I am not a risk-taker.
So when I say that I'm looking for a new adventure, I really mean I'm looking for a SAFE adventure. When Joann asked me to join this challenge, I was intrigued, but told her I’d have to look into it.
After a couple of days of scouring the Internet, I decided that if I hadn't killed myself with all the poisons I've apparently been pouring into by body for half a century by eating processed and cooked foods, I probably would survive eating fruits and veggies for a month.
But it's not as simple as it sounds. Although grabbing a carrot or banana seams easy enough, getting 1,800 to 2,000 calories through such low-calorie foods takes some engineering. But the people who eat this way are very creative, as you’ll see as we report our daily diets. Suffice it to say we'll be doing a lot of soaking, washing, cutting and blending.
I need to be honest here. Today isn't really the first day of this diet for me. In keeping with my need to be in control, I started transitioning about three weeks ago, because I hoped it would be easier on me physically and psychologically (and because I'm petrified of failure and wanted to make sure I could do it). And I wanted to avoid as much of the ''detox'' period as possible, because I still have to be sane and healthy for my family.
So it's been three weeks since I had any coffee, sugar or processed foods, and this last week I gave up all dairy and meat. And let's face it, once you give up that, it leaves little else. So since last Monday, I've eaten very little that's on the forbidden list. Just a cup of spicy bean soup, some stir-fry broccoli and a glass of wine.
But today is the official kick-off, and I'm almost looking forward to this. I've practiced growing sprouts (which I'm told are essential for us to eat) I've made two batches of almond milk (yummy) and I'm experimenting with different fruit and vegetable combinations for my smoothies.
But let's be clear about this, I'm eating Thai food on April 29.