I survived my last day of fasting quite well! 14 days is a long time to go without food, but it was well worth it for the improvement in my blood pressure numbers. I’m routinely getting readings between 113 and 128 over 64 to 85. All-in-all I feel fantastic about this improvement. My weight is still right around the 26 pounds lost point. I anticipate that as I begin to refeed that will adjust up a bit. Dr. Lorn told me I can expect the blood pressure to come down after I start eating.
Day 14 was a good day overall. Nothing out of the ordinary. I went to an afternoon cooking demo by Chef Ramses Bravo, the executive chef here at the center. It is amazing to watch him work. He is organized and has knife skills like no one else I’ve ever seen in person. He made a sweet potato and white bean cake over kale. It looked and smelled amazing. His plating also makes you feel like you are in a fancy restaurant. He also did a grilled hearts of palm salad with a lemon parsley dressing. I have to say that the time I’ve most felt like eating since I got here was when I got a whiff of the parsley when he was chopping it. It smelled so fresh and yummy.
I spent some time sitting outside in the sun and visiting with some of the other participants. I like all of them so much. I particularly got to chat with a gal named Flora who is a total sweetheart. I hope that we can stay in touch when things are over with. One of the guys sent me a bunch of information about spices. His wife is a plant-based chef. She is a doll and I hope she will share some of her recipes. Apparently she does a really great job of making Indian dishes taste good without the use of oil.
Later that night I went to another presentation by Chef AJ. She talked about winning at the loosing game. Her focus was on calorie density and how to eat the majority of our calories–if not all–from the best sources. It was all information that I have heard before but I find it is always good to hear it in a different format. I pick up something new every time. The best thing I learned last night was to ask myself whether or not what I wanted to eat had both fiber and water. If not, it probably doesn’t meet the guidelines I want to be following or it should be used very sparingly.
This morning was break the fast day! (did you hear those angels singing?) The kitchen brought me a lovely juice at 9:00 a.m. I took a picture on my iPad but the internet isn’t working on it today so I can’t figure out how to get it over here. It was watermelon and celery. Can I just tell you that nothing could have prepared me for how wonderful celery juice tastes? And, it really is a salty veggie. I got 3 more juices throughout the day. The next one was celery with something else, maybe cucumber or zuchini, then another like the first. The last one was orange. I think it was carrot celery. My taste buds have been dancing all day.
My friend, Janet Carter, came for a visit today. This is the first time I’ve met her in person and she is absolutely lovely. It was fun to spend some time with her. We went over to Dr. Lisle’s lecture. He talked about that voice in our heads–our inner audience. He always starts his lecture with someone asking a question and then goes from there.
This afternoon was an Iron Chef-type competition between Ramses and AJ. It is fun to watch them banter. They did a savory round and a sweet round with Katie Mae playing the Alton Brown role and Dr. Goldhamer, Linda, and Jim being the judges. The secret ingredients in the first round were white beans, cara cara oranges, and brussel sprouts. Both dishes looked amazing. The sweet round ingredients were hazelnuts, mint, and pineapple. Again–both dishes looked amazing. I didn’t get to taste either, but I had a great time smelling them as they passed by me. It ended up being a tie with Chef Bravo winning the savory round and Chef AJ winning the sweet.
I just got back from meeting with Dr. Lisle. I have to say that I was not sure I wanted to meet with the psychologist, but I decided to take advantage of being here. I kept the things I wanted to talk about very specific–mainly how to make this work at home with my particular personality and life circumstances. He gave me some really good ideas. Reminded me that I don’t have to be perfect, and reinforced that it is about the process–not the outcome. It was a good meeting. And, we only took a half-hour, so saved me some money too.
I have to say that I am very glad that I’m doing this. I think that it will be very helpful for me when I go home. But I am ready to go home. I miss my peeps. I still have six days, though, so I’m going to get the most out of it that I can.
Steamed veggies tomorrow night! Wahoo!