Day 19 Food Reboot

“Uniqueness” of the Day:  Today is my biggest test of wills.  After drinking over 50 fl. oz. of smoothie (look at my “dinner”), I am greeted with a variety of old foods I used to have at a Super Bowl party.  Temptation everyone, I couldn’t eat anything and watch everyone full of snacky-goodness while everyone else does.  Today is one of those days I wish to never repeat.

Started taking my vitamin B12 spray.  I’ll start with 2 per day since 6 per day yields a 20,000% daily intake of B12.

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 11:30 and got up at 6:00am with stiffness in the mid to lower back areas + my shoulder areas at the top are stiff too.  Both my right and left hip areas are slightly inflamed and it might be due to sleeping on my side.  Before today, I couldn’t sleep on my left side due to the right hip inflammation.  Since my inflammation was low last night, I slept on both sides and now I see inflammation on  both sides.  I’ll add a stretching routine before I go to bed tonight to see if I can sleep on my back all night.

Breakfast:  Green Smoothie
What I was suppose to have.  I did not have the ingredients needed:
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 bananas, peeled (subbing 1)
  • 1 mango, peeled and deseeded
  • 1 oranges, peeled and deseeded
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of dulse flakes
  • 4 to 6 ounces filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen
Directions:  Pour the water into the blender. Add bananas, mango, and oranges and blend. Then, add remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • 8 ounces unsweetened coconut milk (Used a real coconut & added some coconut meat to the smoothie)
  • 2 oranges, peeled and deseeded (subbed OJ)
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 3-and-1/2 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, peeled
Directions:  Add all the ingredients except for the greens to your blender and hit the “pulse” button a few times. Next, add the greens and blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Synopsis of Breakfast:  The kale is too powerful for this meal.  I suggest using spinach and/or swiss chard.  It make around 20 fl. oz. – 1/2 of what I normally make in the morning.  After 20 minutes I’m feeling more inflamed.  Although I cannot find the research on starch in raw coconut, I will not be buying or making coconut smoothies again.  However, I have used coconut flakes before & I don’t get inflamed.

Lunch Menu: Cucumber-Pumpkin Seed Soup Classic Salad (Panera Bread)
No time again since I needed to run up to Whole Foods & get my food for the rest of the food reboot.  I had what you see in the picture minus the fruit cup.
For those interested, here’s what I was supposed to make a Cucumber-Pumpkin Seed Soup:
  • 2 organic vine tomatoes, chopped
  • ¾ cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup cucumber, cubed
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 brazil nut
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds (or 3 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds)

Directions:  In your blender, mix everything except the hemp seeds and half of the cucumber. Just before serving, add the chopped cucumber and hemp seeds to the soup.

Synopsis of Lunch:  To be honest, I really dislike cold soup and was glad to substitute the salad + apple at Panera.

“Snack”:  Collard Wraps
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 to 5 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 3 to 4 slices red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • juice from ½ lemon or lime
  • ½ avocado, chopped
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional to taste)
  • 2 large collard leaves

Directions:  Add all the ingredients except the collard leaves in a large bowl and mix gently. Divide the mixture into two and fill each collard leaf.

Synopsis of Meal: Not as good as the other collard green mix I made, but still tasty enough to get me to eat 4 collard green leaves.  The salad at Panera just isn’t enough and this “snack” is what my body needed.

Dinner Menu:  Green Smoothie

  • 4 cups organic kale, chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled (subbed 1 mango)
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled and deseeded
  • 6 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 4 to 6 ounces filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen
  • 1 brasil nut & small handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 small slice of turmeric (look at #11) & ginger root – both reduce pain & inflammation
Directions:  Blend together the water, banana / mango, and oranges. Then, add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Synopsis of Dinner: Has anyone ever told you that you are crazy?  After drinking  52 oz. & having your blender make angry sounds at you, they have every reason to.  Clearly you need to cut back on the carrots as it makes the drink too fibrous & unappealing.  There’s very little on the visual scale – the color is about as nasty brown as you can imagine.  I know this is part of rebooting, but this was the worst tasting smoothie I’ve ever had.  I only suggest this recipe for the hardcore, stick-exactly-to-the-plan-kind of person.

Evening inflammation check:  Fought inflammation all day long after the coconut drink in the morning.  Some times were good (running around at Whole Foods) while other times not so good (getting up after a nap & the evening time).

Gas / Bloating Check:  Good day with only one issue the whole day (after having the coconut drink in the morning, there was a big BM that combined with the inflammation with the drink, made me miserable until after lunch).

  • jamie

    I noticed the orange juice, instead of live whole fruit, was pasteurized juice. This is a bad choice because the cooking or pasteurization kills all the digestive enzymes and this causes the carbohydrate to burn off quickly as sugar and not really help with the coconut digestion. Try using no more than 1 cup of live coconut water.

    The coconut is not the problem. You are detoxing big time!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!
    Keep up the good work and continue to back off on fruit and add more greens.
    this program is only designed to change your pallet from acid to alkaline.
    Once you finish this program, you will be free to go completely raw vegan.

    I am hoping all the dairy, eggs, and all animal products are now OUT of the diet?
    keep smiling!!

  • brianzajac

    Jamie, thanks for the advice. That would explain feeling bad in the morning, but I’m still confused on why I’m still inflamed. It could be sleeping in a new bed (I’m in Venice now), the coconut water, not doing my chiropractic home rehab, being off Enbrel for nearly 2 weeks (tomorrow I’m supposed to take my shot since it’s been 2 weeks), or something else I don’t know about.

    I won’t have an issue keeping the dairy & bread down to minimum sizes. However, there is no way I’m going to continue living like this. I need to talk to you about the portion sizes, introducing some fish & eggs, a cooked/raw hybrid, and a sustainable life after the 21st day is over.