Friday, May 6, 2011

30 Day Fruit and Veggie Detox. aka Going 100% Rawish for 30 Days

Hey Everyone! I had this post sitting in drafts for three days now. When I had originally written it I was on my 3rd Day of eating Raw now I am on day 6. When I started the detox on Sunday I weighed 189lbs. Yesterday I weighed in at 182lbs exactly. Therefore I have lost about 7lbs in 5 days. I think that is an impressive amount to lose in under a week. I have not exercised at all. I had planned to start Ripped in 30 last Sunday, however I decided not to do it because I wanted to tackle one difficult experience at a time. So I decided that I would postpone starting Ripped in 30 to this coming Sunday. This is my second time doing an extended Raw detox, the first time I did it was late February / early March and I lost about 10lbs in 5days however this was with exercise, I was doing Turbo Fire at the same time. To be honest I wasn't sure that I was going to disclose how much weight I lost because I have no idea why not but I was debating it. So far I haven't had any detox symptoms I believe that is partly because I am not eating any nuts this time around and partly because I am drinking enough water. I think the first time that I did the detox I did not drink nearly enough water. Everything beyond this point was what I wrote 3 days into the detox. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will be sure to answer.

Why am I doing this detox?

I am assuming that all my readers know what a detox is, so I am not going to go into explaining what it is. I decided to do this detox because I ate really bad in April. I had pizza and a lot of fried foods and eating so poorly made me feel sluggish and bloated and I wanted to get rid of that feeling. This is not the first time that I am doing this detox. The first time I did it was in late February. (I talked about it sort of in my Raw eating post). I did it for 5 days and for the most part I felt really good afterwards. I had lost some weight, my digestion was better and I had more energy. Last week I was feeling sick from being bloated and so I decided that I would do the detox again but only this time for 30days. However, unlike last time I will not be including nuts because I find that my skin is itchy when I eat nuts. Another reason why I am doing this is because I am switching to being pescetarian; meaning that the only meat I will eat will be fish and I feel like this will be a good transition into my new way of life. I am learning that my body does not like when I eat too much meat. Actually for most of my childhood I did not eat any kinds of meat so it is going to be fairly easy for me to make the switch. 

What will you eat?

Fruits and Veggies. (Organic as much as I can afford) I will eat fruits that are low on the GI (glycemic index) Like apples, grapes and oranges. I do eat bananas but I limit it to once a day because of the sugar level. I eat romaine lettuce and tomatoes, but I am staying away from carrots because of the vitamin A. (I am still on Roaccutane) I need more ideas for veggies though because I only like romaine lettuce, spinach  and tomatoes. Also I am doing this almost completely raw. I am currently on Day 3 and I like the convenience of just washing my food and eating it. I am not going to experiment with any fancy meals, I simply wash and eat. I do not count calories and I eat as much as I can handle.

Isn't this too restrictive?

Today this isn't too restrictive for me. I am on Day 3 so it is still pretty early. I am still doing research to find out what I can eat to still get protein and all my nutrients so that I will not be deficient in anything. As long as I still feel good I will continue on with the detox. Therefore, I am not committed to the full 30 Days, I am only committed to 7 Days. Which means no matter what I will do this for 7 days, after that I will do it as long as I feel fine with 30 days being the maximum amount of time that I do this. The reason why I am not committed to the 30 days is because when I did this for 5 days I had really bad detox symptoms. I had headaches, I lost my voice, mucous build up, constipation, restlessness, really bad tongue pains, anxiety and a little bit of paranoia. The paranoia was at night when I couldn't sleep and I would hear things move in the stillness (my mind playing tricks) so don't be alarmed. Update: 6 Days into it I am thinking that I will not make it through the full 30 days. I am getting tired of the food selection and I miss flavours like spices and those are things that I am also staying away from for this detox. What is also making this quite difficult is that I am in a house with other people who are not on a diet and they always seem to be cooking and fyi, food always smells better when you know that you can't have any!

If the detox symptoms were so bad why are you doing it again?

I am doing it again because I am crazy...lol On a serious note, I am doing it because I feel like it. I need to do it. I remember how much energy  I had when I did it the last time and I don't have any health issues that would prevent me from doing it, so why not? In addition, I also felt overall healthier when I was eating less of everything else. 

If you lose weight doing this do you think you will regain it once you eat regular food again?

I think the possibility of gaining weight exists no matter how you lose it. I also do not expect to lose more than 15lbs by doing this for 30 days. The first two week I may lose a significant amount of weight but once my body adjusts, it will all taper down and so therefore I do not expect to lose a massive amount of weight.

9 comments:

  1. Good luck crazy Shannie! LOL

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  2. This looks great, I wish you all the best and congratulations on what you have done so far.

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  3. @Tim I am crazy today was hard though...

    @MissHaneefa: Thank you I needed to read these comments because a piece of chicken was calling my name today...

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  4. I did an all juice detox for a week and felt really great afterwards. I used fresh fruit and juiced it. Sometimes it was a pain in the butt though.

    Green Juice I have in the morning is;
    One can crushed pineapple
    2 cups spinach
    1 cup coconut milk
    Blend and drink-makes about two servings

    If you can get your protein in there, it will slow down your bodies absorption of the sugar from the fruit when you eat them at the same time. I know you dont want to do any nuts, what about seeds?

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  5. So very interesting....have you ever heard of the lemonade w/ syrup detox. People really seem to love that one. Good luck.

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  6. Hey Hyla: i would have done juices and stuff but I dont have a blender :( I think I may just get one this week though not sure yet. I was actually going to add tuna tomorrow or maybe the morning star sausage patties but I will see how I feel tomorrow. Seeds I am scared to try because from what I heard they need to be presoaked to eat and that's not something I am interested in doing.

    @ Crazil I have heard of the lemonade detox aka the master cleanse. I like chewing too much to go on an all liquid detox. Plus lemons make my skin itch because My blood tends to get acidic. So it's not something I would be comfortable with doing.

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  7. My boy friend and I are going to start a cleanse January 1st until Febuary 1st it will be fruits and veggies I do eat veggie bugers often so they will be included. no bread though and that is of any kind ( crackers, bagels ...etc) for me giving up the bread is the hardest I can go with out meat for long periods of time but the bread! that's where Iam weak. I like to do a good body cleanse twice a year (every 6 months) it keeps the body healthy and your energy level high.

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  8. I did this for 2 months and became an anorexic. And it is really good. After a month your body pretty much doesn't have any nutrition so it will take off your fat but after a month and a half you'll become addictive to that diet.

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  9. I just finished a fruit and veggie juice cleanse..I feel great!! It was definitely worth enduring. Juice Crafters (my neighborhood juice bar) helped guide me thru the process. They put me on their master cleanse program which was delicious. I recommend this to anyone who lives in the LA area and loves juicing. I plan on trying another Juice Crafters cleanse later this week!

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