The Crazy Sexy Diet, Round 3: A Recap

August 31st marked the 30th day I spent on the Crazy Sexy Diet.

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The Crazy Sexy Diet is also known as the 21 day adventure cleanse, and for three weeks, I strove to:

  • Abstain from all alcohol (DONE. I did this till Day #30)
  • Abstain from ALL animal products (DONE. For 21 days and always!)
  • Abstain from gluten (I did this until Day 21)
  • Abstain from sugar (I need to do a better job of reading the ingredients on EVERYTHING. It’s amazing how many products have sugar hidden in their lists.) (I was MUCH more mindful of sugar but still had a hard time eliminating it completely from my diet.)
  • Dry brush everyday (cleanse off dead skin cells that contain released toxins). (I did this a couple of times/week. My skin has still not completely recovered from a fight with poison ivy last month. Dry brushing everyday would have irritated my skin too much.)
  • MOVE for at least 30 minutes each day. Even if it’s a 30 minute walk with my dogs, I need to get in some form of exercise each day. (DONE)
  • Do a minimum of 20 minutes of yoga each day. (I am very proud of how well I did with this. I actually only stuck to the 20 minutes once or twice. Normally, my minimum was 60 minutes of yoga.)
  • Meditate for a minimum of 20 minutes each day. (I slipped up 3 or 4 times, when I completely forgot about it.)
  • Sleep at least 8 hours every night. (I was doing pretty well with this until the last week. Southern California has been awfully hot and humid, and sleep has proven more difficult.)

Gluten

After day 21, I decided to extend the diet to 30 days. It just made sense to go until my yoga teacher training was finished. The only thing I changed after 21 day was re-introducing gluten.

I had never completely cut out gluten before. I wanted to eliminate it just as an experiment, and I have to say, I did not notice much of a difference. As I previously thought, I probably do not have any sensitivities to gluten. I did feel like I ate less simple carbohydrates by eliminating gluten, and it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I think I want to eat it less frequently now, in my diet.

Sugar

I may be overly paranoid about sugar since reading this article, but I still feel like I may be eating too much sugar. I worked pretty hard to read all ingredients and not buy anything with added sugar in it.

While tracking my calories and nutrients in MyFitnessPal, I found that I was consistently going over my sugar intake for the day. Most of my sugar is coming from fruit. Maybe I am eating too much fruit? In the summer, it is so hard not to enjoy all the beautiful, juicy seasonal picks.

I am still going to strive to not purchase food with added sugar ingredients.

Other Observations:

  • Until the current heat/humidity kicked I, I was sleeping much better.
  • My digestion improved.
  • As always, my skin is telling me that it is healthier and more hydrated.
  • I lost 6 pounds.
  • I felt fuller, much faster. It did not take as much to fill me up. Most of my food choices were so nutrient dense that a smaller portion went a longer ways.
  • I feel more centered, calm and serene. I am sure meditating and yoga everyday helps with this, but I know my diet also contributed.
  • Overall, I just feel MUCH better. This alone should be motivation to continue eating this way. I do not feel guilty about consuming processed food. I do not feel sluggish, run down or dehydrated from drinking alcohol, eating sugar or vegan junk food. I feel alive, present and grateful.

What’s Next

I really hope to continue on this path. I think it was a great sign that Day 21 came and went, and I decided to stick with it, with minimal effort. Eating whole, unprocessed foods has become more integrated into my life and less like a “diet.”

I know I will not be perfect, and I am looking forward to a little bit of wine, but overall, eating a clean, vegan diet is best for my body, heart and soul, my animal friends and my planet.

taken at Native Foods, Costa Mesa

taken at Native Foods, Costa Mesa

Please let me know if you have any questions about The Crazy Sexy Diet!

What Do You Eat on The Crazy Sexy Diet?

I just finished week 1 of the Crazy Sexy Diet (CSD, 21 Day Adventure Cleanse). This is the third time I have done this detox, and this time around, I have tried to be even more mindful, especially when it comes to gluten and sugar.

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I am striving to:

  • Abstain from all alcohol
  • Abstain from ALL animal products
  • Abstain from gluten
  • Abstain from sugar (I need to do a better job of reading the ingredients on EVERYTHING. It’s amazing how many products have sugar hidden in their lists.)
  • Dry brush everyday (cleanse off dead skin cells that contain released toxins)
  • MOVE for at least 30 minutes each day. Even if it’s a 30 minute walk with my dogs, I need to get in some form of exercise each day.
  • Do a minimum of 20 minutes of yoga each day.
  • Meditate for a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
  • Sleep at least 8 hours every night.

On other rounds of the CSD, I have eaten gluten, even if it was just in the form of sprouted, whole grains. This time, I am striving to eliminate it from my diet, (for the 21 days) to see what the results may be.

So what does one eat when they are trying to abstain from animal products, gluten and sugar? Here are a few of my dinners, from the week:

Hummus + carrots + corn tortillas

My husbands’ homemade hummus is my favorite. He added in roasted peppers and cilantro to this batch. It tasted incredibly fresh and vibrant. I dipped sliced carrots and warmed corn tortillas in it. I ate A LOT of corn tortillas this week!

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Stir Fry

This is one of my quick, healthy and bulky go-to meals. It makes plenty for left over lunches and even another dinner.

I start by sautéing cubed tofu in coconut oil with 2 cloves of minces garlic. Once it has browned, I add in my veggies. I pretty much use whatever may be in my fridge. For this batch, I added in; edamame, 1 red pepper, green beans and snap peas. I cooked about 1.5 cups of brown rice. Once the rice was finished, I tossed it into my wok with the tofu and veggies, and added the seasonings. To taste, I threw in; ginger, turmeric, curry powder, chili oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar and Bragg’s aminos. This stir fry is spicy, flavorful and full of nutrients. This made enough for dinner and a few lunches.

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I am fortunate enough to be recipe tasting again for Joni Newman’s new book. We have a fig tree and I literally wait ALL year for it to bloom. This is my favorite time of year for fresh produce and I love how this recipe incorporates figs in a fun, unique way.

This dressing is made by first making a balsamic glaze reduction, then blending the ingredients together. The result is a nice sweet, yet savory vinaigrette. I topped some blanched kale with the glaze, along with slivered almonds and hemp seeds to add crunch.

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Red & White Quinoa

This is another delicious recipe from Joni Newman. I loved this so much I will be making it again this coming week. It is pretty simple, with a few, delicious ingredients. The cooked red and white quinoa is combined with kale, almonds and cranberries, and bound together beautifully with a tahini dressing.

The first thing my husband said when he took a bite of it was: “it tastes like cheese!” Maybe it’s been so long since he has had cheese, but I can see how the tangy sauce, combined with raisins and cranberries, could give off a herbed cheese taste.

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Organic Circus Café

I am so delighted that at my local Farmer’s market, there is a raw, vegan, gluten-free stand. For the past few Thursdays, while we shop for our week’s worth of fruits and veggies, we enjoy dinner from Organic Circus Café. Their dishes are innovative, bursting with flavor and health, not to mention delicious.

Each week there is a new dish, so we enjoyed the Raw Spaghetti Bowl (made with spaghetti squash) & Mediterranean Kracker. The spaghetti bowl was surprisingly filling, but the kracker was my favorite; the sundried tomato hummus was amazing!

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Thoughts after Week 1:

It was nice to transition into the CSD after the juice cleanse. I feel like I am only filling my body back up with goodness after detoxing some crap out.

I really felt the effects of this when one evening this week, I was not very hungry and only had homemade popcorn for dinner. I woke up the next morning feeling almost like I had a hangover; which essentially I did, just from too much salt. My body told me right away that I did not eat balanced the night before. A few glasses of water cured me, but it was insightful to know how much more in tune and connected I am becoming with my body, when it is healthy.

Another thing I have realized is how hard it is to stay away from sugar, particularly, those hidden sugars! I have stuck to fresh fruit when I need something a little sweet, but while shopping for food this week, I had a hard time finding products with 0 grams of sugar! I ended up selecting items that did not have sugar listed in the ingredient list, and that was still difficult to find. There were so many things I had to put back on the shelf, after reading the ingredients. Why does it have to be everywhere?!

I feel this first week was a success. Another benefit of the juice cleanse was 3 days with no food, makes any food after that point seem like a treat, even if it did not have gluten or sugar. We will see how this next week goes, please let me know if you have any questions about the CSD! 

21 Day Adventure Cleanse

In March 2006, I stopped eating meat and never looked back. I cut out dairy in March 2007 and was vegan for about two years. I never felt better in my life. The dreams that I used to have about pizza begin mounting and I slowly started eating cheese again. My diet turned crappier and crappier and I packed on some pounds. Finally, I knew I needed some sort of change, but was still not motivated to make the right choice for my health.

I found the passion I needed and was reminded about all the benefits of veganism after reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (CSD). I started her adventure cleanse on August 20th, 2012. I did 21 days with no coffee, dairy or alcohol. This was huge. I lost 7 lbs and have lost about 3 more since.

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Since finishing round 1 of the cleanse, I have maintained a vegan diet and stayed away from coffee. I have had alcohol a few times. I feel pretty amazing.

I plan to start round 2 on Saturday, January 5th and share my experiences here.

You can customize the level of intensity in which you participate in CSD. I plan to:

  • Abstain from coffee (I have not had coffee or soda since 8/13/12)
  • Abstain from all alcohol
  • Abstain from ALL animal products
  • Eat minimum gluten (only have whole, sprouted grain products)
  • Abstain from sugar (I need to do a better job of reading the ingredients on EVERYTHING. It’s amazing how many products have sugar hidden in their lists.)
  • Dry brush everyday (cleanse off dead skin cells that contain released toxins)
  • MOVE for at least 30 minutes each day. Even if it’s a 30 minute walk with my dogs, I need to get in some form of exercise each day.
  • I am also going to add in yoga or meditation each day. Even if it is for only 15 minutes. It helps set up my day with positive intentions.
  • Sleep at least 8 hours every night.

I am excited about venturing on this adventure. I will try to post every few days about how it is going.