I've been reading this website for over a year before joining. I've been a vegan for over a year as well but recently fell off the wagon for whatever reason. So, I've decided to go Superheroe to reep the benefits even harder once again.
I've been going strong with brown rice and greens daily as well as Miso soup. I've been drinking the weight loss tea for 7 days. My question is that I'm wondering how long it takes to detox or even other stories of people starting the Superheroe. When I went vegan, the detox was short and sweet even though I was previously a hard core meat eater and drinking 2 pots of coffee a day. When I went vegan overnight and quit coffee I was feeling better than I've ever felt after about 8 days. I would wake before my alarm to exercise and had energy all day to prep for meals, cleaning and taking care of my one year old while also working full time. Now that I've been superheroe for two weeks, I still feel lethargic, moody, mentally foggy and I can't get out of bed after 9 hours sleep. I feel like I'm hungover or even maybe a little buzzed????
Other peoples experiences will help keep me motivated so please share your thoughts. I'm trying to hang in there!!
I am superhero 80% of the time since going vegan over a year ago (April 2010 woohoo!)
Sometimes when I am strictly superhero I also get this brain fog you mentioned. For me, I feel it is a detox symptom. When I am vegan for the other 20% of the time, it's basically for vegan desserts. I don't like the processed/frozen vegan food stuff so it's all about the sweet tooth in me. Therefore when I decide to go dessert free for a month lets say and be completely superhero, I feel like my liver gets the chance to detox all the sugary yumminess I have consumed. What has helped me get thru the detox symptoms I'd drinking dandelion tea every day and also taking a probiotic like powerdophilus. Hang in there and the fog should lift. Try doing dome yoga too. Really helps you feel balanced and energized. Eventually when the detox symptoms lift away, I feel this crazy giddy happiness all day long! It s like a miracle really and I just feel incredible. Today is actually day 3 of being sugar free superhero so I'm with you on the brain fog! Hoping go feel amazing in about a week or so...maybe more. Will keep you posted and good luck! Much love
First off, good job at keeping it up! Going superhero is great but can be very time consuming and tiring because of prep. Like tali, I am mostly superhero 5 days out of the week. Remember that macrobiotics has to do with the seasons too, so now that we're in summer mode what we eat has to be adjusted to the climate, so lighter grains and more cooling veggies and increase fruit intake. Save the brown rice for dinner and for lunch eat some grain, bean, and veggie salads....perhaps with some fruit and fresh herbs like parsely or mint in there to help cool down the body. Hopefully this will help you get out of that down that you are feeling.
I've been in touch with a microbiotic councellor and he's going to review my history and current lifestyle to organize an eating plan specified for daily routines. Boy this sure is tough, I keep reading materials and I find that my heads spins after different literatures because it gets really complicated. I'm in Canada and our Postal Services is on strike so it's going to be a little bit before I hear back from him. I'm also in a small town so trying to get all the ingredients is also a challenge but I've been finding good websites that deliver.
I think I'll slow down the ride a bit and allow myself 20% Vegan lifestyle just so that things don't feel so strict. The prep and time it takes to follow superheroe really isn't much to desire but I'm willing to follow to reep the benefits. I will try to follow what Bev says but which grains are you referring to for lunch?
Wow, all the way in Canada! I'm all the way on the small island of Guam :) You can start off with some cracked bulghur wheat tabouli, quinoa, and couscous salads. I also read in the Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics that it's great for summer time. Here are some of the recipes that I found/made for light grain salads. I like to mix and match them with sides of steamed veggies (steaming veggies may help for you because it's suppose to lighter your head) and a veggie salad (try sauteing red cabbage with julienned carrots, and brown rice vinegar. Then add in some lemon juice and raisins). Also try Alicia's Red Raddish Tabbouleh from her book.
Tabouleh Salad: bulgur wheat, garbanzo beans, red cabbage, carrots, lemon juice, olive oil, currants, parsley, celery, pine nuts, scallions.
Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts: quinoa, pine nuts, olive oil, basil leaves.
Oh and I know these recipes call for nuts, I use VERY very little. For instance I take maybe 4 pine nuts and chop them up fine, or I chop up 2 almonds. I just use it in the salads to give it a little texture and flavor.