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Crazy Sexy Diet: What I Eat in a Day

I think one of the reasons why I’m enjoying the Crazy Sexy Diet 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 Crazy Sexy Diet 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.

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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 time-consuming and expensive.” This is a little bit of 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 can be 100% accessible and worth it.

I’ve received a few requests to show what a day of eats looks like on the Crazy Sexy Diet, 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.

Breakfast:

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, or 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 handful of raw almonds to tide me over until lunch.

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Lunch:

Massive salad with chopped romaine or massaged kale (olive oil, lemon juice), a couple 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. Lately I’ve been enjoying the Food for Life brown rice bread.

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Raw Kale, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad

Pre-workout Snack:

Piece of fruit with 1 tablespoon of raw almond butter. I’ve been loving pears recently (the TJ’s organic ones have been so good!).

Or

Veggies and 1/4 cup hummus. It depends on whether I feel like something sweet or savory.

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Smoked Paprika & Caper Hummus

Dinner:

Large salad (similar to lunch) and a serving of quinoa with lightly steamed veggies and 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, fresh lemon or lime juice—something to keep it from being bland.

One little trick I learned in the Crazy Sexy Diet 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.

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Raw Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Dessert:

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, and stevia) or a couple of medjool dates on nights when I really want something sweet.

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 vegan Oreo chocolate cake? Absolutely! But I’m excited to complete the full three weeks of the Crazy Sexy Diet 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.

I’d love to know: What style of eating makes you feel your best?

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  1. even though the diet’s got a crazy name, you’ve made it look totally do-able, with my new smoothie ebook I might give this 3 week challenge a try, thanks for sharing!

    1. Amanda says

      I agree with you on the name – that initially turned me off and I didn’t even give the book a 2nd look. But, I saw a review on another blog and I’m glad I gave it a chance. Even though parts are written in a silly way, the program has been awesome so far.

  2. I give you credit…I’m not sure I could ever do this! However, ever since going vegetarian, I have felt sooo much more energized, and just healthier in general. Going vegetarian also inspired me to eat more fruits and vegetables – and branch out from just bananas and apples. 😉

    1. Amanda says

      I know some people think eating vegetarian/vegan can be restrictive, but I eat much more variety than I ever did when I was eating meat and dairy. I’m glad you’re also feeling more energized!

  3. Rhona says

    That’s great you are having such positive effects. I can totally feel your energy through your writings.
    For me, telling you the truth pure and simple mostly raw vegan with little or no oil is best. I have zero headaches, am full of energy. When I eat things like cooked grains and veggies, lightly steamed, and fruit, I am at my best. It’s like I can’t stop laughing and smiling and my stomach has no issues. Also, bathroom experiences are great…yes, this makes me happy. Last Friday I deviated from this and had some fried black bean burgers and yam fries. I almost yacked. Right after I ate I contemplated throwing it up I felt so awful. I threw away the rest of the batch of everything and felt nauseous and gross all night. I think my tolerance for oil is lowering as I rarely use it and when I do I feel sick and get headachy. I am thinking of switching from 100% vegan to 100% vegan but 50% raw, 50% cooked. I think I will strive with this.

    1. Amanda says

      I can totally relate to your recent experience with fried foods. I’ve always had a sensitive stomach and restaurant meals used to make me sick. I’d order what my friends were eating, and I’d be the only one who had stomach issues. I feel a million times better when I stay away from fried stuff.

  4. I need to try something like this, it really doesn’t look all that difficult when you really break it down. thanks for the details.

    1. Amanda says

      It’s honestly a lot easier than I thought it might be. And I think it’ll be great during the summer when the last thing I’ll want to do is turn on my oven. 🙂

  5. So interesting to take a look at your meals. I actually find that quite the exact opposite of this eating style is what feels really right for my body. My body and stomach especially seem to hate raw veggies so I cook just about everything I eat. I also don’t really eat grains and not too much fruit either. I need lots of fat and protein to feel energized. Glad your seeing some positive changes!

    1. Amanda says

      I know some people who also have a tough time stomaching (literally) raw veggies. I grew up mostly vegetarian, so I wonder if that plays a part in what my body likes/doesn’t like (not just in terms of taste)? I started eating meat regularly my freshman year of college and my stomach hated me! Really interesting to hear what works for other people…

  6. Emily says

    I’m so glad that following the Crazy Sexy Diet is going so well for you! It actually sounds fairly similar to how I already eat as well. Green juices have become a staple for me- I have one almost every day! They give me so much more energy and my health, skin, hair, nails, etc. have improved already.
    Thanks for the tip on adding veggies to the pot of quinoa for a few minutes. I can’t believe I never thought to do that. So smart!

  7. Yay! Thanks for posting this! Your daily eats sound wonderful. Honestly, I couldn’t eat exactly what you do, because I need a massive breakfast (usually about 500 calories) and kind of taper off through the day. I also consume a ton of protein- which is new for me. I love veggies though, definitely my favorite food group by far. There’s so much that you can do with them!

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling great and have more energy. Maybe I can kind of modify the diet to work for me… I’d have to check out the book first, of course.

    1. Amanda says

      I think you could modify the diet to include a bigger breakfast, more protein (she mentions protein powders too), etc. I tend not to be very hungry in the mornings, so the way it’s structured has been working well for me. I haven’t finished the book to see what comes after the 21-day cleanse, but I will probably make some changes after it’s over. Namely, bringing back CHOCOLATE! 🙂

  8. I’ve been meaning to go on a cleanse for a long time, but I was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough energy for my dog (I’m a dog walker, and I walk between 10 and 15 miles a day). Glad to hear it’s been the opposite for you! I really should stop procrastinating and just do it…

    1. Amanda says

      Wow, that is a ton of walking! I can understand why you’d be concerned about having enough energy. I’ve found it to be pretty easy to bump up the calories/fat/protein on this cleanse through bigger meals, more snacks, etc. The point is definitely not to be hungry, but instead to eat foods that reduce inflammation, give you lots of nutrients, etc. I think it’s worth a try!

    2. Kait says

      Kris talks about how you should NEVER be hungry. Add in extra grains/beans to bulk up salads some more! I need to and I don’t walk nearly as much!

      1. Amanda says

        Great advice! I’ve actually found that I sometimes can’t finish my salads because they’re so huge/filling. I love adding quinoa or beans – keeps me full for hours!

      2. Kait says

        I think your stomach is significantly smaller than mine. 16oz for breakfast? I do 32 and it includes chia or flax and nutbutter! #insatiable

      3. Amanda says

        I tend to be more hungry later in the day. I’ll have a big glass of water first thing in the morning, then herbal tea (sometimes x2) and then green juice/smoothie. Lots of liquids!

  9. Ritika says

    I just found your blog and it is GORGEOUS! Those photos just make me fall in love with plant-based foods all over again. I’m going to look at your other entries and have some fun!

    Just…gorgeous…photos…<3

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks so much, Ritika! The photography is a constant learning process for me. 🙂

  10. Jaymie says

    Thanks for sharing. I’m on Day 6 of the cleanse. It’s not too far off from how I eat anyway but being this diligent daily about what I put in my body has been amazing. I feel so energized. The juicing gets tiresome for me but only because it’s time consuming :). I do it anyway. You have a lovely blog.

    1. Amanda says

      I totally agree about the juicing – time-consuming, but worth it! I’m thinking about doing the cleanse again. 🙂

  11. Sophie says

    Yeah, I used to eat like this a lot, but after a number of years I began to have a lot of health problems. A lot of fatigue, sugar cravings, and inflammation. I went to the Dr. and found out I was eating all the wrong things. I had developed pretty serious hypoglycemia. No I’m suppose to eat mainly protein, fat, and veggies. This seems a bit high in sugar and lacking in protein and fat, but everyone is different, and I’m glad it works for you!

    1. Amanda says

      That’s interesting about your sugar cravings, fatigue, and inflammation, especially since this style of eating is aimed at doing just the opposite! I’ve personally found that my sugar cravings have decreased significantly. I think a lot of that was mostly from eliminating processed sugar, and instead enjoying things like fruit, sweet potatoes, and other naturally sweet, whole foods. It’s when I indulge in something like chocolate that I find myself wanting it more.
      I don’t find that I have trouble eating enough protein or fat, but I also love and regularly enjoy avocado, nuts and seeds, legumes, tofu/tempeh…my stomach is very happy. 🙂

  12. Shannon says

    While I am quite late in commenting seeing how old the article is, I wonder if this would be helpful for myself as I have irritable bowel syndrome. Worth trying anyways since nothing I am doing now even remotely helps.

    1. Amanda says

      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with IBS, Shannon. While I am no expert on IBS, I will say that for me, I continue to go back to this style of eating time and time again because it makes me feel so good. I hope you find relief soon. <3

  13. Tricia says

    I eat nearly exactly this way when I’m following the Eat To Live 6 week vegan plan. I feel great when I do it right and I feel super healthy and slimmer all the way around. The plans sound very similar. I will have to check this one out too. It’s pretty amazing how full you can get just eating produce. Have you seen that picture of your stomach (it’s a drawing so it’s not gross or anything) showing 400 calories (or whatever amount) of oil vs 400 calories of raw vegetables? It’s pretty crazy how much more you can eat!!!

    1. Amanda says

      I have not seen that photo, but I bet there’s a crazy difference! You can definitely eat a ton of produce for 400 calories!

  14. Susana Barker says

    Thanks for sharing!

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