So, today, I just went nuts and am working my way through a gallon of water. I actually thought I'd have to pee a lot more and I haven't. Which leads me to believe that a recommended 64 oz. a day just wasn't doing the trick despite how many fruits and veggies I'm doing. Someone once told me that the solid matter to liquid ratio of the body is similar to that of the Earth's, so when you don't drink enough water, you're essentially causing a planetary drought.
Today was kind of a downer day in general. I was back to being kind of cranky, even though physically there's nothing wrong and there's plenty of food around I can graze on. I just sort of felt...Idk...a little down. I'm pretty sure that the process of detoxing physically is now taking its toll psychologically because of how often I reached for processed foods along with the monotony of my regiment. So, some of my go-to flavors mingled and marinated into one savory cooked warm comfort food dish aren't there for me to turn to, so I think my aura is pouting.
To pick myself up a little, I try to find other people, not recipes or recipe websites, who've made a major life-switch and listen to them testify on the ups and downs and benefits to keep me motivated. I was happy to wake up to texts from Michelle this morning whose energy has really buoyed me through the first week. Much harder to go it alone. She also turned me on to tomato basil raw crackers you can get at the Whole Foods, which are pricy, but tasty. If you don't have a dehydrator (mine's in storage which will be remedied this week), a nice splurgy option which I topped with avocado and vegan tuna at different points today. Another fun site is Thug Kitchen which offers a little profanity with your attitude adjustment when it comes to food. Literally a L O L of a site.
One of the most inspiring things I've seen all day was another poet I know and admire, Kahn Santori Davison, who the last time I saw him was at a writing retreat called Cave Canem. Kahn is a great poet, and professional photographer and the last time I saw him, a cuddly Dad type. I almost dropped my phone this morning scrolling through my timeline feed and seeing his before and after photos of the last year and a half of his personal transformation which he talks about on his blog. I liked seeing this because it's one thing to see a complete stranger make the sorts of long-term transformation you want for your own life, but completely different to see someone you know do a complete 180. I have several girlfriends who are making the slow haul towards better health but I think I was just really surprised by not only the seeming suddenness of his transformation but also how drastic the changes in such a concentrated amount of time. It was just really inspiring how he's integrated these alterations into his life, but in like not just a willy-nilly sort of way but with preparation, thoughtfulness, and humility.
So, to go back to the water, I've been meaning to read this tome, "Your Body's Many Cries For Water" which we've had laying around the house for forever. The description and reviews are worth looking into. In the meantime, (raises mason jar), here's to your thirst!