The Superfood Binges

Other than our Florida cousins, most of us end up paying double digits for any fruit of the ‘superfood’ variety. I agree with Dr Fuhrman that most of the hype is nothing more than crafty marketing but there’s no question of the benefit of whole fruits. Some in particular such as the Noni have been used for healing in Polynesian tribes for hundreds of years.

On my annual trip to Kauai (I’m thrifty and get good deals) I’ve been loving finding Noni’s (cheap but disgusting), Sour Sop juice (with mint… to die for) and the Mangosteen at roadside stalls. Stores seem to have the standard fare but if anyone is eating right and traveling be sure to look at local produce markets!

I will add pictures when I am home but my favorites have been the Mangosteen (gross shell, incredible center), fresh passion fruit, rambutans (lychees with a fro) and my favorite, the EGGFRUIT. This mango shaped delicacy is grown in Florida too but has a unique dry texture like an egg. And it TASTES LIKE CAKE!

I found a local lady who will send Noni juice from her farm to the mainland for $75 (two giant mason jars which is gross enough to last a long time) – if anyone wants her info let me know.

Other than my distaste of the cold, this trip has compounded my theory that humans are best suited to the tropics. Where else do cakes grow on trees!

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Back in love… with EXERCISE!!!

Most people who turn into giant sacks of autoimmune disease and fatigue know the hardest part is not being able to do the things they love any more. 

Well, I’m pleased to report that not only am I feeling great 2 days into my vacation in Hawaii (though airplane nuts, hummus and dried fruits were not my friend) but I managed to go surfing today… for 3 and a half hours. I’m so giddy with happiness I want to go dance along the edge of the cliffs and tell everyone that my body is experiencing a miracle. I have missed this feeling of total relaxation after a long workout for so long I want to pinch myself. 

Unfortunately, I know only too well that this is no spontaneous recovery cased by Aloha Spirit because the last 2 times here I was really sick and had to spend most of the vacation in bed or sleeping on the beach which infuriated the hell out of me to the point I didn’t want to come back. 

But as luck would have it,thanks to changing my diet I am a new person and I truly am getting a second chance at life.

My trip here took over 20 hours because I wanted a cheap flight and I was suitably cranky after subsisting on $2 bananas and nuts during my journey. The nuts reminded me why I can’t eat nuts. It was hard to avoid the familiar smells at the airport, but I know cookies, potato chips, candy and sandwiches are to me as icebergs are to the Titanic.

When I landed I went straight to Costco and got crates of papayas (local), organic greens, local bananas, a crate of green beans and pineapple which has been a great high energy diet for my trip. The extra sugar hasn’t been as issue but I’ve been very active so far. Not perfect Eat To Live but I don’t have a stove so it’s raw or canned for me. Met friends for dinner and had a great salad… so local it still had blades of grass in it. I decided to eat those too. 

At this point for me it’s about just avoiding anything that blows up my GI tract and creates bloating. That’s the last thing left to truly figure out. I bought dried apricots and had to give them away because they hurt me to the point I could have passed for a puffer fish. Since my run in with the yeast I haven’t had any fatigue, mental or immune issues. Just lots and lots of energy. I need less sleep every night. 

Been doing a lot of reading too (think Louise Hay, Rhonda Byrne etc) to try and help my mind adjust to this new and wonderful change in my life. I want to make sure I’m not only physically fit, but that I become mentally and spiritually fit enough to stick with this diet and channel all the energy it creates into positive, creative and fulfilling avenues. I am fully aware that my diet and negative lifestyle got me sick in the first place and I will never let that happen again!