Why Am I Going Raw?

I’ve been thinking for the last couple of months of all the reasons why I want to go raw / do the plant-based diet / juicing plan.

My health for the last 2 years

For all my adult life (I’m 49), minus the past 2+ years, I’ve been the picture of health. Well, a bit overweight but in good health otherwise. The last 2 years, I’ve been struggling with congestion/phlegm/drainage/sinus/ silent reflux (I didn’t even know that was a thing. Did you?) and the constant clearing of my throat, which not only drives me berserk but everyone around me.

After 2+ years, I finally went to the doctor about it, because I was just DONE. Many of you know that I HATE doctors, for reasons I don’t care to disclose at this time, but I HATE them, and I’ve refused to go until a couple of months ago.

Since then, I’ve been to about 10 doctors and nurse practitioners and have tried about 10 different medications. Honestly, the meds have not helped. At all. If anything, I’m worse than I was.

Going off the meds

When I decided to start this January challenge (and it may go longer), I wanted to find out if I could truly heal my body. So, I’ve gone off all my medications, cold turkey (not like they were helping anyway). I’m not saying you need to do this. Consult your doctor before deciding to go off your meds. You might actually need them. I don’t take anything for blood pressure or any other illness, so it’s not life-threatening for me to get off my meds.

I want to like the skin I’m in

I’m not only doing this to heal myself. I want to feel better in my skin. I want to have healthier skin and hair and nails and teeth. Losing weight is a big deal and I want to get back to those single digits in jeans. I was so happy wearing a size 5 and I’d even be happy with a 6 or a 7, but I will get back to those single digits. I want to look amazing in clothes again. Heck, I want to look amazing buck naked again. I want to be able to wear a bikini and look fab in it if I so choose to wear a bikini or any swimsuit for that matter. Just…not right now.

Longevity

I want longevity. I aim to live a long, healthy, vibrant and energetic lifestyle. Not to say I won’t enjoy the occasional cup o’ joe and a grilled burger, a nice plate of bacon and eggs for breakfast. Just not in January. And not until I reach my weight and size goals. If I get there by Jan 31, awesome! If I need to hang out with the spinach and sprouts until February, that’s fine too.

Energy – High on Life and Veggies

I want energy. I am sick and tired of feeling tired. I actually don’t feel bad at all. I don’t feel sick. It’s more a nuisance than anything. But I am really tired and I’m sick of that. All that I read about going to 100% raw veggies and juicing tells me that it fuels your body with energy, and I am all about THAT.

I will miss you, dear ones…

Yes, I will miss you, my dear hot chai tea, my delicious hot coffee, my sweet red wine, rosy rosé and you beautiful salty 8-yr aged cheddar, scrumptious steak with bluer than blue cheese crumbles, luscious lime margaritas, ¡Olé! breathtaking bacon, cheeky chicken piccata, CHOCOLATE – you hunk o’ chunk o’ burnin’ love, and the list goes on. Yes, I will have separation anxiety but I’ll be okay, eventually. Yes, I will most likely be a joy (NOT!) to live with during this insane adventure and I will have mad cravings, or just madness, in general. I will survive. And, hopefully, everyone around me will, too.  😀

Adding and Subtracting

I’m reading that it’s better to eat more raw veggies if you want to feel full compared to juicing. You slurp down that juice or that smoothie and POOF! It’s gone. Just like that. But with munching on crisp veg, it gives your jaws action and tells your brain you are chowing down and alerts your brain, saying Yo! You’re full. I’m pretty sure juicing is just going to leave me hungry for more. But everybody’s body is different and I may try just juicing for a week. It will be 80/20 veggies and fruit. I want to feel full and have less sugar, so that means more veggies. They are also more nutrient rich. I will be adding nuts, seeds, sprouts, natural fats likes avocados, etc., but all raw and organic. No added salt, no refined sugar except natural sugar from fruits. No caffeine, no meat, no dairy, no soy, no processed food, no canned food. I may try the occasional smoothie bowl. Did you know that was a thing?! I’m learning all sorts of new pieces of information.

Euphoria or what I like to call Day4ia

I actually did a juice fast a few years ago for 3.5 days. My experience was phenomenal and why I haven’t done it since I have no idea, but, let me tell you, my cravings and growling tummy quieted on day 3. That third night was the best sleep of my entire life! I laid down. I was out. I did not move one inch the entire night and woke in the position I laid down. I entered a state of euphoria on day 4 (I call Day-4-ia). I was on cloud 9 and no one could knock me off. Oh, they tried. I worked for attorneys back then if that tells you anything. Not even they could knock me off my Day4ia.

And then I got stupid.

Day 4 and this firm always had shmancy lunches, little kitchen parties, caterers, the works. I walk into the lounge and what to my wandering eyes should appear but pastries, mimosas, cheese plates, meatballs – everything but the beer. Which is good because beer’s gross. Needless to say, I caved. No more juice fast. It’s not like I planned to go 7 days or anything, but still. I was weak.

I’m a believa!

January, I will be anything but weak. I will be brave. I will be strong. Resilient. Courageous. I will face my demons (food, wine, sugar) and say NOPE. Bye. You do not have power over me. I have power over me. I am going to feel amazing, no thanks to you.

I got this. Who’s with me?!

#30daysofrawinsanity

Sneaky Snake

Little girl standing tall

Sneaky snake standing small

Beneath the old oak tree

He was reaching for me

I was watching men dig the pond

No idea the snake wanted to bond

He stood as high as he could on his tail

Tried to reach my hand to no avail

He stood straight up and didn’t wiggle

The diggers and I couldn’t help but giggle

It was surely a sight and not one of fright

Not your everyday ordinary squiggle

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One of Mama’s memories/stories was my inspiration for this poem. She recalled when they moved out to this old place and these men were digging out where the pond was to be. She was 11 or 12 and she was standing, watching and one of the men was gasping and pointing and motioning to her hand hanging down. She looked down and saw the most peculiar thing – a little green snake, reaching for her hand and standing on the end of his tail.

Well, you know how animals can smell fear? I mean, it’s scientific that fear has a certain odor. I think, too, that creatures can smell when people are good and kind and maybe this cute, funny little snake knew she was a sweetheart and was trying to befriend her. The man and Mama couldn’t help but giggle. She’d never seen a snake standing on its tail. I mean, have you?! Too bad she didn’t have a camera.

#30daysofpoetry

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Prepping for January’s challenge – Plant-based diet

The only prepping I am planning to do for January is pulling back from coffee. I’m going from 6 cups a day to 1 cup a day and I started this yesterday. I can tell it’s having an effect on me as my eyes and body are severely tired. I’m just thankful I haven’t had the withdrawal headaches.

I quit the following on Dec 31 at midnight – no more meat, no more dairy, no more products from animals such as eggs, no more packaged food such as with plastic, metal cans, frozen, no processed foods, no sugar, no salt, no coffee, no alcohol. Only plant-based foods (the certified organic foods that you would find at Whole Foods or a community co-op.

Why? Well, I guess I’ll explain all that on day one if I haven’t explained already in an earlier post.

The Countdown is On!

20 days to go till the January challenge begins!!

LIVING A PLANT-BASED DIET for 30-31+ days!!

I will probably lose some weight, maybe lose some bad eating habits (I admit… I’m Carol and I am a junk food junkie), and hopefully not lose my mind during this very challenging,,, well, challenge.

Dec 15-26 cut back to 1 cup coffee per day
Dec 27-31 no more coffee, no more wine or cheese or milk
OR should I make it harder on myself and start ‘cold turkey’ on Jan 1 since that’s when it officially begins?

You be the judge. I’ll go with the majority.