This weekend was the San Francisco Veg Festival, which always falls on the first weekend of the month as October 1st is World Vegetarian Day. This weekend I was also hit with a mammoth cold. I went through 1 box of Kleenex in 1 night. But, thanks to my vegan diet (especially no diary, I think) I am already on the mend. Whereas yesterday I woke up and suffered through a day with a stuffed nose that was runny, today my nose is clear and I only have an occasional dry cough. I noticed a long time ago that colds were rare and the duration of them much shorter on a plant food, no dairy diet. I just called my cold "mammoth" 'cause of all the sleep I lost Friday night when I couldn't breath except through my mouth and I had to keep blowing my nose. Yeesh.
Anyway, I'm glad to be better. Because I wasn't feeling all that wonderful though I ended up going to the Veg Festival rather late. I left my house at 2pm and walked over there on Saturday. I still enjoyed what I did see and ran into a friend. I noticed, as did others there, that most of the veg foods were not no oil and that was the usual disappointment, but I did pick up another 2 books. Also enjoyed the eye exercises presented by Meir Schneider, who runs a healing school near Ocean Beach. I'd heard of him before and what he does is teach exercises for your eyes that gets them to relax and thus improve your vision naturally. So a bunch of us at one point were outside doing all these funny exercises but they actually worked! I'm sure they did because people near me were saying things like "I can read number 7 now!" and stuff like that (regarding the paper they were holding in their hands, that had writing on it with different text sizes.) I was wearing my contact lenses so I was sneaking in the group since (Dr.?) Schneider wouldn't let you wear glasses. Anyways, his story is very interesting and inspiring. He reclaimed his eyesight on his own after being blind with cataracts and having 5 failed surgeries when he was a child. He did his school work in braile and was discouraged against seeing anything. But he found the Bates method and did these exercises, can see now, and has spent his life teaching others these things along with a lot of other interesting body work to help people use all their thousands of muscles in the right way. I don't think he's veg but he does work with MS patients and I was thinking how great the impact of his work would be especially for MS patients if he also taught them low fat whole plant food a la Dr. Swank and Dr. McDougall. So that was Saturday.
Today I was feeling much better, but barred from my friend's baby's bday party ('cause of the cold), I went to the Veg Festival again. This time I saw much more since I left my house around noon. I enjoyed the presentations, particularly T. Colin Campbell whose personality I like a lot. He will be coming out with a new book which sounds very interesting, maybe in January. It's "the book [he] wanted to write" and it's about the history of why veg eating isn't really common knowledge, I think... he's considering title-ing it "Control". I'm looking forward to it (as I am Dr. McDougall's Starch Solution book.)
Now for your update on my personal efforts regarding McDougalling...
I can't remember everything, but I've been eating pretty healthy. Unfortunately today at the Veg Fest I did have veggies that were sauteed in oil.
Over brown rice. I should've remembered to bring something but I had ended up sleeping in quite a bit, and yaddayaddayadda...
Exercise-wise I went for a long jog/run sometime midweek that rather surprised me. I've been recovering from it a bit, but not that I injured myself, just that I did quite a bit more than easing myself back into running.
Here are some things I've been considering this week:
~ I like heirloom tomatoes and dry-farmed tomatoes. I have the idea that I'll try to use higher quality tomatoes (and other foods) which make simple eating yummy. For instance, I have chickpeas a lot because they're tasty, filling, and easy (quick and cheap too). I often have them with sliced bananas. I think they'll be great with a dry-farmed tomato sliced on top. mmmmm...
~ I'd like to try barefoot running on grass or sand (have both the beach and the Golden Gate Park nearby, so I'm lucky as I have lots of options). It will use more muscles in my feet and no chance of blisters (although, since improving my socks, I rarely get them from running any more).
~ Also, I'd like to do sideways running and backwards running which will keep more muscles rarely used active.
~ I'd like to get one of Meir's books for natural eyesight improvement and work on improving my vision as my eyesight is pretty bad. It's prescription -10.5. It might be unlikely that my vision will improve 100% but even if it only improves a small amount, that would be helpful. I do wear contact lenses or glasses that bring my eyesight to 20/20, but I like that I can improve my eyesight naturally. I don't know how practical this will be since I use a computer extensively at work and without my glasses I'm hopeless, but I want to look into Meir's books.
~ My friend and I at the Veg Fest were talking about what we could do to spread the "eat a healthy whole plant food diet and reverse/prevent many diseases" message. I'm going to look into the CHIP program, as I hear it is community based. I'd like to see how it works as far as outreach, education, etc. Personally I think it is a bad name though. Because if the average person hears CHIP or googles CHIP...?
~ I have also thought of starting some sort of ongoing meeting in the SF library where I would share info about this using Dr. McDougall's books, other books, etc.
I'm pretty tired and I forgot to pick up more chickpeas so I'll have to worry about lunch tomorrow on the walk to work. At the rate I'm going with this cold tomorrow should be a day of simply clearing my throat and by Tuesday, let's hope it's all gone.
Time for bed. Happy McDougalling!