When we took a survey of the beta group participants in the Misner Plan, we asked about the good aspects of the plan and the difficulties. There is one difficulty which came up quite a bit: “I don’t have time to wash, chop and prepare vegetables like this.” I have also heard people saying, when considering whether or not to adopt the Misner Plan, “Oh, there is no way I have time to cook that way.”
Honestly, I hear that objection more often than the one I expected: “I cannot afford to buy organically grown produce.” By the way, a large majority of our beta group reported that their grocery bills either stayed the same or went down.
I already blogged about spending time one way or another. It came to me that taking the time now to invest in your excellent health and longevity would actually magnify and maximize your time – you will spend less time at the doctor, in line to have prescriptions filled, and actually live longer if you are well nourished and as healthy as you can be NOW because you are taking the time to eat “real” food.
What I thought about recently is that as a result of taking the time to wash, chop and steam, bake, sauté our fresh, organic vegetables, I am spending less time with my therapist, struggling with emotional outbursts and the aftermath of them, and I am not having seasonal depression or even losing any time to jet lag.
If you have read our story, you may know that our son has struggled with a pretty serious brain chemistry reaction to Red Dye 40. I just read at CNN.com that Kraft is removing some of the artificial dyes they use in their Sponge Bob Macaroni and Cheese and their Halloween and Winter shaped mac & cheese. Hallelujah! Yellow 5 and 6 are in the same chemical family as Red 40. Maybe we will see some movement in eliminating these substances from food.
You may be thinking, “But, Beth, the Misner Plan does not include foods that are going to have these artificial ingredients.” Bingo! That was what woke me up to the reality that I also have this brain chemistry reaction to petroleum-based artificial food dyes. You see, I started following Ivan’s eating protocol out of solidarity with him. I completely eliminated everything which might have contained any types of food dyes.
The mood instability I used to experience, at times pretty severely, completely stopped. The medication I used to take for mood stability began to cause a reaction almost like an overdose, so I worked with my doctor to reduce and eventually eliminate it—with much trepidation, because I did not want things to go backwards. Always, always work with your doctor when reducing and working towards eliminating medications, I cannot stress that strongly enough. I had no instances of mood instability. Not even once!
And then I celebrated recently in Paris with a Kir Royale at a lovely dinner out.
Made with champagne and Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, this fun, fizzy, pretty drink contains Red dye 40 to create the deep red of the Chambord. Within 10 minutes I was feeling strange, and NOT from too much celebration! I began to notice little things and feel slighted by them. My husband was leaning away from me, or when I spoke up at the table, he did not acknowledge my comment, all of which I began to read dastardly meanings into. I felt myself becoming agitated inside, like my skin was crawling with irritation.
I very quickly alerted Ivan to the situation and shared with him that I was having a Red 40 reaction . . . he knows what that means after years of observing this in our son. As the evening went on and the agitation and irritation levels got higher, we were both very present to the experience and aware of what was causing me to feel this way. It took about 15 hours for the reaction to fade. And 7 of those 15 hours I was sleeping, so at least I got a little break from feeling so tightly wound up.
When I look back on my nearly 50 years of life and realize how much TIME I spent worked up, agitated, angry, and fighting with someone close to me, I understand that I can never underestimate the value of spending whatever amount of time it takes to shop for fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, carefully wash the allowed chemical pesticides off them (YES, organic foods can be grown in the US with up to 32 permitted chemical pesticides, Google it if you don’t believe me), slice, peel, chop, dice, grate, simmer, steam, sauté, bake and sit still in one place to EAT them! The Misner Plan has released me from nearly 50 years of turbulence I didn’t have to go through.
I now choose to spend my time truly nourishing myself and my family. I hope you will, too.