what I ate


Full disclosure:  I have not been feeling well for about a week.  It was mostly digestive upset, and eating made me uncomfortable.  I just kind of figured it would work itself out and I would go ahead with the cleanse.  Unfortunately, it’s stuck around, and with the restricted food availability, I haven’t been eating much.  I’m not a big eater in any circumstance, so when I say I’m not eating much, I mean probably not enough to keep a bird alive!

Day 2:

Breakfast:  smoothie and 5 Cleanse pills

Lunch:  I made soup with vegetable broth, the leftover veggies from day 1, 1/2 can diced tomatoes, and Italian seasoning (ate maybe 1 cup)

Tried to drink another smoothie in the afternoon and take more Cleanse; could only drink a very small amount.  I did later have a few plantain chips with salsa.

I decided the Cleanse pills were not helping my stomach and intestinal upset, so have stopped taking them.  I suppose that means I’m not fully doing the program, but my main goal was to improve my diet, so I will keep up with the food restrictions.

Day 3 (today):

I woke up feeling pretty bad…shaky, out of breath, heart pounding.  I drank the smoothie and that seemed to help a little.  Then I ate 1/2 a pomegranate and that helped a wee bit more.  I’m guessing I just haven’t been eating enough (maybe low blood sugar?), but I still don’t feel like I really want to eat, so it’s a catch 22.  I had a very small amount of salad for lunch.  For supper, we had lentil chili using this recipe (I added celery, cumin, smoked paprika, and a smidge of cayenne).

In an attempt to have something around for me and my son to eat other than vegetables, I did manage to make, and snack on, some “granola”.  It’s actually quite good.  Check out the recipe.

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Well, I wouldn’t call this a strong start, but it was okay.  What seemed like a fridge full of vegetables yesterday is pretty much gone at the end of the first day!  My 16 yr old son is doing the cleanse along with Craig and me; three people can go through a lot of salad greens quickly!

Breakfast:

Craig made the smoothies with frozen berries, spinach, coconut milk, chocolate Complete, Fiber, and water.

I took 5 Cleanse capsules instead of the prescribed 7.  I figure 7 is enough for a 180 lb man, so a 95 lb woman could get by with fewer.

Lunch:

“Baked” sweet potato (microwaved) with grass-fed butter and cinnamon.  Half an avocado with lemon juice and s&p.  Sugar snap peas.

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Snack:

Another chocolate shake with 1/2 banana, although I only ended up drinking 1/2.

5 Cleanse capsules.

Supper:

Sauteed medley of zucchini, onion, garlic, mushrooms, red pepper and tomatoes over quinoa.

Snack:

Berries with coconut milk

5 Cleanse capsules

Notes:

The chocolate and vanilla Complete powders are sweetened (with monk fruit, I believe).  It’s okay, but I found it almost too sweet, and with my sweet tooth, that’s surprising!  I plan to use the plain powder most of the time.

I did feel hungry several times today, but it was manageable.

Breakfast:

hemp protein shake (frozen pineapple, TJ’s vanilla hemp protein, Silk unsweetened coconut milk, water, SP Fiber) [2.5g]

Snack:

Rice Dream carob-covered “ice cream” bar [4.5]

Lunch:

Spinach salad w/ two leftover chicken fingers (cubed), 2 tsp pumpkin seeds, 1/2 apple (cubed), and a drizzle of honey mustard [1g]

1/2 pomegranate

Dinner:

tuna salad w/ celery, green onion, pickle relish, made with dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free mayonnaise! [1.5g]

rice crackers

Snack:

dairy-free egg-free chocolate pudding from Cooking Free by Carol Fenster [2g]

Total sat fat: 11.5g

Notes:

I went to a local health-food store, and unfortunately the prices were quite high, so I wasn’t going to buy anything.  But I felt kinda bad about that, so I picked up a single Rice Dream frozen treat.  As I was rather mindlessly munching away on it, and thinking “this doesn’t really have any flavor”, it occurred to me to check for saturated fat grams.  Yikes! 7!  Good thing I only ate 3/4 of it.  Totally not worth it, since it wasn’t that great anyway.  And carob is a legume.  Lesson learned:  always read the label before you buy!

The mayonnaise is homemade.  I will post the recipe after I see how it holds up for a couple of days.

My 11 yr old son, who has never before shown any interest in cooking, was flipping through Carol Fenster’s book, and decided to make the chocolate pudding.  It was really good!  We made it with coconut milk, which has 5g sat fat per cup, so I’m going to guess 2g for what I ate.

Breakfast:

TJ GF granola [1g]

almond milk

Snack:

organic tortilla chips [.5g]

2 T Wholly Guacamole [1g]

1/2 tropical smoothie made w/ water

sm apple w/ almond butter [.5g]

Dinner:

salad w/ tomatoes, bell pepper, cuke, red onion, sunflower seeds, vinaigrette [1.5g]

1 slice Little Caesar’s pepperoni pizza [5g], and of course it contains wheat, dairy, soy, and yeast

Snack:

puffed millet cereal w/ nectarine and 1/2 c TJ’s vanilla coconut milk [2.5g]

Total saturated fat: 12g

Breakfast:

rice krispies w/ half sliced banana and almond milk [0g]…just realized that rice krispies have malt flavoring and are not GF [0g]

Lunch:

Romaine Rice Tuna Salad, made with spinach [1.5g]

Snack:

shake w/ frozen strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1 c rice milk, TJ’s Hemp Protein

Dinner:

turkey cutlet [.5g]

cider-roasted butternut squash [.5g]

Snack:

corn chex

almond milk

1 double chocolate cookie (freshly baked! couldn’t resist) [3g]  

Total saturated fat:  5.5g

Breakfast:

Toasted two pieces of Ener-g Rice Mix bread from last night, with a little smear of Trader Joe’s raspberry fruit spread. [1g]

3/4 c TJ’s GF granola, 1/2 c almond milk [1g]

Lunch:

1/2 c Cashew carrot ginger soup, rice crackers [2g]

med Honeycrisp apple w/ 1 Tbsp almond butter [.5g]

Dinner:

big colorful salad w/ dijon vinaigrette and 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds [2g]

Pamela’s chocolate chip cookie and 1/3 c almond milk [1g]

Notes:

The rice bread is so crumbly that it didn’t work well in the toaster; it fell apart too much.  I’m hoping there are better bread options out there, because this just does not have the best taste or texture.

Total saturated fat: 7.5g

Some of my fat g tallies are guesses, like how much is in a slice of that rice bread or in however much dressing I drizzled on my salad (I don’t go overboard).  When I can, I get the info off the package and measure out my serving.

I think maybe I should be keeping track of protein, too.  I don’t think I’m getting very much.

Breakfast:

shake (raspberries, rice milk, TJ’s vanilla hemp protein) [0]

Snack:

Cashew Cookie Larabar [1.5 g]

Lunch:

Chipotle salad w/ chicken and fresh tomato salsa, drizzle of vinaigrette [3g]

Snack:

1 oz (14 chips) organic corn tortilla chips w/ 2 Tbsp Wholly Guacamole Classic [1.5g sat fat total]

Dinner:

1 slice Columbus herbed turkey breast [0g]

1 slice rice quick bread made with Ener-g Rice Mix [<1g]

1/2 pomegranate

Notes:

I bought three different brands of gluten-free baking mix yesterday.  The Ener-g Rice Mix is my first foray into gluten-free baking.  I used the quick bread recipe on the box, but instead of 2 eggs, I used 2 Tbsp ground flax+6 Tbsp warm water as a replacer, and it seemed to work fine.  It smelled okay while baking, but the flavor will take some getting used to.  The bread is quite crumbly, and tastes like there’s too much baking soda in it.  I think it might be pretty good toasted with a little jam or almond butter.

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