Day 16 Food Reboot

Unique Events for the Day:  My 1st breakfast without it being a smoothie, getting 9:15 hours of sleep, a change in my “end product” (read under gas / bloating at your discretion), and a massive amount of food – seriously, my “snack” consisted of 1 head of romaine lettuce!

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 9:00 & got up at 2:30am with moderate shooting pains getting out of bed, right hip area slightly inflamed, and my entire chest / back area is inflamed & stiff.  Laying on my stomach on my bed, walking around, doing bends / stretches & drinking water from 2:30 – 3:30.  Slept from 3:30 – 7:15am.  This is the 1st time in over two weeks I got 9:15 of total sleep.  At 7:15am I woke up with a stiff lower back, no shooting pains, & my right hip / buttock area with moderate inflammation.  8am took a walk for 15 minutes and noticed pain in my right hip / lower buttock area throughout most of the walk & afterwards.

Breakfast:  Fruit Salad
  • 3 bananas, peeled (Subbed 1/2 Papaya + 1 Banana)
  • 2 cups pineapple, cubed
  • 2 cups blueberries (1 pint)

Synopsis of Breakfast:  As I’m sure the picture above will tell you, that’s a lot of fruit.   I could barely finish all of it.  I hope I don’t go into insulin shock!

Lunch Menu:  Green Smoothie
  • 2 mango, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup whole strawberries
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon whole flax seeds, freshly ground
  • 6 to 8 ounces filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon of dulse flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of bee pollen

Directions: Blend the mangos and water together. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Synopsis of Lunch: 40oz!  Geez, that’s a lot of smoothie.  The taste was ok, but nothing spectacular.  My suggestion is to take some of the filling from the collard green recipe in day 15 and eat some of that between each glassful.  BTW, this smoothie is 3 glassfuls of healthy goodness.

“Snack”:  Salad with Strawberry Dressing
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped (only used 1/2)
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ avocado, chopped
  • 5 medium mushrooms, chopped (didn’t use b/c I don’t like them)
  • 3 to 5 slices of red onion, chopped (future sug. – 1-2)
  • 2 small carrots, slices


  • ½ cup whole strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped

Directions:  Add water as needed to reach desired consistency
To make the dressing, blend the strawberries in your blender for about
30 seconds. Next add the parsley. Add water to make it a thinner

Synopsis of Meal: I’m starting to wonder if I’m living in the land of the giants because these meals are a lot of food.  This “snack” alone is what I used to have for dinner.  The meal was was overall OK, but I didn’t get to eat until 4:30pm.  I didn’t like all the red onion.  I suggest using 1-2 THIN slices in the future.  Also, there was no way I could eat more romaine lettuce + have dinner 2 hours later.  So I cut that portion in 1/2.  The dressing was not easy to blend and had to shake the strawberries to make it all work.  Eventually it pureed enough to get it to the dressing form (kept adding little bit of water each time to make happen).  The taste was fine & again the meal was overall good.  I just don’t see how someone can sustain eating this way due to a typical American busy schedule.

Dinner Menu:  Fruit Salad


  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup papaya, cubed
  • 1 orange

Synopsis of Dinner: This meal complimented the “snack”.  Not nearly as filling (whew!) and the bananas taste excellent with the orange juice & a good mix when you add the pineapple.  The papaya was fine, but I feel it tastes better on it’s own.

Evening inflammation check:  After lunch, the inflammation was quite manageable.  However, it did come back (started with a shooting pain & then subsided to a moderate pain in the right hip area) after my dinner and it could be the excess in bananas.  My limit is usually 2, but today I had 4.  Going to go to bed early again (9:30 probably) & see if I can make two great nights of sleep in a row.

Gas / Bloating Check:  Take a truckload of healthy food & feed yourself to the limits.  What happens to it?  Well “the stuff” compacts and you get very little bloating / gas & a big end “product” – twice.  Hey, I don’t like writing about bowel movements as much as you don’t like reading it.  But this is what we’re looking for when we know our body is healing itself.  The lack of inflammation & end “product” delivered in a way I haven’t seen in awhile tells me this food reboot is working.  What a day…