These last 10 days have been pretty rough. Earlier in March we went on a roadtrip to visit family, it was great and everyone had a lot of fun. Along the way we picked up a nasty cold virus. The kids recovered pretty quickly, I on the other hand, have not.
I ended up going to the doctor because I was getting worse and worse.
While there he noticed something…
My blood pressure was rather high and I was having heart palpitations. After going over a few things it was decided that the cause of this was probably anxitey and over use of caffeine (and a little of the cold virus I was fighting off).
Which was good in his opinion because this would be easily reversed by making a few lifestlyle changes.
Doctors orders were to nix the caffeine, alcohol and eat lots of healthy food. I thought my head was going to explode…me give up caffeine? Ha! The no alcohol and eating healthy part would be a cinch but caffeine has been my life blood for quite some time now!
Later reality set in and I knew that this was something that I needed to do. My health is really important to me and most of the time I am pretty good about making healthy choices.
While on our trip I got into some not so great eating habits.
It is really hard to remain consistent with a non-mainstream lifestyle in a mainstream world especially when everyone around you thinks you are nuts. Not to mention we were in “middle-of-nowhere cattle country” and no farmers markets had opened for the year yet.
“You don’t eat meat? Or dairy? What do you eat then…rabbit food? You know you are going to die of malnutrition right? You need animal protien to survive!”
Honestly I could care less what people think. What made this trip extra hard to remain vegan was not having my own space to cook and store food. The fridge was already full and I didn’t want to be rude by making my own “special” meals.
So I tried my hardest to just eat what I could during family meal times and then got some meatless burgers from the grocery store to fill out the rest of my calories.
I also succumed to the cookies…lots of cookies.
Subsisting on pasta, meatless burgers and cookies is a really bad idea. Very quickly I started feeling the effects of not eating the fresh food that I was used to. I became sluggish, bloated, irritable and foggy.
Then the food cravings started! I haven’t had food cravings in a LONG time. But now, all of a sudden I was craving sugar and fried foods! Thoughts of these foods were holding my brain hostage.
The more I gave in, the more I wanted. Now I sort-of see how some people struggle to eat healthy. I had never experienced food cravings quite this bad.
Even though we have been home for a little while and I have gotten back into the habit of cooking plant-based vegan food I have still been struggling with the food cravings.
When you get used to feeling fresh and vibrant and all of a sudden feel sluggish and foggy it feels extra awful. It was a HUGE reminder to stick with my lifestyle no matter what.
Over the next 28 days I will be focusing on my health.
The first 14 days I will be ditching caffeine, alcohol and processed food and focusing on eating a plant-based diet rich in raw fruits and veggies. I will still be eating cooked foods here (beans, lentils, steamed veggies…).
Week 3 will be a 7 day detox and week 4 will be a week of raw food.
That is my plan, I have always been a little skeptical of the “raw food movement” but I do feel amazing when I eat more fresh, raw fruits and veggies. So I will give it a shot.
In the past I have done a 21 day juice fast…now that was hard!
Certainly, I will run into difficulties as I navigate through my health challenge.
I’m hoping to gain insight on how to cope when things don’t go perfectly or are difficult. I am a very all or nothing person, I want to learn to be more flexible and not let little things derail me.
I plan to write a little about my journey through this health challenge on the blog. It just won’t be an every day thing, I still have my parenting/kids posts scheduled.
However, I will be doing a discovery journal and writing in that daily so I will have an accurate account of how this is all working out for me. If you want to know more about discovery journals you can read this post.
Today marks day 1 of my health challenge!
Mondays are my favorite day to start something new. The very first thing I want to do is get myself off caffeine, that is most important right now.
Heart palpitations suck!
I had ONE cup of half-caff coffee this morning. I was rather sad when that mug was empty, I am accustomed to drinking 3 mugs every morning!
It was cold out and I find warm liquid comforting, so I had a couple mugs of warm lemon water.
So far so good, while I didn’t have that morning buzz I am used to I didn’t have an afternoon crash like I usually do. Also, no headaches to report…yet.
I also started exercising again. I have been really missing my daily sweat sessions. Between traveling and illness I didn’t have it in me to exercise much over the last month or so.
My strength has dwindled quite a bit so I took it easy and did 30 minutes of pilates. Yes I will probably be very sore tomorrow, I know. I am really looking forward to getting back to my normal workout routine!
My day in food:
- Breakfast: orange, banana, apple and 1 cup coconut kefir
- Lunch: large sweet potato with one and a half cups of black bean and corn salad and a small amount of my fermented cabbage and onions.
- Dinner: red lentil dal (as much as I want) and steamed veggies.
I know this may not seem like a lot of food but I am just getting my appetite back and this is all I could handle today. I am also only 120 pounds sopping wet, so I don’t need quite as much.
If you want to see more of what I eat in a day follow me on Instagram I post a lot of food pics.
All in all today was pretty uneventful!