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Trying something new this week

Monday, July 08, 2013

****DISCLAIMER: This is admittedly a blog complaining about a "first world problem". I read my own words and realize people are starving across the globe. I think the saddest thing is that it's actually possible to feed the world with healthy food but it requires compassion and lack of greed on the part of all. Unfortunately, we're not there yet.****

I've been on vacation for a week now and it's time to get serious again. My trip to see friends went ok and I even got to squeeze in a 3 mile hike as well as visit the Georgia Aquarium with my daughter. These two events were the absolute highlight of my trip. For the most part, however, the trip was the same as last time. Sedentary behavior and food as entertainment. This time around I have had lingering belly ache. I'm sure it is the high sodium, high fat and processed food. My insides just feel really hurty. I feel swollen and achey inside and have had a hard time getting back my normal level of energy. One of my last *bad* meals was at a Mexican restaurant and it even effected me so harshly, I ended up getting sick and throwing up. My friend really went out of her way to cook for a lot of the time but her food was extremely rich and low on fiber and veggies. I couldn't resist. She cooks southern soul food so well. Sure, I ate things like fresh picked peas and stewed tomatoes. But the stewed tomatoes were full of bacon and butter. Also, LOTS of red meat was offered and eaten. I could not pass up her biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast. Add that to the restaurant foods and all the other pre-packaged foods and it was just too much for me.

I also didn't make sure (as I did the last time) to maintain a fiber and water regimen. Perhaps that's what tipped the situation to the negative. I can't just eat horribly and pick back up like nothing has happened. This time I am suffering physical consequences. The whole experience has really opened up my eyes. The food that is typically considered part of an American diet, at least if it's going to be more than a one off meal, is not good, even if home cooked. I had been eating extremely clean and been pretty strict about what I was putting into my stomach that when I went off the rails, my body said "no way". Still recovering from the experience. I've not ever had this happen before, at least to this extent. I probably won't be visiting Atlanta again until December so that's good. I know that next time I cannot handle it the same way and will have to make an effort to adhere to my diet regime without inconveniencing or inadvertently insulting my friends. I only know I can't go through this again. I HURT. I love my friend so much and I'm not sure how I will negotiate this. Refusing her cooking will hurt her feelings and the other alternative is going out to eat. I think I will end up being a pain for her/them.

Anyway, that's a long intro to my point. My ultimate point is that, starting Wednesday, I am going to do a three day juice fast. There is a organic juicery in town that will prepare all your juices for you and label them in numbered order for each day. I've been there before to get a shot of wheatgrass or pure ginger juice (excellent after a meal) but this time I'm all in for the real deal. I go in on Tuesday to talk to them and pick up my juices. To be clear, I am NOT doing this to lose weight, but rather to cleanse. I just feel a real need to clean out my guts to get a fresh start. I haven't attempted a fast in years and years and when I did it was just awful and I had a hard time getting through the day. At that time it was with a concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne (I know some of you have heard of this). Again, just awful. At least this time I'll have juices chock full of vitamins....things like carrots, kale and beets and such. I admit I'm a bit apprehensive. The one time I tried kale in my smoothie I hated it and I think beets are the food of the devil---YUCK. But I'm willing to go hardcore to clean myself out and set things right again. I'll keep you posted.

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    A good cleanse sounds like a good idea for anyone after a holiday vacation.

    Make mine the concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne.
    2081 days ago
  • NHES220
    I think it is a difficult balance going to visit family or friends with the food that they make. I understand why you feel the need for a cleanse to detox your system. Your body has become accustomed to the food you give it and has rebelled against the unhealthy offerings. I'm not sure how best to handle it with your friend other than being honest and asking that some of the tomatoes be served without bacon, etc. Maybe you could offer to prepare a meal for them? I would make sure to go shopping and have fresh fruit around and some fixings for salad. Hope you are feeling more like your self soon!
    By the way, we have a NutriBullet - way cheaper than a Vitamix. It keeps all of the good stuff from the fruits and veggies - you get all of the fiber. I throw spinach in with the fruit and I don't even taste the spinach.

    2082 days ago
    This is a great blog. You have looked deep within and seen something new! How great is that? Also, look how well you are able to hear your body speaking to you. I am curious as to how well the juice cleanse goes. I hope you blog the process, if it is not asking too much. I really do want to know more about it. What kind of juices each day, how much, how often and most important how do you feel throughout it and how does your body react?

    I am right there with you on the beets, and the one way I did like kale is as the Kale Chips recipe on the SParkRecipes page. So we probably have similar tastes.

    Good luck.....and I really like the pictures with the quotes. Some of those sayings really spoke to me right now.
    2082 days ago
    2082 days ago
    Best wishes on your juice fast and on your next trip..just talk to your friend and be honest with her about your journey.. she won't be upset that when you visit her you want to be healthy.. just explain it to her .. I am sure she will support you .. I even fall into the food is love trap.. we have it ingrained into us as women.. you were visiting and she was showing you all her love for you..

    I know you will think of a way to talk to her about it and I am sure she will support and help you on your next visit..

    2082 days ago
    Wow, I know exactly how you feel! Have you thought of getting your own juicer? It was a fantastic investment for me, and I love making my own green juices. When I have things in my CSA basket that don't get used, into the juicer they go. My family's favorite is kale/spinach/carrot/celery/apple. Good luck with your cleanse and hope you feel better soon!
    2082 days ago
    Good luck getting your body back to a healthy feeling! Also, with developing a plan for your next trip to Atlanta!
    2082 days ago
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