You don't realize this until you go months without and then reintroduce it into your diet. At least, I didn't!
This weekend I met up with a friend for dinner at a vegan restaurant. Normally, I would've stuck with the salad bar but I wanted to try the some of the cooked veggie dishes. Foolish girl....
Now this was partially experiment, partially succumbing to the temptation of seasoned vegetables. I've been LFRV for a little over 3 months now and a couple of times along the way I've had some boiled veggies for dinner. The times that I've had them, I have felt a noticeable difference in my digestion and energy levels-I'll feel more sluggish and digestion takes much longer- but no stomach pains or discomfort of any sort. So I figured cooked veggies at this place couldn't be too much worse.
Wrong. Seconds after swallowing the first few bites, I already felt like I had drank a glass of wine! That buzzed, dizzy feeling washed over me and soon after I began to feel my insides bubbling. I became more interested in the thought of climbing into bed than in our conversation.
These side effects were for the mostpart expected; what really struck me was how awful the food tasted! This is/was my favorite restaurant. I mean I LOVED this place. But this time, my first time back after embarking on my fruity journey, it was completely underwhelming. The swirly mashed potato thing tasted stale, the leeks were far too bitter, and the mango (part of some tofu dish they created...yes, they COOKED the mango :'( ) was a UCF ( unidentifiable cooked fruit) for the majority of the meal. It was unripe, leathery and drowned in some perfume-flavored liquid. It was awful but I forced myself to eat it. Bad idea. The only dish I can honestly say I enjoyed was the pumpkin and that wasn't even worth the physical/emotional discomfort. All in all, the meal was boring; a disappointment for sure.
To make matters worse, I still don't feel 100% yet, 3 days later. The following day, I woke up with a foul taste in my mouth, something I left behind in the past, and felt incredibly spaced out. My insides are still...
"off" as I write this.
Moral of the story: cooked food is NOT all it's made out to be. Sure it may look, sound, smell, feel nice for a few moments, but are the consequences really worth it? No! I'll stick to smelling from now on. I really wish people would give this a shot. Just for one month, just one and then they could go back to eating cooked rocks if they like. You just don't KNOW how lousy you feel on a SAD diet and how GREAT you can feel eating fruits & veggies, until you ditch the drugs. It's so sad that so many people will never know how delicious it is to be fueled by fruit.