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Yes, friends.  As I get more accustomed to eating less meat and more vegetables (I'm already a fruit freak), I'm totally enjoying the ride.  VegetariCurryVeggieCookup1an and vegan meals are super delicious, something I thought I would never be able to say!

Take for example this dish of curried cooked-up veggies, rice and kidney beans, avocado and plantains.  Let me tell you!!    This tofu cook-up I did sometime ago was excellent as well.  TofuCookUp

I'm finding that having several meatless days in the week is really helping to keep my weight in check to an extent. In fact I'm only tempted by some good Jamaican-style curried goat or oxtails.  Other than that, the vegetarian way of eating is mostly what is done.

Bravo!  Kinda proud!

 

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Well, my 38-day Reclaim-Rebel Wellness Journey has come to an end with great results. As a reminder, this journey was broken down as follows:

--7 days of transitioning into the journey

--1 day of water fasting

--20 days fruitarianism

--5 days vegan

--5 days vegetarian

When I started the journey, I weighed 166.2 lbs and now at the end of the journey, I'm weighing 158.1 lbs. An 8 pound weight loss is good enough for me! I wasn't trying to lose much more than that...10 pounds was my maximum.

My biggest gain from this journey is that my eating habits have changed drastically and will now be a permanent one.

The 1-day water fast gave me my biggest jumpa loss of 3 lbs in one single day!!

I was at my happiest with the 20 days of raw food eating. For the first time in my life I had one fruit as a meal (called a mono-meal). 4 lbs of watermelon, or 4 huge mangoes, or half of a large papaya, or half of a pineapple. Refreshing and uber delicious. In this phase I also became a salad expert and was anxiously looking forward to making my next salad each time. My salads were filling and colorful as I mixed various raw vegetables with fruits to make them. You should see my rainbow plates. Then for dressings, they were usually a blend of a fruit and a vegetable...tomato and peach, tomato and mango, watermelon and green bell pepper, apple and celery...I could go on and on.

It was time for the 5-day vegan phase and I was quite reluctant to get out of the fruitarian phase. Enjoyed it so much!! I went in on the 3 day of this phase but still kept eating my raw vegetables and of course, fruits. I longed for a hard-boiled egg but stuck it out.

The last phase – the 5-day vegetarian, was welcomed as I could now eat everything except meat and dairy. That was fine with me.

This journey woke me up to the goodness of a plant-based diet. I never thought was this doable. Contrary popular belief, there is whole lot to eat on this diet.

I certainly don't miss eating beef (not to mention oxtails...I'm Jamaican). Going forward, I will be eating according to this journey and will probably have wild-caught fish and/or hormone-free chicken on certain occasions, but as a rule, my diet will be based on this 38-day journey.

I wish to thank Akilah Richards of Radicalselfie.com for introducing me to this awesome way of eating. It has truly changed my way of eating and subsequently...my life.

 

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Folks, day 7 was WATER-FASTING DAY!  Something I have never, ever done.  The entire day was spent consuming nothing but plain and/or coconut water.

Started out pretty well until I got to around noon time.  The growling in my stomach began.  To rectify that, I simply drank more water until I was full.

A wonderful flush for the kidneys for sure.  Many, many, many visits to the bathroom.

I stayed away from pictures or discussions of food because I knew that being as hungry as I was, it would have been easy to grab something...anything in sight.

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Carried on until around 6:00pm then I started getting a slight headache along with a lethargic feeling.  I simply told myself that the best thing to do at this point was to go to bed early.

I did exactly that, so by 7:00pm I was out like a light!!

I woke up the next morning feeling so proud of myself for sticking the process out and for rewarding my body (particularly as a woman over 50) with this wonderful flush and for allowing my stomach muscles to relax for a day.

The next go-round is the fruitarian segment, where I eat only raw foods--nothing with any form of heat applied to it--which would mostly be fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

ReclaimRebelBannerI have decided to join four fellow rebel-reclaimers (Akilah Richards of Execumama.com,  Trelani Hall Duncan of Sofundamental.com,  Katrina Harrell @NovemberSage and Monique Halley of Simplyblissliving.com ) in reclaiming my temple and rebelling against the trend of the unwell.  I had only recently (over the last year or so)  made a decision to eat less gluten, more fruits and vegetable, and to cut down significantly on sugar, but I nevertheless enthusiastically welcome this Reclaim Rebellion journey.  This will certainly serve to bolster my decision and will be right in line with my aging-well lifestyle that I've embraced.

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This is a 38-day journey broken down as follows:

-- 7 days of transitioning into the journey

-- 1 day of water fasting

-- 20 days fruitarianism

-- 5 days vegan

-- 5 days vegetarian

Days 1 through 6 were quite easy and helped me get a better grasp on my wellness journey, particularly as a 50-plus woman.

I started eating even more fruits and vegetables by replacing at least one daily meal with a fruit or with a vegetable salad.  Having a fruit-only meal is fun...it really is! Watermelon for lunch is filling, refreshing, nourishing, satisfying...ok -- let me stop!  Another example is eating an entire pineapple for breakfast, then drinking lots of water afterwards.  Super delicious!  Other times I had a green vegetable salad (lettuce or kale with cucumbers) for dinner, and used a blend of mango and tomato as my salad dressing.  Extremely delicious.  These choices are in direct lining with my impending 20 days of fruitarianism.ReclaimRebel1

I'm ready-- both physically and psychologically.

Ready for how great I will feel.  Ready for the weight I will lose.  Ready for the feeling of satisfaction I will get from sticking steadfastly to a journey that's rewarding to my health and well-being in more ways than one.

Join me as I chronicle this life-changing journey.  You may be tempted to try it.  In fact, I'm hoping you will.

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My food garden is growing and I'm feeling so proud!  I'm a big supporter of eating locally and also of growing what you eat, and eating what you grow.  It is a known fact that we must have good eating habits (if we haven't already) as we age.  It's never too late to start so even starting in your 50s is fine -- but start somewhere.

Every Spring, I have the custom of planting a food garden at my daughter and her family's house. My granddaughters and son-in-law would jump right in and get their knees and hands all dirty to make the garden happen. This year, it's being done at my house but we had a late start. This past winter was extremely long and I had second thoughts about growing a vegetable garden. Anyhow, Sage - my middle granddaughter - manged to encourage me to still go ahead with growing a garden so of course, I acquiesced.

Vege Garden startersHere's a pictures of my little seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, arugula, basil and cilantro) when they just started showing their little heads.

Vege Garden Paks

Some of them have now been transferred to the actual garden in the backyard and of course, we are excited!!

Look out for future posts with my garden at it's different stages.

TeaGreenI’m sure you’ve heard over and over about the many benefits of drinking green tea.  In case you haven’t, here are some of the results of several studies.

Green tea blasts fat!  According to these studies, it is recommended that you have two or more servings of green tea daily, and in three or so months you may notice some weight loss.

Green tea is a cancer fighter! These studies also say that drinking three or more cups of green tea per week for at least six months, actually lowers the risk for cancers of the digestive system in women by 14 percent.

These same studies further go on to say that green tea improves your memory and even cuts those blood sugar spikes we often get!  Green tea contains Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful anti-oxidant polyphenol, which is excellent for the brain. The same EGCG blocks the enzyme needed for us to digest many of the starchy foods we often consume.

Polyphenols help also to repair cell damage, which is very important as we age.  Green tea leaves are not baked during the production process, so they retain more active catechins (a powerful antioxidant group) than black tea.

As we get older, and particularly if you’re someone that’s living with osteoporosis, it is recommended that we switch to green so that its phytochemicals can stimulate bone formation and help slow its breakdown.  In one study, certain green tea components boosted an enzyme that promotes bone growth and blocked the activity of cells that weaken bones.

Is all this information enough for you to start drinking green tea?  It should be.  There are many brands and types of green teas around and they can be found everywhere these days.  This should be a part of our daily regimen as middle-age people.  I have been drinking green tea on a regular basis at least for the last 5 years and I thoroughly enjoy doing so.  Make the switch today--if you haven't yet.  Will you?

 

 

 

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