Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Binge Weekend and Tuesday Recovery

Two years have almost past since I started eating only "real food." My body feels great. I am in awe of the power of food. I am also quickly reminded of the effects of just a few days of poor eating. To give an example of one day this weekend: boxed granola cereal with non-organic low-fat milk, patisserie store croissant, latte, lovely beef stew (my one good thing), patisserie store cupcake, and, non-organic yogurt.

As I write this list, I realize that to some it probably doesn't look that bad. The major food item left out of my diet this weekend was vegetables. I also realize that it isn't about the complexity of what I eat, it's about the quality. Everything except the stew was not the food choices that I typically make. It seems eating well also means knowing the good products. I normally drink Organic Pastures raw milk or Strauss organic whole milk. I eat organic Strauss yogurt. I never buy patisseries. I don't eat boxed cereals. I never buy coffee out (although I do drink coffee at home). It seems that I ate a lot of sugar.

I remember a woman that I met in White Salmon, Washington, who told me that she could feel the effects of eating a cookie in her ears. I thought that it seemed a bit nuts, but now I feel the same thing. Now that my body has withdrawn from refined white sugar, I actually feel kind of funny when I eat it. So, we've been building back our immune systems this week with soups and collards greens.

The grandparents took Mikey today and I had the whole day to myself. I went grocery shopping, cleaned the refrigerator out, went for a swim, and cooked. I didn't buy take-out so that I could use my time differently. Instead, I cooked. I cook because it's better for me and those I cook for and it's more economical. I cooked an even more elaborate meal than I normally do. I roasted an organic chicken, sauteed collard greens with onions and balsamic vinegar, and roasted red potatoes with rosemary from the garden. The grandparents stayed for dinner. We were all well nourished and I felt happy. Except Mikey who is always happy but didn't eat a thing; he has diarrhea. I hope it's just the change in food this weekend and not the stomach flu.

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