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Forks Over Knives: what are you eating?

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 22, 2012, 11:01 PM


Almost a year and a half ago, my boyfriend Joe noticed that after I eat wheat, I get grouchy, intolerable, tired, and absolutely crash into the nearest bed like object possible and have to sleep for four to six hours before I am able to wake up. After waking up, I am sluggish, I can't think straight, and my overall mood is extremely depressive. It was eventually concluded with a simple study that I was at least wheat intolerant. After further experimenting with removing certain foods from my diet and the affects of eating others, it was concluded that it is both a gluten and wheat allergy that I "suffer" from. Through the affects both mental and physical that the gluten allergy caused me, I broke off an engagement, hurt many around me with my volatile attitude, and was so under productive that my art went a whole lot of absolutely no where for the better course of a decade.

Today I am a vibrant, energetic, healthy, trim, athletic 26 year old looking at turning 27 in September. I have two dogs and keep up with them as well as will soon be starting a core position at REI, continuing to create better and better art, and Joe and I couldn't be happier together. So what happened? I simply removed one set of foods that I found my body didn't like.

After watching Forks over Knives once, and drawing while doing so. I began to think and really listen to what that incredible documentary was trying to SCREAM at me. Plant based, whole foods diet. What could it do for me? Well considering that I'm also allergic to fruit and have a sulfide allergy ((found in wines etc, as well as most PROCESSED FOODS)) it has been hard to start to navigate towards this life style. Those who knew me in high school knew me as a pasta and steak sort of gal. All I ate was red meat, accented most often with a giant bowl of Pasta. When I got to college and couldn't afford the meat all I subsided off of was pasta, pasta, pasta, pasta, ramen, pasta, dairy, pasta, ramen, etc. Looking back at it, and the allergy that I have, it was no wonder that my body hurt all the time!

I was not only bogging it down with what for me essentially amounted to a poison, but I wasn't putting any of the good stuff in at all either. You know, vegetables... leafy greens.... roots.... legumes... beans... etc. etc. etc.

In the past few months, sort of unwittingly, Joe and I have also begun to eat very plan focused diets with out really meaning to. Now we have Asparagus, with a salmon fillet that we split, on a small side of rice. With mostly Asparagus on the plate. Or broccoli soup, that is literally broccoli, in chicken broth, a dash of cream, and two or three THIN slices of cheese, with some pepper. Or tomato soup. I could go on. But as you are seeing in the trend, most of those ingredients, didn't come from something that had a mother.

I would LOVE to challenge you all to at least watch the documentary and see what you think and then post back here. Tell me what you saw and how you think it could improve or tear apart your life. What do you think were good findings that you yourself could support with what you eat?

Oh PS: stay away from foods that are overly processed, or frozen pre made dinners, boxed dinners etc. They are purely empty calories. Oh, also stay away from fast food. Its not really food. More like flavored cardboard with a side of corn syrup >.> YUCK!


  • Listening to: me play the violin
  • Reading: sword of truth series
  • Watching: Forks over Knives
  • Drinking: Water
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Cai-ine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I've seen the mentioned food documentaries but what has really changed my eating habits is an introduction into Health At Every Size and the process of Intuitive Eating.

Intuitive eating is where you really pay attention to how your body reacts to foods and adjust accordingly. And this goes along with noticing cravings and what that might indicate and what is the best option for satisfying that craving. Need something sweet? Apple to the rescue! And so on...

That all being said it was the intuitive eating practice that made me realize that something in my system was deeply fucked up during the month of December. Part of it turned out to be a stomach ulcer which is now healing now that I'm out of my stressful job, the other turned out to be lactose intolerance. And I love cheese. And milk. After experimenting with all sorts of foods I found I can't take a lot of fried food, any McDonald's, more than a minimal amount of caffeine, and really big meals along with dairy. I have adjusted my intake accordingly and feel SO MUCH BETTER. Just cutting back on processed food and eating smaller meals has helped so much, plus I take a supplement to help me digest small amounts of dairy so I don't have to give up my cheese completely.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think intuitive eating is something that we all need to be trained how to do in a better way. Often times when our body wants sweet its not craving chocolate, but an apple, or a piece of fruit. I can definitely agree with that. I have tried to listen to my body a lot closer. The thing about intuitive eating vs say FOK, is the fact that I actually sustain off of a lot of dairy. I LOVE milk and my body craves it. So what does that say? One of the things that I am hoping to do is gain access to a couple of the more science sided books, rather than to the cook book side of things. I want to understand better WHY the whole foods plant based seems to be so much better. Is it the fact that a lot of it is probably organic and thus not pestisided to kingdom come? Is it not frozen and there fore lacking some of the nutrients? Is it based also on blood type or just the overall lack of oils, fats, etc?
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Cai-ine Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
It's that those foods, the "whole foods plant based" is what our bodies have evolved to eat. It's only extremely recently (in evolutionary terms) that we've shifted to such a meat centric diet, the reason being that we've learned animal husbandry and don't have to hunt and run for every scrap of meat we eat. We're predisposed to crave salt and fats because they are essential to not starving if you're a hunter gatherer, hence why everyone loves a good steak. When we used to be hunter gatherers it was imperative to our survival that we find and consume as much high protein fatty food as we could (it wasn't a lot however, maybe one serving twice a week). The rest of our diet was what ever we could forage from the earth. Thus, plant based diets work well because that's what our stomachs still think we're mostly eating. In your case for dairy, it's likely that your direct family line lived in a region that depended on cows for most of their needs, milk, cheese, meat, etc. While we are largely still based around a foragers diet, certain regions have created differing diets based on what's available, like how the Inuits can eat a diet that is almost exclusively high fat meat and remain healthy, it's because their ancestors have been doing it for a very long time and their genetics and bodies have adjusted.
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Gr-yFire Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't help but to agree with everything above, haha. I've noticed that during my swim seasons (Winter and Summer time of the year,) I feel much better than during the off-seasons. Not-so-coincidentally, I force myself to eat healthier during the Winter and Summer due to swimming. You can feel it when you're trying to work out and you've eaten something not-so-healthy, and not just when you're working out, but also just when you're sitting around, watching TV, at school, whatever. It helps me focus personally, and it helps me feel more... Good. XD (My English is wonderful, is it not?)

The good news is, I love vegetables and fruits. :lmao:
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
((your English is just fine :P))

You can definitely feel an overall improvement when both working out and eating right. While FOK definitely went over and over the food portion of things I feel like it simply glanced over the fact that you have to pair any good diet with an adequate amount of exercise as well in order for the diet to really be affective.

When I was speed skating I was eating "better" though at the time I had no idea about my gluten allergy and was thus sitting there stuffing my face full of pasta and then wondering why I was feeling sluggish XD
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Sirfy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't overly control all the foods I have available, since I have no income to buy my own, and my folks keep their own supply at hand. Not very healthy with the things I eat, which I know explains alot. I have plans to change my diet once I move out, but not entirely sure as to what other than alot less meat (close friend im moving in with is vegetarian) so my meats will primarily be chicken and turkey. Luckily I've become more of a salad nut lately. So far the only thing I put in it other than green-leaf lettuce is sunflower seeds.

Anyway, I haven't seen that documentary, and without having netflix I dunno where I could :P
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You can probably look it up online, or try to find it at like, Blockbuster if you look for it. The other thing is to maybe see about talking to your parents about your interest in better nutrition for you and for them. See if they are receptive to trying a more vegi hearty diet. I honestly don't know what parents wouldn't be excited to find out that their child ((no matter how old)) is willing to give a healthier strike at food!
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Sirfy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
healthier foods are expensive, and only one of em is working atm. Plus there's alot of food my dad will never give up. He's horribly stubborn, both of em are x3
Though if my dad quit drinking and smoking, he could use that money to buy healthier foods. But try telling HIM that :P

Won't be too long till I move anyway :)
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LeoEyes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Ive been meaning to watch that documentary, luckily its on netflicks so thats good. Ive been in the process of changing my diet as much as I can, trying to loose alot of weight and dealing with chronic pain issues which is suspected as chronic gout. So Ive cut out soda from my diet and other things that tend to aggrivate the condition and it had helped though I still do get pain.

My fiance also is extremely picky about what he'll eat, pasta being one of those. But we have discovered pasta that is made in part from vegtables, so that helps a little. Unfortunenly he really hates veggies of any kind, so trying to find stuff that works is tricky.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thats unfortunate that your fiance is so picky about food, granted I can't fault him as I have some rather peculiarities myself. Mostly about the texture of foods. I have a tendency to cook all veggie's until they are mush... I just don't like that crunch! Moving to that particular diet would be really hard for me at first ((I also just plain don't like a lot of veggie's out there.)) But if it has so many benefits and if even half of them are true I think its something I am personally going to try for.

Chronic Gout: I haven't done a lot of research, what all does that entail and how does it affect you? I honestly don't know about a lot of the other tummy issues other than my own :P

Its good that you have the goal of pushing for more healthy food goals :D thats all we can do and then implement as we can :)
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LeoEyes Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
It is unfortunent but i certainly understand. He has an issue with the texture of foods as well and the taste of alot of veggies will make him gag. Fortunently there are ways to 'sneak in' veggies so he does get some of them. Like if there cooked in sauce so there mush as well, or like in the veggie pasta.

Chronic gout is bassicaly when uric acid deposits build up in ones joints or accumulate and can cause alot of pain. My joint pain isnt as bad as some, I dont get the swelling or reddness, but interestingly enough ever since I cut soda out of my diet. Which is often a huge trigger of uric acid buildup in sufferors, my joints have been doing much better.

Another thing I want to do with watching my diet more is the weight loss, I'm unfortunently signifficantly overweight and I know it makes things worse. It also makes me feel self concious, I'm much to shy to wear anything form fitting or a bathing suit because of it. Its frustraiting.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for explaining gout. I had heard of it time and time again but had never had anyone really explain it to me. That really does suck that it causes so much joint issues. I do know that milks, and most wheats ((mostly because of the sugars)) are really high inflametory. Have you been able to let go of a few of those and see a difference? Just as a question.
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I know that whenever I eat *anything* deep fried, I feel tired and somewhat sick.
I know that fast food generally makes me feel like crap.
My brother gall stones and had to have his gall bladder removed - the doctor told him he was eating to much meat.
I've watch 'Forks over Knives', and 'Fat sick and nearly dead' and possibly 'Food Inc.' (I can't quit remember, there are a few lol) and they do involve good studies, although Forks over Knives did feel a little more...biased than a general 'these are the facts' kind of documentary. It still made a lot of good points though.
Kyle and I have found that simply including *more* fruits and veggies in our diet (not necessarily replacing everything with just) has made our health much better instantly. We still eat things we shouldn't (but not nearly as much as we used to), and just adding more of the better whole foods makes a huge difference.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yah, I can't do fried food at all anymore cause of my allergy ((well other than french fries)), and I'm honestly weirdly sort of glad for my allergy since it takes a lot of those foods out of the question to even eat. Makes it sort of easy to go "i cant have that, oh well."

I need to watch "fat, sick, and nearly dead." I haven't seen that one yet. It will be interesting to see how it compares to FOK. :)
Yes, simply introducing more fruits and veggi's have made a substantial difference in how I've felt as well, and I didn't even realize I was doing it at first XD
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Honestly if I see a nice plate of fruit/veggies sitting next to a dozen donuts (for example)... I'd go for the fruit/veggies every time not really thinking about how one is healthier than the other, but how the first simply sounds more delicious!
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could have apples. I miss apples and grapefruits more than anything in the world. But I have to say, broccoli soup with just a TOUCH of cheese has been realy hitting the spot lately.
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
That's a classic as well mmmmhmmm
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I haven't seen Forks and Knives, but I've made changes in my diet since moving away for college (and living with a roommate who ate crap-food all the time...a big downside, because she was in charge of food since my parents covered her half of the rent as well as mine). I can't even eat many junk foods that I used to love before these days...just looking at some of them or thinking about them makes my stomach turn. I remember back even when I did like that stuff it made me feel sickly. These days I'm still eating too much pasta, since it's tricky to make vegetable-based meals every night (especially since my body is finicky, and many things will make me sick...I literally can only eat foods that are very plain and relatively "dull", or I WILL get sick). My body feels less bogged down after I eat, and that's nice. I haven't noticed any other changes really though.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I had a full run of body stuff the last time I went to the doctors, and what I am thinking of doing is calling them back up and actually finding out all my numbers, and then in about six months if I can afford it, after going to MORE plants in my food and less potato's and rice and seeing how it actually compares with the numbers. The part that I am most concerned with is the cholesterol as I know it has a habit of running high in my family.
Definitely understand about the looking at certain foods and just feeling sick. I get that way about Ramen and Mac and Cheese. I tried to eat M&C once after going Gluten free, and all I tasted was wheat and slime. It was SO gross. Specially since I can make a home made batch that tastes WAYYYYYY better now a days ;)
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Wackyjax Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I combined watching FoK with Food, Inc. Yeah, I'm convinced. I'm a vegetarian, but still weaning myself off of junk. It's a process.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
We might have to exchange recipe's at some point :) Got any good veggie soup ideas?
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Wackyjax Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of what I've tried can be found in the FoK book, or in Dr. Esselstyn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Mighty tasty stuff!
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooooo Yah I just need to break down and order the book. I think our generation is really lucky in that we are getting this info young and not when we are 60 and a lot of that damage has been done already.
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Wackyjax Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True. I'm 35 and thanks to both family history and my own sedentary lifestyle, I'm a poster child for heart disease and Type II Diabetes if I don't do something NOW. Getting better with the diet, though I continue to slip here and there with dairy but more often with sugar. Now if I can just get my butt to move a bit more often... :P
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cancer runs in my family about as prolificly as life... So I'm really trying to watch how I treat my body and what I put in it. The thing to me is though, everyone in my family that has had cancer, also had some other qualifyers in terms of.... over consumption of carsenogens (sp?)
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Wackyjax Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Carcinogens, and wow, that sucks. I can only say I'll keep at it if you will! Good luck to you! :highfive:
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Omny87 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
So you get sick from eating wheat, meat and fruit? Mayhaps you were a rabbit in a past life...
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nah, I get sick from eating Wheat, Fruit, Sulphides, Preservatives, etc. haa haa, yah probably a netherland dwarf or something XD

But in all honesty, I really hear what this movie was saying in how to be a better Omnivore which is really what we are supposed to be. Not carnivores with the accent of some plant matter. :P
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lionsilverwolf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I watched Forks Over Knives and after considering the film, literally all I can remember from it (and I watched it within the last week) was that they said 'whole foods, plant-based diet' constantly. Not any facts or information, but that they really really want everyone watching to eat a whole foods, plant-based diet.
I think it's always been obvious that eating stuff you grow in your garden is going to be better for you than stuff out of a can or freezer bag, but it's not in the American culture to go for that whole-heartedly.
My health problems are not, sadly, something that can be fixed with a diet change, and the only food group I have issue with is dairy (which I never had much of anyways). There are a lot of problems that CAN be, and overall a healthier diet is just, well, healthier... But I think the film pushed too hard and read to me as people trying too hard. I much preferred the way 'Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead' went about it.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that the most important thing that I actually took from the film was the mentioning of what the meat industry is actual doing to the world largely and on the whole. The fact that cows are actually having worse immissions than most cars as well as how much forest has to be cleared in order to take care of those cows even if they are stacked in like cord wood on the land. Its terrible! As for the plant based diet after considering it more and more I think the most important part of it is just learning how to portion out food better. My Grandfather actually always had his plate with two thirds veggie's of different kinds and split that last third into small portions of starch and a small chunk of meat. He lived to 92 and could have lived longer had his body not been in two other near death experiences due to WW2 and being left for dead in AK after a bad car accident ;)
So, with that said, I think it is important to better learn how to portion and simply not eat quite so much fats of ANY kind as well as just overall better portions of food :)
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lionsilverwolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, those are good points, they just weren't repeated ad nauseum the way others were! Now if they'd reiterated the points about the downside of the meat industry and the issues with our portioning more than 'veganism cures cancer' I'd probably like it more and recommend it to people.
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