It’s day 2 of the live.organic.vegan.experience, woohoo!
8:00 am – Start the day with fresh squeezed lemon and water. No adverse effects of note. Slept better last night, but still not great.
8:30 am – On the 2 train and feeling sleepy. Looking forward to dropping off the bottles from the day before and picking up my sustenance for the day. Another 7 meals waiting to be consumed.
Two things I appreciate about this journey. One: everything is prepared for me. Two: The vessels carrying the liquid and food for this week are either reusable (there’s a $2 deposit on every bottle) or compostable (the plastic containers for food items say “compostable” on the bottom) – plus they’re doled out in a reusable bag. I consider taking the plastic containers to a community garden for compost to see how long they take to break down. In a landfill, it would probably take years, but I guess it’s a little better than regular plastic.
Breakfast is served.
9:36 am – After downing my energy elixir (and forgetting to photograph it) I start course #2, orange/grapefruit juice. I’m a little nervous about it because when I drink citrus before eating in the morning I usually get heartburn.
10:20 am – No heartburn and no hunger, I’m a little tired, but feeling good.
10:51 am – A little pang of hunger that’s quelled by water.
11:20 am – Not really hungry. Not supposed to have #3 ’til after noon.
11:42 am – Getting hungry. Head hangs heavy as I read about insomnia for a copywriting assignment. Definitely not helping.
11:59 am – Sssoo huunngryy. Time for Veggie Vibrance!
Liquid lunch (sans booze, though this would make
a great Bloody Mary)
12:04 pm – Sip, sip. Mmm Mmm good.
12:17 pm – Burps taste like this morning’s energy elixir, which tastes like matcha green tea.
12:28 pm – I just got a craving for cheezy poofs. Fantasizing about Barbara’s Bakery baked cheese puffs.
1:24 pm – GGggrrrrr goes the stomach and the brain. This too, shall pass (I was told to repeat this to myself throughout the day by the folks at Organic Avenue).
1:31 pm – Whoa woozy! I think it’s time to eat.
Sunflower falafel. They taste better than they look in this shot.
1:47 pm – I want to pop these little falafel in my mouth and swallow them whole! They’re dry, crunchy, and crumbly – and I don’t want to waste one crumb. Tasty! Just like falafel. Though the initial touch to the tongue is reminiscent of coffee. This is what’s in ’em: sunflower seeds, almonds, garlic, sea salt, scallions, yellow onion, tahini, parsley, lemon olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika, cayenne, shallot, black pepper, water, nama shoyu, scallions, parsley, red & green cabbage, red bell pepper. I think that might include the dipping sauce, which I’m tempted to eat on its own.
2:00 pm – After two falafels, the craziness is subsiding. I’m amazed at my reactions to hunger, and try to be really mindful of them.
So far today, I’ve had a hard time focusing. And the irritability thing has popped up, too. I put my greatest intention into not lashing out on people like a rabid dog. I find it less of a challenge to separate my hunger emotions from my response to others when I observe my feelings and let them pass.
2:30 pm – It’s that time of the day when I’m craving something sweet. I know my friend has a boxful of chocolate in her office that she brought back from Paris, but I must resist, even if it is calling to me in French.
3:04 pm – Having some hot water to curb the cravings.
3:14 pm – Getting sleeeeppyyy… zzzzzZZZZZ
3:46 pm – One of my biggest pet peeves is when people where too much cologne (or perfume or scented lotion). Makes me sick! Especially now.
4:01 pm – Someone sitting near me is talking about food – all animal products. Chicken, potato salad, turkey meatloaf, cheese, salami, crab cakes. It’s maddening! I imagine myself sitting at a big banquet table, like Audrey in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, stuffing my face until I blow up like a balloon. I guess that’s not very appealing.
4:22 pm – I’m letting my edamame salad warm to room temperature. I can think of nothing else but eating it.
4:31 pm – Mmmm… tastes like potato salad.
5:03 pm – Heading out for a Street Tree Bed Gardening workshop at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. More of the lovefast later!