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Well, I can say that this entire experience has been positive.  I was able to drastically change my diet with only a few hiccups along the way and I’m glad I did not talk myself out of doing the 21-Day Cleanse.  I was not 100% raw but I would say I was about 85% to 90% raw, which was definitely new.  There was only a very small sense of being deprived of something and I found good ways to work around and substitute.  I learned some great new recipes and had some fun experimentation with food. 

I think the overall experience has put food in perspective and I like the feeling of being more in control.  I surprised that the 21 days was up on Monday and I’ve yet to fire up the coffee pot.  I LOVE COFFEE!  I figured as soon as this was over I would have to have a cup of joe, but I was cleaning the kitchen the other afternoon and realized it was Thursday and I still had not had coffee.  Maybe I’ll relegate coffee to being an occasional splurge to go along with my sweets.

WEIGHT LOSS:

I lost about 15 pounds during this process and I think I could have lost more if I had not eaten so many nuts.  I used nuts as a way to get me over the hungry feeling and for when I needed a snack and we did not have the fruit I wanted to eat in the house.  I’m learning to control the urge to reach for a can of cashews or pistachios and I think going forward I can realize an even larger weight loss.

FOOD SUBSTITUTES

I found there were many ways to work around not cooking your food to still achieve a raw or vegan version of what you used to eat.  I found so many recipes but some I did not have the proper kitchen equipment to make.  My blending is very old and I’m looking into a replacement blender with a food processor attachment.  I was considering buying a bread machine because I got rid of the one had years ago but decided to invest in a blender and food processor first.  I can actually make healthy dinners with those two appliances as opposed to just making bread and deserts.

A couple of the food replacements that I made and loved were marinara and zucchini to replace spaghetti and chocolate avocado pudding to replace regular chocolate pudding.  I also made garden vegetable and tomato soup in the blender which were completely raw and very delicious.  I don’t have pictures for that, but I will get some up. 

    

My next project is to make some almond milk because I have some oatmeal in the cabinet that I would like to make use of and I don’t want to drink cows milk. I’ll definitely record my experience with that adventure.

OBSERVATIONS

1.  I’m feeling mentally lethargic.

2.  Husband has informed me he does not intend to eat meat other than seafood after our 21-day cleanse is up.

3.  I’m mentally starting to feel a little strain.

4.  I’m happy to report no coffee cravings.

5.  I’m happy to report no junk food cravings.

So, these last 2 days I really have been feeling mentally sluggish, though not put off the change of eating habits.  I’m going to investigate what I need to do in order to reverse that.  I’m thinking I can eat more fruit to get more carbohydrates.  I was trying to watch my fruit intake in order to not over do the sugar.  I had heard that there would possibly be this sort of up and down emotional rollercoaster from making this change in my diet and I guess I’m just experiencing it.  Hopefully it will not last long and I can find ways to counteract it.  I don’t think it helps that the weather has been cold and rainy for days either.

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OBSERVATIONS

1.  My husband is using terminology like “dead carcass” when referring to meat. 

2.  I’ve been holding off on this observation because it is a little personal, but I’ve got to say that since changing my diet my bowel movements have no foul odor and neither does my husbands.  Also, deodorant is a nonissue. 

3.  Still not craving meat, or chocolate, or bread. 

4.  I’ve been thinking about Brussel sprouts for 2 days and I’m determined to have steamed Brussel sprouts for dinner this week.

5.  Nuts have become my go to snack.

I may be witnessing my husband’s complete transformation to vegetarian.  I don’t know if he is going to go back to eating meat after these 21 days.  Kris Carr said that body odor was going to go away and she was right.  I did not think about it until today, but after my 5K walk I had almost no body odor and I did break a sweat.  I’m going to pay attention to this and see if after a good sweat I’m not reeking for miles. 

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OBSERVATIONS:

1.  My caffeine headache is thankfully gone, but really I’m looking forward to a cup of coffee.

2.  I’m still not craving meat.

3.  My husband and I are both feeling extremely light these days.

4.  I think my congestion is clearing up but I’ll get back to you on that.

5.  Husband says he is not as hungry as he used to be, does not feel weak, and does not have cravings.

So, it’s been a few days.  We are hanging in there.  I’ve had a busy and fun weekend.  I walked in a 5K race early Saturday morning and it was an experience I would gladly repeat.  My lovely sisters in Islam walked with me and we had a blast (Shout out to Aafia who was my walking partner!).

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OBSERVATIONS:

1.  My left eye is twitching.

2.  I have a serious headache.

3.  I woke up with coffee on my mind and settled for green tea.

So, all afternoon and evening I’ve had a raging headache and thought it was related to decreased caloric intake, so I ate more salad.  Then, when my left eye started twitching I realized I was having caffeine withdrawal because I haven’t had my coffee in days!!!  This is why my husband calls me an addict.  I drank coffee up until the day before we changed our diet despite knowing I was going to be leaving it and despite the advice of Kris Carr to taper off.  I LOVE COFFEE!  So now my eye is twitching and my head is pounding and I can’t get a lick of work done but that’s okay.  As soon as this 21 days is over I’m going back to coffee.  I figure I’ll have a cup of coffee on the days we have meat with our dinner!  Read the rest of this entry »

OBSERVATIONS:
1. Still not craving meat, which is a good thing. My husband has not mentioned wanting it either.
2. What surprises me the most is the lack of craving something sweet. I’m usually thinking about chocolate as some point in the day but these last few days I have not had the urge to buy chocolate or make chocolate chip cookies (my #1 favorite sweet).
3. My appetite does not seem to be as large as it was before changing my diet.

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Yunus 10:18

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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