Cleansing Raw Foods

Recently I needed to switch my food selections up a bit and I decided to give raw foods a try. Not for the long term! Just short-term to see what the effect is in my body. I make a point to try everything for myself first. Only then do I pass the information along to others. So I needed a change. And raw it is!

First of all, you may be gasping, “what about the carbs?!?” I gasped the same thing. Almost to the point to having a panic attack! Yes, I am very concerned about carbs. And some raw foods (i.e. fruits) are just loaded with carbs. But I am dedicated to any information or manner of doing things that may help others. I made the determination to try it!

I started with lemon juice fresh-squeezed into a glass of water.

Then coffee with cream. Yes I know it is not raw.

Then I had a breakfast shake. 2 bananas, 2 blood oranges, a handful of spinach, and 2 mangoes. Blended in the Vitamix. (This made two shakes, one for me, and one for Dr. Sheehan, by the way).

Dr. Sheehan added some Standard Process Whey Pro Complete and SP Complete to his. I kept mine free of any protein. To my surprise, I have not collapsed from a protein deficiency.

For lunch I had a big salad with greens, cilantro, cucumbers, carrots, radish and fruits (!) like pineapple and lime juice for dressing.

I was hungry between lunch and dinner, so I ate some nuts.

For dinner I can’t remember what I did that first day. It may have been three carrots with hummus.

And so it went. My first two to three days of eating like this I felt pretty bad. I woke up with a hung-over feeling even though I hadn’t had any alcohol. Throughout the day I was slightly headachey. This is not normal for me. But I stuck with it. I’m happy to report these symptoms have cleared up. I feel more clear with good energy.

At this point I am only about two weeks into my raw experience. I admit I am only eating 50-75% raw. But I’m going to stick it out a little more and see what happens.

I am avoiding refined foods – white refined or cane sugar, breads and flour products, and any type of soda, like the plague.

It just makes sense to me to do it this way. Raw or no!

Please don’t let the picture fool you, actually detest baby carrots and prefer their grown-up counterparts in all cases. I have been known to eat them but they are not my go-to.

Stay tuned!

Cleanse Time!

I woke up last Monday morning knowing I needed a cleanse. The urge had been brought on by an exchange Keith and I had had the day before:

Keith: “Did you know I paid $10 for that bag of nuts?”

Me: (feeling indignant, with a mouthful of peanuts and cashews) “……..”

Keith: “Maybe you should try to exercise more self control.”

So enough was enough. I knew a cleanse would help me get rid of the food cravings that had been creeping up on me and also help to slim me down a little. Not that I’m overweight, I just have this extra layer of something (fat) around the middle developing, and I don’t want to get used to it.

I turned to the Standard Process Purification program. This program has stood us in good stead in the past, both in helping our clients and also for ourselves. Keith reminded me that he had lost 30 lbs. in the past when he followed the plan for a month.

The general gist of the Standard Process Purification program is that you eat only vegetables, fruits and green shakes for 10 days, after which you add in some solid protein for the rest of the cleanse (10 more days). So it’s a 21-day program. The vegetables can be cooked or raw. This is a great time of year to do this cleanse because there are plenty of wonderful vegetables and fruits available.

You can find the full Standard Process Purification guide here.

Key food items to cut out are: nuts, dairy, meat (at least for the first 10 days), and cheat snacks like sugar free chocolate and protein bars. I would have to find other foods to snack on.

When I announced to Keith that I was going to do a cleanse, he suggested, “maybe I should do a cleanse too!” And thus we are doing the cleanse together. It’s great to have a partner to encourage you through the cleanse!

Cleanse update so far: I began last Monday, July 18. I felt great the first day. The second and third day I had some tiredness and mild headaches. This is normal when cutting all junky foods out of your diet, as the organs begin to recover. By day 4 I felt fine with lots of energy. On day 7 I felt a major energy drain and realized it was because I needed protein. So I added in some salmon. Most people can wait the whole 10 days before adding in protein, but I know myself and adding the meat and fish was necessary. Still going strong today on day 11! And I am down 3 pounds. I might just keep this cleanse going even after day 21, so I can enjoy the beneficial effects as long as possible!

Here is my food journal for the first few days on my cleanse:

Monday, July 18, 2016

AM: coffee with butter, water with whey protein (pre-workout), SP Complete shake (post-workout)

Lunch: SP Complete Shake

Dinner: SP Complete Shake, peppers and cucumber with guacamole

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

AM: Coffee with butter, SP Complete shake

Lunch: SP Complete Shake

Snack: SP Complete Shake, carrots & hummus, green pepper, 1/2 avocado

Dinner: SP Complete Shake, cucumber, green pepper, guacamole, 1 roasted beet

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

AM: Coffee with butter, SP Complete Shake

10 AM: 1/2 avocado

Lunch: SP Complete Shake, green pepper, cucumber, guacamole, carrots, hummus, 1 red beet, mango

Dinner: 2 dill pickles, SP Complete Shake, cabbage, onion, summer squash curry with coconut milk and cilantro