It’s not news that my health is pure crap. I have Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Wall Dysfunction (domino effect to SI Joint Syndrome, Piriformis Syndrome, and Sciatica), IBS, Migraines, and an overall immune system of a goldfish. I’m constantly juggling ways to help my body better function so that I may have some semblance of a normal life. My brain calculates basic human functions as if each day were the most intense chess game of my life. Every move counts. Every ounce of sleep. Every bite of food I take. Every activity from watching paint dry to playing in a softball tournament. I have to prepare my body for everything I do, or my body crashes and I end up either bed ridden or in a hospital.
In the name of perhaps working myself ahead of my body, attempting to eliminate symptoms over living a life of constantly treating them, I set the proverbial ball rolling on a ten-day Raw Food Detox. Rhonda was totally on board from the get-go and in a fit of momentary insanity, our dear friend, Becky jumped on the bandwagon. We are currently on day two, which means all we can think about is eating deep fried cheeseburgers wrapped in pizza and dipped in peanut butter.
Going into this I knew the first few days would be extremely tough. I’m actually eating more food during the day than what I’m used to, but the design of the what and when I’m eating is boosting my metabolism (as well as, eh-hem, cleansing my system). So I pretty much think I’m perpetually dying of starvation. Dramatic? Absolutely. But I also gave up coffee/caffeine cold turkey, and whoa buddy the withdrawals! Last night I had a dream about that old coffee commercial starring that Columbian guy and his coffee bean toting donkey… you know what I’m talking about, right? I’m pretty sure dream me tried to ride off into the sunset with that donkey. Which is beyond ideal because then I’d have a pet donkey and two baskets full of raw caffeine.
Where was I? …Right! Detox!
I know if I stick with it it will get better. Even day two is easier than day one. And each day, more food is added to the meal plan. I can absolutely do this. And the food IS truly enjoyable. I love everything we’re eating and I’m already experiencing some interesting results as well as noticing some changes in my body’s functionality. I’m growing more hopeful with each meal that this process will teach me so much more about how to manage my body, and how to get it feeling better on a more consecutive and long term basis. I just need to get through this first handful of days.
Ugh… I’d kill for a mother fucking BLT right now.
*If you’re interested: The plan we’re following is Chapter 3 of the book “Detox for the Rest of Us.”