brown rice fast: day four

today i again felt tranquil, relaxed, happy, and optimistic.  my abdomen especially feels relaxed.  i haven’t had any of the symptoms i get from eating gluten like gassiness and itchy skin.  i slept well–solidly– and felt refreshed when i woke up.  i had energy, hunger but not starvation.  i made some tea and had a leftover bowl of brown rice for breakfast.

tonight i am breaking the fast.  i’m not sure yet what i’ll make.  stopped at the store on the way home and picked up carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, mochi, red lentils, walnuts, dates, almonds, hummus, and crackers.  i still have a kabocha  squash, adzuki beans, quinoa, millet, and buckwheat from my last trip to the store.  i’m going to continue to eliminate gluten from my diet for at least the next week.  i may gradually reintroduce it on occasion to see if i can handle it without symptoms.

i’ve been looking for gobo (burdock) at whole foods and the market at union square, but have not been able to find it.  tonight i wanted to get cabbage and they didn’t have it either.  it’s so annoying because it’s in season.  there are plenty of pineapples, kiwis, mangoes, and bananas…all tropical fruits that shouldn’t be found in new york in january while cabbage and gobo should be easy to find.

one of the best parts of this fast has been getting reacquainted with my body.  it’s such a gift to be in tune with it.  another thing i’ve noticed is that it’s easier to just be.  on the train i usually read, but today i was content to just sit and be.

i could have gone longer.  i think it would be more fun if i were doing it with someone.  i think i’ll do the fast again next month and try for 5 days.  and then again in march,  maybe i can do it for 10.  we’ll see.  might definitely need a partner for that one.

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