I had some of the Field Roast mini corn dogs and some chips with the last of my Wayfare Onion Dip. It was damn good and totally the comfort meal I wanted on my night in. I just made it a fun movie night where I stayed off my phone and watched a few movies on Netflix. It was exactly what I needed to recharge myself after an incredibly busy week. And trust me, it's not lost on me how hilarious this meal is when you read the rest of this post.
So I just wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind lately and that I've been considering for a while. I've mentioned many times that I'm struggling with symptoms of both physical illness and I'm struggling a lot with my mental illness. A lot of my physical issues have to do with digestion and reflux and gastritis and things like that which in all honesty I brought upon myself. I've never discussed it here but I'm currently recovering from an eating disorder that I dealt with on and off for over a decade. It has left me with quite a bit of damage and I'm trying to heal both emotionally and physically.
As a result, I do take a lot more medication than I would like. And to be honest, I really hate it and don't want to be on it. I've also spent a lot of money on medical bills and I hate that this is where my money is going. So I'm going to really start to try to heal myself through diet. I want to be off the pills and out of the Dr's office. I'm going to do that by starting off with a 30 day mostly raw detox. I'll be eating as much raw as possible (probably raw up until dinner) and I'll be eating whole foods only.
I thought about it a lot and I chose this way of eating for a lot of reasons. First, it is summer and eating mostly raw in the summer is actually pretty easy. I love eating fresh summer produce and who wants to cook in the summer anyway? I decided to go mostly raw instead of fully raw because I just know that fully raw won't work for me. I can't do all raw all day. I enjoy cooked foods and I don't think that they are bad for me. And isn't eating cooked spinach better than eating no spinach (I really hate raw spinach)?
I also decided to do mostly raw because I'm hoping it will improve my digestion. As I stand now, I feel sick by lunch typically. I'm hoping that the fact that raw food digests so quickly will help me be able to eat all of my meals and feel ok after rather than feeling sick. I'm going to make sure that I get probiotics in and that I'm eating a variety of colorful foods so I'll be flooding my body with as many nutrients as possible.
I wanted to let you guys know for two reasons. First, I wanted accountability. I will be continuing to blog here about what I'm eating, how I'm feeling, etc. I figured letting you guys know ahead of time will help keep me on track and motivated to stick with this for 30 days. Secondly, the way I eat and the meals I show will be changing quite a bit and this is why. I'm planning on doing this for the month of June so during that month my meals will look different.
So, I need your help. Flood me with your favorite raw food and whole food recipes. I'll be using minimal oil but I'm ok with some salt and minimal added sweeteners. I will obviously be eating fruit meals and salads and things like that but I would love other ideas as well. I think the way I'm going to be successful at this is to make sure to have a variety of options and make sure it isn't boring. Oh and also, I stay away from meals that have tons of ingredients and also meals that include exotic ingredients that you have to find online. I'm a simple girl that enjoys easy to make meals. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share!
Anyway, thanks for reading if you got through the whole thing. I feel like maybe it is a bit of a downer and I can assure you revealing my struggle was not easy. But, I wanted to share it because I like to be honest with you guys and what I'm dealing with is entirely my fault because I made a choice a long time ago. Anyway, thank you in advance for your suggestions and I'm excited to bring you along for the ride! Maybe I'll post a little more often in June, who knows?!
I hope you all have a great week and I'll see you on Friday!