Day 3 of Being Healthy/ Day 1 of the Fast
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
Today, my boyfriend and I went grocery shopping for my fast. I am doing only seafood and vegetables, no fried foods, no sugar and no starches. He took me to a local grocery store called H Mart. Inside, we spent majority of our time in the produce section where my anxiety flared up so badly. I am a carnivore in every sense of the word. I think the only time I eat vegetables is when I start to get weird pains in my back and I get scared that I might have gout.
But, I slowly walked through the area and as a chef, I was so excited to see the different variations of carrots, cucumbers and potatoes. There were so many different colors and textures and I found myself throwing nearly everything in the cart. But, then I got confused. How much do I buy? Enough for one meal? Two? How fast is this stuff going to go bad? Uugh, it was so frustrating! But, Chef Boyfriend was there to help and he assisted me with picking out the things that I like and some things I should try. We even decided how much we would prepare and how to keep the vegetables fresh. We bought young radish, broccoli, celery, golden kiwi, blood oranges, garlic, bokchoy, avocado, bell pepper, parsnip, tarragon, red delicious apples, green beans, oyster mushrooms, anise, asparagus, rosemary, chicory, banana, red grapes, spinach, Daikon radishes, dandelion greens, and ginger. (Note: ginger helps with joint pain. I make a smoothie with pineapple, ginger, and celery and it helps me get through the day.)
Then we went to the seafood department. The main reason he chose this store for me to do all of my purchasing; FRESH SEAFOOD! I loathe frozen and farm raised seafood. Like, how do you raise a fish?! Sounds funky to me. And I was so excited to get a few good pieces of fish but then I remembered, I hate baked and seared fish. I only like it fried now. So, I ended up not getting fish. We got a few pounds of shrimp and some Belize conch. At the end of our excursion, I only spent $81.84.
Later that night, I realized that I can not survive off of shrimp and vegetables! So, Chef Boyfriend and I went to the local Walmart so I could get the water for me to drink a gallon a day and I needed some healthy snacks.
“I want some granola.”
“Granola is an oat. That’s a starch.”
“Yea, that’s why I said, you’re taking away too much too fast.” We get in the store and go down the snack aisle and I say,
“Skinny Pop bang! I’m going to get that.”
“What? It’s made out of corn.”
“Corn is a starch.”
“Today, can corn be a vegetable?”
“You the one that wanted to do this fast!”
I picked up my phone and called my brother. “What kind of snacks are you eating?”
“What?! You were already vegan. Now you took everything else away?!”
“Well, I need snacks. What can I snack on?”
“I ate all the fruit!” Really I had eaten all of the grapes and realized I was going to need more food really quick.
“Oh, well, I don’t know what to tell you.”
I hung up on him so fast. I grabbed a bag of Skinny Pop and some cereal. I know it’s starch, but, I need more than just shrimp and vegetables.
Tonight, for dinner, Chef Boyfriend fixed me Shrimp fra Diablo, honey glazed carrots, chile roasted green beans and lightly wilted spinach.
137 days to go!
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