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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.

Have you ever made a decision and acted upon that decision the minute it came to you? Right there on the spot! Snap—boom—done!! 

I did that recently. I was in the middle of working on a project I've been immersed in for several weeks, and all of a sudden I  just didn't feel good in that space anymore. I immediately stopped what I was doing, put everything down and made the very swift decision to be over and done with it right there on the spot (while brushing both palms up and down).

All of a sudden, that task no longer served me. It just didn't make sense to me anymore...physically, emotionally nor financially. So, why waste anymore of my precious time that I have now learned to value so much? The answer to that was very easy.

You see, this was not my story as a younger woman. Back then, I spent way too long thinking, lingering and pondering and therefore wasted precious time, on situations, and relationships that didn't serve me, and either never acted upon them or took way to long to make a move. As a result, I stayed in relationships that didn't make sense, in jobs that I shouldn't have, and overall did things and made moves that I really shouldn't have made, many of which turned out to be some regretful situations.

As I got older, the decision-making process became easier because I remember how they made me feel. Fear, anger, many years lost. It was time for that to be over. One of the best decisions I've ever made in my life...the decision to improve on my decision-making process. Makes sense?

Folks as we age, we must be in spaces that serves us, in relationships that makes us happy, doing things that improves and continues to improve us, that will benefit us, that will enhance us, that will feed us, that will nourish us, that will be FOR US! The 50plus era is a great time to start (if you haven't yet started) so that the remainder of your years will be the best ones ever.

My message to you is this: Say no to something or someone if you have to. Remove yourself from spaces and relationships that no longer serve you.

After all, your life—the rest of your life—could depend on your decision-making process.

Tenn2014_2So off I went again on another road trip (you know how I love those), this time to Tennessee to visit baby brother and family this Memorial Day weekend. He's a veteran in the US Army and I wanted to be in a military atmosphere to celebrate this memorable day. Clarkesville, Tennessee is a military town and wonderful place to be. Tenn2014_3

Tennessee is beautiful -- at least the part of Tennessee that I always visit. That's Clarkesville. It's quiet, calm, beautiful, wide open land, greenery everywhere...just a wonderful place to be.

Tweeting birds and scampering bunnies are all over the place. The smell of honeysuckle fills the air almost everywhere you go. Yards are well kept with carefully manicured gardens, and lots of land space front and back for frolicking.

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Another great aspect of my road trip is the interesting sightings along the way. How I wish that I could capture them all to share with you! People are really interesting and creative for sure. Tenn2014_4

This atmosphere fits right in with my 50-plus lifestyle with my love for the outdoors. As a baby-boomer, I don't like being indoors all the time; gotta have my outdoorsie time! My parents and other elders in my family mostly spent their time indoors but that's just not my style.

I've traveled to other states but none satisfies me more when it comes to just wanting to be outside for an entire day like Clarkesville, Tennessee does. The Caribbean does this for me as well - but that's outside of the United States.  It's usually my place to be each 4th of July.  However, I couldn't resist the temptation to be there this Memorial Day weekend to get a full whiff of Spring there.

Road trips are invigorating.  As I age, I crave all the things that keeps my mind fresh and road trips are one of the many things that does this for this middle-ager.  In fact, many middle-agers go full-force into road trips.  For example, in this picture above of this couple riding the yellow motorbike, they were middle-agers going on a joy ride.  In fact, we saw several of them along the way - some with music playing while whisking by.

I wonder if I would be brave enough to hop on one of these.  Hmmm...my middle-aged crisis setting in here?

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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.

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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.

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