On March 26, 2017, I decided to challenge myself to achieve my two-year goal in 100 Days. This journey helped me finally launch the SoFlo Vegans website and resign as the District Webmaster of Broward County Public Schools. What this experience taught me was that anything is possible if you are committed, passionate and living in service to others. So what does this have to do with a Raw Vegan Challenge?
Fast forward to January 25, 2018. I started my second 100 Day challenge to completely transform my life. This includes health, business, and relationships. So this article is going to touch on my health and my decision to go 100% raw vegan for 14 days.
Now, this isn’t the first time that I attempted to go raw vegan. Back in November, I declared to the world that I was going raw vegan for good. This only lasted four days and proved harder than I imagined. This time around, I am only focusing on a reboot to jump start my fitness goals. With a clear end date in mind, I’m finding the challenge to be exciting and life-changing.
I remembered that I knew two health practitioners that organized a 21-Day vegan reboot. So I signed up for their class and received some great advice, recipes, and resources for my journey. So a big thank you to Jamie and Courtney from Ahimsa Healers. Check out their website and sign up for their program. It’s 100% worth it if you want to change your life. They also hold classes on their animal sanctuary.
So, what am I eating? Without giving away all of the contents of Jamie and Courtney’s program, I will generalize the types of food I’m enjoying. Here is a typical day in the life of Mr. Russell.
4:00 a.m. – Wake up and make some lemon water.
5:00 a.m. – Go to the Gym
6:30 a.m. – Celery Water
10:00 a.m. – Banana Smoothie (Delicious)
1:00 p.m. – Mono meal of fruits (Grapes, Watermelon, etc.)
6:00 p.m. – Big bowl of salad with a variety of homemade dressing (Yum)
There is a great deal of wiggle room in what I eat during those times, so it keeps things fresh and interesting. I am also learning more about the benefits of fruits and mineral salts in my diet. As you can see, staying away from fats, salt and oils is important.
As a result of this diet, I find that my energy levels are consistent throughout the day. I dropped ten pounds in just six days and I am keeping my muscle mass. The best part is that I’m eating large quantities of food and not feeling bloated. I simply stop eating when I’m full.
In order to hold myself accountable, I have also been sharing my journey on Facebook Live and Youtube. So I challenge you to go raw for at least 14 days. I recommend starting with the Ahimsa Healers course or do research on your own for the right program. Trying to do it without a guide is rough. That’s why I flearned (fail + learned) during my first at-bat.
Leave questions in the comments section and I will do my best to provide answers. I will even create an FAQ section for this post and keep you up to date with what’s happening to me. Also, this post will be updated, so keep checking back.