If you’ve been following the blog the last couple of weeks, you’ll know of the changes we’ve made here in our diets. The Macrobiotic way of eating and juicing lifestyle have made profound impacts in our health, our focus and our overall energy levels and performance. Gone are the days of tired, lethargic people trudging through the workload with frequent visits to the couch. Our energy abounds now, our clear-headed focus has given us the ability to make wise decisions quickly, and our emotions are stable and level.
I’ve never felt so clear-headed, honestly. And another side benefit of our new clean eating is that our taste buds are no longer dull and insensitive, but instead vibrant and aware! Maybe a little too aware.
I’ve read the stories, and I’m sure you have too, about our meat being rinsed in ammonia to diminish the risk of e-coli from feed lot animals (see Food, Inc. ) and our veggies and chicken rinsed in “food-safe” levels of chlorine bleach in order to protect us against disease and contamination.
This post is not about whether we should agree or disagree with these practices, as we’re each entitled to our own opinions in life. There are thousands of articles on the net that agree, or disagree about whether or not there are dangerous chemicals in or on our food.
However, after 2 months of mostly clean eating now, I found it interesting that when we picked up a take-out pizza last night (running short on time – no time to prepare a proper dinner), 3 out of the 5 of us (Rick was at work), as we ate the pizza, tasted bleach. As in, chlorine bleach that’s used in pools and in laundries. We sniffed the boxes; no, it wasn’t the boxes. It couldn’t have been strictly the green peppers on the one pizza, as the cheese pizza tasted like bleach too, although the bleach taste was definitely stronger on the green pepper pizza. Maybe the pizza maker guy was overzealous in his sanitation methods and not so overzealous in his rinsing methods? Who knows?
But I can’t help but wonder if bleach has been in the pizzas all along, and we are just now noticing it with our new and improved, more vibrant taste buds, which have appeared as a result of our new, clean eating. And that leads me to wonder what else we’ve been eating for all these years; what other chemicals that we’ve been ingesting that our taste buds have been too dulled by a crappy diet to realize it?