Since my last posts, which was the busiest my site has been, I’ve acquired a few new subscriptions. I have to say that leaves me feeling a bit more pressured to post more regularly. As it is, I post about about once a week, often a bit less than that, and I imagine that won’t change too much. Your inbox won’t be filling up with posts. So probably this isn’t the best time to tell you something about me that I’m cautious to tell you, because it’s something that evokes a certain type of judgment, but it’s what I got, so here it goes. Hopefully you won’t hit the unsubscribe button too quickly.
I love good food, I love food that’s good for you, and I’m passionate about good food that’s good for you. As of late I’ve given up my morning coffee in favor of green smoothies. I am late to the craze, but I love them. Kyle bought me an awesome blender, that we’ve had our eye on for over a year. With some saving, and buying refurbished instead of new, Kyle bought me a Blendtec for Christmas. Wowzers, does it ever make a smooth drink! Typically my morning smoothie will have Kefir, 1/4 of a cabbage, two big handfuls of spring mix or spinach, one large floret of broccoli, Cacao nibs, a 1/2 a banana, some berries and chia seeds. Because of the cacao it still has the caffeine kick, and it tastes surprisingly yummy, mostly the banana and the chocolate shine through. Slowly over the past two years we’ve been making better and better food choices, I would say at this point we could be accused of being food snobs, and we wouldn’t have much of a defense.
A few years ago I was starting to get quite sick, I won’t give you all the crappy details, but it seemed that some foods, particularly wheat, were giving me quite the upset tummy. Elijah now seems to have the same problem, though I think we ought to have him tested for a true allergy, because when he sneaks wheaty food he gets a rash up the backs of his legs. I was tested for celiac, and thankfully the test came back negative. Since taking up the green smoothies, likely because I’m getting a whole lot more fiber, probiotics from the kefir, and I’m guessing the extra nutrients don’t hurt, I’ve been feeling better then ever.
So, am I worried about being judged because I drink a green breakfast? No. Here it is.
The other day while in the car listening to DNTO on the CBC I heard the host talking about her boyfriend, who has very serious aversions to food because of Ulcerative Colitis, talking about sway testing. Ultimately sway testing wasn’t accurate enough for the hosts boyfriend, so they went on the SCD diet. **note this is not an endorsement of this particular site, it just happens to be the first one I found that describes sway testing well, this is the only page I’ve read on this site.
It got me thinking though, maybe I’ll start sway testing food to see what foods may potentially upset me. I’ve experienced a type of this kind testing when I was seeing an acupuncturist. He would put an herb on my chest and while I was laying down he would try to push my legs together. It was fascinating how for some herbs I could not resist my legs slapping together no matter how hard I tried (it was not good for me), and for others it was easy (the right herb to try). When I told Kyle I was going to start sway testing food he was sure I had gone absolutely bonkers.
“That is something we are going have to disagree on” he said,” no way it works.”
When I asked him about the same testing he had gone through at the acupuncturist, he’s decided it was a trick. I think otherwise. I think (so this is where you might start thinking I’m crazy, if you haven’t already) that if we are capable of putting off energy, then other things likely do too, and some energy reacts positively with you and other energy negatively. The idea is that you take the food hold it to your chest close your eyes and focus on it, asking is this good for me, if it is, you’ll sway forward, if you shouldn’t eat it, you’ll sway back. I know that reading this is likely making some people I know cringe the way Kyle has been, but I bet most of you try it.
I’ve been sway testing, this and that, to see what I should eat today. I could see Kyle catching glances at me when I would open my eyes with a smile of amusement, and a head shaking that indicates that he really does think I’m plum nuts, but I’m going to give it a shot, it’s not going to hurt anyone if I stop eating olives because I test negatively to it. And after some time if I feel like it’s changed nothing I’ll stop. But what if it works, and I feel better because of it? That’s what has me decided to give it a go. Now I wouldn’t test for other people as the link above suggests you may be able to do, and I ABSOLUTELY would NOT rely on it for prescription drugs, but for me, a personal experiment is just the kind of kooky I am.