Monday, May 31, 2010


I've made myself my Greens Plus drink (1/3 scoop of Greens powder + 1.5 cups of water) and a green smoothie for breakfast! I'm juggling the 2 + my water because the tastes and textures are super foreign, but it's fun stuff. And the powder doesn't seem to ever fully blend into the water, so I have to keep stirring her up.

1. 6-8 leaves of romaine lettuce
2. 2 bananas
3. 1 orange
4. 3-4 pineapple slices
5. 2 cups of water

A good morning!

Good morning, everyone!

I woke to sun being bright and the construction being loud and my stomach being happy. A little crunched because I had some fruit late last night, but nothing out of the ordinary. I began the detox! I'm starting with the 32 ounce water + lemon + raw ginger good morning beverage, and will concoct a little green smoothie once my parents wake up, so I will not be held accountable for their early morning stress and frazzle.

I'm just here brainstorming some ideas concerning what exactly to post on this blog, in segment formation. I was thinking I could divide it into about 9 sections: food, reading, writing, photos, music, yoga, meditation, exercise, and miscellaneous.

Food: recipes and finds, photos and reviews of my food, restaurants (reviews), etc.
Reading: research, books and cook books (reviews and excerpts), personal research (dreams, school, etc).
Writing: interviews (of friends, family, and hopefully bands in the GTA), my days and feelings and progression as a person, journal thoughts/excerpts regarding living well.
Photos: all the time, of all kinds, within posts and by themselves.
Music: concerts, bands, songs that I love and care to share, alongside explanations as to why they help me live.
Yoga: my volunteering at Kula, my experiences in the studio (in Burlington and Kingston, back at Studio 330), studio updates and promotions.
Meditation: more to come in this section.
Exercise: my routines, what I do, what I enjoy more so than other exercises, etc. Biking, swimming, running and jogging, maybe a little weight lifting after the detox is over. Those with blood type A, however, are encouraged to only do light exercise instead of intensive training like type O's should do (the meat eaters).
School: starting 2nd year at Queen's, frosh week as a gael (frosh leader), events around campus, living on my own in a house with 4 others, and my experience as head of human relations and socials coordinator for Oxfam this year. If I get into radio with CFRC (101.9 FM), I'll write about my volunteering with them 1st semester, and then hopefully getting a radio show, either alone or with some friends by 2nd semester. Moreover, I also plan to get involved with the Exposure Art Festival, the festival that runs for a week in February consisting of displayed art, workshops and the sort around campus. I contributed 2 pieces of writing in 1st year, so I hope to send in a lot more of my art this year. Hopefully I'll be able to write a little something for one of the school papers every so often too, but the only thing I'm concerned about with this is time management, but we'll see. I'll also write about my experiences writing for Muse magazine, ran and given life by my friend Fallon Collet, who also co-runs The Style Monster, and her pal Robbie. I know that the first article I'll be writing is interview style, and I'll actually be interviewing Robbie himself about his art as a 2-4 page spread, I believe.
Miscellaneous: links, work updates (the challenges, the freedom, and what have you), and a little something something about a tattoo.. possibly. Keep checking back for updates, 'cause I'm excited.

Expect more posts later today, haha. I can't help it, I'm just excited. For now, I'll note how I'm going out to dinner to Meagan's mother's tonight.. on the first day of my detox.. this should be interesting. Already I feel like an inconvenience, but I know her mother and Meagan will both be understanding. At least they don't have to cook extra, right? I'm interested to see the stigma against raw foodism within the general public that I surround myself in. I'm deviating from the norm, and I know this, and it's not to deviate or to make a statement or to stand out, however. And I hope you(s) don't take my personal decision to make the right health choice for me and my own blood type even, as a threat, or think of me as trying to be better than the rest. I really, truly do not believe this. I'm just continuing on with my life, but in a better way than I used to. Not better than you. Just better for me, you see?

PS. "I Was Thinking..." by Gauntet Hair. A couple of guys (Andy R. and Craig Nice) from Colorado, making music since age fifteen, and making you want to dance in the morning, despite the fact that you can't always understand exactly what they're saying. Here's just a little something to get you going, if you'll have it. I'll have me some!

Genuinely excited,

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tomorrow I begin.

Today I went to a couple grocery stores with my father to pick up as much raw food as possible for the detox. I was so excited to buy certain foods that I never really ate except at Christmas eve dinner, such as beets. The bill did add up quickly, but I bought a lot of really good food. Apples, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mangos, pineapple, oranges, clementines, peaches, melon, watermelon. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, avocados, peppers, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, celery, zucchini, cucumber, radishes. Romaine lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, collards. Lemons, limes, ginger. Curry, mint, ground flax seed, soy beans, navy beans, chick peas. Unripe goat milk cheese, almond milk. And this really calming decaf tea I found at Bulk Barn for $3, flavoured mint that I'm currently drinking with some fresh fruit in a mug.

I'm going to be making a lot of smoothies and raw soups. I'll be having green smoothies for breakfast, which consist of some greens (spinach for example) combined with fruit (pears and strawberries, even), and some water. Moreover, I learned that warm water with lemon and raw ginger is a beneficial way to start off any morning, as well as raw celery juice and lemon because it acts as a great liver cleanser. Snacks will be raw fruits or vegetables, whole or sliced and mixed. Meals will be interesting to get comfortable and familiar with. However, I am looking forward to the challenge. When salads get boring, and even ones without lettuce, I'll try some other dishes that I've found in the links that are posted to the left of this blog post. I am really, really looking forward to seeing how this all works out and to notice how much better I feel throughout, and then afterwards.

I'll keep this blog as a sort of notebook, to report how I am feeling, how the program (and post-detox) is going, my physical and mental state of being, and I'll also post some recipes that I try, and will try to include some photos as well, but photo booth will have to do, since my digital got punched out of my hand at Metric. This blog will be about my health in general. Myself as a whole, living well.

Wish me luck, friends!

A hello!

Hello all. I suppose this blog should have some sort of introduction. So, I will begin with my name. If you haven't already read the pretty blog description to the left of this blog post, my name is Andrew Burrows. I'm an eighteen year old male from little Burlington, ON with a developing interest in living well, except by my own and unique standards this time.

Living on my own in Kingston, where I've just completed first year university at Queen's, I was granted the chance to explore myself a little further, and a little more in depth than I thought I ever would. With my eyes widening every day and with me being exposed to so many new people and places and concepts, I began to "do me," as I called it, within and throughout my first year at school, by myself. I learned, and am continuing to learn much about myself as an individual, my personality and characteristics, the way I think, I speak, I communicate, I share, I feel, I am, at large. I've learned what I like, what I could live without, what brings me joy, and what makes me me. I'm exploring concepts such as vulnerability, zooming out, time and space, dreams, the (conscious and subconscious) mind, auras and horoscopes, living versus existing, and appearance versus reality, to name a few. I've taken up running, biking, yoga, and have found other practices such as meditation and writing extremely helpful to finding and maintaining some sense of peace and clarity in my life.

With this, I've therefore learned that I like my physical self and external surroundings to be in tact and on the right track to furnish and feed, or rather please my inner state of being. That being said, I have been researching several different body detoxification programs to partake in. Why a detox, you ask? Aren't they just for alcoholics and drug users? Well, no. Detoxes are programs taken on by those who feel the need to cleanse their physical system of toxins that have no real benefit to their body. Why am I doing a detox? I am doing this because I would really like a fresh start, after having researched and shown great interest and care for my body and my system. I want a blank slate before I reformat my diet. I feel this would be a great time for me to do this detox too, now that I will be preparing my own meals from here on out, at home and then into 2nd, 3rd and 4th year university, and onwards. I want to find and maintain a physical and mental feeling, that being one of lightness, and healthiness, and overall wellness. I feel that this detox program that I have investigated will provide me with this.

Having said that, the program that I am doing is a raw food detox. It is not a certified program, however, rather it is a sort of customize-to-your-being type of thing. I will be eating nothing but raw food for the length of the detox, which will be 10 days minimum and 14 days maximum. Raw fruits, vegetables, soups, fresh juices, and other raw dishes will be prepared and consumed! Moreover, I will be drinking "P&B" shakes once a day before bed, which consist of a teaspoon of both psyllium and bentonite. Psyllium, a powder, is a harvested grain that absorbs and holds moisture, which causes it to swell, supplying the necessary bulk to help eliminate the toxins. Moreover, bentonite is a clay substance where the toxins in the body will be absorbed into, pushed through the system, and finally eliminated. I'm able to eat as much raw food as I like during the detox because since I am putting the good stuff into my body, I'll be taking the bad stuff right out, so it's a somewhat even balance. Input good, output bad, and then repeat. I'll also be taking a powder called Greens Plus, which is a blend of 29 nutrient-rich super foods, sea vegetables, and high-energy herbal extracts. One serving of the powder contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants than 5 full servings of fresh fruit and vegetables too, so the powder will balance everything out, and will ensure my body gets what it needs every day. I'll continue to take this powder after the detox, as I plan to either become a pesco-vegetarian, who only eat fish, or a pesco-vegetarian who eats chicken as well, simply because I only really enjoy these two meats. I am not "becoming a vegetarian," however, because I feel that putting that label on myself would only restrict myself, and would make myself feel guilty if I ever did "cross the border" of vegetarianism. However, I have been doing research on my blood type (A+). My research tells me that those with type A blood would be better off without meat whatsoever, and the articles I've read through encourage a vegetarian diet. This is because my body does not produce enough hydrochloric acid in my stomach to digest animal protein. I have a "fragile digestive system," I have read. This being said, I am more prone to conditions such as stomach cancer and cardiovascular disease, hence I am transforming my diet, because I'd like to live a long and healthy life, plain and simple. Wouldn't you?

I'm not really sure what else to mention about the diet itself, so I suppose I'll bring this post to a close. I'll do this by encouraging questions if you like, and by informing you that yes, I do know what I am doing, and no, I'm not going to die if all I eat is raw food for a couple weeks and then beyond. Express your concerns if you like, if you have any, but I'm doing what works for me.