Day 18 Food Reboot

“Uniqueness” of the Day:  Moving materials up to Venice, Florida (will be here for a few months) delayed things and had to grab a salad at Panera Bread.  Other than that, I followed the diet plan.  I’m also happy to report that between the ballroom dancing, the 4 hours of cleaning up / fixing the house, driving, and setup in Venice, I report continuous great levels of energy and reduced inflammation.  The food reboot is showing real results that others are even seeing too.  God, this is amazing!

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 11:30 and got up at 6:30am to some body aches and right hip inflammation + some shooting pains – nothing too severe & is much better than previous mornings after ballroom dancing.

Breakfast:  Green Raspberry Smoothie
  • 3 bananas, peeled (subbed 1 kiwi, 1 apple, 1 banana)
  • 2 cups raspberries (used frozen)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped (subbed 1/2 – 3/4)
  • 1 tablespoon of dulse flakes
  • 4 to 6 ounces filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen

Directions:  Blend the water, bananas, and raspberries. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Synopsis of Breakfast: The smoothie makes 38 fl. oz. and was quite thick due to the frozen raspberries.  It’s also crunch due to the seeds from the raspberries & kiwi.  Overall the taste is good, but the raspberries do overwhelm the taste.

Lunch Menu: Green Smoothie Classic Salad + Fruit Cup (Panera Bread)
Since I had no time today to make my lunch, Panera Bread will just have to do (and I still stayed raw – yea!)  The salad was made of cucumbers, red onion, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, apple on the side, and balsamic vinaigrette.  I also got a fruit cup but I won’t get it again.  Whatever nutrition value it had went out the window (old & mushy).
For those interested, here’s what I was supposed to make a Green Smoothie:
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups pineapple, peeled
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 Brazil nut
  • 4 to 6 ounces filtered water

Directions:  Blend the water, bananas, and pineapple. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Synopsis of Lunch:  Your standard salad, but the balsamic was good.  I’m just glad it kept me in a raw diet today.

“Snack”:  Kale Salad w/ Tomatoes
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 slices red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried currants (subbed raisins)

Directions:  Massage the avocado into the kale; add the currants, onion and tomato. Mix well.

Synopsis of Meal: Let’s face it, kale is tough to eat raw.  The tomatoes and avocado make a sort of dressing in it which is nice.  In the future, I would substitute kale for swiss chard and/or spinach.

Dinner Menu:  Fruit Salad

  • 2 bananas, peeled (subbed 1)
  • 2 cups whole strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 orange, peeled and deseeded (subbed OJ – didn’t have an Orange)
Directions:  Slice the banana and strawberries into a bowl. Add the blueberries.  Squeeze orange juice over salad, and add remaining orange pulp.

Synopsis of Dinner: I had no issue finishing off this meal.  Tasted well and a good meal to eat while watching some TV.  The OJ gives a nice kick to everything.  Next time subbing papaya or mango to replace the banana.

Evening inflammation check:  Right hip has subtle inflammation but it’s going well.  My next issue is getting a shooting pain while squatting or bending down.

Gas / Bloating Check:  In check, but would get some surprise bathroom breaks.  Some of that issue might have happened due to having the fiber supplement after the snack (which I had around 5:30pm).

Day 12 Food Reboot

Unique Events for the Day:  Got my “Big Shot” from Good Belly in the evening time at the Whole Foods in Naples.  Whole Foods seems to be the only place to carry “The Big Shot” from Good Belly.  I’ve checked 8 stores now and no one else has it.

Also doing research for natural / organic stores in Sarasota & Venice, FL.  Starting next weekend I’ll be staying up there for a few months.  I checked out Richard’s Food Emporium and two Earth Origins natural stores in the Sarasota area.  The biggest one of the bunch was the Earth Origins on Stickney Point Road (41) next to Carrabas (bought the fennel there).  Richard’s Food Emporium carries longer-perishable items but I didn’t see any produce.  Future areas to check out in Venice, FL:  Choices Natural Market, and (restaurant) sunflower organic cafe | MAP

Lastly, I did not take my pre-dinner fiber supplement & substituted fennel for it.  Seems to have worked well.  A good alternative should I forget to take the fiber supplement.

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 11:30 & got up at 6:30am with the moderate right leg / buttock area of inflammation with moderate shooting pains.  Back stiffness was quite prevalent (more mid-back than lower) as I was sleeping in my parent’s house (I have a sleep number queen bed that I use there & a king bed at my house).

Chiropractor: Head weights 2X per day (10 min. morning & evening) + Denny roll 2X in morning & evening (20 min.)

Morning Physical Symptom Check:  My normal stiff lower & less mid-back (moderate stiffness).

Smoothie Recipe (Banana, Mango, Papaya & Strawberry Smoothie Recipe)
I used what my parents had left in the house.
•2 smaller bananas
•2 handfuls of strawberries
•1/2 Cup blueberries
•3 Handfuls Spinach
•3 to 4 ounces of filtered water
Synopsis of Smoothie:  Instead of the Omni blender, I used my parents NuWave blender (similar to a Ninja blender).  The smoothie was less frothy, but you could taste the bits of spinach.  I remember that my Ninja would have a difficult time fully grinding harder leaves like Kale.  The taste was good & my mother even enjoyed it (she does not eat vegan / raw food diet.  Her diet is based on Weight Watchers).  Makes less than 2 glassfuls.
Lunch Menu:  Salad, Soup & Coconut Water (Earth Origins Market)
Artichoke with Tofu + Peppers & Tomato – 1/2 Hour Later (Earth Origins Market)

  • Salad – beets, spinach, romaine, carrots & artichoke hearts w/ Vinaigrette
  • Soup – Turkey, carrots, squash, tomatoes
  • Coconut Water
  • Tofu & Artichoke
  • Peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, capers and olives
  • Piece of 85% Chocolate Bar
Synopsis of Lunch:  I ate at two Earth Origins Markets.  The salad was standard, the soup was ok (definitely not like mom’s chicken soup) & the coconut water is never the same as the real thing.  The 2nd “meal” for lunch were both tasted good and were good combinations of each other.  I also bought some fennel (refer to yesterday for explanation) to help indigestion / bad breath and it works quite well.  I’ll try it some more & let you know if it’s consistently good.
Dinner Menu: Shrimp Salad
  • shrimp (small cup)
  • sweet peppers
  • cherry tomatoes
  • spinach
  • romaine lettuce
  • cauliflower
  • balsamic vinaigrette
Synopsis of Meal:  Take the salad from yesterday & substitute shrimp (my parents made this).

Evening inflammation check:  Since inflammation is most prevalent after the Denny Roll, I’m going to report on that from now on.  Inflammation below the right-buttock area & shooting pains in the right hip.  Stiffness in the lower to mid back continues due to the driving and moving materials today & yesterday.