Water fast day 2 & 3

August 17th & 18th

Day two I was still dealing with hunger pangs and a slight headache. I woke up at 3:30am.  I’m surprised that I am still hungry. 

The first water fast I did I wasn’t hungry after the first day. I think it’s because of what I’ve been eating prior to this fast. The last fast I did I was still fully raw.

Day three. Today seems more like a dry fast than a water fast. I haven’t been drinking as much water as I did the first two days. I woke up at 3:30am again.

My energy level is pretty good. I’m looking forward to gaining clarity and focus as the days go on.

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Water fast day 1

August 16, 2017

As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog I have been on a cooked food run for about a month now and I’m ready for a reset.  

I had my last meal at 7:00pm Tuesday August 15, 2017. It was a cucumber, tomato, avocado salad with olives, red onion and jalapeño. 

I have done a water fast for 9 days in June and this time I want to go 15 days and fast for the rest of this month.

I decided to try another water fast because I’ve not only been eating a lot of cooked foods, I’ve been in self sabotage mode that’s not only affecting my diet but my finances and self esteem as well.

I’m losing focus on my goal to get out of credit card debt by the end of this year. I’m doubting myself and using food to cope.

In my last post I said I was on my foodie run out of curiosity but really I’m stuffing my fears with food.

What made things worse is that I started eating a lot of processed foods and I could tell right away that it wasn’t a good idea. Now I’ve developed a taste (craving) for certain foods and I know if I stay on this path it won’t be good for me.

This time during the water fast I’m going to focus on gaining clarity and getting to the root of my self sabotaging behavior. I’m going to cut out all negative input (reality TV and mindless entertainment) and read more. I’m going to nurture my creative side by going to the art museum and creating a work of my own. Once the fast is over I’m going to participate in the Orvel Douglas 30 day fruit feast.

Day one of the water fast is challenging. My stomach is growling, I have gas and the smell of food is triggering. I’m having bouts of nausea which is no doubt the result of the processed foods I’ve been eating. 

I have to keep reminding myself of the reasons why I’m doing this and that I made the experience worse by eating cooked and processed foods. 

Drinking water pacifies my growling stomach. I focus on healing and clarity and the triggers and nausea fade away.

I know my body is healing so hopefully I can stay committed to the process.

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Raw vegan newbie chronicles #9 Cooked food month 

So I’ve been on a cooked vegan food run for a month now. If you live in the Cleveland Ohio area, check out some or all of the restaurants mentioned in this post.

It all started with a falafel salad I got at Raving Med a Mediterranean Street food restaurant.

http://www.ravingmed.com/

The picture below is not of the actual salad but it looks appetizing.


There wasn’t any particular reason for me starting on this cooked food run other than being hungry and partly curious.

I tried the Beyond Burger (several times) with pretzel buns, follow your heart pepper jack cheese and just mayo chipotle spread. They were delicious! Whole Foods carries them already cooked in their prepared foods section.

I decided to support local vegan restaurants  during this foodie run like Poisen Berry Bakery. I got a mint chocolate cupcake, a mocha cupcake and an apple critter.


www.poisonberrybakery.com

I got lunch one day at an all vegan food truck, the Wild Spork. Buffalo ranch tater tots and a pizza grilled “cheese” sandwich.


www.facebook.com/wildspork 


Poison Berry Bakery also had a pop up pizza event I participated in. Pictured above is the vegan meat lovers. I also got mozzarella sticks.

www.clevelandvegan.com Also had a pizza night. I got a loaded taco pizza and a simple garlic herb pizza. I shared the pizzas with my daughter.


I didn’t think of taking pictures of the pizzas until after I ate them.


On my vegan foodie run, I had Ethiopian food for the first time. I love the avocado salad which is actually raw (if you don’t eat the injera bread). I went to Empress Taytu Ethiopian restaurant. http://empresstayturestaurantcleveland.com/ 

My best friend came in town for the weekend of August 4th and I had Vegan chocolate chip waffles at Johnny Mango 

http://jmango.com/

Country Pad Thai ( veganized) from Map of Thailand 

http://mapofthailandrestaurant.net/

For my snacking pleasure I returned to an old favorite of mine, Boom Chicka Pop salted caramel popcorn.


I ended this foodie run with a vegan chorizo and potato sandwich at Melt Bar & Grilled 

https://meltbarandgrilled.com/menu/melt-menu/


In the beginning of this run I felt guilty about eating cooked food since my desire is to be raw vegan. I had to show myself compassion and not beat myself up for eating cooked foods. 

Everything was vegan and that’s what is most important to me.

I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity but I don’t feel as good as I’m used to feeling when I eat raw vegan. I appreciate eating raw vegan more because of this experience.  

I have an all or nothing personality and I’m glad I was able to be compassionate with myself and not beat myself up for eating cooked vegan food.

My goal is still to be raw vegan. This time I’ve spent in the cooked food arena has taught me a few things:

  • When I eat cooked food I’m hungry all the time 
  • I feel sluggish 
  • My mood is sullen 
  • I’m dehydrated 
  • My skin isn’t as clear 
  • Poor digestion and bloating 

I need a reboot. I think I’m going to do a water fast.

If you try any of the restaurants mentioned, please share your experience.

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Raw vegan newbie chronicles #8

I ate cooked food. It’s funny because as I’m writing it I feel like I’ve committed a deadly sin.

I’m supposed to be on a 31 day fruit feast this month. I broke up with my boyfriend of almost two years on July 2nd and I’ve been soothing my sorrows with food. 

Today 7/12/17, is the only day I’ve eaten cooked food. Up until now I’ve been binging on avocados with olives and hearts of palm. 

I’m mad at myself for one, turning to food for comfort (I’ve been feeling very uncomfortable lately because I’m overeating), two I just did my very first water fast for nine days last month and I felt amazing (the mental clarity I gained from the fast is what led me to let go of a relationship that I haven’t been happy in for months).

Anyway, what’s done is done and I have the power to make better choices. I chose the raw vegan lifestyle not only for the physical benefits but for the mental benefits. I cope with life better on a raw food diet. I don’t sink into deep depressions like I used to. I like the simplicity of being raw and food not being a “thing “. 

I’m going to channel my emotions in a more positive way. I wrote this poem about my relationship.

No passion in our kiss 

I no longer see our future in your gaze 

I feel a wall of contention and not to mention we don’t talk, just text these days 

The magnetic energy that brought us together the polarity has now shifted and we repel each other emotionally 

The love switch has been turned off and now we are in the dark trying to feel our way through this relationship 

Refusing to seek help from vulnerability, we let pride and ego guide us out of the darkness only to lead us to confusion and heartache 

On opposing sides we are now enemies instead of allies still in the dark 

Hind sight comes and sheds some light that explains it all 

The outcome is the same when we play love like a game, half in because we’re afraid to fall 

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Raw vegan newbie chronicles #7

The aftermath

Read Raw vegan newbie chronicles #5 to see how this all started 

*Disclaimer*

This blog is about bodily functions. I won’t get too graphic but the subject matter may not be for everyone.

I have had very bad flatulence for the past week or so due to my over indulging in nut based raw foods.

I’m not used to clearing isles with foul smelling butt bombs, but that’s what I’ve been doing lately. It’s so embarrassing. 

It’s not that I have been eating an occasional nut based product, I’ve been eating nut cheese and flaxseed crackers damn near every night for about a month.

Because I’m taxing my digestive system so much I’ve been tired and lethargic.

Although I’ve been sticking to a raw vegan diet, the nut cheeses and raw crackers I’ve been buying at the store and eating are still processed foods and contain ingredients that I don’t really want to eat in large quantities like oils and salt.

I can really tell the difference between now and how I felt during the fruit feast I did in March.  It’s like night and day. 

I felt effervescent during the fruit feast. I felt clean and efficient. I had energy and I didn’t have cravings. I felt more in tune with my body.  My digestion was awesome.

Now I feel heavy mentally and physically. I’ve lost the ability to determine hunger from cravings. I don’t feel as clean or healthy.  I hit these plateaus during the day where I’m tired and want to sleep and my digestion is f’ed up.

I’m going to get back to eating a fruitarian diet. I now realize it’s the best for my body and overall well being.

June 5, 2017-June 30, 2017 I’m going to do another juice cleanse so I can reset my body, get my digestion back on track and cleanse my palette. 

After that I’m going to participate in the 31- day fruit feast hosted by Orvel Douglas in July. 

I don’t regret the turn my raw vegan diet has taken lately. I’ve gotten to try some really delicious foods and I’ve learned what I need to eat for me to feel my best mind body and spirit. For me that’s a fruitarian lifestyle.

Join me on this journey back to better health.

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Raw vegan newbie chronicles #6

On Monday 5/8/17 I went out to dinner to celebrate a co-workers birthday. Needless to say I wasn’t eating fruit for dinner but I ate fruit throughout the day.


I started with fresh squeezed orange juice. I’d rather drink oranges than eat them. I got 20 oranges for $5.00 at the Asian market. They were in the ripe fruit section.


I snacked on a couple of kiwis that weren’t completely ripe. Then for lunch I had papaya.


For dinner we went to Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill. I was able to get all of the stir fry vegetables raw and I got some peanut sauce to put on top of them. It was delicious and I scarfed it down because I was starving!


I did have edamame with my vegetables which is steamed so it’s not fully raw. 

I want to try making my own peanut sauce and having this Asian vegetable salad with mung bean sprouts instead of edamame.

I’ve really blown it on this months fruit feast. I’ve been good through lunch but around dinner time I’m eating everything but fruit. I’m going to try and do better the rest of this month.

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Raw vegan newbie chronicles #5

I found a great vegan restaurant in my area that serves raw vegan dishes as well. The food there is delicious. Needless to say I’ve tried almost every raw vegan dish on their menu:


Cashew cheese wrap 


Cashew cheese dip with vegetables 


Zucchini alfredo 


Sweet potato sage burger with cashew cream cheese on zucchini bread 

See a pattern here….Nuts.

Nuts are not something I want as a staple in my raw vegan lifestyle. I see why raw vegan veterans warn against eating too many nuts, especially when they are used in gourmet raw recipes. It can become addictive, or maybe it’s just me. 

I’m not going to stop eating nuts all together, I will just save foods like these for special occasions. 

I am supposed to be participating in a 31 day fruit feast this month, but I haven’t been following the rules. 

I just moved into a new place so I haven’t had a chance to go shopping but starting Monday, May 8th, I’m going to get back on track.

I have been starting my day with fruit. I have fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning I’ve been snacking on tangerines and I eat a melon for lunch.

It’s dinner where I go nuts (pun intended).

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Raw vegan chronicles #4

Salt is the enemy!


Shape

Altering

Life force

Terrorist 

After my last encounter with salt, I have been trying to be better about not adding salt to my food but I didn’t realize how salt sensitive I really am. 

I’ve had a small obsession with Brad’s veggie chips. They are so good, they are raw vegan and made with good ingredients.


The cheddar are my favorite and contain a good amount of salt per serving (I think about 219mg). Each bag contains about three servings and I eat a whole bag in one sitting.

Well it was that time of the month and I decided to eat about three bags in one day. For the next three days I was dealing with this:


My entire legs were swollen and I was scared. 

So I stopped eating and drank water for the next 24 hours and everything returned to normal.

It’s my fault for overindulging. I know I’m going to make mistakes on this journey of raw veganism, but as long as I learn something from them it’s all a part of the process.

I am looking forward to getting a dehydrator so I can make salt free versions of the veggie chips.

I’ve been using salt alternatives like kelp flakes and dulse flakes in my meals and it is working well. I just have to be aware of foods I eat that I don’t prepare myself. Not that I want to get into the habit of buying convenience foods even if they are raw vegan.

Salt is not the monster I want to make it out to be. I need make better food choices and avoid giving into cravings.

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Raw vegan chronicles #3

Wait! This isn’t juice!


Dinner from three nights ago. Raw snow peas and snap peas dipped in avocado with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, Serrano pepper, garlic, shallots, parsley and celery. I soaked the peas in water with a little apple cider vinegar added.  It gave them a little salty taste.

I was really hungry and I didn’t want juice. I know I have a tendency to make declarations and then change my mind but I’m still learning on this raw vegan journey and I’m going to listen to my body.

I’m rebounding in the morning so adding exercise would increase my appetite. 

I kept the recipe salt free. I’m still going to be easy on the fats. I love avocado and it’s been good to me.

This was not my intended dinner. I really wanted some raw okra with sirracha sauce. They didn’t have fresh okra at the store near me so I decided to go with the peas and avocado dip.


I did find some okra the next day. I sprinkled some seasoning on it: smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper and Frontier brand salt fee seasoning blend. I ate them like chips. 

I have a confession to make. I gained two pounds last week. It was excess water weight from all the salt I was consuming. That was one of the reasons I decided to go back to juicing. 

I have recently lost over 61 pounds. I freaked out over the weight gain (even though I know where it came from) and my first mind was to go back to juicing. Not that it is a bad thing it’s just that I don’t want to be afraid to eat food and develop an eating disorder over a couple of pounds. 

I have an all or nothing personality and tend to be real strict on one side or the other when my goal is to find balance in my life.

I realize that this is what this raw vegan journey is about, trying different foods until I find the balance that works for me.

As long as I am eating raw fruits and vegetables  and not the processed vegan foods that I use to eat, I don’t have to worry about waking up one morning back at 206 pounds (I had a nightmare about that).

I want to enjoy this new lifestyle choice, not be afraid of it.

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