Sean and I are giving our digestive systems a break this week.
Sean has been reading the famous book Skinny Bastard, guy version (complete with swearing and other locker-room lingo) of the even-more-famous book Skinny Bitch. It’s all about how you have to shape up and eat right if you want to be fit, so just do it already, ya twerp!
I read a book called The Natural Makeover Diet by Dr. Joey Shulman (a young and hot ex-model who is now a nutritionist/health guru). Dr. Joey ought to fire her editor, but it was an informative read. It’s all about how what you eat affects the way you look, as well as your energy and well-being. (Duh, of course… but then again, how often do we eat crap? A LOT. Apparently I, for one, can never have too many reminders to eat well and consequently be well.)
Upon finishing the book, I got all organizationally hyper and made lists and plans and guidelines and a menu. Of Super-Health. It includes my instructions for how to make a Salad of Awesomeness and a Kick-Ass Smoothie of Energy and Regularity. (I came up with those names myself, boo-yah.) We are engaging in self-alkalization.
So here’s what we’ve been eating: a lot of smoothies and salad. 🙂 (E has learned to say both these words in the last few days – although “smoothie” is indistinguishable from “movie”.) Smoothies with vegan protein powder, frozen fruit, ground flaxseed, and soy milk. Salads with lots of veggies, nuts and seeds, and Quinoa the Super Food. Also we snack on kale chips (so far it’s the only way I’ve found to enjoy kale without gnawing). Lentil soup, veggie chili, soy sausage, sweet potato fries, dried and fresh fruit, olives, nuts, hummus, and a wee little bit of 85% chocolate. Also incorporating decaf green tea, probiotics, phytonutrients, multivitamins and other wondrous polysyllabic items.
Here’s what we haven’t been eating: meat (since we’re vegetarian), refined sugar (except for that chocolate), dairy, caffeine, alcohol, white potatoes, and… GRAINS. Just for five days. I’ve been enjoying everything we’ve been eating, but I can’t deny that I wish for toast and pasta and crackers and rice. And Sean wishes for spaghetti and spaghetti.
By the weekend, we’ll be bursting with health! Probably. Well, we’ll have quite a bit of health going on. Ideally, it will be enough to motivate us to continue to put excellent fuel in our bodies.
I’ll let you know.