Archive for January, 2011

Have you noticed that we seem to move from one obsession to the next? To my relief, our latest obsession isn’t a huge pain in the ass, though it was for a time. It kind of morphed.

After our raw diet experiment dwindled to eating the occasional salad and attempting an easy raw meal once in a while, things were going just fine. That was, until one of my cloffice mates* showed me a book. It was one that a random stranger in an airport placed in her hands, telling her she must buy it and read it. My cloffice mate read it during her flight. She told me it changed her whole outlook on eating and diet. The book was “You Are What You Eat” by Gillian McKeith. Now I’d never heard of this woman, but I soon found out that she’s famous for a BBC television show in which she analyzes the poop of people and that sort of thing. Based on the few pages I scanned in the cloffice, I decided I needed this book and told my husband’s sister to add it to our Christmas wish list. It seemed that by altering your eating habits, you could have perfect skin, perfect digestion, and perfect poop. Come Christmas, we got the book.

I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Though the bad grammar and English tripped me up, it was a pretty easy read. Being who I am, I took pretty much everything she wrote as gospel (hey, it made sense) and decided my husband and I needed to follow her diet as closely as possible. Take a look at our fridge after our first week of shopping by her guidelines (you don’t even want to know what the bill came to):

It was literally stuffed with produce. And we didn’t even buy all of the herbs and supplements she recommended we add to our diet. It was just all too much. You’d have to be a millionaire to afford all that junk. Anyway, we were already using Green Vibrance, which, in one drink, contained most of what she was suggesting. We even tried some of her gross-sounding recipes. Her recipes were kind of like the ones in the raw diet book; they were missing key instructions and ingredients.

One thing she pushed over and over was getting into the habit of juicing, which is something we wanted to do anyway. So we got ourselves a juicer and tried one of her juice recipes. Let’s just say I would have liked to see her try and analyze what my husband and I dropped into the toilets after that drink…

At that point, I decided to do more research on this McKeith woman, since we were blindly practicing what she preached. (Wow, I sound like a Southern Baptist.) Turns out she doesn’t have a medical background like she claimed, though she does have a degree in holistic medicine. And, like I said, most of what was in the book made sense. But we knew we couldn’t follow her diet to a tee; we’d literally need a full-time chef. Or one of us would have to quit and make our meals all day long. With the cost of the food and supplements, we’d need both incomes, so that was out of the question.

A few things did stick from her book though:

1. trying not to mix protein with carbs (aka food combining),

2. taking the green supplement, and

3. juicing.

In fact, we’re having quite a good time juicing! It’s fun to watch the fruits and veggies go from solid to liquid. An added bonus is the fact that with one pint glass of fruit and vegetable juice, our daily servings of both food groups are satisfied. Plus, look how pretty it is:

So, while we’re not eating a purely raw diet or living on quinoa porridge and miso soup, I think we’re doing a pretty decent job of eating well on a regular basis. And we still have time to exercise!

* At my former job, five of us shared an old storage closet, hence the term “cloffice.” I wish I could take credit for that word, the woman who showed me the book coined it.

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