I’ve been free-sleeping in my van for around 9 months now. (with a little housesitting thrown in from time to time)
I’m a lot less scared about things than I was at first. I was always afraid to organize my van “in public” which is just about everywhere. I was afraid someone would notice and harm me in some way. What I’ve found out though is most people don’t care what I’m up to in my old van. They are doing their own thing.
I have worried that someone would peek into my van and see my little bed. I’ll just tell them I take naps in my van at lunch time (true story). I have worried about how messy it gets in there sometimes. But I figure, I’ll just be one of those messy people….I’ve know people with messy cars before! 🙂 If someone questions the laundry in a basket in the corner, I will tell them that I wash my clothes at the laundrymat (true) and I’m on my way there shortly. If they notice I have a lot of clothes in the van, I will mention that many days I go to the gym once or twice a day so it makes sense for me to keep some clothes in my van.
But no one ever asks….
Okay but there is a challenge coming up. My out of state suitor is coming to visit in less than 2 weeks. I don’t want him to know I live in my van unless things get very serious. I don’t want him to discount me before he even gets to know me and even the nicest people have misconceptions about free-sleepers. He’s very intuitive. He knows there is something different about myle living situation. So I have to be a little devious before he gets here.
I have already asked C, a friend of mine who lives near me if I can stay at her house the night my friend is here. He is only staying one night. I plan to get all the clothes and my bed out of the van and make it look “normal”. It isn’t going to look super normal because I don’t have any back seat! I used to have to transport dogs sometimes in the past so I will say I took out the back seats for that purpose. (Plausible?)
It’s a lot of lying to do. I’m not a fan of lying but I will tell the truth if we become a couple with a future.
If I were to marry this man, I would have to move to another state so I’m really going to have to make sure he is a good chap before I’ll even consider such a thing.
More about my diet. What happened was this. C had a party for me. I spent the evening sick, in her bathroom instead of enjoying our guests. I wanted to die, I felt THAT poorly. I think what MAY have happened, if this book I’m reading is true, is that because I had missed a couple of meals this accidental fast caused my body to start detoxing. By detoxing, I mean clearing my body of stored waste that has accumulated over the years. That’s the purpose of fasting so my body was doing what it was supposed to.
Anyway…interestingly enough, my energy level was very good the next day. I was worried though and I didn’t know I was detoxing, I just knew something was terribly wrong. I talked to a vegan friend and decided to see if veganism suited my tummy better. When you go vegan, you also by default eat more fruit and vegetables. This cause me to detox MORE although not as violently. So here I was at a brand new shiny job in a gorgeous masterpiece of a skyscraper and I had to keep running to the restroom. Horrors!
I am going to continue on this course of action because I truly believe I have a lot of junk in my body that needs to come out. I have finally figured out though (because of the book I mentioned a couple of posts back) that I can control the intensity and timing of the cleansing. When I want cleanse (on the weekend), I fast for a few hours then eat fruit or vegetables. When I want to slow things down, I eat something made with beans or other high protein. I’m so glad to have figured this out.
The book says that a person can live very well on just fruit and leafy vegetables. I have always thought this was crazy talk but the good doctor makes a very good case. One thing he reminds us of is that cows only eat grass and THEY are made up of protein just like us and the even produce milk for their young without DRINKING milk! I know we are different from cows but I’m not so sure anymore that we NEED to eat animal protein for survival. So we’ll see how it goes once I’m cleaned up. I’m not sure when I’ll be finished. I used to eat very, very poorly.
One more thing I’d like to share from my reading is, the reason people feel bad when they fast, isn’t because they are “starving” it is because the debris in their body loosens up so it can be expelled and it gets in the bloodstream. A person who did drugs, even decades ago may feel high again, as the harmful chemicals are released from their system. I felt a little dizzy one day (just a little, for about an hour) and I wondered if perhaps it was the marijuana I smoked a few times back in my teens.
If anyone is considering a cleansing fast, I highly recommend Dr. Ehret’s book about a mucusless diet. It makes a lot of sense.
The establishment has lied to us for years about nutrition. I’m ready to try something different so I can feel my best. I have a lot of life left to live!