Two weeks behind me and only 6 more to go. eek! I have to go ahead and start this off by clearing my conscience. I cheated. It wasn’t BAD but I did cheat. A couple times in fact. I am proud to say I still have not eaten any meat, but I caved on the sugar. The first cave was of course my weakness, coffee, my mom innocently bought me a Starbucks Frappuccino without knowing I was trying to fast from refined foods. I wasn’t strong enough to turn it down. The second cave was when I was volunteering at the Good Sheppard, I was making the desert trays (bad idea) and the strawberry shortcake just looked SOOOOOO good, I ate a slice….I am ashamed but I must admit it was really yummy. There, it’s out, I admitted my failure! I will say this though, I am not beating my self up over it. I still have done a pretty darn good job at keeping up with healthy, wholesome foods.
The last two weeks have been such a great learning experience for me. I have tried foods that I never had before. I cant believe I have went all this time without having an acorn squash! I ate one last night and it was amazing and sweet. (If you haven’t noticed already, I have an insatiable sweet tooth.) I love that I have found things other than chocolate and icecream to satisfy my cravings for tasty sweets. I tried fried bananas for the first time, AMAZING. I never would have guessed kale would be sooo yummy. I have acquired a taste for whole wheat pancakes and honey. I learned to make my own pasta sauce and tomato soup for the first time. I really believe this a start to an amazing change in my life. There are so many different foods out there that I always passed by before. I spent more time shopping for junk than in the produce section. Now I find myself eager to try new vegetables and fruits, to experiment with different flavors and textures. I love researching what vitamins are in every food, what role they play in my health. I am excited to see where this takes me in the years to come. If I can learn this much in 2 weeks imagine what 2, 5, even 10 years will bring!
When I started telling others of my vegetarian-organic fast, the number one response that I got out of people was “ Isn’t that expensive?”. The answer is, slightly. Really the cost difference is not much at all. There are some items that are a little more pricey than others, mostly the stuff you probably couldn’t make your self, such as organic peanut butter, whole wheat flour, farm raised dairy and eggs, those items are a bit more pricey. Here is my argument against that however ; If you are going to invest money into anything, what is more valuable than your body? Why would you put cheap, harmful, empty food into your body to save a buck, but spend that extra cash to get a nice pair of jeans or a new TV? If you want to be around to enjoy life you should probably invest in your health. We spend so much time focusing on what makes us look good and not enough on what makes us feel good. Pretty much anyone would be willing to invest in having younger looking skin, shinier hair, a thinner figure, tanner skin, or nice clothes; But so little of us really consider investing in our bodies health. Eating to prevent illness chronic and acute, taking vitamins in from our food to improve brain function, energy, mood, organ function, and our outward appearance. So is it more expensive to eat healthier? Probably, But it is worth it. You will not regret spending a little extra cash to prolong your life and improve the quality of it. Trust me!
I am happy to see that my motivation to get healthy has started to rub off on others. They have noticed the subtle changes in me over the last 14 days. They are interested to hear about how your body can heal its self from so many issues we face today just by eating better! Not only is this a fun and exciting way to get healthy it is relatively easy! When I explain how its not like any other diet; There is no counting calories, measuring quantity, or buying fancy cereals and eating bland flavorless food it really makes others feel like they could do it.
Its all about eating what God put on this earth for us to eat. Not over processed versions of food, packed with chemicals and artificial flavors. If you look at the label and there is an ingredients list a mile long with all kinds of things you cant even understand, most likely your body wont understand it either. The best part about it is, if you are a food lover like myself its perfect. I LOVE to eat, and I LOVE food, and guess what I don’t have to count calories and measure out portions because it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to become overweight by eating fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The only things you really do have to pay attention to would be over eating fatty dairy products like cheese and butter. Even then it would be hard to get fat on those items, you would really have to consume a large amount and be extremely inactive.That’s the beauty of this “diet” it is not a crash diet its really a move to change your lifestyle, your eating habits, it is making a deliberate move to better your health.