So, my journey started three months ago. I decided to do a juice fast, and I was only expecting to last about 5 days. After day two I was not so sure I was even going to make it that far. I was tired, weak, and couldn’t think… Then, on day four I was alive. I felt great! My fast finally ended on day eight. I was hooked and feeling great.
The plan was to slowly add my regular diet back in after the juice fast. Well, this didn’t go as planned either. I am now a flexitarian (AKA semi- vegetarian). I am feeling good, so why blow it? I say flexitarian, because anyone who knows me knows I love my food. So, when someones else cooks something I will have a little meat. I really do try not to, but I am not the type to turn down a good meal. And I LOVE sushi!
The idea is to add much more fruits and vegetables to my diet, which I definitely have.
How do I feel better you ask?
- My weight is shifting from my stomach. This is my problem area.
- I have more energy than I have in years. As Harley says, “No mid day crash”.
- I am so regular in the bathroom department.( I know this is gross, but we all do it and like it regular.)
- I sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed.
- I love trying so many new recipes!
Even more crazy, I have always eaten meat with every meal. I swear I was a bodybuilder in a previous life, and that is what I thought I had to do to maintain my body. So after years of thinking and eating one way, and now I don’t even miss meat… CRAZY!!!
There is a lot of information out there if you are considering giving vegetarianism or even flexitarianism a try… Here are some and I will add more as I find them. I think it is better that I let the experts guide you since we are so new with this whole process.
If you are going to eat meats. Make sure the animals are not intensely farmed and that they are fed organically and free of hormones.
- Turkey, Pork, Chicken and Beef should ALWAYS be bought organic.
- Ham should really only be eaten in moderation (Packaged ham can contain up to 37% water and have high doses of salt, preservatives, and even flavorings.)
- Bacon should really be cut from your diet. (high in salt and preservatives subject of cancer scares) Try turkey bacon!
- Lamb, Venison (deer), and Duck are the least intensively farmed. It is always good to know where your meat is coming from.