Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What I learned from a raw vegan detox

Here it is, the end of the dang month, and I haven't made very many food posts. So much for doing a lot of #12x30Challenge posts.

But I did do something important this month. I tried a 7-day raw vegan detox. I've been wanting to do one for a while, but every one that I found used a TON of celery, and I hate celery. Plus, it's on my food sensitivity list, so it gives me an extra reason to hate the stuff. But this one I found from Gourmandelle didn't have much, so supplementing a few ingredients was easy. My mom and I tried it together. She didn't last as long as I did. The first few days weren't bad. I wasn't hungry between meals, and I didn't feel deprived at all. I actually couldn't eat as much as I was supposed to. The recipes made a ton of food. I was doing pretty good until day 5. That's when I broke down and went to Chipotle. At least I ate vegetarian, so that counts for something, right? Here's what I determined from trying this:
1) I ate way too much fruit and not enough protein - because I didn't eat nuts with breakfast like I was supposed to.
2) My body needs grains. It might not like gluten, but quinoa and brown rice are a-ok for me!
3) A raw lifestyle won't work for me.

I also gained two pounds - but I didn't weigh myself until after I ate a celebratory gluten free chocolate donut, so I'm not ruling out weight gain from that. However, my hands appear to be smaller, and my rings felt like they were going to fall off. So maybe I didn't lose any weight, but I did appear to lose some inflammation.

I'm going to keep going with my pursuit to eat healthy, and I'm getting much better about becoming a vegetarian, and maybe future vegan. (I'm considering a whole post on my thoughts about that...)

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