Vegan Cleanse Day 4

Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010

Today’s Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast:  Van’s Gluten Free Waffles with a little raw agave syrup and raw almond butter
  • Snack: finished up the Vegan Pure Protein Salad from Plum Market, Vegan Protein Shake
  • Hummus and Crackers 2 small zucchini

Some raw, I would say 40/60 again, I am learning that more raw takes more planning.

I woke up hungry bu rested with my alarm at 7:30 and realized I never woke up in the night.  I slept straight through from 10:45-7:30.  Not bad!   I was glad to feel rested after the day I had Saturday.

I had emailed Melissa about being dizzy, she said it was a detox symptom, to take it a little easy on the exercise and drink plenty of water.  I am following her advice.

I had 3 delicious gluten-free waffles with agave and almond butter for breakfast.  I was so hungry and they were so good.  I should try them next weekend with fresh blueberries so I add some raw fruit to the mix.

Because of church taking longer than expected, I got off my 3 hour eating schedule and wound up hungry, dehydrated, and developed a mild head ache.  I spent the afternoon trying to hydrate which is hard in a moving vehicle.   I did have a snack of protein salad then tried my first vegan protein-greens-maca shake.  UGH!  It wasn’t BAD like the casein protein was, but it wasn’t good either.  I am sure it will be an acquired taste.  I added ground flax-seeds which made it a little gelatinous, too, so I will try it without them tomorrow. I think I am going to have the shake as my morning snack.  I have chocolate protein powder for now so I am going to add a little mint extract and see if I can make it taste like the chocolate Shakeology thin mint shakes I have been drinking, but less sweet which isn’t a bad thing.

On the drive my hubby tried a couple of stops before resting on Arby’s for his dinner.  I ate two organic zucchinis like bananas and some hummus and Mary’s Gone Crackers Herb Crackers.  I ate the zucchini just to get some raw in, I didn’t have a lot of choices on the drive.  I thought the cracker carbs might help for later for the workout, too.

My workout for today was Legs and Back and ARX.  I skipped it when we got home.  We arrived at 7:30 and by the time we had the car unloaded it was 8:20 and I was wiped out.  Melissa had said to take it easy on the workouts, which I don’t want to do, but there was no physical way I could have done it so I skipped my first P90X workout.  That made this my day off and that workout will go to tomorrow.

I was achy, had a mild headache off and on throughout the day, and my sinuses went in and out of a goopy congestion.  I think I have even had a mild sore throat off and on the last day or so because of the sinuses.  One of the ‘benefits’ of going gluten free could be less sinus trouble.  I have issues with the pollen spring and summer, then in the fall sort of a hay fever; so finding a way to lessen these issues would be fantastic.

The whole restaurant thing this weekend has had me wondering how I could make being vegan with a meat-eating husband work.  I know people do it, but I have been wondering how.  The at home meals are no big deal, he likes what I have been making so he would eat many of my meals, and when he wanted a turkey burger, hamburger, or steak, he could eat that with my stuff as a side.  It is the going out.  At a Japanese Hibachi Steak House, for example, what would I order?  My hubby’s FAVORITE restaurant is Japanese Hibachi.

Or friends ask you out and you meet them at the restaurant they choose and your only choice is an iceberg lettuce side salad with one little nasty ass tomato wedge?  Eat before you go and when you leave?

The visiting friends and family is daunting, also.  Do you bring your own food?  Do you talk to the host/hostess ahead of time and plan around what they are making?  I don’t want any family of friends to think they have to make changes to their own cooking plans for me.  I guess I am not sure how to handle those things.  I need to read more and figure it all out.

I think the time to do that is during this cleanse.  I am no longer thinking of it as a challenge.  I was so ready for this.  I was so NEEDING this.  I was scared but I don’t look at it as hard anymore.  It is a choice.  A choice like any other, but I am choosing to eat consciously and cut some things out of my diet in hopes to heal a little or a lot, depending on how you look at it.  The items I have eliminated (and strive to continue eliminating daily) could be the answer to ending my dependence on Celebrex for my knee (joint inflammation is caused by an acid state in the body) and blood pressure medication.  Further, the little colds that I always seem to have might just be eliminated by diet alone.  It has been 4 days so far (really 5) and I feel fine with having cut these things out of my life.  I feel better in the respect that I feel in control.  I don’t like some of the things my body is feeling but I know those will pass and I expect when they do to feel even stronger in this conviction.

I want to mention my hubby is being great about it.  He has been frustrated a time or two, for example before he chose Arby’s he stopped at a casino in mid-Michigan for the buffet they have. We thought it would be perfect for me because there was a large salad bar.  Turns out because it was Easter Sunday, the buffet was extra-special with prime rib, crab legs, and lots of other expensive items.  It was also $25.00 per person.  We left because while he would have loved it, I was not going to be eating $25 worth of raw vegetables, and he wasn’t going to eat enough to compensate for my wasted $25.  He was fine with leaving, but I know pre-Vegan we would have stayed.  I will need to be mindful of some of the sacrifices he is making and try to make up for them in other ways.  Now granted, he ate healthier (roast beef without the bun from Arby’s) than he would have if we had stopped (and far less) but it still was something he would have enjoyed.

We are planning a dinner at Mongolian BBQ this week.  They have gluten free choices, brown rice, and a vegetarian option which I can have them cook without it touching anyone else’s choices so I know it is gluten, dairy, and meat-free.  They also have a nice salad bar.  I am going to make up some salad dressing that I can have and sneak that in when we go so I know I have a sugar, dairy, and gluten free dressing, also. We will then walk around our little town, which we love to do, so that will get us out together and restore his faith that one of our favorite past-times (eating out) is not gone.


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2 Responses to Vegan Cleanse Day 4

  1. Retired woman says:

    You are doing great! Congratulations! You and your hubby seem to be working it out. He deserves kudos, too.

  2. amkaz says:

    Thanks. He is being good about it, I am not sure he likes it but he is being supportive. We will just have to work hard at finding alternatives to some of the things we used to do. PS I contacted the Japanese Restaurant and they will do a portobello mushroom-vegetarian dish, so once the cleanse is over, I could decide to be vegan except when I cannot avoid it, then do vegetarian. I am not sure it is possible to avoid butter some places, but once and a while it wouldn’t be as bad.

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