Days 18-19 Raw food/juice challenge

We’re coming down to the wire!! Just a few more days and I’m finished with the 21-day challenge.  First off, I’d like to say that although I am only doing 21 days, I will continue to do a 7-day cleanse every once in a while (maybe every month or every other month) to detox my body.  I do miss eating other foods, and as a foodie, not being able to eat the things you love most (or even to try out new things because of foods with butter, cream, or meat for that matter) kills me inside a little.  I don’t preach that I’m vegan or vegetarian, although I will still eat foods that are diet specific like those I just mentioned.  My mom is a practicing Buddhist vegetarian and my dad is an omnivore with a less fat/less salty diet.  I’m the combination of the two beings.

Well enough of my blabbing, here are the snippets of these two days. ????

On day 18, which was Labor Day, I made myself a Calcium- Rich Cocktail for my mid-morning, and Cherie’s Cleansing Cocktail for lunch.  Those two drinks have been made before so please look at the recipes from earlier dates for more info.  Then I snacked on some blueberry pretzels, organic crackers, and sipped on water.  For my happy hour I made the Bluemint Fizz and didn’t enjoy the taste of sparkling water; I’ve never really liked sparkling water before.  I think I will have to add less of that into any future drinks.  For dinner, I allowed myself a 3-egg white omelette and a side mixed greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

On day 19 which was yesterday, I made myself a Purple Booster for lunch.  Oh, I LOVED that one.  I ran out of blueberries midway and added 2 carrots in the drink.  It was still purple once I mixed the drink, despite adding in carrots which tend to color the drink heavily, because of the huge beet I had added.  I say huge because the last time I went to the store to buy some beets, they ran out of the smaller handheld ones, and I got stuck with the jicama-sized beets.  They’re HUGE!!

For my mid-afternoon I made a Digestive Special with a little added ginger for some spice.  I snacked on some roasted seaweed sheets, blueberry pretzels, and constantly drank water.  For dinner I made a Garden burger with soy smoked provolone cheese, mixed greens, hoison sauce, and 2 scrambled egg whites hugged by two multigrain sandwich thins.

To date, I have lost about 6lbs since the start of the raw food/juice challenge and a few inches off of my waist, butt, and thighs.  My face is thinner and feels more clear (with the occasional pimple due to rigorous exercise and humidity), and I have bountiful energy to use during the day.  I also have woken up either before or upon my alarm in the morning and feel sleepy by midnight, something that was amiss prior to the challenge.  I used to sleep in until 11am and slept around 2 or 3am.  I would have bouts of insomnia and fatigue throughout my day and inhaled a lot of junk food and fatty foods to sustain my energy.  Granted, I would have a few meals here and there that were Buddhist vegetarian, but that would not be primary.  By the end of this year I aim to have lost about 30lbs or more, total, but I think it’s a stretch since there is less than 3 months left and I’m not doing a raw food/juice diet every day until the end of the year.  I think I’d go crazy.  Oh, to make things more clear, I didn’t lose the weight purely on eating/drinking in the challenge but also did at least 3 times of workout (1hr each) during the week to keep up my metabolism and tone my body.

I hope what I’m attempting is helping another person out there into eating better and being more conscious about what they’re putting into their bodies.  I’m not even counting calories or going onto the weighing scales everyday, and some do that.  I’m listening to what my body likes or does not like and go from there.  I hope in the end that I inspire at least one person to take on this raw food/juice challenge for at least 10 days (I’ll start small) to detox their body and really feel good about changes in their bodies and outlook.  3 days is far too little and sometimes those are the worst first days in this challenge (headaches, feeling hungry because your brain misses out on a lot of food, and being sleepy from not eating other things including sugary foods/drinks).