Warning for anyone looking for a perfume post, this isn’t it exactly. It will touch on smell, but only as it relates to my New Health Kick. So skippity skip skip if you’re wanting something more perfumey today. I’m the resident topic changer.
About a month ago I was introduced to my new favorite cooking goddess through my yoga teacher training (she needs to write a cookbook, everyone would buy it, I’m going to work on her to get this project in gear). She does the cooking for the little Dharma Cafe at Karma Yoga Studio and had a section on Ayurvedic cooking for us during our training. She’s also a personal chef and brilliant and young and cute and about this big (indicating the size of a cute little bug). So we had a little consultation, and I went on her food cleanse – reluctantly and only because she was going to make it easy, even if it turned spendy by paying her to do it all for me except eat it. This wasn’t any kind of starving cleanse. You do eliminate gluten, dairy, soy, red meat, all those potential inflammatory foods, and you feast on high alkaline foods, which tend to be, well, green.
I hate vegetables. Not in a loathe them and won’t eat them kind of way, but in a, geezwhatapaininthenecktochopallthiscrapupjusttoeatit kind of way. In my hurried-up life, it just took too much time. I do have time, at least a couple of hours a week to chop up veggies, as it turns out, but other than just chopping them, I was never really quite sure what to do with them beyond that.
The brilliant Starla shows me the cleanse, I take one look at it and all the recipes and say, um, no, I know myself, I can’t do that, it will take too much time. So she every week went out and shopped and brought my groceries over and helped us prep everything so that’s all we (one kid did it with me, other one sorta did) had to eat in the house. First week was so hard, but I felt good, verging on great by the end of the week, even though I was eating every veggie/boiled egg/avocado/smoked salmon in sight. Second week, Starla had to prep a little less for us as I took on more, but we happily spent two hours in the kitchen getting everything ready for the week, talking food. When you talk with people who are passionate about food as therapy, for healing, it’s transformative on your attitude about what food means to you. Kind of like talking to perfume people about perfume as transformation for mood and attitude.
At the end of week two, my hunger started abating, and I was making these cool plates of salad, boiled eggs, avocado, with a dish of raw gazpacho or a bowl of kale and bean soup and green smoothies and filling up and feeling full for hours. I didn’t even know greens could do that, I thought it took meat or something “substantial.” We added to that these amazing chocolate shakes we concocted from Chocolate almond milk and some greens powder and maca stuff and earth powder from this little company called HealthForce (very cool little company that makes a great product), and it was like energy crack. Already full of energy and feeling great, those shakes just made me float with well-being.
I finally got it. Food is therapy and healing. I have felt so great the last three weeks, full of energy and bounce, even through my surgery, my healing has been quick. My body was so hungry the first two weeks of the cleanse because it needed nutrients. Once it filled up, it’s gone on some completely new hungry schedule that’s about nutrition only and seems to not crave or want food unless it’s empty. Seriously, you have no idea what a different thing this is for me. I’m Queen ‘O Snackage.
My whole life I’ve struggled with food, bouncing from one extreme diet to another, gaining weight, losing weight, low carb, low fat, four-hour body, cabbage soup. I’m the poster child for what happens to you if you treat your body so shabbily, your metabolism tanks in your 40s, and you fight a losing battle with your waistline. Well, maybe not.
And my sense of smell! Sweet fancy Moses, it’s like every smell hits my nose and springs into life. My daphne is blooming, and it is pungent and rich. The grass is green and getting mowed, and the smell of damp spring grass is everywhere. My nose is lit up like a scent beacon.
And Starla comes over once a week, and we make 2-3 dishes, and she teaches me more about food and putting things together – like radishes, fennel, oranges, mustard and salt (you have no idea how delicious this is) because I show her stuff I have in the fridge from my organic veggie delivery and ask her what I can do with it.
The knowledge she has about food is the knowledge I have about perfume, so we cook and trade stuff we know and agree that Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers organic grocery store is seriously the best thing we know because we save so much money there over the big WholePaycheck pretty store that costs way too much. AND everything is organic without having to get out your magnifying glass and check.
Me? Healthy from food? Yeah, and a lot of raw foods, mostly raw foods and about 90% vegan (except my wild caught smoked salmon that goes so well with my avocados). Exactly, so weird the chance meeting of a person propels you in such a completely different direction. Life has the best unexpected surprises.
My surgery went great, I’ve still got some swelling and bruising, but the bruising is on the upside of healing, and it’s been a week. I can see what’s there, and I’m happy as hell that the sun now shines under my eyes too.
So did you ever meet a person that just propelled your life into a completely different path than you would never have expected? And if not, tomorrow is the Best of Spring post, so it’s all about perfume!!!
By the way, if you’re looking to lose weight, eating healthy, raw foods is a great way to go! But remember that caloric reduction is the most important step toward weight loss, so consider enlisting the help of olfactory system-based Sensa to control caloric intake while you learn to eat healthfully.