If you've read this morning's post, you know that today is the first day of my vegan cleanse. Welp, here's how it went...
I woke up around 6:30 this morning, after not falling asleep until about 1am. There's my first problem. But, I had taken a nap yesterday, so I guess it's my own fault. That's okay though, it just means I'll be nice and sleepy for bed tonight! (I cannot wait!)
After my shower, I went straight to the fridge for a glass of water with lemon. I decided to omit the recommended cayenne. A tid bit of information for ya-- I absolutely loathe the taste of water with lemon. I'm not a big lemon fan to begin with... but to water it down is even worse. Bleck. This was definitely difficult to get down. But, I plugged my nose and made it happen.
Next up was the "green juice". I'm not sure why I put it in quotations, because it actually is green, and so was everything that went into it.
Into the juicer went: (makes 2 servings)
5 romaine leaves
5 broccoli stems
1 large pear
Okay, so yeah... this stuff is green and smells like broccoli. Yeah it's scary and intimidating. BUT I will go ahead and tell you it is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I was expecting to gag at the tiniest taste of this stuff, and out of everything I consumed today, it was one of the easiest.
I drank the juice around 10am, and was surprisingly okay, and not feeling hungry. Around 11:20, I wanted to eat my own hand off. I was immediately struck with a nauseating feeling. I needed something in my stomach, and I needed it quick. But what did I do? I waited. Until noon. There arrives my second problem. While I should have munched on an apple, I decided starving myself would be a better idea. Idiot. Hey, I never said I was the most intelligent girl!
After grazing on a few raw cashews and macadamias, noon finally rolled around and lunch was prepared. First, I had a huge salad filled with romaine, baby spinach, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, orange, yellow, and green peppers, broccoli, avocado, and 2 unpictured strawberries.
Third problem. I attempted to use a tahini-lemon dressing, but it just was not working. I took about 4 bites with it to make sure I wasn't a fan... and that was that. I whipped up a quick lemon, olive-oil, and S&P dressing, and drizzled it on. The avocado and strawberries really helped make this eatable.
For the first half of lunch, I smeared some tofu egg-less salad on a spelt tortilla. I paired it with a few vegan, gluten free crackers and a dollop of baba-ganoush. This was, hands down, the best thing I ate all day. Unfortunately, and much to my surprise, I was absolutely stuffed about halfway through the meal and couldn't finish it all.
Lunch kept me full until about 4:30, so I ate a chunk of cantaloupe and honey-due melon, and a few pistachios.
You know what 6pm meant? Dinner time! I had another salad, that was made up of field greens, avocado, walnuts, broccoli, and strawberries. For the dressing I used lemon juice, flax seed oil, and S&P. Once again, the strawberries came to my rescue and made the salad eatable!
I paired the salad with a recipe taken from Fitting It All In. It consisted of brown rice, garbanzo beans (chick-peas), onion, spinach, and lima beans. Drizzled on top was liquid aminos and tahini.
This was actually pretty tasty... at first. Problem number four. I felt the more and more I ate it, the less I enjoyed it. I'm not sure what it was about it, but something wasn't right. Ugh.
After dinner, I started to get a roaring headache, and boiled it down to needing some sugar. I turned to a bowl of fruit. In the mix was cantaloupe, honey-dew, and strawberries. Just 2 bites in, my headache was gone. Thank. The. Lord.
I love you, fruit! You've always got muh back!
Day One Recap:
I wasn't sure what to expect today. I've gone back and fourth between thinking this will be easy, then hard, then easy, then.. well... you get my drift! The morning went smoothly, I hit a bump shortly before lunch but quickly fueled up, which lasted me a while. Dinner was pretty simple to get to, and not too bad, and my headache was promptly cured with fruit.
I'm already craving cheesey bread. I feel like I need some carbs. Maybe it's just my body detoxing, but I want it! Is this supposed to already be happening? If not, I may be in for a rude awakening!
I am hoping that I find better dressings for my salads. I obviously am not really feeling the whole lemon/vinaigrette thing. I am more of a ranch/Caesar kind of girl! I also hope that the carb cravings go away, along with my headaches.
If you have any vegan, gluten-free recipes, or any suggestions, please share with me! I am open to anything and need lots of ideas!
See you all tomorrow with day 2 of the cleanse!