Posts Tagged ‘detox’

  1. 10 Days Raw

    April 2, 2014 by Melanie Faris

    It has been 10 days, and I have to admit, this lifestyle is growing on me. I never imaged enjoying this as much as I am. I find that I’m not thinking about food as much anymore (besides when I am cooking for clients). If I am thinking about food, it’s fun and delicious raw food that I can experiment with! Mind you, I have had some moments where I am ready to pack it in and dive into Thomas’ dinner (that moment may have been tonight).

    The Rawlicious restaurant has really helped me for the past week, especially with adding variety to my diet lately. I have eaten salads and the same avocado wraps for days (and still enjoying them), but a change is always nice, especially without having to prepare it myself. I had their Caesar wrap today, and boy was it delicious! I think the new scent lingering with me wherever I go is garlic. Poor Thomas has to put up with my breath, but I have been sneaking garlic in his meals too so I’m not the only one with the bad breath – hehe.

    This whole experience has been amazing so far. I always thought my energy only came from carbs, but now I am beginning to see that I have MORE energy without carbs. I’m not saying, “go cut your carbs!” I’m simply realizing that I don’t need starchy or processed carbohydrates to give me energy. In fact, carbs and coffee cannot compete with the energy fresh green vegetables have given me. My focus and attention to detail has grown, and my overall feeling of well-being is amazing. I am continuing with fresh green juice every morning and still eating only greens all day. I want to make it to the 2 week mark before introducing any form of sugar (including fruits and certain vegetables) into my diet. I may continue longer than 2 weeks with greens to fully detox and give my body a break from sugar entirely. I will keep you posted!

    In my free time, I have been watching tons of documentaries and reading books on raw and/or vegan diets. It is fascinating. I love to learn and lately my brain has been getting crammed with new information non-stop. I am amazed that society has practically shunned this lifestyle, when in reality, this is possibly the most healthful way to live (in my opinion it is). There are many many opinions on this subject, and I’m not trying to start a debate. I don’t judge anyone’s way of living and I’m not against eating meat. I have just opened my eyes to see another way of living and have found great enjoyment from it so far. I don’t plan on staying raw after the 30 days, but I may venture on and try life as a vegan, or at least 80% since I love eggs for breakfast some mornings and sushi on occasion…I’m a cheater, but that’s okay.

    Life is about learning, growing and discovering the best you that you can be. For the past 2 years (at least), my focus has been eating animal protein 5 times a day. I was trying to gain muscle and look my best. I did look my best physically, but internally my body was screaming. I thought I was perfectly healthy then, but now I see that I was not as healthy as I thought. My snacks consisted of yogurt or cottage cheese instead of vegetables, and my meals always had to have a big piece of meat. I love meat, I really do. You may still catch me at The Keg on occasion digging into a juicy steak – I’ll be real with you on that. But, take it from the carnivore, I feel way better without the meat at every meal. I don’t feel hungry all the time and I certainly am not as “addicted” to eating as I was before. I feel better. Period. Your quality and quantity of life increases when you cut out processed and cooked foods. If you don’t believe me, try it for 21 days (to break your habit of eating cooked foods), and feel the difference for yourself.

    Well, that’s all I have to say on my progress so far. As for tonight, I’m off to grab an avocado and sit on the couch with my husband. Besides all the food and health talk, he really is my favourite one to focus my attention on. Chow for now and chat with you soon!

     

    Melanie.


  2. Going Raw After Jamaica, Yeah Mon!

    March 27, 2014 by Melanie Faris

    After visiting Jamaica last week and seeing the people live off the earth, I was struck with a realization – their lifestyle is so calming, relaxing, and brings you to a whole new place mentally…Yeah Mon! If you have ever been to Jamaica, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I still can’t believe how many pool boys or maintenance workers asked, “You good? Need anything? I got some good stuff if you want…” Oh, how they sincerely cared about our well-being…Teehee. If you have never been to Jamaica and are completely lost, ignore that joke and continue on…

    Jamaica – March 2014

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    Thomas and I having a blast!

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    Fresh Coconut Water. So delicious!

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    This Filet Mignon was so good. I ate it all.

     

     

    I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I wished I had enough courage to go raw. I always admired those with glowing skin, incredible energy and piercing clear eyes from their healthy lifestyle. Some of you reading this probably think that is the most absurd thing you have ever heard, and you may not even know what “going raw” is or why I am giving it a try. Let me explain…

    What is RAW?

     

    Unplug your oven, forget about dumping your veggies in boiling water or frying them up on the stove top. Raw foodism is eating completely uncooked, unprocessed, and entirely plant-based food. Think: all vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds & only sprouted grains/legumes. Sounds exciting doesn’t it?!

    I know you are probably thinking: Who would put themselves through eating only plant-based foods? What about meat and dairy? Are you nuts? Why?

    I’m definitely one who LOVES food. All kinds of food. In Jamaica, I had desert with every meal. I’m not kidding. I enjoyed pasta AND pizza for lunch (along with many other things from the amazing buffet…). I also was not shy on drinking pina coladas, “dirty bananas” & beer. Oh – and the cappuccinos were heavenly! I had 2 or 3 a day…oops?

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    Desert and specialty coffees daily. Yum! I’m going to miss this…

    The point is – I’m a foodie! I have nothing against cooked food. I love meat, dairy and every kind of food you can think of. The fact is, I know that there are many benefits to eating only raw foods. I know eating all the junk I could manage on vacation had something to do with the 10 lbs I happened to gain over the past little while. I also know as much as my taste buds were satisfied, every cell in my body was lacking proper nutrients. I could eat a whole heap of food and not feel satisfied simply because my body was not receiving the nutrients it was expecting from the food I was eating. I was starving “nutritionally” on the inside but not showing any signs of this on the outside. When trying to squeeze my caboose into my jeans, I finally realized…

    “Houston, we have a problem!”

    As weird as some of it seems, I am attracted to the beauty of the raw food lifestyle. So simple, so healthy and completely…freeing. You may think this lifestyle is the exact opposite of freeing – it does kind of feel that way at first, but I’m beginning to see that by having the strength to say “no” to certain foods, the chains that have been holding me back from true nutrition are being cut free (sorry, I’m getting deep on you here). I’m free to have the choice to eat what I want, but I am deciding not to.

    I have always been interested in raw foodism, but could never muster up the will to do it. Who really wants to eat greens for breakfast lunch and dinner? That does not sound overly appetizing. But, I decided to take a challenge and do 30 days raw (primarily greens). I’m going to document my journey and take some pictures along the way to be living proof of a raw lifestyle and the transformation that takes place in my own life.

    I also want to clear something up – as much as weight loss is an awesome benefit to a raw food diet, I am not doing it for this purpose. I am simply doing it to cleanse my body of toxins and to feel the difference! If I fit into my jeans comfortably by my 30 days – Bonus!! hehe.

     My Raw Experience So Far

     

    I am currently on day 4 of my raw experience. I have to say, I wasn’t planning on doing a blog on this, especially after the first few days of agony. I was expecting to feel energized and healthy…I wasn’t feelin it. Not one bit. I thought I would have felt amazing from the start. To my surprise, I felt like crap. I honestly had a raging headache for 2-3 days and wanted to sleep. I was having green juice in the morning (kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, dandelion, wheat grass, parsley, lemon, lime & ginger) and eating salads, veggies, avocado, and some nuts/seeds throughout the day. Surprisingly, I felt pretty satisfied and I didn’t feel hungry. My body was going through the detoxifying process, and I was praying that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel…

    On day 2, I decided to go to the gym and sweat a bit. That didn’t last long. I wasn’t feeling overly great and my head was pounding, so I decided to leave after only 30 minutes. Darn you toxins! (Also, no coffee is definitely contributing to the head pounding…).

    Yesterday (day 3), I was beginning to feel better. I had more energy and was starting to enjoy the lifestyle a bit. I attempting a workout once again and to my surprise it went well! I had energy and only a slight headache. Things were improving.

    The most difficult thing has been planning food when I am not home. I was so thankful to find some amazing raw wraps at the health food store that are a total life saver. I spread some raw tahini paste, avocado and a sprinkle of sprouts and away I go. Yum! I can’t find the wraps online, but here is the company who makes them: Live Organic Raw. The ingredients are all greens, and surprisingly the wrap actually wraps well! I hate when you buy healthy wraps and they just fall apart. What’s the point?! Mine as well call it a crumble instead of wrap since there is no wrapping involved. I don’t mind the flavour of these raw wraps, although it does taste a bit “green”. There is another kind they sell (not green), maybe I will try that in the future. For now, green is where it’s at!

    Today (day 4) has been the first day where I feel darn fantastic. I feel energized, healthy and cleansed. It is amazing how quickly your body can detoxify and reboot. It really is a wonderful feeling knowing that your health is in your own hands! I am beginning to realize my addiction to food and how I used to eat out of emotion, or boredom and not out of real hunger. Now, I am actually eating when my body tells me to and feeling satisfied with foods I never imaged would fill me up. It’s awesome! There is something about this experience that I can’t explain. Although difficult at times, I am beginning to embrace this lifestyle and see food in a new way. Trust me, get passed those first few days and then you start to see why people live this way.

    Tonight I am off to the movies to see Divergent with my hubby. I know the smell of popcorn will bring on the cravings, but I won’t give in. 26 days to go and I’m not slowing down any time soon.

    Check back for more updates on my raw experience…

    Check out some of the links and documentaries below that helped me make my decision on trying a raw food diet:

    Cancer Cure: Gerson Therapy

    Diabetes Cure: Simply Raw

    Improved Health and Healing: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead & Hungry for Change