Day 5: Bring on the challenge!!

Wow! Day 5 of this Vegan Fast is a lot more intense than expected. Well, I say that, but we did expect it somewhat. Travis has had a HORRIBLE headache today and we have both been quite moody. We can still power through this though! Drinking a lot of water and staying as positive as possible has been helping us through. For breakfast Travis made a “Tropic Tango Smoothie” and some toast with almond butter. The Smoothie can be found on Vitamix’s website. Very delish!!

We have a lot going on, workwise, recently. So we ran a lot of errands and did a lot of things today, then Travis got super hungry and came home to eat with a headache and very frustrated. Trader Joe’s Veggie Chili and rice was the answer to our hunger and a quick thing to heat up over the stove for a fast lunch. It was very yummy, but I missed sour cream and cheese SO BAD!!!! Then I made the same smoothie I came up with yesterday for a taste after the Chili. I feel like the feelings of missing cheese and sour cream goes away quick when we are gulping down a fresh green smoothie. Mmm!

Travis had a little bit of a breakdown this evening. He said that he needs to eat a burrito and some steak. Now, if you know my husband, you would know that he does not love steak. He never has really… he enjoys it, but never craves it. Well today, he craved a CARNE ASADA Burrito, cheese, quesadilla’s, nacho cheese, goat cheese, gouda cheese, etc. I told him he sounded like Bubba from Forrest Gump, except not with shrimp… with cheese! “Cheese cocktail, nacho cheese, burrito cheese, mexican cheese…” haha. Anyways, I told him to calm down and I would make him a yummy dinner, while he relaxed in bed to get rid of his headache. I also read online that fresh grape juice helps with migraines, so I made some for him and brought it to him in bed. For dinner I was feeling very creative! So I made a Black Bean, Olive, Temph, Mushroom, Onion, Rice, and Cilantro dish. It turned out very good! I sauteed all of it together and just kind of through stuff in as it felt right! Wow… it was tasty and I think Travis’ headache is gone! I also added some nutritional yeast into the dish, to help with vitamin B12 ( thanks Rene!!:) )

I don’t have any pictures to post this evening because we are in a huge rush to get out the door, but I wanted to make sure I did the blog and put down our symptoms. It has been a challenging day, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?

Tomorrow is a new day : )


4 thoughts on “Day 5: Bring on the challenge!!

  1. Watch the drew cannole video I posted on your wall. It talks about adding coconut oil to your juice when the headaches occur. As far as craving steak that is a sign of his body craving iron…load up on dark leafy greens and sea vegetables . To get really fast absorption of iron combine it with something high in vitamin c. So have like a spinach or kale salad with tangerines or oranges. Something like that. Eating raw greens as opposed to cooking will give him a bigger boost faster also. Keep on keeping on.

  2. The cheese one could be not enough food intake (fuel for energy) or its his body going through withdrawals. You can try also eating broccoli it’s a quick energy fuel.

    Oh wait! I found this in my notes….sharing is caring:

    Cravings for cheese or pizza often indicate a fatty acid de­ficiency, which is common in most people. Eat foods such as raw walnuts, wild salmon, flax oil; add ground flaxseeds to your diet. Supplement with a high-quality supplement that includes the benefi­cial fats, especially Omega 3s. It should contain both EPA and DHA. Two to three servings of fish such as wild salmon or a small handful of raw walnuts or 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds in a smoothie will often cut out cheese cravings altogether.

    Red Meat
    Not surprisingly, cravings for red meat usually indicate an iron deficiency. Often people crave burgers or steaks. Women of menstruation age are especially vulnerable to iron deficiencies. Eat more iron-rich beans and legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs, and other dried fruits. If you eat meat you can also choose lean, organic red meat like beef or bison as a source of iron. Just remember to keep meat consumption to within 15 percent of your total daily diet. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, so take vitamin C alongside your iron-rich foods. Alternatively, eat citrus, red peppers, tomatoes, or berries which are high in vitamin C with your iron-rich foods

  3. Janine McHale IIs he getting enough B12? And what about iron? (I know men don’t need as much but if he’s not eating meat he may not be getting enough from just greens).
    3 hours ago · Like

    Laura Marión Ruiz Headache is a common sign on a detox process that you are, I will only drink water, breathe more deeply and use peppermint oil on temples to ease the pain. Remember that your energy is having an amazing re-start
    2 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2

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