I know, I know, it's been quite a while since I've written. Well, life has been crazy as usual, but now I have my very own laptop and office to be a bona fide regular blogger! I've been doing a lot of research, soul searching, and trying new ways of thinking regarding one of my favorite things in the world. FOOD!!!
Honestly, I have no idea what prompted me to look up a body cleanse, but I did. There are all kinds of them out there. I was looking for a cleanse I could do over a three day period, no crazy flush outs for me, thank you very much. I wanted to do it naturally, with food. I came across The Whole Living Action Plan. It's actually from a Martha Stewart magazine! The plan intrigued me and I figured it was definitely worth trying.
At the same time as I was preparing for my cleanse to start on Ash Wednesday, I was reading a book called "Cure the Incurable" and boy did this read really open my eyes to the way we have been fleeced! I feel betrayed. I cannot believe how far away we are from eating the way we were meant to and we have no idea how bad it is. I thought I was a healthy eater and cooker before. I was so wrong.
So today is day 7 of my "cleanse". I feel amazing. I have been eating fruits, veggies, nuts and beans the whole week. I splurged a little and had two eggs and some baked tofu. (BTW if you think you don't like tofu, the recipe on the cleanse website is to die for). I have to admit I am going a bit crazy because coffee is not on my list of drinks, but I am allowed tea so it's been just fine. Mango smoothies in the morning, salads with avocados and beans for lunch, and something new for dinner. Tonight I made Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie which was so delicious.
One issue that I am shocked over is the fact that milk, yogurt, and cheese don't contain the calcium we are lead to believe is in them. The best source of calcium comes from fruits, veg, and their peels. Pasteurized dairy products lose 90% of their original calcium, yet we are made to believe that it's the best way to get our calcium! What's worse is that the "healthy" yogurt you think you are eating has a ton of sugar in it, which depletes calcium in the body. I've actually decided to skip my plain yogurt with fresh fruit and go with a freshly made fruit smoothie or oatmeal made from rolled oats with fresh fruit from now on, since the whole purpose of my eating yogurt was for the calcium.
It takes a lot to change the way we eat. It's especially difficult when you have no clue that what you are eating isn't the best thing for your body to thrive on. I have decided to take a stand and live longer. I want to be around for a long time and if eating clean, fresh, organic food is going to help me, that is what I am going to do. This year I am signing up for the Farmstand Membership at Red Fire Farm so that I can enjoy fresh, organic fruit and veg this summer. I am SO excited about that. I have to admit that I am pretty psyched about being able to cut fresh wildflowers whenever I want with my membership for FREE. Yay! I am also striving to be meat free. Don't get me wrong, I love a good steak or burger now and then. But from now on, I am either buying local meat or nothing at all. The thought of what treatments animals are given and that I am then eating makes me cringe.
On to Day 8!
Be well my friends.
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Fish Pie link:
Red Fire Farm link: