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JULY 17, 2010 4:09AM

Raw Detoxing in Phuket

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Currently in Thailand taking in only salads and fruits. My Buddhist retreat was cancel due to a grenade scare, so this was the only other thing I could afford. At fifty dollars a day, I have a small room and get to eat. I chickened out of doing the colemas and not eating in favor of pills and husk shakes. The thing is it is hard to think when your body is not getting the nutrients it needs. Honestly may space out here in a bit although I snuck in a few bananas from a nearby tree; I am desperate for nourishment.

       They say you reach a clear state when your digestive systems in free. It is frequently interrupted by the grumblings of the retreats' empty digestive tracks. I arrive after a wonderfull smooth near full day of traveling. I was in a wedding in Huntsville, Alabama so that was my starting point. Huntsville-Houston-L.A.-Tawain-Bangkok-Phuket was my travel route. I had to book the cheapest ticket so comfort was not my top priority. Now here I am super jetlagged, yesterday I went to bed at 4 p.m. and woke up at midnight. Luckily I knew where I was, but could not move for fear of making noise. I am staying in a budget room and the girl across from me, another American, has only gone to bed recently. Nothing is worse than being woken up by a restless being. Did I mention, she has a stellar body? The people here can be divided into simple groups: skinny, middle aged, or genuinely chubby. I could lose about ten pounds, but I am here until my family flies in to stay at their beach house. Six days and I have not cheated at all. Nuts are permitted, but cooked food is not. I have a fruit plate for breakfast, two identical salads for lunch/dinner, and two huge freshly produced juices. I joked the other day it was the supermodel diet. No one laughed, this is serious business for the retreatants.

     When I went to the raw vegan restaurant I ordered raw pizza. To say it tastes like absolute shit is an understatement. I dutifully ate it in front of my lunch companions, all of them in some stage of the full detox: on it, first day off, and one has completely finished. The owners were in awe of the benefits of a raw diet. I doubt either on had seen their toes for a while. Genuinely nice eager people, but their lame physical states did not do anything to dispel my skepticism towards the lifestyle.

     I gave being a vegan a shot once. Weight dropped off, but I was constantly hungry and grumpy. It takes a lot of effort to be a vegan. What I noticed were the different levels of living a cruelty free life. One was your basic vegan -no meats no dairy. Next was the organic vegan -commendable, but expensive. Final level was a raw vegan. Other vegans may have looked up to these people. Uncooked food and cruelty free? The stuff of white people's dreams. Me? Gave it a try, not into it at all.

Would you give it a shot?

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I wouldn't give up fish and become vegan, but I do wonder about having my buddhist retreat postponed due to a grenade scare...

That in itself should be a post.
hell, I'm a borderline vegetarian as it is. I'm more of a Pescetarian though, since I love shrimp and surimi. Like... really love. I was shocked to learn that, from what I've read, vegetarians still consume eggs. To me, that's cruel. I have the highest respect for people who can uphold the vegan lifestyle. Fortunately, I can see my toes. lol.
Oh bananas are very nutritious! Tis how our ape ancestors survive!

Your guts are getting a new experience! Good! This helps one’s (usually f-ed up ) digestion immensely, fool that damn 10 mile long colon.

Cruelty! Ha. Bullshit. We homo sapiens for all our evil ways are often far more merciful than the true predators. Which is everybody, in Nature. Vegans are allied mysteriously with those who love nature. Well, nature is not pretty. It is “red in tooth and claw”.

“Uncooked food and cruelty free? The stuff of white people's dreams. Me? Gave it a try, not into it at all.
Would you give it a shot?”

Well, I kinda got to when I visit hippy sis & her boyfriend. But they are magnificent cooks.

Spaghetti with faux meat balls!
Etcc.

It aint so filling as meat. Must be why they=plump.
Oh bananas are very nutritious! Tis how our ape ancestors survive!

Your guts are getting a new experience! Good! This helps one’s (usually f-ed up ) digestion immensely, fool that damn 10 mile long colon.

Cruelty! Ha. Bullshit. We homo sapiens for all our evil ways are often far more merciful than the true predators. Which is everybody, in Nature. Vegans are allied mysteriously with those who love nature. Well, nature is not pretty. It is “red in tooth and claw”.

“Uncooked food and cruelty free? The stuff of white people's dreams. Me? Gave it a try, not into it at all.
Would you give it a shot?”

Well, I kinda got to when I visit hippy sis & her boyfriend. But they are magnificent cooks.

Spaghetti with faux meat balls!
Etcc.

It aint so filling as meat. Must be why they=plump.