So I decided to try one of the recent fads that's going viral both online and with my health nut friends (I say this with love, I'm one of them.):
THE 7 DAYS RAW VEGAN CLEANSE
...which for an italian sounds like the title of an horror movie. Last September (2013) I tried and failed, so this time I armed myself with superfood of all sorts, because as I always say, detox and diet doesn't mean you should starve.
For this week I will integrate my diet with:
Spirulina Powder (www.nuts.com), a powerful alga that contains the full spectrum of amino acid, fatty acids and proteins. It is believed it has the power to blend with heavy metals therefore dragging them out of your body. Great for detoxing and also antioxidant.
Maca Powder (www.nuts.com), is rich in the dietary minerals, calcium and potassium (with low content of sodium), and contains the essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese, and zinc as well as fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids.
It is also used as an aphrodisiac, because let's face it, if we're not allowed to eat anything, let's at least have some sex... No but seriously, it's a hormone regulator for both men and women, and I NEED IT!!!
Matcha Green Tea Powder (www.nuts.com), it's a powerful antioxidant, it accelerates your metabolism and promotes weight loss. And I love the taste of it. I'm going to make several desserts with it. Also no coffee for a week, so this will have to do.
SO...WHAT CAN I EAT?
Raw fruit and vegetables, anything cooked under 118 degrees F, dried fruit, nuts, almond milk, coconut milk, sprouts and seeds. If you want to be a true vegan you should sprout your beans instead of cooking them, but I cooked mine and I promise you that I still got my detoxing done!
DAY 1Start on Monday. All diets start on mondays...!
1/8 of Watermelon. Yes, it's a lot of watermelon!
Banana, cherry, blueberry, orange smoothie.
Oh gosh it's lunch time!
Zucchini pasta with vegan pesto and fresh cherry tomatoes. BAHM!
1 apple with 1 tbsp of peanut butter
Exercise: walk with the dog (most of it up hill... and my dog pulls ALL THE TIME)
Almond milk/strawberry/agave nectar smoothie
Kale salad with tomatoes, peppers, avocado, scallion, lemon/olive oil vinaigrette.
Vegan Lemon Coconut Bars, THANK YOU TO "This rawsome vegan life" for the wonderful recipe.
This is what happened to me: after eating all this nutritious food, my body went in bread/pasta/cheese withdraw and I got a headache. I started munching on blueberries and as soon as I started chewing them the headache went away. That's how I knew it was withdraw and not hunger.
So go to bed early and try not to focus on it too much.
is it lunch time yet?
Dessert: lemon coconut bar
1. The night before I had a dream about eating a croissant.
Dessert: green tea "cheesecake", google vegan green tea dessert and you'll find a wide verity of them, or visit "this rawsome vegan life" website for more suggestions
Smoothie with banana, a handful of kale, berries of your choice, half a teaspoon Spirulina powder
Chickpea hummus and raw veggies. Delicious.
Smoothie with watermelon, strawberries and coconut water, half a teaspoon maca powder
Salad with pistachios, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, dried cranberries.
Oh dear God, we're so close to the end of this!
Today I was at my in laws all day, they were not prepared for my diet requests. I should have packed my own food but I didn't. So I had to figure it out.
Mango, banana, almond milk, handful of kale smoothie
Mixed dried fruit
Salad with onions, tomatoes, cucumbers
Fruit of choice
Salad of your choice
You get how this works now!
Smoothie with avocado, watermelon, strawberries and half a teaspoon of Spirulina powder. Very delicious. Tasted like watermelon!
Hummus and raw veggies
Salad with mango, cranberries, cashews, tomatoes, carrots.