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Yesterday I bought groceries for this new diet I’m trying out, the 21 day cleansing diet with no sugar, gluten, caffeine, animal products, or . . . . something else . . . oh, alcohol.    I have to say, I miss meat (only psychologically), caffeine (give me my coffee back!), and sugar (coffee!!) more than I imagined that I would.    As far as any real physical discomfort, I have none.   I’m full, I’m alert, I feel strong.   But I am feeling very whiny about not having coffee. 

Today, I couldn’t take it any more and I had a cup of hot tea with honey.  I felt like if I didn’t, I would snap and run out for pizza and a huge diet coke or something.   So, tea it was, and it worked.  Back to normal.

Healthy diet nutrition lowfat vegetarianLast week I added grains back into my diet, and I have barely done that, because I feel like I could overdo it and have too many.   So I bought some brown rice to have as a side dish, some flaxseed to add to salads, and some oatmeal.  Then I searched at Target for something akin to a healthy bread that also had no gluten, and that turned out to be impossible.  I came home with Flat Out Artisan Fold It Flatbread with “Healthy 5 Grain Flax,” whatever that means.  It’s high in fiber, so that’s good, but it has some things in the ingredients that  go beyond what I am permitting in my diet right now.   The good things about this flat bread are that it folds in the center for easy sandwich making and it can be torn in half and popped into the toaster.  I am eating one half of a piece, or one circle per day. 

Next, I want to bake some kind of bread that is healthy and tastes good.  I’m sure that I can make one loaf every weekend and that will be enough.   I can always go back to the local healthy market and get a nice dense loaf of locally baked bread, too.  

If you have any good non-gluten bread recipes or experience with different flours, please let me know.  This is a new area for me.

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So, I was going along, reading blogs, looking at tweets and spacing out like I do, when I stumbled on the Quantum Wellness Cleanse book by Kathy Freston.  I don’t have the book yet, but I like the idea.  I’m going to take 21 days to cleanse my body by removing five things from my diet:  caffeine (scream!), gluten, sugar, alcohol, and animal products.   Uh-huh.  Sugar:  ok, I only have a tiny bit in coffee and in my 70% chocolate.  Alcohol:  negligable amounts are consumed, and none in a few months, so we’re good to go on that.  Animal products:  this means taking away my precious eggs.  In my mind, those eggs are my main protein source and are giving me all my strength and energy.  But I do eat nuts and beans regularly, so I’ll be fine.  Gluten:  I have no idea where gluten is in food — that will be research for today.  Caffeine:  Oh my.  Am I really going to do this?  No coffee, no occasional diet coke, no tea?   I’ll try.  I truly will try.   But that’s a tough one.   Good Health from Whole Grains!

So far today I’ve had oatmeal with cinnamon and a tiny smidge of agave nectar.  I have to read more to see if the nectar counts as sugar, I have a feeling it does.   I also think I can eat oatmeal without agave nectar.  My taste buds are changing and adapting to the pure flavors of all foods.  Now I can appreciate the true flavors of things without having salt and sugar on every single thing.   And when I do eat a more mainstream food like pizza, I can taste the sugar in the sauce, the sugar in the crust, and I have to drink water for three days to recover from the salt.   It’s a good time for me to go to a more pure diet.  

The only other things I’ve had today are almonds, walnuts and blueberries, with a glass of grapejuice.   Lunch will be steamed zucchini and squash, and possibly some brown rice.   I’ll let you know more after my grocery trip today. 

If anyone has any advice or recipes for me, send them along!   I’ve already found some good quinoa, lentil, and chickpea recipes that I’ll share later.  

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