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.
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?!