Thursday, April 19, 2012

Clean Eating

Yes, I've said it many times on this blog. I'm a vegetarian, but maybe a unique one. French fries made from potatoes, that's been OK in my book. Still from a vegetable right? Onion rings, same deal.  Ice Cream, that's been all good too. I don't really like milk so I don't drink it, but who could pass up ice cream? I'm not stupid. Oh and cheese, we've been BFF's for  a long time.

On a rainy afternoon last week when I could find nothing else to do,  I started to peruse Netflix. Being that I like documentaries and true stories, I came across this one.  Fat Sick & Nearly Dead is a true story of an Australian man named Joe Cross who made it his mission to travel across America, with his juicer in tow to regain his health.  The outcome was amazing. Simply taking fruits & vegetables and juicing them was curing diseases that people had and making people feel better.

And of course Netflix gave me 500 a few more recommendations for related documentaries, and I chose Forks over Knives. Basically along the same lines as the other one, in taking a plant based diet and regaining your health.

I thought a lot about this, because it was simply amazing the effects it was having on people. I'm already a couple steps ahead in that, I already don't eat meat. I cut the soda habit out last Christmas, and all else I would have to give up is the little dairy I eat consisting of cheese and ice cream. I wasn't quite sure if I could do the whole juicing thing, so the husband and I started this week with a plant based diet. OK, well kinda. I added in nuts and beans for some protein.   And he's still having chicken. But whatever, my diet is now 95% pure fruits & vegetables.

So, I am now at the end of day four with this. Nothing but fruits & vegetables. I've had 2 servings of beans and a few handfuls of nuts for snacks.  It's not bad.  I'm not craving anything. Ive been tired though. They did mention this could happen in the first few weeks.  This morning I was a little grumpy cause I was tired and didn't want to work.  But if I'm going to be honest, being tired in the morning and not wanting to go to work is not much different then any other day. Just Sayin'

Losing some weight would be great, however I'm in this to feel better. I work a lot and by the time I am done with my day, I'm tired and exhausted, just like the rest of you, right? I just want to feel better. I want my energy back.

So, now fries and onion rings no more. Cheese and Ice cream are no longer existent in my house.
My dinner more looks like this now.
Well, sorta. Add some lettuce in with that and some other veggies too.

I'm not sure if I could go with 100% of juicing though.
We went to the wholesale food market yesterday and stocked up.
It wasn't fun cleaning and cutting all this crap  these lovely fruits & veggies up.
However, I'm really hoping it makes a difference.  Really there is nothing to lose.

I recommend if you want to try and feel better, or even lose a little weight to check these videos out.
Even if you don't have weight to lose, and you already feel great or you want to continue to feel like crap, I still recommend you watch these. Its a little eye opening at the effects this food has on you.

If you take time to watch these, let me know what you think ...

Disclaimer: This does not mean I will never eat cotton candy, popcorn, gummy bears, french fries, cheese, ice cream, and all other things I love again.  I'm trying this out for a few weeks, to see how it goes.  Will I splurge and have some pizza on a Saturday night, maybe I will.  And when  if  I do, don't judge me. Maybe it will make me feel like crap, and I won't want it anymore, so I'm just putting it out there.


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  1. Pretty interesting stuff. Some of my friends have done cleanses where they've gone on liquid diets and have lost a lot of weight. I agree that this will likely help you get your energy back. I don't eat a lot of meat, never had a soda habit but do eat yogurt from time to time. I would love to buy a juicer and have been thinking about getting one for years.

  2. Pretty interesting stuff. Some of my friends have done cleanses where they've gone on liquid diets and have lost a lot of weight. I agree that this will likely help you get your energy back. I don't eat a lot of meat, never had a soda habit but do eat yogurt from time to time. I would love to buy a juicer and have been thinking about getting one for years.

  3. I have heard great things about Forks over Knives. I want to see it. I have a good friend who is going vegan for three weeks right now to check it out. I think it's awesome that you are adventuring in this area as well!

  4. Hi Shauna! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I fell in love with yours at first click because it's so cute and your pictures are amazing!

  5. Forks Over Knives is what convinced hubby & me to become vegetarians a couple years ago. SO GOOD. I've seen Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead too - very enlightening :)


  6. I actually watched both of them recently, and I thought they were great! Like Hannah, I became vegetarian at the beginning of the year because of Forks over Knives. Good luck with your juice fast and keep going, girl!


  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Just joined your site too!

  8. This all looks amazing! I've been trying to focus more on whole, healthy foods too!

    P.S I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award :)

  9. I was a vegetarian until I moved to Germany a month ago- and let me tell you, I already feel different (in a bad way) from just eating meat for a month. I feel slower. I miss being a vegetarian, but meat is such a beg part of life here (plus, I wouldn't want to put those demands on my host family), so I'll just have to eat meat until I move back to the US. One day, I want to try a juice fast for a week and wipe all the crap out of my body!

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  10. i've seen forks over knives. it's interesting. as a meat eater turned vegetarian turned "ethical" eater, i have my issues with it. I think you should take a look at Michael Pollan's books. He's (refraining from using my usual adjective swear word of choice) brilliant. "Eat food (not processed frankenfoods). Mostly plants. Not too much." Pair that with lean, ethically produced proteins, and enjoy what you eat. Move your body more than you sit still. You'll be healthy, strong, fit. It's not rocket science :)

    Glad you're participating in Send Something Good! Talk to you soon!

  11. This food looks amazing. And I love how you think about eating.


  12. Oh man. More power to ya for doing this. My New Years goal was to cut down on drinking pop...which I have done, sort of. Maybe my new day shift schedule will help me eat a little better and cut it out 99% completely. I am trying to eat more plants, but as a recovering picky eater, it is slow going. Looking forward to reading more about your journey with this!

  13. please let me know how it goes once you get used to it! if you have more energy, etc.

  14. Great post! Actually really inspired me.
    Seriously, good luck with this. I try to go vegetarian at least twice a week and have been experimenting with different recipes.

  15. This is amazing. What a committment! I've been slowly cutting things out. Starting last week I cut out sugar, and starting this week I'm exercising 5 days a week. It's amazing that even the small things help me feel so much better.

    Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! Happy weekend :)

  16. Oh my goodness, bless your heart. I am a huge failure at eating healthy. and that is an understatement.

    Go you. go you. i hope that energy kicks into overdrive.

  17. My mom is actually doing this too!
    I heard it is pretty good for the body to cleanse couple times in a year.
    But, I am a big food loverrrrrrrrr so I am scared to do it haha

    happy saturday :)

    Pinkbow Icecream

  18. i'm really wishing i ate healthy right about now. YUM!
    xo TJ

  19. I did this last year, following the book 'Clean' - they have some GREAT recipes. I wrote about it here: Good luck, sweetie! XOL

  20. You go girl! I could never give up my meat though. I just need to add in some more veggies ;) Keep it up!

  21. That's does make a
    Difference. I still
    Need to
    See that knives over forks movie!!

  22. I was in line at the food store the other week and the guy behind me in line was telling me about this movie. He is a nutrition grad student and said he had to watch it for school, but that it was fantastic and really eye opening. I'd love to give it a try but I don't know if I could give up milk!! Let us know how it goes after a few weeks!

  23. I've heard of forks over knives, quite a few friends have told me to watch it, I'm just more scared to watch it because I love my Bajio and Cafe Rio food a little too much, lol.

  24. I haven't watched either but I enjoy eating fruit and vegetable. Never been too big on sweets or meats or cheese. I think I'm just naturally inclined a certain way, but I do think sharing information like this is great. And you have friends around to support you as well. I'm glad you won't be denying yourself all the things you love altogether. I find that even if I have a box of my favorite treats, I'll have one or two and then turn away...I can't wait to hear how you go :)


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