I admit it, I lurk sometimes, and sometimes I’m lurking on health/nutrition forums. For a couple of years I’ve had intermittent interest in raw foods, but given as I’m not even a vegetarian at this point, I haven’t done anything serious with it. But lately, I’ve just not been happy with myself.
It’s not a weight issue, I’m skinny enough and I don’t need to lose weight. But often, I just feel. . . foggy. And I’ve read some testimonials from people that one of the benefits of a “detox” is they feel like a new person. For the record, I don’t like the word “detox”. Yes, there are pesticides and all sorts of low levels of random chemicals lying about. We live in the aquarium of Earth, and there isn’t a way to truly be separate ourselves from our collective past actions. That being said, I do not believe that my bowels are impacted with years of putrefaction and really, I feel no need to talk about poop–mine or anybody else’s (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out some random raw food forums. . .it’s a bit different out there).
But a “detox,” as a form of a health reset–that is of interest to me. Because I may be skinny, but I often eat crap and don’t even really enjoy it half the time! Food, which should be such a simple thing, if often not. I’ve found it to be true in my own life that I often eat food because I’m tired or bored or the clock has a number on it that I associate with eating. Where is the hunger? Do I even know what that feels like, or is the slightest bit of uncomfortableness now “hunger”?
So I was looking into green smoothies and checking out The Raw Divas–and hey, look they have a free 7 day raw food detox program. I signed up with my email to see what they had to say and decided to try my first ever green smoothie on Monday. I was pretty sure it would be gross. I got out my blender and threw in a few ice-cubes and added a banana and then some strawberries. I taste-tested it, yep, it was yummy. Big surprise as it only consisted of fruit and ice. I had some fresh spinach in the fridge from my CSA so I threw a little in and tasted it. It was not bad. I ended throwing in two big handfuls of spinach and my smoothie was green, and amazingly it was not gross.
So on Tuesday instead of my usual breakfast of cereal and milk, I tried it again. Banana-strawberry base, but instead of spinach (I was out), I used kale. Now, I was sure this one would be gross. Kale, as least cooked, is pretty distinctive. But I ended up throwing in four big leaves of it. Again, bright green. Again, not gross. I liked it. I liked the weird green lawn smoothie. Crazy.
Every morning this week I have been making a green smoothie for breakfast. And not only that, I have not been snacking and I have been just experimenting with being in control of my eating.
Today, as it was my birthday we went out for sushi. I have a weakness for crunchy shrimp sushi, so delicious, and so not vegan (or vegetarian, yes I know). But the 7 day detox starts with a 24 hour fast, so I ate my last meal at midday. It will be so odd not to take any food with me to work tomorrow. After the 24 hours, then all you eat are fresh fruits and vegetables and a limited amount of nuts. Nothing cooked, no meat, no dairy, no pasta, bread, yeah, pretty much nothing else. I’m keeping an open mind and see how it goes. Next Wednesday we have a work potluck, so I may let myself partake of that. Because eating. . .sometimes it’s a communal, bond-with-other-people thing.
Oh, and yes, the detox also means no tea, coffee, or liquor for 7 days. I’m going to miss the tea the most. 😦