I’ve heard the term “Eat a Rainbow” and always loved that idea. This food is pretty much the way God intended, I believe. As “low on the food chain” as we can practically get. Being that we don’t live on a farm, we have to put a bit of (underserved) faith in the grocery stores where we buy our food, but I honesty don’t think there is anything we can realistically do about that except wash everything we purchase. I am sure there are pesticides and such, but in spite of that, I feel that the huge step we have taken by making the decision to NOT eat hardly any processed foods and very little in the way of animal based foods, has been avery beneficial one for us.
Bob and I are both shedding significant amounts of pounds in a relatively short amount of time (approximately 25 pounds each since his heart attack in mid-March). My FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) levels have dropped down from 319 (!!!!!) to around 120 (optimum FBG is 100). I have cut my oral diabetes meds by 1/3, and will continue to lower my doses and hopefully do away with the meds altogether, eventually. Bob’s blood pressure still needs medicating, but he has stopped taking his heartburn medicine that he has taken daily for over 20 years, and he has stopped taking the cholesterol lowering medications (which cause him a lot of muscle pain). Eventually we are hoping to wean him off he BP meds, too, but we need to take it slowly.
Don’t let me kid you, it has NOT been easy. Washing and cutting fruits and vegetables has become a full time job. Gosh! Bob and I have both experienced pretty significant cuts from our veggie/fruit cutting! We should be getting hazard pay!
There is also a steep learning curve to try to figure out how MUCH of this food to buy at a time. It rots. This beautiful array of food was pretty much all bought in one shopping trip, and, as I recall, about a third of it rotted before we could eat it. Those Persian cucumbers rot fast! As does Jicama. And even though we both love asparagus, it must turn invisible when I put it in the fridge because we always forget it is there! Until it turns slimy. 🙁
But we ARE learning. We ARE adopting this knew way of eating. We don’t leave the house without a cooler full of our veggie bowls and/or fruit bowls (I will write about how we make those soon, in a future blog). We hardly ever eat out any more. And the cravings for the CRAP food is starting to leave us. Above all, we are just generally feeling better. THAT is what is most important to us. We want to FEEL GOOD!
Terri & Bob