Today started out like most days. I woke up. From there it got strange. Normally, I would shower, throw on work clothes, and drive to work stopping for a giant sausage and diet Pepsi and cream filled coffee from my convenience store. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day which is why I bought the most important sausage available: the Bahama Mama. I would then spend the rest of my day eating every 2 hours: cheese stick, beef jerky, deviled eggs, deli meat rolled around cheese sticks, Atkins bars/shakes, and chicken wings from the local deli. I could eat like that, staying under 20 carbs a day and drop about 10 pounds a month without exercising or ever getting off of my rapidly shrinking butt.
Today, however, was weird! For breakfast I had an apple, an orange, and a banana. This might sound like the most boring fruit trio ever, but when you spend months and years avoiding the *ah hem* dangerously high levels of carbohydrate laden fructose, you get to learn to love fruit all over again. I will have years for pomegranates and pitahaya but for now I am enjoying the equally alien fruit called tangerine. You must try these things- I could spend hours describing their smell… ah, another time perhaps.
Throughout the day, I grazed from several small containers and baggies. I had raisins, almonds, dry edamame, and carrots: a vegetable that my body needed so badly that I had a pregnant woman primal moment and ate four of the huge vitamins without taking a breath.
For dinner, I had two organic bean tacos with lots of avocado, onion and hot sauce. These were dwarfed by a huge salad with yellow squash, carrots, walnuts, balsamic vinegar and more hot sauce. I ate it all. I relished it. You must try to shove half of an avocado into a toasted organic, single ingredient, corn shell. It is the butter of the produce department. I suggest covering it in hot sauce.
That’s a pretty standard day for me now. I prefer the single ingredient foods- grown as close to home as possible. I drink black coffee, water and unsweetened tea. I aim for more than 50% raw food and usually have about 75% or more. The corn shells were a little more factory than I would usually have, but I am able to limit and minimize those types of creature comforts for now. At least until I learn to make my own.
Know where I am coming from: I bought pork rinds by the barrel. Did you know they came in a barrel? I collaborated on a book idea about grilling ribs with a recipe for every holiday of the year. I have helped design 2 giant mobile smoker/cookers that were built and are still in use. I am a celebrated grill master with golden tongs and a feel for the coals- like a Pinball Wizard, but with barnyard animals and fire.
In many ways, I am still that guy, but I am also this new guy as well. I find this simplicity so easy to work with. I feel great because of eating this food AND while eating this food. Environmentally, it feels like I traded in my SUV for a Prius. Socially, it feels like I am saving energy that can be used on other people. Emotionally, it feels like I don’t have to turn off the part of my mind that knows where all my food was coming from. There is no way you can jump into this lifestyle without effort and some cold sweat from time to time. Even so, there is very little that you can do that will have this much immediate positive impact on so many facets of your life. Plus you can eat all the tangerines you want!