28 Day Raw Food Cleanse, Plant-Eating Challenge

Day 21 Plant-Eating Challenge


Written Jan. 3: This was the “official” last day of my plant-eating challenge before the holidays. I was inconsistent up to and through the rest of December. After the holidays, my weight went back up to almost where it was. This is very typical of how I move through cycles of eating healthy and eating poorly. I know that there are many people out there, just like me…trying to figure it out. I don’t feel bad when this happens; I just brush myself off and try again. I started my 28-Day Raw Food Cleanse on Jan. 1, 2015. Let’s see if this is successful and will give me the kick-start I need!

Written Dec. 6

For day 21, I continued with smoothies until dinner.

I felt great all day.

Dinner was homemade potatoe fries, baked of course, with only a little bit of oil rubbed on the potato slices. We also had some homemade sushi.

I got back on my treadmill on day 20 (yesterday), so that really helped to fuel my energy. My goal is to get my body moving, at least 4-5 days a week. Hmmm…maybe I should be doing that now instead of writing this post?

Wishing you a healthy journey.

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Day 20 Plant-Eating Challenge: REBOOT


When I woke up this morning, I was truly discouraged. After being off track for several days, I could feel a slump beginning to develop..

I didn’t want that.

I dug really deep into my emotional/mental pocket, reached down and grabbed on to the one thing that I know is always there.

Mental Power

We all have it. That power to change. That power to choose how we react to something. I chose to push the slump aside and push myself to beat it.

Step 1 Internal Boost

I decided that I would have smoothies all day, untill dinner, because that’s a good cleanser, pick-me-up, and a great way for my whole body to feel good. I mean homemade, green smoothies. No dairy. No pre-made juices.

Step 2 Support

While at work today, I spoke on the phone with my husband, who, by the way, is the true love of my life. Even though he has his own business to run, he knew I just needed to talk, and I needed him to just listen.

I told him how discouraged I was, and that even though I know in my heart that it is the journey that is important, I felt really fed up with the damn journey. I felt fed up that it seems like I am always on this journey, where I continue to fall down…where I again, do not succeed. I never seem to make it to the end of the journey, to that moment of success where I feel I’m living the healthy lifestyle that I want.

He reminded me that it is true that I am on a journey, and even when I do reach my goals of what I perceive to be “health”, I will still be on a journey. The journey doesn’t ever end- it’s always developing into something even better.

My dear friend, Susan, also helped me today with her supportive words of wisdom in a morning email. It is so easy for me to beat myself up, so easy. She reminded me to stop doing that.

Step 3 Stick-with-itness

I kept positive all day, and had no trouble enjoying my smoothies and staying away from other food. My ability to commit, gave me the boost I needed.

After I arrived home, I made myself a delicious wrap from Ezeikel wraps. I threw in some tomatoes, bean sprouts, red onion and lettuce. A little mustard and some no-fat caesar dressing (maybe a teaspoon…a tiny vice I still have in the fridge for emergencies).

Next, I decided to make some soup with the leftover squash in my fridge. I tossed that into the blender, along with some green onion, garlic, ginger and homemeade rice milk. Very thick…most wouldn’t even call it a soup. My daughter loved it! That says it all.

Since I have made my own rice milk before, I thought..hmm…let’s see if I can make a different kind of milk, with the same idea? So, I did, with whole oats.

1 cup oats and 3 cups filtered water, and volia! It turned out well…tastes less bitter than the rice milk, and even had some nice foam. Will be a perfect addition to the morning oatmeal.

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So now, I end my day feeling much better.

Tomorrow, I need to get back to my exercise routine. Getting the blood running always helps.

Goodbye temporary slump.

Hello, rebooted me.

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Days 8-12 Plant Eating Challenge


I have been so busy lately with work, I just haven’t had a chance to get in a post.

I am happy to say, that I have been successful with my challenge to date. I did have a wee bit of a dip made with yogurt on the weekend, but that’t it. Also, I have had bread (not whole grain) on a couple of occasions.

I am down 5.2 lbs since I committed 12 days ago. I continue with my exercise in the morning, although I did get off track for a few days.

My daughter is also doing well. It can be more difficult for her. She had eggs and tuna on the weekend while at a friend’s house and when visiting my sister.

Overall, we are both pleased with how things are going.

By the way…I cooked black beans in my slowcooker, while at work, today. I had been meaning to try that method. They worked out well. I had the setting on low.

When I got home, I threw them in  a pot with some left-over brown rice and chopped some cilantro. But, I needed something moist and flavourful. What did I have in the house, that was not highly processed and was plant-based?

So, I blended some chunks of cooked cauliflower with some homemade rice milk and some flavouring (garlice chili sauce and soya sauce). It was tasty. Next time, I should put some ginger in that sauce too.

No picture today, but eating plants is simple, as long as you have them on hand. Love the simplicity.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

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Day 7 Plant Eating Challenge


My daughter and I have made it one week eating only plants!

It’s amazing how our bodies adapt to what we eat! When I was in a slump a few weeks ago, I was eating food that my heart knew was wrong for me. I ate processed junk food (aka: CRAP) and animal products such as: chips, McDonald fries, pizza, chicken fingers…I mean…YUCK!

The reason I kept eating crap is because my body wanted more. Why?

1. The salt and fat (probably some sugar in there somewhere too) in those processed foods is addictive. Companies design the food that way. And, I knew this while I was eating it, and I didn’t care! That’s how bad my slump was. I couldn’t get enough of it. If you want to learn more about the addictive powers of sugar, salt and fat, check out the book with the same title:

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2. My taste buds wanted more fat and more salt. I craved those foods. In fact, I frequently turned up my nose at any vegetables. Now, my taste buds are as they are meant to be (not manipulated by the concoctions of processed food). When I eat cooked potato, WITHOUT any butter, it tastes good. I will be honest here, and say that I still use salt, and my husband often thinks it is too much. But, if I have to use a little more salt than I need to transition to plants? So be it. I can work on decreasing it later.

3. For me personally, part of my slump was related to my braces (just got them three months ago). Eating salad greens is not a whole lot of fun with braces. So, that had me drawn to soft foods and away from crunchier vegetables. Now, I just eat more green smoothies, and basically, my smoothie is my salad.

4. Another reason I kept eating that way is because, well, like I said, I was in a slump. It was easier to buy something premade than it was to think about preparing something. It was easier to just give in. I could see my weight increasing, so that didn’t help either. Slump continued.

I am so happy to say that my slump is over!

Each day, I am focused on accomplishing my other goals at the moment: working out every day (almost) and staying on top of my work commitments.

I don’t think about food at all, unless it is to think about what I might throw together for dinner. I don’t fantacize about the food I am going to eat later, like I used to. I don’t dive into bad food when I feel stressed.

First off, I feel way less stress.

And secondly, I deal with my stress in other ways, at least so far. I really like deep breathing. If I am on my way home from work, I often take many deep breaths, and push out the leftover busyness/stress from the day.

We just finished dinner: kale chips followed by baked sweet potato and regular potato fries. All cooked in my oven.

I don’t feel bloated or guilty. I feel satisfied and at peace.

What a concept!

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Day 6 Plant Eating Challenge


I am three pounds down, since I began this plant eating challenge.

Today was successful! I took a day of rest from exercising in the am. I will be up tomorrow, before 6 a.m. to ensure I keep on track and continue with development of the habit of getting up early and working out.

I had my two smoothies, leftover stoup (soup/stew) for lunch, as well as some orzo pasta and broccoli (may have been oil in that).

I had a banana for a late afternoon snack; for dinner: two baked potatoes with horseradish and a bowl of cooked corn/green beans. Nothing fancy…just fuel for the body.

Not much to write today…I just want to keep my posts regular for accountability’s sake.

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Day 4 and 5 Plant-Eating Challenge


My daughter and I are both still on track with our Plant Eating Challenge, and we feel great.

I had my usual two smoothies, yesterday and today, and I worked out in the am both days. Pat on the back for me!

Lunch was the usual reheated homemade yumminess (stew, soup or stoup, or is stewp better?…a combo). I did have a little bit of pasta with tomato sauce-this is not the ideal food as it is processed, and not made from a whole grain. Also, there was probably oil and sugar in the sauce.

For dinner tonight I made two dishes. My meals are always…”how fast can I make this?” I am usually a wingin’ it kind of cook.

Dish #1: Chunky/Creamy Broccoli Soup

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Ingredients (measurements are not exact)

  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets with some of the stem
  • 1.5 cups organic veggie broth
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup homemade rice milk
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 3 potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Most recipes call for sauteeing this, and blah, blah blahing that…I’m too impatient. I just put all the ingredients into a pot and heat until the broccoli is cooked. Then, into the blender for a few spins. Back into the pot, to simmer while the flavours blend. Then I add 3 cooked potatoes; chop them up, skin and all. Add a bit of salt/pepper or some nutritional yeast, and voila! A hearty soup. This would work really well with cauliflower too…hmmm…I’m getting ahead of myself.

Dish #2: Rice with Asian Mushroom Sauce

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Ingredients (measurements not exact)

  • Variety of mushrooms (about4- 6 cups chopped)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch blended in 3/4 cup water
  • 2 green onion stalks
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger

Instructions: Place 1 cup water into large sautee pan. Turn heat to high. Throw in the mushrooms for about 2 minutes, and then turn heat down to med-high. Let mushrooms cook for several minutes. Add sauces and spices. Add water/cornstarch mixture. Stir over medium heat, continuously for about 2 minues. Add green onions. Throw over a bowl of rice, or eat as a delicious soup on its own.

After dinner, I ejoyed a couple of glasses of red wine. Yum But, I wonder, how will this interfere with my energetic healthy feeling I have been living for the past few days?

Here are some things that are helping me succeed on this Plant Eating Challenge

1. After reading The Monk who Sold his Ferrari, I found the author’s videos on Youtube. Super inspiring. They help me to:

  • have less stress
  • procrastinate less
  • push myself to do more (5 more crunches, mark 3 more papers etc)
  • have more control of my thoughts

…all which result in me feeling better. This helps me to make better choices.

2. Getting up Early 

This can be a tough one, but here is what works for me. Last week, I decided I would get up before 6:30 a.m. each day. This week, I have been up before 6:00 a.m. each day. Now, I moved pretty quickly. Anyone could try this by changing more slowly. For example, if you get up at 7:00 a.m., and you really want to be getting up at 6:00, then start week 1 with a 6:50 a.m. time to rise. The next week, go to 6:40 a.m., and so on. It really works. Next thing you know, you have an extra hour, every day to work out, write, read, research, mediate, take time for you etc.

Hoping your journey is healthy.