Monday, May 25, 2015

Green Grocery Cart

Day One of the 21 day food cleanse:

I am enthusiastic, and ready to begin.  This is a picture of my grocery cart yesterday. A vast departure from what it typically looks like. Full of vegetables and clean meats.  As much of it organic as possible. I will say, I feared I would have to buy most of my things at Whole Foods, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the huge selection of organic, dairy free, and gluten free foods my local Kroger offers.  

I'm sure I looked a little out of place yesterday, combing the aisles with my list of "good foods/bad foods".  But while I was in the "health section" I encountered several other shoppers. I struck up a conversation with one man while shopping for a coffee creamer alternative. He has an intolerance to dairy.  In fact there were a lot of shoppers in that area; I guess everyone of them had their own story, be it food allergies, health problems, or just trying to STAY healthy in the first place. 

So I got my groceries home and started sifting through them. Can I do this? Will I forget, and accidentally pour a bunch of half-and-half into my coffee? Will I be able to balance what I eat with the things my family eats? I can't overthink this. I just have to do it.

I was curious why I am allowed to eat nuts and nut butters during this cleanse. After all, everyone knows there are a lot of people with nut allergies.  I did some more reading last night and discovered there is a difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. Here is a little bit about the topic: 

"It is easy to know if you have a peanut or shellfish allergy that sends you to the emergency room each time you eat it... your body is clearly telling you that you should NOT eat these foods. But more common allergies are really more like “food sensitivities” and because the symptoms are bloating, poor digestion, headaches, lethargy, depression and weight gain, most people don’t think it’s caused by the food they’ve been eating for their entire lives... they just think, “There must be something wrong with me.”

So as I begin today with my creamless coffee, here are some stats:

Weight:  Higher than its ever been. I shall keep that figure to myself!
Blood Pressure: 133/88. Currently off meds (experiment one month ago to see if BP meds were the culprit). 
Rash:  Several breakouts. Particularly my arms, thighs, torso.  Freshest ones occurred in the past 48 hours. Overall condition of my skin is "lumpy" and rough. 
Itchy:  Level 5. 
Bloated and Swollen:  Yes. Particularly my calves and feet. My right side worse than my left. 
Medications:  Prevacid, Zyrtec, Klonopin


Gordon said...

Have you ever seen the movie, "Safe", with Julianne Moore? It's up this alley; I liked it. Check it out if you haven't.

Mary said...

I'll check it out!