Today is day five of my potato cleanse experiment, and i am feeling so much better this time around. I think the last time it didn't so much trigger eating disordered feelings as it triggered times in my life when I've been super broke, by broke I mean poor and have had either no food or had to rely on eating one cheap thing over and over. But I don't feel that way this time around. I don't feel burdened this time. I feel empowered. I feel like ever since I stopped drinking, I've been waiting for the pounds to come off, and I was getting to the point where it was tempting to just start drinking again, I might as well get some pleasure out of the deal, you know? And for the past year or so I've really cleaned up my eating, and stepped up my exercise. Especially living in Seattle, I do much more walking. Anyway, I feel like I am taking an active part in my own life, and I definitely still had some disordered thinking about food that I always thought would just be in my head forever. So, for many reasons this ridiculous sounding cleanse is really working for me. I'm eating so much more salad, because believe me, a potato heavy diet leaves you desperately needing CRUNCH! Plus I love the vibrancy of a crisp raw salad. Before this cleanse I could be a bit lazy and sometimes skip salads, telling myself I eat plants anyway, so it's okay. But I feel a big difference having a huge bowl of greens mid day. So, this time around I feel much more zen about this cleanse, and I definitely know I will make it ten days. I'm going to see how I feel, and I might even go longer! I would love to find it within myself to go for the thirty days.
this recipe. It was really, really good. If you ever need a mushroom gravy recipe, try this one. It's easy and quick too!
I think I might take my measurements today. (Gulp) I bought a tape measure at Jo-Ann fabrics the other day, but I just haven't gotten around yet. I want to see if I actually lose a few inches. I was watching a lot of potato island results videos yesterday, and people seem to be having great success. In most of the videos you can clearly see the results from their first video, and so on. The good thing is I'm not feeling super obsessed about losing inches, it's more what I would call a healthy curiosity.
I'm off to restock my potato supply. I'm going to start buying loose potatoes instead of the bagged potatoes. I've noticed for awhile, even way before potato island that the bagged potatoes never have all usable potatoes. There are always some duds in with the spuds. (I'm so sorry, there was no resisting) It gets frustrating, and it's also a huge waste of money. I don't always feel like carrying some rotten potatoes with me back to the store to complain. Anyway, the store that sells the elusive potato flour also has a surprisingly awesome selection of organic bulk potatoes. That's the one thing I'm strict about for this cleanse, I only buy organic potatoes because they are on the dirty dozen. Interestingly sweet potatoes are not, so I'm a little less picky there. Anyway, this store has purple, red, yellow, all kinds of potatoes. You know you're on a cleanse when different colors of potatoes have you beyond excited!