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I am easing my way into the raw vegan lifestyle. I gave up red meat this month. In December I plan to give up poultry. In January I plan to give up fish, dairy, and eggs and start working my way into HCRV. I've got my Vita-mix and a juicer is on it's way (for pomegranates and oranges mainly).
I am not going to lie, my biggest reason for changing my diet is selfishness. I want to be healthy and show it. I am currently 120 pounds overweight, I have digestive problems, I have some acne (but at 32, it is more than I ever had as a teenager), I often have indigestion, I have been diagnosed and prescribed medication for hypothyroidism (although I stopped taking the medication), I have also been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and I am completely lethargic and lacking energy to do anything. However, I want to be the healthiest I can be when my husband and I choose to have a kid. Additionally, I want to enjoy biking, hiking, running (actually I don't ever remember doing any running besides short distances my whole life), and eating! I have anxiety, yet complete resignation about food and eating. I am ready to gain control and commit to my health.
I also want to state that I do recognize the plight of our animal friends and I do want to do better for them than I have in the past.
So with these transitions, I'd like to prove to others that I am not killing myself by giving up animal foods or putting my health in jeopardy in any way. I also work in a health care facility, where I have doctors and nurses who will be concerned for me if I don't appear to be losing healthily.
So, I'd like to know what I should measure via blood work or other tests (because I have access to whatever I want generally) to prove my health is not declining when I make my final transitions, but rather improving. And to ease my mother's mind. Here is a list of what I'd like to get done for comparison during and after my transition:
What would you add to that list?
Also, I plan to kick-start my new lifestyle with a 10-day juice fast during my break from work on Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. How do we (my 30 banana-er friends) feel about a juice fast as a jump-start to a high fruit and veg diet? Is it safe?
Finally, I want to embr ace the fruity lifestyle and I want to be 100% raw vegan by the 2012 Fruit Festival and meet all my mentors and inspirations - Freelee, DR, Chris Randall, Megan Elizabeth! That is my mid-length goal for my changes! My long-term goal is to be a personal health coach, when I succeed on this journey!
Your advice is greatly appreciated!
(P.S. Tried my first persimmon - fuyu - this evening! VERY sweet! I actually cut some lemon juice over it to tone it down a bit! But, I loved it and have one more - hachiya - ripening to share with the hubby :)
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"I gave up red meat this month. In December I plan to give up poultry. In January I plan to give up fish, dairy, and eggs"
^Go vegan now, you will feel better quicker. Besides you should be trying now, not later. Take the straight path!
Slip ups happen but try to beat cravings with ripe fruit.
I feel it's best to just get right into the right path as much as you can. The more fruit you eat, the better you will feel, the faster you will get used to it. I wouldn't do any fasting if I were you. It takes some time for a body to adjust to the way of fruit, or more so our habits to adjust, and fasting will most likely cause more bumps in the road. When you fast your body is going to hold onto fat and your cravings will increase. Just do what you're doing, transition at your own pace, keep adding in more fruit. A good next step would be to replace one meal (i.e. breakfast) with a fruit meal). And at every meal eating fruit first.
I think you will find the most justification and proof later in how you feel, how much energy you have, and of course you will look better. It will be noticable.
I wish I could help you with the blood work but can't. I just want to lend my support in your journey through health - you have picked the right road, that is for sure. You are going to feel amazing!
Thanks for the encouragement! Excited to join this elite club of vibrant people!
Thanks! That's what I was thinking too.
How is your transition going??
Juice fasting is not recommended, fiber is a good thing!
With a few exceptions, it is preferable to consume the whole food rather than to extract part of it and drink it. Drinking fruit or carrot juice without the pulp being present to slow the absorption rate of the nutrients can spike the blood sugar and throw your blood chemistry out of balance. It is far better to consume the whole fruit. One exception is fresh-squeezed citrus fruits, since a significant portion of the pulp is generally retained with the juice. The other "exceptions" are to blend fruits such as melons, and to make smoothies out of various fruits like bananas and strawberries. Liquefying the entire fruit in a blender turns it into a juice or a thick smoothie, while keeping the entire nutritional package together. Blending whole tomato, celery and orange together makes a thick, tasty, salad dressing.