1. I think I have more energy than I used to. Even with a completely vegan diet last week (and no fruit, either), I had strength and stamina to do some significant physical work for some long days. I’d get up in the morning and just kinda roll right into my day without any big obstacles to overcome, and would keep on chugging late into the night. I was at a meeting one evening that went until about 10:30, and instead of feeling tired and cranky as normal, I just kept on plugging away. Drove home, and wasn’t even tired. Weird, huh? Almost like all of my little chemical fixes through the day were creating a net decrease in their outputs.
2. It’s a slower burn, though. I can’t grab another cup of coffee, a Clif Bar, a chunk of chocolate, or a piece of cheese to boost my energy. I need to take a minute to eat some real food and let it have its effect over a longer time frame. But it also means a more stable energy level throughout the day.
3. I just paused a second when I wrote ‘chocolate’. Oh, I miss my chocolate.
4. Food tastes better now. I have a wicked sweet tooth, and a deep love for salt. But eating this way has cleansed my palate, too. I never knew that a naked, unadorned, raw cashew is subtly salty and sweet. Or that almond butter has a natural sweetness– turns out I doesn’t need jelly on my breakfast sandwich. I was scared of oatmeal, since I usually throw in some kind of fruit and a bunch of sugar or honey (plus milk). But again, I was shocked that it had a nice, quiet sweetness, all by itself. A couple of days ago, I ate some fresh corn, and it blew me away. It’s like someone has turned on the lights inside my mouth.