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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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