So, for my diet. Some of you might be totally surprised, or even think it is extreme. Others might already know from my facebook posts on my personal profile.
I have been juicing. What does that mean? Juicing? That means, I buy a ton of produce, and run them through my Breville Juicer, then drink it for all of my meals (You don't have to have it for every meal, you can supplement one or two meals a day with juice and eat a lean healthy dinner--preferably with as little meat and dairy as possibly). It has become quite the trend I suppose. I learned about it about 4 months ago. We had netflix, and a friend suggested that I watch a movie called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (watch the full movie on youtube or find it on netflix). So I did. After that, I was suggested the movie Hungry for Change (you can find the full movie on Netflix, or you can watch it here).
I originally started out doing a 3 day juice fast. I actually did 3 of those. It wasn't easy at the start, but once my body went through the detox process, I started to feel so much better. However, I just kept going back to same old habits with the same old cravings. Those cravings can be hard to master... but not impossible. My body was happy with the nutrients I was giving it during those juice fasts... but wondered what happened after the 3 days.
At that same time, I was working out daily, and my body was getting stronger. My endurance was increasing, and I was feeling good. But then my knee started to swell up, and it was painful and difficult to do my more rigorous exercises. This was very frustrating, and in the past it would have defeated me. But you see, this time around, before I started my weight loss program, I emailed my family and told them of my desire to lose weight for good this time... lose the weight and never find it again. :) I had a few of them jump in as a support system, to which I was grateful for. I knew they wouldn't let me slip off the radar without really getting after me. So I started thinking about what else I could do. It was the first time that my knee really swelled after starting my workouts, and I wasn't sure if it would go down. I decided that if I couldn't workout how I wanted to, then I needed to get more extreme with my diet. I decided to commit myself to a 60 day juice fast, just like Joe. I am currently on day 33. I haven't been perfect. I have eaten foods. I have tried eating meats and dairies... all ended in me getting sick. I have learned that if I am not able to have juice, but I am starving, I should eat raw fruits and vegetables. Ultimately, if you want to do an extended reboot, you can choose to eat the fruits and vegetables. I was just faced with the daunting prospect of what I would do to make it not get boring very fast. The only thing I could see myself doing was eating celery, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and fruits. How boring. It would be hard to do.. but by juicing, I have so many options and recipes to try. Now that I have been juicing for over a month and educating myself on different ways to eat vegan and vegetarian, I am learning delicious new recipes! I'm excited to share them with you! Once you start on an all veggie and fruit diet, you start really craving more fruits and veggies! It sure helps the process!
Now I am breaking into eating more foods, but I'm trying to keep it vegan for now. I have a lot of weight to lose yet, but it is coming off.
My mistakes: I already mentioned my mistakes of eating meats and dairies occasionally. It can be hard to resist when you are cooking for a family of 4 others who will be eating. I have a habit of tasting as I cook and prepare food, and there have been times when that taste turned into me having a small serving. One thing I did right, is that whenever I did eat, I did not over eat.
My other really huge mistake I made was, that for the first 25 days of my juice fast, I did not drink enough calories. So, after I lost about 11 pounds, I started to maintain my weight. It was kind of frustrating. But along the way, I started watching videos and following the advice given by vegans. I was drastically under my calorie count! So for the past week, I have been striving to drink more juice, and even eat more produce. I have started losing weight once again, and I look forward to losing more! It is totally contagious! One vegan that I have begun looking to for guidance eats about 3,000 calories a day! I was floored to learn that! That is a lot, but she is tiny and looks very healthy. You can find her videos and recipes here.
The answer to that is complicated. I can definitely see the benefits of being vegan. I feel good when I consume only fresh produce. My body is responding well to it. My body is healing the womanly problems that I have been experiencing. Ultimately it has been a good thing.... On the other hand, I definitely see a place for grains (especially), meat, eggs, and dairy. Those things are good for you. However, I do believe that I tend to eat too much of those, and not enough of the vegetables and fruits. We have put so much money and time into finding good organic meat and eggs. It sure helps to have good clean meat. Anyway, my goal is to get my whole family down to eating meat once a week, and one serving of dairy a day. That will be a hard thing to achieve. Everyone of my kids, and my husband love their dairy and meat. So my answer for now is that for the next 3-4 months, I will do my best to be a fully raw vegan... then after that, I plan on being a part raw vegetarian that occasionally eats meat! Lol... sounds complicated, I know.
Ultimately, it is no longer just about losing weight. It is about my body being healthy all of the time, so that it can more easily fight off disease and infection. I would much rather my body be naturally fortified, rather than be pumped full of man made infection fighters and such (I do believe those have a place--but in my opinion, they should not be the staple).
Do you think you eat enough vegetables, fruits, and nuts?