Well, today is day eight of the CSD cleanse, so I officially made it through week one. Let me tell you how fantastic I feel.
I have lost 5.9 pounds in one week. Seriously. My clothes fit better and I don’t feel as “fluffy” as I did a week ago. Those last post-pregnancy pounds that were hanging on? Gone. I really didn’t expect to see such amazing weight loss results in just one week. That’s not why I wanted to do the vegan challenge. I knew I would feel better, but wow. Six pounds? I’ll take it.
My energy level has definitely improved. I am still tired first thing in the morning, but some things never change! Even if the baby was up a lot the night before, I still have plenty of energy to play throughout the day until my husband comes home and takes over for a while while I make dinner. That’s a huge plus for me, especially considering I don’t have a very good napper!
So, what have I been eating? Here are some examples:
Usually, I’ll have a smoothie for breakfast with fresh fruit, some sort of greens, and almond milk. If it’s a lazy day, I’ll have some shredded wheat with vanilla almond milk and a piece of fruit.I truly have not felt hungry before lunch rolls around. That part surprised me, because I usually never make it to lunch without some sort of snack. Here’s what I usually put in my smoothie:
- a very ripe banana
- a cup of pineapple, mango, or strawberries
- a handful of organic spinach
- 2t of ground flax seeds
- about a cup of vanilla almond milk
Lunch usually consists of a large salad with veggies, soup, beans and rice, hummus and pita, avocado mashed with garlic and sea salt with some blue corn chips, or some combo of those. I usually have a little fruit, too. Lunch is my favorite meal, because I like to make things that I can share with my son. He is a huge hummus fan! Yesterday we had Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus. It was SO yummy!
Dinner has been the most difficult meal of the day for me, because my husband is really not happy about dairy being cut out of the picture. He calls it “forbidden food” – usually with an eye roll. I hope he’ll come around a little more. I really worry about the quality of food that our family eats, and I want us all to remain healthy and vibrant for a very, very long time. It’s not a full scale effort to suck the fun out of life, I swear.
Some of the dinners that we have had include whole wheat pita pizzas, spaghetti with veggies and salad, and olive tapenade with grilled pita. I should mention that these things are nothing that we wouldn’t normally eat. I’ve just omitted the dairy. I still keep it in the house for my husband, though, for when he insists.
In the past week, I have learned that trying to create delicious, hearty meals for your family without dairy can be a challenge, but it CAN be done. Sometimes it just requires an open mind and a willingness to let go of the desire for everything to be saturated in cheese. It’s hard to adjust when you have spent your entire life eating things like roast and carrots, stuffed shells, and steak and potatoes. I get that. I really do.
When you spend a lot of time cooking and preparing meals from scratch, it’s important to have an organized kitchen and quality tools. This is still a work in progress around here. I have a very small kitchen (super old house) and I have nearly lost a finger more times than I wish to recall just trying to cut through produce with the dullest knives on planet earth. I guess I better look into some new chef’s knives, but I don’t even know what a good brand is at this point.
So here’s my week one list of pros and cons:
- A significant weight loss is a major bonus. It wasn’t even something I thought would come from the cleanse, but I am happy that it has!
- I’m loving the energy boost from all of the whole foods! It’s great to not feel drained when that mid-afternoon slump rolls around.
- A lot more belly gas. It’s a problem that I hope will lessen as the days go on and my body adjusts to the new way of eating.
- Resistance from family members is tough and makes it hard to stick to your guns. It’s kind of a downer when you are feeling great about the diet and then you have to defend your choices once again, although this is nothing new to me. Been there, done that. I’m used to it!
So if you are on the fence about whether to try the CSD cleanse, I’m telling you that it is SO worth the effort. Don’t even think about 21 days. Give it one week, and I guarantee you will see results in your life that make you want to keep going!