When I first began this challenge, I knew it would be crazy hard to maintain over the entire summer. I also felt completely determined to finish out the whole 108 days! What kind of willpower do I have if I can’t complete the whole challenge?!
I went to The Maker Faire in San Mateo and that was inspiring and wonderful. The most difficult part for me was: they had all kinds of amazing vegan food!! Most remarkably: Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice cream Tacos dipped in chocolate! I mean, that’s insane. The whole time I have been vegan, it has been a challenge to find food on the go. Now, every week I’m discovering new vegan products everywhere! I felt so sad that I couldn’t have the Choco Taco. I felt utterly deprived and sad. My son had one and it was the most difficult task to NOT ask for a bite. I felt crazy desire craving!!
Throughout the day, I ate all of the whole food snacks I had with me: 2 bananas, 2 apples, 5 dates and a Larabar. By the end of the day, after walking around the fair, we were all starving! There were no salad options at the food booths, it was all cooked food. Vegan options everywhere! Zero Raw Vegan options, understandably. After debating in my head about what to do, I decided to just STOP the Raw Vegan Obsession. It was becoming unhealthy, the amount of time and planning and thought and study and making food and packing food and wondering what I could eat. I was starving and I had options for food that had zero animal products. I need to fuel my body with SOMEthing! So I decided to end the diet that day. I didn’t like the feeling of being obsessed with this subject of Food, which is absolutely what had happened.
I began training shortly after as an Indoor Cycling Instructor. I still ate 90% raw and would only eat cooked vegan food as a last resort, and still with guilt. Split Pea Soup and my thought was “Cooked food!” I didn’t like how I felt this way. So I decided to be done with the challenge entirely in my mind so I could enjoy food again and find a healthy life balance! I had begun working out for at least an hour a day, conditioning my body for teaching Indoor Cycling, and coming home and eating a humungous salad just didn’t always feel satisfying. For some reason, I love soup, and Tofu scrambles, and bean salads. I can’t have these foods as a raw vegan and that was super challenging in an aggravating way.
Now I’ve found my balance to be much more satisfying. I did LOVE the amount of energy I felt raw, and I felt so light and my skin felt smooth, there is no describing the feeling of eating so cleanly. You’re constantly flushing out your bowels with 3 or more movements a day, not in an uncomfortable way, it just feels as if things are moving through. I’m SO glad I tried being raw and succeeded for 50 days because I now understand how greens make my body feel. Greens are key. They provide so many nutrients, protein, iron, vitamin C, and they move everything through your intestines. I now eat so much more greens and I shove like 4 cups into my morning smoothies. I also still drink a huge smoothie every morning! It is such a powerful energy boost, tastes fresh and cold and delicious and is packed with nutrients! I highly recommend trying Raw Vegan foods as much as possible, and seeing for yourself how you feel! I think if I had a raw chef, I’d be all good eating this way all the time. I don’t have a kitchen, so this diet is intense for me to upkeep. I learned so much in these 50 days! Especially about how much I love raw foods, and how much I’m emotionally attached to hot miso soup. 🙂 In the end, I always do what makes me happy!