I will undoubtedly chuckle at how precious it is to be impressed by a ten day run of this vegetable based life style. In geological terms, ten days does not even exist. However, after a steady diet of sausage, salami, pepperoni, cheese, pork chops, beef ribs, roasted chicken, hot dogs, cold egg salad, steak, turkey legs, and chicken wings, ten days of vegetables and fruit is unheard of! As always, it depends on the point of view.
As the tenth day begins to shed its sunlight, I can look back with pride and say that I did not intentionally eat anything that contains animal fat or protein. I have no control over spiders that crawl into my mouth while I sleep. It is not my fault if delicious, meaty spiders find my mouth to be as attractive as a gingerbread house is to a German wood cutters child. I have been to two restaurants and three business lunches and in every case I had no problem keeping perfect control over myself. I have primarily eaten fresh, uncooked vegetables and fruits. Some brown rice, whole wheat pita, and hummus were also occasionally mixed in.
The scale shows a 12 pound difference since I started. Most of that came off in the first five days and I am hesitant to believe that it was burned fat that accounted for all the lost weight. Instead, I believe that there is a lot to be said for the Roto-Rooter effect on my intestines. It is possible that… um… bowel sweepings… could account for the extraordinary quantitative loss. Twelve pounds is twelve pounds, though, so even if it was the result of getting a lot of hair cut off or a stomach flu, I would still be pleased.
Qualitatively, I can say that I feel like a new man. I expected to feel better so this might be the result of a self-fulfilling prophesy. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. I am bursting with energy. My mental acuity is has improved noticeably. For instance, I just used the word acuity. Additionally, I have wished a horrible pox on less than half of the morning commuters that I normally cursed. HALF! Who am I, Gandhi?
I will also add that I have made my purchases as locally as possible- avoiding spring peas from Peru and citrus from Sacramento- and I even splurged on some of the organics that are available at Publix. Despite that I am saving ridiculous amount of cash. The 5.99/lb medium quality steak meal I used to have will now buy a day and a half’s worth of good food.
Ten days came and went. Ten weeks and ten months will follow. Around 88 pounds to burn. Thanks for reading- it is nice to have someone to unload… um… bowel sweepings… on.