So the diet "cleanse" I'm doing involves no processed foods for 30 days. No processed sugar, no processed flour, no processed meats, and no dairy. I've decided on the places where I can have leeway and where I can't, because it is such a change right now I want to be able to stick with it. I can have a little bit of honey in my tea, or if a make an aqua fresca, so long as I don't put in a great heaping amount. I think this sort of violates the spirit of the diet, even though honey is technically only processed by bees (I get organic raw honey).
I can eat things made from whole grains, so long as I'm pretty sure they are "real" whole grains, not the white/wheat mixes or heavily processed "whole wheats" that are common to some commercial breads. But mostly, I'm sticking to grains like brown rice, quinoa, couscous, etc. I will probably include injera (made from teff), just because Ethiopian food has other things I can eat and it will be nice to have a restaurant or two I can visit.
Technically bacon is cured, not processed like cold cuts or chicken nuggets, but even if it weren't, it's bacon. I may sneak in some bacon in small amounts, just not the "half pound at a time" amounts I can normally consume if you let me. Two strips is plenty *sob* for being on a diet. As for dairy. I'm going to try really hard to stay away from dairy, as I'm really not supposed to have it anyway. I'm in the middle of a debate with myself as to whether or not I can have organic ghee (which is basically clarified butter), since it's very low lactose. I may just avoid that for the first thirty days, and it will be something I can add back in after.
In fact, things like bacon, ghee, honey in any amounts, and whole wheat products may be things that, even though I have given myself permission to have in small amounts during my cleanse, I may still avoid them for the 30 days, and add them later to the permanent diet once the initial cleanse is over.
To aid my sleep, I am also restricting my caffeine intake after 1900.
Started with some coffee, a little soy milk.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with banana & cranberries.
Ordered a Grande Soy Chai at Starbucks because I didn't want any more coffee; I'd forgotten how sweet they were. Oops! Drank it anyway.
Dinner: Ordered a hummus plate from cafe. Hummus, carrots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices. Got the option to replace the bread with homemade potato chips. #nom
Exercise: Also was my walking day, so I hobbled along my mile. I think I covered 1.5 miles total. Even picked up a few things from the store that we needed.
Came home exhausted, took a nap.
Woke up hungry (of course), and reheated some of the leftover pasta from day before. Whole grain (semolina) pasta with carrots, bell pepper, chick peas, and jicama, in a tomato sauce.
Drank some water, went back to bed.