Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crazy Sexy Cleanse - Week 3

Day 15 - February 15
The weight loss has dropped off. I've read that if you include a lot of avocado and nut butters in the cleanse diet that this can maintain your weight instead of encouraging weight loss. The first two weeks there were a lot of both in my diet. Time to focus on more exercise! Today at work we all went to Pizza Hut for the lunch buffet, but I still kept to the cleanse and ate only from the salad bar - iceburg lettuce, cucmbers, tomato, seeds, oil and vinegar. Cheap and kinda delicious. When we got back to the office I ate my regular spinach and tofu eggless salad.

Day 16 - February 16
Today was a late-shift day at work, which I love because it allows me plenty of time to prep meals mid-week for the next few days. Last night M tasted my Thai "peanut" sauce veggies & quinoa from the Crazy Sexy Diet recipe and requested that I make some for him. So today I made two batches, enough to feed us both for the next few days. I'm so glad that we are in this healthy eating journey together.

Day 17 - February 17
Today was an office birthday. Luckily the birthday girl requested gluten free cupcakes that were also vegan, so I had one. Not raw, but still cleanse friendly. It's been 17 days since I've had something with that much sugar, and they were honestly almost too sweet. It's amazing how much your taste buds can change in such a short period of time! We also had Beer Club night, where friends come over and bring different beers to try. Being on the cleanse means no gluten and no no beer! I made sure we were stocked up with healthy cleanse friendly snacks to munch on to make my tall glasses of water not seem so boring. I was fine, I didn't even care that I wasn't drinking beer with everyone else.

Day 18 - February 18
I decided to start a cycle of Insanity again. I'm a bit afraid of how this will effect my appetite. But it's got me thinking of taking up jogging / running.

Day 19 - February 19
Tried another recipe from the Crazy Sexy Diet book - Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers. They taste great, but they aren't so much burgers as piles of mush. I couldn't get them to keep their shape. Maybe in the future I'll just keep it as mush instead of going through the trouble to try making burgers. I also found that my appetite greatly increased by starting Insanity again. Time to stock up on nuts and veggies!

Day 20 - February 20
With tomorrow being the last "official" day of the cleanse, I find myself thinking about eating post cleanse. I want to keep up with eating vegan, but I may cut back on the juicing to save my budget. I must say, I am definitely looking forward to replacing my breakfast juice with a bowl of Steel Cut Oats, Banana, Blueberries, and Agave. Yum! I also went to the grocery store today and officially switched from standard shampoo and conditioner to a brand that is 70% organic and contains no sulfates. Small steps to a big change. I've found that I am starving with this extra exercise from Insanity.

I made it through the entire 21 day cleanse, and it was SO easy! I feel fantastic, and I'm thinking about doing things I never ever thought I would because of all the energy this new way of eating has given me. If you read my last post, you know that specifically, I'm talking about taking up running. If you would have told me 2 years ago that I WANTED to start running, I would have laughed in your face! This experience has been amazing for me and totally changed the way that I look at food. I'm excited to make veganism and gluten free eating a permanent part of my life. I'm also going to try eating raw as often as possible, hopefully maintaining a 75-80% raw diet.

Have you done this cleanse or any other cleanse?
Are you vegan / raw / gluten free?
I'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments!


  1. I have really enjoyed reading about your cleanse journey. I have been considering doing one myself, but I need to ease into that because I am a stress eater I need to rethink food altogether. I started Weight Watchers a month ago because my size 14's were getting too snug and I refuse to buy more clothes, plus I wanted to have more control over what and how I eat. It has been a good experience for me. I don't eat completely raw but I eat a lot more raw because these types of food have 0 points in the system. I make better food choices because I want to get the best out of every single point, more eggs, more beans, more whole wheats. I have been juicing some, just apples, celery, and carrots, I love the way I feel after drinking a full glass of pure juice. I also started running, and doing yoga. The yoga is wonderful for stretching and breathing and meditating, finding calm. The running is so great for releasing stress, when I want to eat sweets because I am stressed, I go for a run instead and feel so much better. Your journey has encouraged me and I hope to try a cleanse soon.

  2. How excting! Good luck on your new food journey!

    I was vegan for two years but fell off the wagon. I still cook vegan very frequently (I learned to cook while going vegan. It's still how I feel most comfortable cooking), and I definitely feel best when I am eating mostly vegan.

  3. Congrats to you! I've done the CSD cleanse and a couple of others. I've been wanting to do one again. Overall I eat so much less meat after I did the first cleanse, you just realize how much less protein you really need. One tip on the juicing - I grow my own veggies in the summer and you can go out each morning and cut down a whole sink full of kale, cukes, chard, etc. So green!!! Winter juice isn't nearly as productive and it is much more expensive -running it all through twice helps eek out a couple more ounces.


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