Since you haven't heard from me in a while, I decided to jumpstart my return with a bang. I decided to do something that will sound crazy – especially to anyone who knows how much I love a smothered porkchop, fried chicken, cheese and shrimp prepared any way there is . . . but I digress. I made the decision to try Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy You program and go not only vegan, but also dairy free, coffee free, and gluten free for the next 21 days. Yeah, you read that right: meat free, dairy free, coffee free and gluten free for the next 21 days.
No, I haven't lost my mind or joined a cult, nor did aliens abduct and impersonate me. I made the decision to join Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy You program because I am the heaviest I've ever been and I would love to get off blood pressure medication for good.
The program, which involves a fully planned vegan 21 day meal plan (complete with snacks and desserts), an exercise program (3-5 days per week), and a daily meditation regimen, is designed to promote not only weight loss, but an overall health reboot. There's even a private Facebook group where members of the program get daily tips and support from Kris Carr and her team, a weekly group coaching call with Kris Carr, and weekly office hours with her chef and the nutritionists, who also pop into the Facebook group all week to answer questions.
Even though they don't call the program a cleanse, apparently some people who are detoxing from junk food, caffeine and other goodies may experience both the positive results and the temporary symptoms typically brought on by a cleanse.
Kris Carr and her team do a great job of helping the members prepare for the program by offering shopping guides, cooking guides, food storage and prep tips, and restaurant and business trip survival guides. The survival guides were very helpful as I will be away for a week attending a writers conference during the program and won't be able to prepare meals in accordance with the program. I've already scoped out all the vegan restaurants and juice/smoothie spots near my hotel. I also figured out that I could order vegetarian Chinese food.
Before perusing the guides, I knew very little about how to eat vegan and meet my nutritional needs. Being a comfort food mama, I was very happy to discover that some of my favorite items were “legal” on the program like lentil soup, almond milk, dark chocolate, green tea, vegetarian chili, brown rice, stir fry veggies, gluten free noodles and smoothies to name a few. In fact, the recipe book contained a number of soups and stews we can have.
I'm not going to lie though, going without any meat at all, even fish and hard boiled eggs , will be a challenge over the next 21 days. Not having any coffee will also be a challenge. Some of my coworkers plan to give me a wide berth over the next three weeks because they figure that I'll be positively evil until I adjust. That's pretty hilarious considering how much I love to laugh and how friendly I normally am.
I'm going to keep you posted on this journey by blogging every night for the next 21 days. My plan is to drop a few pounds, jump start my health and develop healthy eating, exercise and meditation habits. Let's see how it goes.