Post Vegan Post
For 30 days randomly started February 19, 2010 through March 20, 2010, I followed a diet eliminating the “forbidden 5” which meant no alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, no gluten, and no animal products (vegan) – referred to as the vegan cleanse. And, as the old adage of “the older I get, the better I used to be” holds true, the more time that passes since my vegan cleanse, the more fondly I recall it.
Since I completed the 30 days, people have been most curious about what I am eating now and what I FIRST had when I allowed myself to go back to “anything”. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have to tell you that the moment I woke up on day 31, I went down the stairs, grabbed a fork, and headed straight for the freezer to get the piece of chocolate birthday cake that I had stuck in there from my kids’ birthday celebration. I suppose the healthiest thing to say here would be that I didn’t like it or it was too sugary for me or I felt awful after I ate it, but honestly… it was amazing!
I tried not to add things back in too quickly (apart from that clear sugar rush first thing on the first morning). The first week, I got back to dairy and meat. By the next weekend, my parents came for a visit bringing their own supply of sugar and alcohol and I partook. I was still trying to stay as clean as I could and partly that meant trying to stay away from Easter candy. And I did… until the after-Easter candy sale at Target. Then I had a rough week.
Tonight, when a friend asked if I had lost weight (which always makes me smile), I said that I had (which is true). But, I felt compelled to also admit that I had started to put some back on (which is unfortunate). As she exhaled audibly, she said, “oh, don’t do that.” She is right, I shouldn’t. I don’t want it back. I really have fought too hard to get it off. I have clearly learned that I can no longer run far enough or fast enough to erase bags of candy. I just have to keep my diet clean no matter how hard it may seem. And, it really is seeming hard right now.