Thursday, November 13th 2008
Swiss Chard and Purple Carrots

i got sick, too.  I had thought we were done with it all, and everyone had recovered.  But then I got it.  Better now.   

While sick, I had lots of time to sleep and think.  And, like you, I’m sure – I do some seriously brilliant thinking while sick.  I always come to the same conclusion:  the toilet is never close enough to the master bedroom.  I have thought this – while sick – at all homes I’ve ever lived in.  Why does it have to be so faaaaar….?

Also, I picked up a diet book that Mike had left in the bathroom.

A few notes about this:
1) I don’t diet.
2) I don’t read diet books.
3) I’m pretty small.
4) I have a particular hatred for this particular diet book because one day Mike brought it home and PRESENTED it to me. (Men, don’t you EVER do that! Don’t EVER come home and say, “I got you something!” And hand over a diet book to your wife. It does not matter what size she is, or how patient you think she is. She is not that understanding. But if I’m wrong on that, and she IS that understanding, why in the world would you want to change a thing about a woman like that anyway? Leave that saint alone.)

It’s not one of those How to Lose Weight diet books – which is probably why Mike thought (WRONG) it would be fine to give it to me. It’s more of a How to Eat Right for Health kind of diet books. So despite points 1 -4 above, I was in the bathroom a lot, and so was that book, which claimed that people who follow this diet don’t get sick. I don’t know if that’s true, but considering how very sick I was at the time I read that claim, it made me flip through it a little more.

And it talked a lot about the difference between living foods and dead foods. Living being raw fruit, veggies, nuts that haven’t been roasted. ‘Dead’ food being cooked stuff and animal stuff. There was a description of how meat is digested that made me even MORE ill, and i won’t share that with you. But it did make me wonder about eating meat, and I didn’t for awhile. I’m still not sure I’ll go back to it in the same way, if at all. I’m impressionable. We should be very careful the sort of reading material left around me.

So I recovered from the stomach virus and decided I would spend my first day of wellness eating all kinds of living foods. I went out to feed the dog and nibbled on some swiss chard I was growing in a pot. I had grown it because it was pretty, not because I ever intended to eat it, but that was BEFORE. This was after. Then I went to the health food store and bought as many living things as I could think of. Then the grocery store.

Then I came home and unpacked and snacked. I tried some truly vile, ‘living’ things that no one in this house will probably ever eat. I tasted things I never would have before. But again, this was AFTER. I found I like a certain brand of veggie juice, when mixed with carrot juice, and a lot of other things, too. Last night at dinner the kids were surprised when they each had a purple carrot on their plate. Caden-4yr ate his, and the other boys took bites to taste it, but that was it. Apparently the boys’ love of all things purple stops at carrots. It was worth a try.

So it’s been 2 days. And I’m not going all hardcore on this thing (the swiss chard in the backyard was a one time thing, and it needn’t fear me when I pass by again. ew.), but I already feel better. Healthier. My eating wasn’t very good before, and I’m inspired to make some definite changes.

But that in no way should be interpreted as “see…? it IS fine to give your wife a diet book. she’ll get over it eventually and appreciate it.”

In case you’re wondering it’s The Hallelujah Diet.
And NO. If it has a spiritual title, that does not make it okay to give to a wife for Christmas.

this is not an endorsement for the book or the diet. it’s just a ‘hey, look what i found on the bathroom floor, and tried it a little, and now i’m eating plants in the backyard’ kind of post. take it for what it’s worth.

~hm

8 Comments on “Swiss Chard and Purple Carrots”

1
emily
November 13th, 2008
10:59 pm

i hear you. i feel like i’m always trying to eat more fruits and especially veggies! right now i’m trying green smoothies again. good luck on your healthy eating. :)

2
jubilee
November 14th, 2008
1:50 am

I came across a neat series of videos on YouTube where Karen Knowler (The Raw Food Coach) shows you how to prepare raw foods. It takes a lot of work, which seems counterintuitive, but if someone could guarantee I’d look like her, I just might do the whole raw thing.

3
Stacey
November 14th, 2008
2:49 pm

Too funny! My mother in law tried all kind of weird and interesting vegetables when she was trying to self treat her breast cancer. It was so strange to us but she swore by it. Her battle lasted 7 years so you can decide for yourself if it truly worked compared to the other methods.

As for me, I know I need to eat better!

4
Heather
November 14th, 2008
3:31 pm

I don’t think I’d ever want a diet book as a gift, no matter what! I’m doing a giveaway at my funny blog! Come check it out here!

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Angela
November 14th, 2008
6:52 pm

I just finished reading S*kinny B*itch and it sounds really similar to your book.
I haven’t completely changed my eating, but I DO need to eat WAY healthier than I do, so I find I’m thinking more about what I put in my body – and I’ve almost completely cut down my diet pop intake :)

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Tiff@Three Peas
November 14th, 2008
11:40 pm

LOL purple carrots? My kids won’t even teat the orange ones!

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Geekwif
November 16th, 2008
3:59 pm

I think that might be the same diet my friend’s mom swore by … for about a month. I think it would be really hard not to eat anything cooked or anything from an animal. Even when I was a vegetarian I ate eggs and cheese (mmmm, cheeeeese.). I tried going vegan once (and that wasn’t even with the raw thing) and I was hungry ALL the time. But then I’m really not the most self-disciplined person I know – especially when it comes to food.

Ultimately, I decided that I would rather eat yummy stuff and be happy than eat boring healthy stuff and live to be 150. The good part is that a lot of healthy stuff is yummy which means I’ll probably live past 40, which is definitely a plus. :)

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Regina
December 6th, 2008
12:37 am

0h yeah, the Hallelujah diet! My MIL got that when she was recovering from ovarian cancer. She quickly decided that quality of life was more important, and while she has always eaten fairly healthy, prefers a more mainstream way of eating regardless of the fab results. I read through the book and I gotta say I disagree on a few points from a religious standpoint. Not that God said, thou shalt cook thy food, but there are countless incidents of cooked food throughout the Bible, especially meat (which is never at its finest raw!). Second religious point, when God gave Peter that vision about clean and unclean food, the point I got from it is that *everything* that God has given us to eat is good. I think the worry of the diet is more unhealthy than the benefits of raw eating. From a practical point of view, I’d be supah skinny if I ate that way because I’d always forget to prepare and never be able to eat when I was out and about! OTOH, it’s a good reminder that we eat a lot of things cooked when we could enjoy them raw. Maybe if I had a professional cook following me around I could do it… Naw, I love me a good medium-rare steak with potato au gratin! And a good cup o’ wine!

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