When planning the evening meal I think about what my grandparents ate during the summer. They raised families during the depression and lived on small farms with chickens, pigs, vegetable gardens, and a variety of fruit trees. New potatoes cooked in their jackets, freshly picked corn on the cob and ripe tomatoes were standard fare this time of year. This evening we had black-eyed peas, corn and collard greens from the garden. The flavors are complementary and I feel deeply satisfied when I’m finished. This is retro-eating at it’s finest.
Almost thru the juice, fruits and vegetables fast. Today I broke the fast by eating something sugary, a dessert that I used to love. Now it tastes way too sweet, so I didn’t enjoy it. I also ate something I have craved for three days. I’ve found that when a craving is that strong, I give in to it. It was a bagel with an ounce of swiss cheese. Tasted delicious and I was satisfied for the rest of the evening.
Tomorrow will be a day of juicing and fruits and vegetables again. I’m realizing that my choices are what my body needs and I prefer fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and non-caffeinated teas. So many foods don’t appeal to me anymore. This is where I want to stay and I’m afraid that after tomorrow I will be lured back into my old ways of relating to food. Never thought I would be able to stay the course for 15 days. This has been an amazing journey and it’s just begun.
Results are what this fast is all about and at this point it’s time to reveal some of the positive physical changes that are taking place. First of all I’ve lost 8 more pounds since starting the fast, 20 pounds in all since changing my eating habits in April. The rosacea on my face has gone into remission and the excema on my left hand is clearing. My knees are less stiff and painful but still hurt. Sleep is much better, sound sleep versus waking every 2 to 3 hours.
The best result I think is the cleansing of my taste buds. Fat, salt and sugar tend to overpower the flavor of food, masking it’s taste. Usually it takes 2 weeks to clear the palate so that you can experience and appreciate the flavor of fresh vegetables and fruit. I have a heightened experience of taste now that I didn’t have before. Fresh corn unslathered, sun ripened tomatoes, sweet cucumbers, peaches that taste almost perfumed and mint from the backyard are incredibly delicious and I’m not craving fat, sugar and salt either. The juices made from these gifts of nature are delicious and satisfying. Waxing poetic over vegetables and fruit, a great unexpected outcome!