My old new plan wasn’t drastic enough.
My new new plan involves juicing.
I have a suspicion that my current state of malaise and poor health (as evidenced by labs) has something to do with a nutritional deficiency. I could spend $350 in addition to the thousand or so I’m already in the process of spending to find out if I indeed have a nutrient deficiency…or I could spend $100 on a juicer and give it a try. I opt for the latter.
I have 2 inspirations for this choice: the first is Terry Wahls and her journey toward health and recovery from Multiple Sclerosis. Here’s her Ted talk:
She recommends eating 9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. In addition to a paleo template. That seems like an awful lot of work to me. These days I can’t seem to bring myself to nuke frozen broccoli. The payoff isn’t great enough for having to endure the taste, texture, and limited nutritional benefit available from consuming one vegetable. So I don’t. But I have great respect for Ms. Wahls’ journey, and think she’s on to something.
My other inspiration is Joe Cross from Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Here’s the trailer for his flick (available on Netflix and Hulu for free):
I feel depressed and anxious…all the time. There’s no good reason for it. I look around me and there’s NOTHING WRONG. My little girl is beautiful and thriving, my husband loves me and never gives me a reason to doubt anything about our relationship, I have a good job and live in a beautiful place….and yet I’m always feeling like crap and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well newsflash, THERE’S NO SHOE. The first one hasn’t even dropped yet. This afternoon I was sitting out on our balcony with my 2 year old blowing bubbles and it felt like “something is wrong.” What the hell could be wrong? Nothing. That’s how I know this is biological. There’s something wrong with my body that is screwing with my thoughts. I’m sick of it. Eating meat, eating seafood, eating fat – none of this is hurting (and I feel a lot better than I used to) but I don’t feel GOOD yet. I’m tired of feeling this way.
I remember when I was in my 20s I used to get on the back of some dude’s motorcycle – no helmet, mind you – and drive off to the nearest lake or bar, and just have fun. When is the last time I had fun…? Really. REALLY! I don’t have fun. There’s something wrong with my body and my brain and I need to fix it. And doing more of the same thing that isn’t working isn’t going to help.
So bring on the nutrients. Beginning tomorrow I’m going to eat a high protein breakfast (probably seafood and eggs) and nothing but juice for the rest of the day. I’m going to do this for a few days. After 3 days I’m going to try to drink fresh vegetable/fruit juice all day long. I’m going to give my brain – my mitochondria – what it needs to operate. It’s amazing how much nutrition you can pack into a cup of juice. Way more kale, zucchini, apple, carrot, and spinach than you can possibly eat.
This may be expensive…I don’t care. I just saved $350 by not getting nutritional testing done. Right?
I’m going to do this for at least 10 days. Maybe longer. What I’m looking for is relief – relief from the depression, the anxiety, the fatigue.
I’ll report back.
A final note about labs – some of the testing I’m having done is in the works and will take a while to get back. I’ll post when I have news. Also, along with my cortisol testing I ordered a DHEA test – they forgot to include that with my results, and will have it for me this week. I’ll post when I have it.