Monday, January 10, 2011

Day Three

Today we went big time and substituted garbanzo beans for miso broth and tamari. We've been experiencing some pretty serious detox symptoms from all the things we've cut out (alcohol, most caffeine, all processed foods). Ryan's detox has been more serious than mine, but we both have headaches, some nausea, and a general feeling of lethargy. We've experienced these symptoms before when we've done cleanses and detoxes. All of the items we are eating are pretty cleansing. We decided to slow it down a bit and add some beans. I have felt better this afternoon; hopefully Ryan has too (we'll have to ask his students)!

The monetary breakdown of today's daily food goes like this:

2 cups uncooked rice ~ $1.16
1 green tea bag ~ $.08
2 tablespoons ACV ~ $.19
1/2 cup uncooked garbanzo beans ~ $.50

Grand Total ~ $1.93

The past couple of days our miso has cost us $.14 for a tablespoon, and the tamari is $.10 so our daily totals have been at $1.67. We are under for the last few days and other than a few hunger pains, detox, and cravings, we've been just fine.

We continue to talk about our surprising cravings and desires. We had a long discussion this morning about how we use things like food, eating out, lattes, and alcohol to fill a void and satisfy us. We do it without even thinking. Stripping it all away leaves a big void, one that we know needs to be filled with more important things. The spiritual side of the experiment is deepening and I hope it continues to do so. Will we treat ourselves when this is all over? I hope not; I hope we've changed our thinking enough by that point that it will seem very unnecessary!


  1. Glad to hear you're incorporating some legumes into your diet. I'll stop worrying about the protein. Most common recommendation is about 1/2 gram of protein per pound of body weight. I would not trust the recommendations of macrobiotics and raw foods enthusiasts. Their science is often non-existent and they rarely have any credible research to back up their claims. Back in the early 70s, when macrobiotics became popular, there were macrobiotic folks who became so protein deprived they started losing their hair. I doubt you'll do any harm in a month's time but if you go for too long, your body will start consuming its own muscle tissue. That is not a good way to lose weight.

    You are right in that a large portion of the world's population does not get adequate protein. In many parts of the world, people may get enough calories but still suffer from malnutrition because of lack of protein or certain vitamins or minerals. When children are malnourished, it can affect the development of their brain and impair them for life.

    Looking forward to hearing about your further adventures.

  2. I'm going to ask a silly question: If people give you food (for example, invite you in for tea or give you an apple) does that count towards your total? Or is that just a lucky bonus because you didn't spend the cash?

    I'm wondering if during this process you guys would be able to accept those offers (as I imagine a staving person would), and what effect that would have on your spiritual journey.