Per request (which I was thrilled to receive, you guys!) I’m going to write about how I got to where I am on my healthy journey. A journey it was, and it still is one. But it’s been a great ride, and it gets better and better. Here’s how I started. I’ll try to keep it brief.
My cousin posted on Facebook about juicing back in early February, maybe early January. I inquired about it and promptly bought my own (used) juicer to include fresh fruit and vegetable juice in my diet. On Friday, February 8, 2013, I asked my husband to watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netflix with me. I’d seen this mentioned on all the juicing websites I’d researched. My husband paid much more attention than I did, and he was convinced about starting a juice fast. That’s exactly what we did.
I completed five days. He made it through ten. But an amazing thing happened. After five days, my cravings for fast food, processed food, and sweets were completely gone. GONE. And I haven’t craved them since because I haven’t gone back to eating them. I did begin eating meat again after the fast, but I’ve mostly eaten fruits, veggies, nuts/seeds, grains, and legumes since. I keep it raw whenever I can. I’ve given up meat now, but I’m not completely vegan – I eat a little cheese sometimes. And I don’t eat wheat at all. Yes, that means no bread, but I don’t miss it because I know what wheat does to my body. I know what it ALL does, so it makes my decisions regarding food easier.
It isn’t about the diet mentality of “can’t have.” It’s all about the freedom of “don’t want” anymore. That’s the difference.
Since the juice fast, where I started at 134 lbs, I’ve lost 20 lbs just from eating this way, without counting calories and without controlling portion sizes, and I’ve gained about two back after being sick and from exercising. But it’s not about the weight. It needs to be about health. We need to change our attitudes about body image. Strong, not skinny. Health, not weight. I have energy, I have a clear brain, and I have more peace in my life. Real food gives you real life. I’ve never been happier.