I think one of the reasons why I’m enjoying the Crazy Sexy Diet (CSD) 21-day cleanse so much is because it isn’t radically different from the way I was eating pre-cleanse. I have always loved fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. The CSD simply takes my preferred way of eating and cleans it up, so to speak. Instead of reaching for convenience foods like cereal in the mornings (even “healthy” cereals), simple carbs as snacks, and chocolate chips for dessert, I’m instead filling up on lots of produce.
For the last couple of years, I’ve always commented that “I’d love to eat a mostly raw diet, if it wasn’t so damn time-consuming and expensive.” This is a cop-out. Yes, eating mostly raw does require a decent amount of prep work in terms of cutting veggies, for example. And yes, some produce is pretty pricey. Umm, $5 organic red peppers?! But you know what? With a little planning, smart shopping, and a shift in mindset, it’s 100% accessible and worth it to me.
I’ve received a few requests to show what a day of eats looks like on the CSD, so here’s a general idea of what I’m eating (and please keep in mind that this is an eating style that works for me)…
First thing in the morning:
Glass of water with lemon. Green or peppermint tea.
Green Smoothie or Juice (at least 16 oz) – mostly vegetables (usually a mix of romaine, celery, carrot, kale, cucumber, etc) and some fruit (grapefruit, lemon, apple – whatever I’m feeling that day). I’ll add half an avocado and/or frozen banana if I’m making a smoothie.
I make sure to sip this throughout the morning, and if I’m still hungry, I’ll eat a small handful of raw almonds to tide me over to lunch.
Massive salad – chopped romaine or massaged kale (olive oil, lemon juice), a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds, 1/2 an avocado, or nuts, and every vegetable I can cram into my giant salad bowl.
If I feel like something else, I’ll toast a slice or two of gluten-free bread. I like the Food for Life brown rice bread.
Piece of fruit with 1 Tbs. raw almond butter. I’ve been loving pears recently – the TJ’s organic ones are good!
Veggies and 1/4 C. hummus. Depends if I feel like sweet or savory.
Large salad (similar to lunch) and a serving of quinoa with lightly steamed veggies/beans (peppers, chickpeas, more kale, mushrooms, etc). I like to cook the quinoa with veggie broth to give it some extra flavor, or I’ll add Braggs Liquid Aminos, lemon/lime juice – something to keep it from being bland.
One little trick I learned in the CSD book is to add your veggies to the pot after the quinoa is done cooking and leave the lid on for a minute or two. This allows the vegetables to steam so they’re not completely raw, but they don’t lose a lot of their nutrients in the cooking process.
Some nights I’m actually too full for dessert (shocking), but I’ve been eating a small serving of chia pudding (chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, stevia) or a couple of medjool dates on nights when I really want something sweet.
And between meals:
Lots and lots of water. I have never been so well-hydrated in my life.
It’s been about a week and a half since I began the cleanse, and I have had zero stomach issues or headaches (I’m sure being well-hydrated is key), my energy is much more consistent throughout the day (I’m not crashing at my desk at 3pm), and my cravings for sweets are less intense. Do I still want a piece of chocolate cake? Hell yes! But I’m excited to complete the full three weeks of the program, with the goal being to make a habit out of eating in a way that makes me feel good all the time, not just as I’m taking that first bite of chocolate cake. Plus, raw desserts are pretty spectacular.
What style of eating makes you feel your best?