What entry was I last on again? Oh yeah…I remember now. Sorry for the lack of a final post on my raw food/juice challenge. I just wanted to say that I cheated on my second to last day (the 20th) so out of guilt I added in a day to make up for it; it was my boyfriend’s birthday and I just finished making a dinner spread (with dessert) that just caught my eye. I did, however start the day healthily so it wasn’t all bad.
I have to note that there were a few comments on why these entries weren’t wap-friendly or mobile-friendly so I’ll look into that. I have a super old laptop I’m using that doesn’t upgrade past IE8 and runs on Windows XP (I think it’s almost a decade old). Anyway…
On day 20, I started out with some cinnamon oatmeal that I had mixed with soy milk for breakfast, and then rounded out my morning with a banana. Then my mom made her black sticky rice with corn that she added coconut milk, coconut shavings and some sugar and salt. I don’t remember what she said it’s called but apparently Vietnamese people will know. shrugs
For your pleasure I’ll even add in the recipe for pad thai that I used for his birthday. It’s not an authentic recipe and combines recipes from the internet, a recipe found on the back of some pad thai powder I found in the grocery store, and substitutions of ingredients to cater to things I already had in my pantry or the fridge. The only things really bad (according to the raw food challenge) was the addition of peanut butter and peanuts since peanuts carry around a lot of fat. I also made some Oreo brownies and bought some cookie dough ice cream to apply to his request of “I like cookies and cream ice cream, and sometimes also cookie dough ice cream” when I asked him what kind of cakes he liked most. I didn’t want to go and shell out a lot of money for a cake that we would need to eat asap before it goes bad so I made some brownies, scooped some ice cream, and called it a day.
I felt a little sick after eating a little bit of the brownies and a half scoop of the ice cream since my body has been so accustomed to eating healthy. I understand now why people say to start adding regular foods in slowly to your diet after doing a cleanse or detox because your body might become sick and reject those new foods. Take my word for it, and my experience, to add in what you would normally eat (all the it’s-so-bad-for-you-but-tastes-so-good foods) slowly.
For day 21, I knew I had to use a lot of detox and cleansing juices to make up for the bad I had the day before so I started with Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail, and then rounded my morning with a detox tea. Then I made a “Cleanse (with the addition of spinach)” (see day 12 for recipe) for my lunch. I made sure to make some Waldorf Salad juice prior to dinner and rounded out my night with Popeye’s Favorite (see day 3 for the recipe). I had some snacks like organic crackers with flaxseed, water, and some tea throughout the day.
On the final day (day 22 to make up for my cheated day) I started out with some crackers and water, and then rounded out my morning with some Cucumber Carrot Coconut juice (see day 9 for the recipe). I think it was a rather hot day so this felt most refreshing in the morning. For lunch I had the Cleanse and spinach drink (the same I used the day before) and rounded out my afternoon with some Ginger Hopper juice. I had some roasted seaweed sheets, organic crackers with flaxseed, water, and even had some Starbucks in my day. Relax, I didn’t go all crazy and get some coffee…I instead got some Passion Tea Apple Juice. Very refreshing as the apple juice is a healthier addition in comparison to lemonade, and there is some caffeine in passion tea (not enough to make me feel jittery).
For happy hour, I made myself a double serving of the Waldorf Salad as to conclude my challenge, and had a 3-egg white omelette for dinner; it’s less fat due to the missing egg yolks.
Over the 22 day period I have lost 7lbs, even due to the day I cheated. It may not seem much to lose only a little but if you put in retrospect what a pound of fat visually looks like (it’s appalling, really), it is a good amount.
It’s been approximately 1.5 weeks since the end of my challenge and I’d have to say that I miss eating and juicing raw fruits and vegetables. I really do. I’m positive this has something to do with being on a regular schedule for at least three weeks to eating healthy and feeling good (in general and in shedding some weight), so I think I will do a week-long detox every other week from now on.
Two days ago for the start of San Diego’s Restaurant Week I had a filet mignon from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, along with some seared ahi tuna, creamed spinach, and key lime cheesecake which all felt SO GOOD because I missed eating the meat and the creams. Yesterday I had a feeling in the back of my head that I knew all of this missing out on regular/fatty foods would be temporary and the weight would come back on. I knew I had to step it into gear again to keep the weight off.
My weekly regiment is to work out at least twice a week at the gym (it’s a requirement in my health lab class that we do at least an hour every Mon/Wed to do weights and cardio exercise) and hopefully add in another day at the 24 hour fitness gym where I normally go in order to tone my body. Since, I have gone up 1-2lbs due to the bad eating, but today I weighed myself and I have kept off gaining back the fat. I still have a long way to go to get to the body and weight I want (hopefully I’m able to reach them by the end of the year if not the middle of next year).
Oh! I almost forgot to mention that because of the detox I was able to ingest foods that contained regular milk in them or creams without my lactose intolerance kicking into gear. I had some pasta with alfredo sauce one day and usually it’s like “oh crap I think I have to use the bathroom in an hour because of the creams” but that didn’t even happen…not even for a full day. Now I’m not going to test out on other foods that I am allergic to to see if the detox did wonders (I’m not about to risk anaphylactic shock again) but am happy to know the detox/cleanse healed my body a lot.
Stay tuned for some of the recipes, or a recipe, mentioned from days 20-22. If you’re attempting or currently in a detox/cleansing challenge, I urge you to not cheat for a day. It may feel like you wholeheartedly want to eat something you’re not supposed to, but fight that cry and carry on with your healthy regiment. You will feel a whole lot better in the long run.