Raw Food Detox Diet – Day 45

close up summer 2007.jpgOn July 1st last year, I made a 180 in my life. After becoming progressively ill during the previous decade, I decided it was time to get serious about healing. I knew the first thing that had to go was my diet. So I took the plunge. I went raw. What follows is day 45 of this new way of living life. Today, a year and a half later, I am continuing with a mostly raw food diet and loving it.

July 15, 2006

Saturday. Got up at 6:30 am, normally an anomaly — I think it’s a sign I am improving. Had a super green drink (it’s a powder — love ‘em, although Natalia, author of “The Raw Food Detox Diet,” is not too hip on them). Then I dusted off the juicer for the first time in 2 years and juiced some apples, carrots, kale and lemon. After the farmer’s market and a lovely peach or two (I have a crush on the only organic farmer there, but alas, he has a girlfriend), I went to the health food store to buy more healthy staples to replace the old, disgusting ones I tossed. Then, surprise, in the middle of the store, diarrhea struck. Oops. Guess I shouldn’t have followed up the colonic I had yesterday with copious amounts of fruit today. Either a big detox no-no or maybe it just helped speed up the process. Haven’t decided which.

Had a ton of yummy granola made by a local bakery after that episode. I am absolutely positive it was the right thing to, er, —not— do. (Note to self: mess-ups are okay.) Then I made a rebound with a salad I’ve made probably too many times, which did not excite me at all I must say. Learning to make veggies appealing and varied takes diligence. But, I’m tired of feeling like a blob of mud! So dammit, I’m gonna learn. Had another horribly low energy attack around 2 and had to take a two hour nap. I’ve read that napping is to be expected when detoxing, but I attribute this particular nap to a sugar crash resulting from above mentioned granola.

I worked on my 100 year old house a little, then made a raw dinner for my sister and I (Zack is camping with his dad). I decided on tweaking the recipes for salsa and guacamole from Natalia’s raw food book. I figured my gut wasn’t ready for jalapenos yet, so I used fresh ground black pepper and crushed red pepper instead and, yowsa! I did good. Sherri was in love with the guacamole. I ate just a ton of the salsa. Thing is, when you make a dinner of vegetables, no matter how you slice it (sorry), you can eat as much as you want. Gotta love that. Later, I had half of a Green and Black’s 70% chocolate bar (it seems I am doomed to candida for now) and even later, I whipped up my own banana/chocolate shake: I banana, one heaping tablespoon no-fat cocoa (got it from health food store – brand name; “Wonderslim” – great freakin’ idea!), ice, and I tablespoon splenda; blend with hand mixer.

I don’t have to forgo goodies with this lifestyle at all (I hate calling it a diet — I am NOT dieting, I am simply eating healthy! Uh, -er, that is. :) I’ve been eating sinfully good desserts that I make in the blender or with the hand mixer like this on a fairly regular basis.

I love this way of eating. I hope you will, too.

–Tamlyn Jordan

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  • Ray  September 17, 2007 at 6:17 pm

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  • water filter  February 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    So do you eat raw meat and fish during this time? All was all your protein from plant based foods?

  • tamlyn  February 24, 2008 at 11:51 am

    RE: So do you eat raw meat and fish during this time? All was all your protein from plant based foods?

    During the initial stage of detoxing, I still ate chicken and fish about 3 times a week, although no beef or pork. Now I the only meat I consume is maybe once a month, a small amount of –cooked– crab or shrimp in sushi. I also eat eggs a couple times a month. (My diet is about 80% raw now — it goes higher in summer months, lower in winter. This is a natural phenomenon for all humans, btw.)

    95% of my protein intake is from plants, nuts, and seeds. I always tell people this stat: there are 3 grams of protein in a 3/4 cup of frozen peas!! If you want to research this yourself, check it out at the USDA web site. They list the nutrients of all kinds of foods. It’s there.

    Getting protein is NOT a problem on a vegetarian diet. The meat industry loves us to think otherwise, but it is simply a non-issue.

    Try it for yourself for a few weeks — see how you feel. Be sure to supplement with B-12, though. That, you cannot easily get from plant sources and if you don’t get enough of it, you will feel tired.

    Good luck!

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  • Kate  May 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I can not believe some people can assume you smoke pot when you say you are a vegan, or they think it is a religion, shallowness and ignorance at its best.

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