Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Diet Here

I'm enjoying a day off, so I figured it's time to post a new entry. Although most people think of TrueNorth as a fasting center, food is a key component here. Many people come here to re-acclimate their taste buds to healthy food.

The difference a good diet can make is amazing. One of the most striking things I've seen so far is the changes in blood pressure. One person here has dropped from about 180/130 (on medication) to about 130/70 (without meds) in 7 days!  This is an amazing change, especially since it is so easy and cheap to do.

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The food here is vegan and free of added salt, oil, and sugar. A large portion of the food is raw, but there are also steamed vegetables, and grains. At first a lot of the food seemed bland to me, but now it tastes normal. I've been going through some bread withdrawal, but am starting to get over it. The past few days fruit has started tasting extremely sweet. My weight has slightly decreased to 121.4. I'm working hard to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

The vast majority of places do not serve food that meets the dietary criteria we have here. Most vegan food has added salt, oil, or sugar. After leaving here people are advised not to eat out. Preparing your own food insures high quality, and is cheaper than eating out. People living in certain areas of California can have food from the kitchen here delivered to them.

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