Day 4: Breakfast and Lunch

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My simple lunch today, consisted of a mixture of vegetables. Really, nothing over the top. I was actually craving for some pasta but, I couldn’t find any whole wheat. I’m going to have to make my own. Everywhere I looked had regular white pasta. I wasn’t overly excited over my lunch today. It’s days like this which makes sticking to a specific diet hard.

My lunch wasn’t filling at all and that’s because I didn’t include any fiber. However, around 2:00pm I did have a grapefruit and half of a pomegrante. It’s after 4:00pm and I feel really hungry. I still have my barley salad leftover so I think I will have that for dinner with some fruit. I don’t feel like cooking anything tonight so leftovers will have to do.

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And here for breakfast I had my crunchy peanut butter on a seven grain bread along with my favorite berry smoothie, and my pomegranate white tea.

Day 3: Dinner…Juice Time

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For dinner tonight I decided on juicing. I juiced kale, carrots, and one beet. I wish I had some ginger. Ginger really gives it that kick. Anyway, I will have to pick up some tomorrow.

If you noticed a little hand to the right, it’s my daughter. She was helping me juice. She also enjoys drinking the juice too. My boys not so much! So far, I’m enjoying my vegan diet. I actually don’t miss eating meat, and I’m not craving for any.

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Thank you for your support!

Day 3: Breakfast and Lunch

It’s day three of my vegan diet, and its going amazingly great. I’m not craving for any animal proteins or sugars at that. I substitute sugar and add cranberries and honey if I need something sweet.

As you can see here my breakfast and lunch consisted of whole grains, mixed raw and cooked vegetables. I sprinkled wheat germ on my peanut butter for some extra fiber.

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Day 2: Dinner

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Surprisingly, I don’t feel hungry. My salad is still holding me down. I also had some pistachios and one slice of multigrain bread with peanut butter around three o’clock today.

It’s almost ten o’clock and I’m finished cooking dinner and my lunch for tomorrow. My children Justin (11), Nicholas (9), and daughter Lily (2) are fast asleep. I’m going to have my grapefruit and a cup of organic chamomile tea for now. I’ll head off to bed around 11:00 and say my prayers. I’ll thank God for my health and strength, my loving husband, and beautiful children.

Here’s a sneak preview of my lunch. I just finished cooking it.

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This is my barley mixed with asparagus, black bean, kale, cranberry, bell peppers, onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, black pepper and sea salt. It’s so good!

Day 2: Vegan Lunch

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My massive lunch today consisted of sprouted beans and arugula, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, cucumbers, apples and my own dressing (fresh squeezed lemon and raw honey).

20130219-153231.jpg Then my Kombucha Gingerberry drink to wash everything down. I love these because they’re packed with good probiotics. They’re also organic, vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO. Everything I love in a beverage. Kombucha drinks are really good for you and the teas as well.

According to the Mayo Clinic Kombucha’s are fermented drinks that are made with tea, good bacteria and yeast. It’s great for stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, and improving digestion and liver function.

The Ancient Chinese referred to it as the “Immortal Health Elixir,” and it’s been around for over 2,000 years. Kombucha Synergy beverages are a great option rather than the teas because there’s a soda like fizz that it contains.

For more info on Kombucha click here:

Day 2: Of My Vegan Diet – Breakfast

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Ok, it’s day 2 of my vegan diet and it is going great thus far. Earlier for breakfast I had organic oats w/Flaxseeds, mixed with 1 tbs of wheat germ, almond milk and some raw orange blossom honey I purchased at my local farmers market.

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I drink a lot of fluids throughout the day. It’s 10:30am and I already had two cups of green teas and my smoothie. My smoothie had spinach, blueberries, strawberries, mango and almond milk.

I bought a lot of fruits to work just in case I get hungry in between meals. I’m not snacking on any processed foods just raw foods and maybe some nuts.

It’s an amazing feeling because my bowels have been very frequent throughout my first and second day already.

It’s a great feeling!

Day 1 of My Vegan Diet: Breakfast

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For breakfast on my first day of my 14 day vegan diet, I had 2 slices of Ezekiel bread with some crunchy peanut butter. This Ezekiel bread is really delicious and healthy. It’s made with 100% sprouted whole grains. It’s basically, flour less!

This bread was inspired by the holy scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9:

    “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.”

I call it my holy bread. I love to eat it with peanut butter. Peanut butter is very healthy. However, not all peanut butters can measure up. The only ingredients your peanut butter should have is peanuts with or without salt.

On the serious side, take a look at your peanut butter ingredient label. If there are ingredients listed other than salt and peanuts, dump it! You don’t need the additives.

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Take a look at this popular brand Jif which claims to be the #1 choice of mom’s. Its loaded with different types of hydrogenated oils and sugars.

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This is my peanut butter. Look at the difference. Need I say more!

Vegan Cupcakes!

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I stopped in at Sprinkles Cupcake for a vegan cupcake. My detox begins on Monday, so a little indulgence this weekend won’t hurt. At least it’s a vegan cupcake. Next week, I’m abstaining from sugary foods and beverages, caffeine, carbs, and animal protein. I’m excited to start My 14 Day Vegan Diet/Detox.

My 14 Day Vegan Diet/Detox

I’ve gone days without eating animal protein, so to challenge myself I’m doing a 14 day vegan diet. I’m holding myself accountable by including all of you.

    How?
    Well, I will document/blog all of my meals and snacks for 14 days. I’m basically giving my body a rest.

Our bodies are products of nature and it’s designed to heal and detoxify on its own natural way. Unfortunately, we are over-exposed to a large variety of toxins (environmental, food, water, and emotional) in our daily lives. Plus, we do not take good care of ourselves, leaving our system compromised and further polluted. I have one other family member on board with me, Kareem Anglin . He’s going to be my sidekick in this. We’re up for it and anyone else who’d like to join in.

    Why now?
    Well, I have not been feeling the greatest lately, and I think I have a lot of toxic build-up. Lately, I’ve been experiencing low energy, low motivation, and I got sick twice within two months. It’s unlike me to get sick especially, back-to-back. That’s a no no in my book.

Here’s a list of some signs of toxic build-up. If you’re experiencing quite a few of these, maybe it’s time for a detox.

  • fatigue
  • poor digestion
  • illness
  • overweight
  • disease
  • constipation or poor elimination
  • low energy
  • prolonged use of pharmaceuticals
  • low motivation
  • prolonged use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs
  • depression
  • susceptible to illness
  • parasites, worms
  • fungus, yeast growth
  • continuous headaches

Poor food choices, stress, poor breathing and lack of sleep simply leave our systems overly acidic. The blood needs to remain in an alkaline range and the body’s intelligence will do everything in its power to keep this. A toxic internal environment is an acidic one. You will have cravings, addictions, tension, and moodiness, feel stiff, and find it hard to lose weight, suffer from poor digestion, heartburn and eventually even diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, and kidney stones.

So…this is why we need to detox.

It’s time for a washout! It’s time to clean out, refresh and revitalize. During the process I will also do a colon cleanse with my Ballerina Tea, and it’s caffeine free. It has senna in it which will make you go, seriously.

Here are my guidelines for this 14 day vegan diet/cleanse

  • Favor foods in their whole form
  • Eliminate white sugar and white flour
  • Substitute animal protein (meat, eggs, chicken) with organic plant sources of protein (legumes, beans, nuts, seeds)
  • Watch caffeine consumption (the less the better)
  • Limit alcohol
  • Drink ginger tea.
  • Eat three meals per day with limited snacking (only if actually hungry, not bored!)
  • Drink warm/room temperature water with meals rather than iced drinks.
  • Weekly one day cleanse (ballerina tea)
  • Include living foods in your diet like raw sprouts and fresh vegetables
  • Wheatgrass as a supplement

All I have to do is increase my intake of these foods:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh fruit juices
  • Fresh vegetable juices
  • Whole grains (pasta, rice and breads)
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Water/teas (at least two liters per day)

Keep in Mind…
When you detox, the toxins have to come up and out so there will be a process to go through. You may feel nausea, low energy, cravings, and even challenged at times.

It’s all worth it.