go ahead and ask me

Just before Valentine's Day I was mentally preparing myself to try another round of :: insert company name :: 14 day'ish colon cleanse.

Wow.  Did I really just type that out?

So, you know the drill.  Lots of water, fiber pills, fiber drinks and vitamins.  Rebuild the lining of the yada yada and bada-bing-bada-boom your cravings for sweets, caffeine and junk food are g-o-n-e.

I say "another round' because last year this time I did said cleanse and promptly got very sick.  Because of the cleanse?  Despite the cleanse?  Who knows; but I do have the association of illness and the program so I was hesitant to repeat the cycle.  I did, however, enjoy the results of jump-starting a healthier eating regimen which lead to eating seasonally and locally and overall making healthier choices . . . . . consistently.

Then came Ellie's T1D diagnosis in late September of 2010.  We went on survival mode around the house and slowly all of the pre-packaged, preservative laden, shelf stable food crept back into the pantry.  I needed to know the carb-counts of e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g Ellie ate, thus convenience trumped healthy.

Oh how time, patience and practice changes everything, so before we knew it carb-counting got easier and I found tools to analyze my recipes so I could once again cook from scratch.  I no longer needed the crutch of a label on a box and we slowly weeded out the prepackaged foods once again.  This is our family's choice . . . I have no negative opinion about how you feed your own family . . . You do what works for YOU.

By February my body was screaming for the fresh and nutrient dense foods of months prior and I found myself considering the cleanse to jump start the process. 

Just as I was about to order the cleanse package, I found Heather's post about her online workshop titled:  30 Day Vegan:  A Cleansing WHOLE FOOD journey of healing.

And I said "Abso'freakin'lutely," sign me up.  Happy Valentine's Day, Honey!

I am so glad I did.  My family (as in ALL members) enjoyed some and endured other parts of the challenge. 

Did we complete the challenge?

Do you want to know more about it?

Do you have some specific questions?

Go ahead and ask me in the comments section and my next post will be chock full of answers.  Unless, of course, you don't give a lick about what my family ate . . . and didn't eat . . . for 30 days.  In that case, wait a couple of days and then check back in to hear me drone on about something else ;)


Joanne said...

I would love to do something like this, but am too afraid my body would revolt on me. My poor colon wouldn't know what had hit it.

As long as candy is included, I should be okay.

muffinmoon said...

OK, here we go:
In your opinion would it be possible to do this alone in a family? I think I'd be fine having been vegetarian for twenty years before getting pregnant and craving meat.
Is there a good range of different foods?
How was eating out for you?
Did you find yourself licking the butcher's shop window, or staring glassily at the cheese counter in the supermarket, or dreaming of steak like Alex the Lion in Madagascar?!?
Would you do it again?

Hallie said...

I want to know everything!!! Spill it!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, love particularly to see your recipes for healthy dinners. We go meatless a few times a week. would love some very healthy veggie dishes.

Football and Fried Rice said...

I do NOT think i could do it! I'm super impressed!

Wendy said...

Very cool....

Snacks? I feel like I need more than an apple for them after school...they're very cheesy kids :)

Variety...my hubs is a meat and potatoes man. I made eggplant parm one day last week and he almost died because it was meatless.

Don't get me wrong, my kiddos love fruits and veggies...I'm just worried that I'd bore them.


Mrs. Tuna said...

I was a vegetarian for the first 7 years I was married but Mr. Meat and Potatoes wore me down. Now I'll eat a few bites of meat.

Football and Fried Rice said...

I was also curious if you will continue any party of the vegan lifestyle and what benefits you noticed as a result. Apparently, my husband saw something on some talk show (what IS HE doing ALL DAY?!) Anyways - inquiring minds want to know :)

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

SPILL!!! I'm very interested to see what you fed Ellie for snacks. I'm always on the lookout for more protein sources beside cheese. We eat ALOT of cheese around here!