more oranges than I care to count, peeing excessively, gagging, and eating foods that I would never think to eat in the combinations we did. I realize saying it that way makes it sounds like it was 3 weeks of torture, but it wasnt. I cleansed my body, focused on ways to eat right, developed new habits, gained energy, lost weight, and accomplished something that most wouldn’t dare have the guts to attempt! But, I assure you doubters out there that if I can do this so can you – it’s what I keep saying! It does take determination, and I would recommend having a buddy to help you through those tough moments when you want to just quit. I ended up losing 9lbs and a couple of inches around my waist, and thighs. My husband ended up losing 17! My gf that mentioned this cleanse to me had lost 13 lbs by day 7 I think, so know that results are attainable. I have now lost 55 lbs. since giving birth to my amazing baby girl on September 26th and only have 5 more to go. Was this diet worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Even through those moments that I hated it, I knew I was bettering myself!

So how did we end the cleanse? Once again we steered away from the preplanned menu, and did our own thing but only for breakfast and lunch. This morning we started the day with a banana, OJ, and romaine lettuce smoothie.  I couldn’t even taste the romaine, so it was an easy way to sneak in some nutrients. Lunch was hummus with veggie sticks, and a Pure bar.

Lets digress for a moment. Before lunch I headed to the grocery store as I always do the first weekend of the month. I decided I was going to buy as much fresh produce as possible, nothing overly processed with gobs of fat and calories, and no dairy. I actually think I did well! I got more kale to saute, lots of veggies and fruit, some green tea, hummus, and an entire box of apple cinnamon Pure bars (haha). I did get something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. Have you seen those veggie sticks? You get them in the chip isle. The bag contains potato, tomato, and spinach flavors. The ingredients are limited and mostly natural, but they seems to be a better choice than potato chips! I thought they would be good to dip in the hummus. And they are! They almost taste like french fries, which we all know I love!!! But overall I think I made better choices than previous vegan cleanse!

For dinner we made the recommended ‘ice cream’, but we wanted a little more. The weather was nice, so we fired up the grill and threw on some chicken and asparagus. I then sliced it all up and put it on a bed of lettuce and finished it off with a balsamic vinaigrette. Sam had a raspberry vinaigrette which was equally delicious.  Although to some it may seem a light meal, it was so satisfying! We enjoyed every.single.bite! I think Sam was just excited to get meat/poultry back into his system!!  After our much-needed transitional meal I made the ice cream. It was frozen fruit with a little orange juice; bananas, pineapple, strawberries and a little OJ. It was more of a sorbet, but SO good! We gave Cambria a few bites and she loved it as well! A small amount of fruit goes a long way so we saved some of it for another time.

And that’s it. That was our last day

What am I going to do tomorrow? Well, I’m not sure. I have nothing planned other than I will most likely make fresh squeezed OJ for breakfast and then, I don’t know, wing it. This week is packed with a few festivities that will involve food – and not vegan food. So, I am anxious to see what cravings I have, what I am able to say no to (no sugar for a long time, but no eggs or red meat for a little while longer), and what symptoms return (if any) before doing the cleanse. I want to snack on veggies and fruit as much as possible and keep my animal product intake to a minimum until my body is ready … or I guess until I am ready. I will eat it all again, but it will be in my time. I’ve really enjoyed the way I have felt the last few weeks, but I just need to find the right foods that satisfy me – and don’t make me gag.

Thanks again for reading along and joining me on my journey. I hope that if you’ve been thinking of going vegetarian, vegan, or just incorporating more natural organic raw food into your diet, that this blog can inspire you to know that you CAN. Just try it. I think you might be surprised at what your body can handle, but more importantly, what you can do when you apply yourself.
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