Checkout my Journey to Vedgedom series part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 which is what leads to today's post.
The aftermath begins here.
After my raw food cleanse, I was still committed to my choice to become vegan. Surprisingly, during the cleanse I did not crave cooked food but I was looking forward to trying some cooked vegan food since I hadn't really tried any before...
( I am looking at that previous sentence with an awkward look on my face)
As I type this I am realizing now that back before the cleanse I technically have had vegan/vegetarian food, we all have. I realize now the difference is that I did not have the mindset to consume these meals with an ethical, spiritual or environmental intention...I just loved grapes (wait...grapes are vegan? yes, it blew my mind too). I loved eating broccoli and mushrooms, I loved eating vegetable fried rice, I just loved food! (and I still do) I wasn't thinking about any of that other stuff at that time, mainly because I didn't know any better and I probably wouldn't have cared because I needed to get my protein from animal flesh and eggs! It was all that I ever knew to be true at that time.
Over the course of about 4 months I went from eating meat, dairy and eggs to doing the raw food cleanse to becoming vegan.
Raw food to cooked food...the struggle
So while I was on this raw food cleanse my body was transforming into perfection. I was allowing my body the chance to rid itself of toxins and buildup, my skin was glowing and I felt like a superhero. Going from raw food to cooked vegan would be a breeze, right?...wrong!
I felt like I was coming down with the flu when I started eating cooked food after I finished the cleanse.
This feeling lasted for a few hours after every cooked meal that I consumed.
I was freaking out, why the hell was this happening! Being vegan is supposed to be good for you! What am I doing wrong?! Well...
My body had adapted to me eating fully raw. I made the mistake of jumping back on the cooked food bandwagon without prepping my body for the change.
I felt foolish. I spent 4 weeks transitioning before starting the raw food cleanse yet I did not think to do the same for cooked food.
I learned the hard way that I should have put the same amount of efforts transitioning to cooked food as I did when transitioning from a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) to raw food.
My body readjusted after 2 weeks and all was good after that.
I put my body through several transitions and throughout that time I learned a lot about myself and have become much more in tune with my body and what works for me.
Will I do another raw food cleanse?
Yes, absolutely and I will document my food and experiences in this blog.
Have you ever done a raw food cleanse? If so, what were your experiences?
~"Be Veg. Get Fit. Live Well."~
Jessica Ivory Sutton