Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Meatless May

Tuesday, May 3, 2011.......

In December, I did the Quantum Wellness Cleanse and for 21 days gave up sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, meat and dairy. I lost weight, felt great (both physically and mentally) and really noticed a connection between the foods I put in my body and how I mentally felt.

While I on the cleanse, I was happier, snapped less, had more patience and was utterly surprised by this. In January I went back to most of my eating habits (although, I did kick the caffeine habit) and started noticing how crappy I began to feel. However, making a permanent switch to a vegan lifestyle is not for me. I live with a carnivore and I do like meat. But, I can't deny or forget how much better I felt while on the cleanse.

My goal is to progress towards a plant based, gluten and sugar free diet. I'm not giving up dairy, but am limiting the intake of such products. I didn't really enjoy the vegan cheese, and if anyone read my tweets during the cleanse would know I could never give up the egg. It was very odd, but I craved eggs like I'd imagine a crack whore craves crack.

I planned out my month's menu for both hubby and I. He has a lot of things in the freezer and I have a bunch of new recipes to try. Some of the recipes I've chosen scare me a bit (e.g. tofu scramble) but I think it'll make the month fun by being able to experiment and introduce new flavors to my palate and is part of my personal pledge to try 100 new recipes in my 45th year of life. I'll let you know what works and what doesn't, and if anyone is interested in a recipe just email me and I'll send it to you.

8 comments:

Treading Lightly said...

I think you're moving in the right direction. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you end up trying out for your 100 new recipes. Best of luck on your journey!

Brian Miller said...

nice...yeah for sure on the recipes...always love to try new things....

Mandy_Fish said...

Interesting. I have been vegetarian for years at a time, and non-vegetarian for years at a time and never really could tell a difference in how I felt either way. The only thing that has ever made a difference for me was eating small meals every few hours or so. I don't eat much sugar, nor many carbohydrates, I consume little alcohol and not a lot of caffeine. Moderation in all things works for me. But I am intrigued by your experiment!

lacochran's evil twin said...

When you give up so many things simultaneously, how do you know which ones make the difference in your system?

Little Ms Blogger said...

Treading Lightly - I see you just started your own personal journey and plan on going back to read about it. I'm curious to see what happens in 4 months.

Brian - really? Do you cook?

Mandy - I have to tell you, it was truly the most unusual reaction I've ever noticed. I thought I was unique, but discovered after reading Alicia Silverstone's the Kind Diet, she had a similar reaction.

Voices in My Head said...

I'm impressed! I have tried similar experiences, but can't get past Day Two. Good luck to you!

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Little Ms Blogger said...

Voices in My Head - Ya know, any modification towards eating healthier is a good thing. Just keep at it.