Confession #IKHLW


There was another reason I decided to go back to juicing that I didn’t mention in my last post.

I gained two pounds. It was excess water weight from all the salt I was consuming. 

After recently losing over 61 pounds. I find myself freaking out over the slightest bit of weight gain (even though I know where it came from) so my first mind is to go back to juicing. 

Not that juicing is a bad thing, it’s just that I don’t want to be afraid to eat food and develop an eating disorder over a couple of pounds. 

I have an all or nothing personality and tend to be real strict on one side or the other when my goal is to find balance in my life.

I realize that this is what this lifestyle change is about, trying different foods, finding what I like and don’t like, until I find the balance that works for me.

As long as I am eating whole fruits and vegetables and not the processed vegan foods that I use to eat, I don’t have to worry about waking up one morning back at 206 pounds (I had a nightmare about that).

Although I’ve introduced some foods back in my diet before I was ready, my body is doing a fairly good job of adjusting. My digestion gets better with every occurrence.

I realize I still have mental work to do. I can’t allow fear to cause me to make rash decisions or be afraid to try new foods. 

The culprit is salt not food. I have to watch my sodium intake and make sure I drink extra water when I consume foods with a higher sodium content than I’m used to eating and find salt alternatives to add to my foods.

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My last meal #IKHLW


My last meal.

I had some coconut meat that I froze from the 31 day fruit feast. I made ceviche a couple of days with some of it.

It was amazing! 

I decided to used the rest of the coconut meat to make an alfredo sauce. I blended:

  • Coconut meat 
  • The scraps from 3 spiralized zucchini 
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • Nutritional yeast 
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Ground black pepper 
  • Pink Himalayan salt 

I sprinkled basil and more ground black pepper on after adding the sauce to the zoodles.

This smelled so good. 

Why is this my last meal? I’m going to be juicing for rest of this month. 
Although I’ve been enjoying my zoodle dishes, 

I have really overdone it on fat and salt and it’s taking a toll on my body and I need a reset before things get out of hand. 

I introduced fats too soon back into my diet. As for salt, I really had no intention of eating salt of any kind again. I was going to invest in salt alternatives like dulse. Also I’ve been adding olives, hearts of palm and even capers to my zoodles. I know I know not a good idea. My body has let me know it’s not happy with my latest food choices.

My feet are swollen 😢

I made some mistakes coming off the fruit feast. I need to reset my system and start over. There are other reasons for me juicing the rest of the month.

  1. To refocus. I’m going through a few transitions in my life and I am stressing over them. I may be moving to a new position at work and I’m moving to a new place. Which brings me to number two.
  2. To save money. I find that it is easier to stay on budget when I’m juicing. I know what I need to buy and where to get the best prices.
  3. To simplify. The whole process of juicing is simple and straightforward 

I could just cut fat and salt from my diet and continue my raw vegan journey. To be honest, with everything that’s going on, I don’t want to think about eating right now.

Plus I am packing for my move and I don’t want to have a lot of appliances and utensils that I have to pack last minute.

I will also be rebounding during this juice cleanse to help get my lymphatic system moving. 

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31 Day fruit feast recap #IKHLW


Looking back on the past 31 days, I am happy I participated and I plan to eat a mostly fruitarian diet. There are a few things I wish I would have done differently.

  1. I would have started the day with a juice. When I started the fruit feast I had just come off of a 114 day juice cleanse. I feel like having a juice in the morning would have been something my body was used to. I felt like I shocked my system a little bit. Plus I wanted to keep juicing a daily part of my diet.
  2. I would have exercised more. I really didn’t start exercising until the last week of the fruit feast. Daily exercise was one of the rules of the feast. I just never got started until the last week. Daily exercise would have helped move more toxins out of my body, get my lymphatic system moving and help me tone.
  3. I would have not tried durian. I love durian and I’m glad I tried it, I just wish I hadn’t tried it during the fruit feast because of the fat content and how eating it noticeably slowed down my digestion.
  4. I would have been more practical with my fruit shopping. I bought a few things just because I could buy them in bulk for a reasonable price like the case of blueberries and the bananas. 
  5. I would have planned my meals better. There were times I found myself hungry and those are the times when I made rash decisions and bought durian.

I really enjoyed being on fruit for 31 days. I like how uncomplicated it is. Fruit is filling and sweet and most of the time you just grab and go.

So for the first day after the fruit feast I started the day with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice. I snacked on jackfruit and I had some durian that wasn’t very good. For dinner I decided to make a zucchini noodle dish. 

I spiralized two zucchini and added

  • Olives 
  • Sundries tomatoes
  • Leaks
  • Broccoli 
  • Hearts of palm
  • Fresh dill 
  • Trader Joe’s 21 spice salute 

For the sauce I blended together 

  • The zucchini scraps 
  • 2 short celery ribs
  • 1/2 of a golden tomato 
  • Two cloves of garlic 
  • Some nutritional yeast 
  • 4 soaked sukkary dates
  • Lemon juice (I used the juice of one lemon and it was way too much)
  • 1/2 of a small shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • Cayenne pepper 

Then I combined it all together.

It smelled amazing! Like I stated, I used way too much lemon juice so the sauce had a tangy flavor that overpowered everything else. The dish still tasted good and I’m going to make again tomorrow with a few tweaks.

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Fruit feast day 30 #IKHLW 


Today was simple. I started the day with fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice.

For lunch I tried to eat the papaya but it was hard inside.

I don’t know if it was ripe or not but I never had this type of papaya and wanted to try it. After I couldn’t eat it, I looked up green papaya online. It is known as the cooking papaya. It is used in Asian dishes. 

According to what I read, it doesn’t get ripe and soft like other types of papaya and it has a more cucumber taste. I didn’t throw it away. I’m going to add it to my apple juice I plan on making in the morning.
I ate pineapple and jackfruit for lunch instead.

I had watermelon for dinner. Never disappoints 

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Fruit feast day 29 #IKHLW


I got on the rebounder for 5 minutes this morning. I can really feel it in my legs and my abs.

Pineapple date smoothie, watermelon and in the round container a piece of durian. The smoothie was bad. I really can’t get this smoothie thing right. If it’s not coconut water and mango I don’t want it.
I miss not having my smoothie in the morning. I’m hungry but I really don’t feel like chewing. For lunch I had watermelon. It wasn’t very sweet and it was almost over ripe. 
On my way home I ate the piece of durian.

For dinner I had pineapple and jackfruit. I really like the combination. 
I can’t believe that there’s only two days left of the fruit feast. I’m still not sure how to make a raw vegan lifestyle more practical, but I’ll figure it out.

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Fruit feast day 28 #IKHLW


Prepping my lunch this morning. I decided bringing the knife to work wouldn’t be a good idea so I cut my watermelon in half and wrapped it in plastic so I could eat it right out the rind.

I was out of mangoes and coconut water so I made a smoothie with pineapple, baby bananas and 3 soaked saggae dates. I didn’t like it. 

I don’t really like bananas. I bought all these baby bananas because I was told they taste better than regular bananas. To me the taste just like regular bananas, the only good thing is they are small and I can eat them quickly. I like banana nice cream, and I like smoothies with bananas and certain fruits, but not pineapple. I’m still hoping the plantains will be the member of the banana family I really like, but they are so slow to ripen.

Jackfruit. It’s what’s for dinner. 

It took me about 45 minutes to get the fruit out, but it was worth it. It yielded quite a lot.

I think I may try blending some with my pineapple tomorrow morning and make a smoothie. We shall see.

Fruit feast day 27 #IKHLW


I did 5 minutes on my rebounder this morning. I could feel it in my legs my abs and arms. I am going to slowly work my way up to 15 minutes.

I had my mango coconut water smoothie for my first meal. I brought a papaya, Asian pear and two Thai baby bananas to work with me.

The pear was nice and juicy. The bananas tasted like bananas but smaller. The papaya was awesome.

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