Looking Back

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!

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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8 Responses to Looking Back

  1. Ryu says:

    Well, if you should ever tell him, you’d like for it to not be a complete surprise. Leave little hints without being obvious. You don’t want a man who is foolish and who can’t read in between the lines – he’d been eaten alive today.

    If he’s smart, he’ll pick up on it and keep quiet, figuring that you’ll tell him when you’re ready. Then it’ll be kind of funny when you tell him. “Yeah, I know….”

  2. Charlotte says:

    The author that wrote that cows eat grass and other organic material and do well doesn’t understand cow physiology compared to humans. Cows have four stomachs and regurgitate their food and chew the cud to get more nutrients and protein from the grasses they eat. We humans can’t do that. I was raised on a cattle farm, so I know what I’m talking about.

    Eat some broiled or roasted lean meats occasionally. Cold water fish is a good protein source. Grass fed, organic beef and poultry, too. No growth hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs. Meats have certain amino acids that no plant or pea or bean can ever have. You need these amino acids.

    God tells us in his Word to be light eaters of meat and don’t go too heavy on sugary foods like honey, too. It’s okay to eat meat, we need some animal flesh on occasion. Being at the tail end of a very nasty cold that brought on some really bad lower back pain, the homemade chicken soup tasted great and got me back on my feet.

    As far as your dating life, being a free sleeper might bring out his chivalrousness nature or his take advantage of you nature. Some guys are like that, a woman in distress is just a woman to use, abuse, and dump later because you are not grateful enough anymore. Let him know that you have friends, family, and a job full of co-workers that keep up with you daily. Let him know that you are not alone. A woman alone is in a dangerous position. Just my 2 cents. Good luck. God bless.

  3. Tinycamper says:

    Maureen, I really worry about a relationship that requires you to be devious and lie. That’s a shaky foundation to build on.

    Wishing you the very best, no matter how it turns out. 🙂

    • jacob says:

      Do you really want to be envolved with a person that you have to “lie” to regarding your “chosen” way of life? If a person especially a man who generally is the provider in a relationship (if I understand who you are by reading your posts you are looking for that kind of man) would “look down” on you because of your lifestyle you probably aren’t meant for each other. Good men are generally chivalrous they want to take care of a woman the best they know how……some do it with money others praise to build confidence and I’m sure there are many other ways and combinations. If he is right for you he will look at how courageous you are to do what you are doing, your independent way of thinking and tackling problems that kind of thing. He will be looking for your positives and want to “help/save” you from the problems. A man wants a helpmate that will stick with him thru thick and thin. And in the USA we are going to get thin pretty soon.

      • Maureen says:

        Hi Jacob, I appreciate what you are saying but from what I have read and seen over the years….Men fall in love mostly with a woman’s looks rather than her character. IF he falls in love with looks, then I will tell him more about me.

        I don’t see why it matters so much where I sleep anyway. Why is it so important?

        • jacob says:

          You are right Maureen. Guys will look at faces, chest and backsides and not necessarily in that order. LOL It is true men look for a physical attraction at the top of the list but as we age physical beauty fades and stimulation of the mind starts to catch up with the other stimulant.
          As far as where you sleep thats your business. I have slept in a travel trailer , a shed and in the back of my camper for a while so I’m not too concerned about where people sleep.

  4. Maureen says:

    Ryu, leaving hints wasn’t something I had considered. Can you give me some ideas of what kind of hints to leave?

    Charlotte…how is your mother doing? I am saying a little prayer for her right this minute. Yahweh bless you both.

    Tiny, everyone presents their best self when they are dating or being courted. My van is just where I sleep and keep my stuff. It’s not who I am. I will tell him when/if I know he’s serious. I do appreciate your sharing your thoughts though. Thank you.

  5. Theresa says:

    Are you sure you want to be with someone who you have to lie to because you don’t feel he will accept you for the choices you make? Maybe he will surprise you?

    Congrats on the free parking for 9 months! right on. It is awkward when I am in my van and people walk by and look in and I’m chilling out on my bench. hehe. But who cares.

    I’m still new at it and going through the learning curve. However, I try to keep it neat and organized with everything in it’s place since I’m in a minivan and boy that is small on the storage possibilities.

    Good Luck

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