After lots of hemming and hawing I decided to officially clean up my diet. Today is Day 1 of no animal products, gluten, or sugar. I will be giving you weekly updates, sharing my struggles, and most importantly sharing how this change affects the way I feel. I am changing my diet for a 30-day trial for one reason – I want to feel better. Nothing I have been eating makes me really sick, but I have noticed a drop in my energy levels and a lot of minor bloating and digestive discomfort after eating certain foods. If, after 30-days I do indeed feel better I will be sticking with this new way of eating. For right now I am giving up alcohol for 7 days. I really enjoy a good glass of wine or a good beer with friends and I do not want to give up that simple pleasure at this point in my life. I have consciously chosen today as the start or my 30-days because Day 30 will fall on the day before my birthday. Should there be no significant changes in how I feel overall I want to be able to eat whatever I want on my birthday.
Lesson number one, this diet change is going to take planning ahead. Yesterday I was so concerned with making sure I had the perfect baguette and my favorite ice cream that I failed to think about what I would have for breakfast this morning. (The gluten and dairy left me with a bloated upset tummy reinforcing why I am making this change.) Poor planning left me with no bananas for my regular morning smoothie. My other usual breakfast suspects are toast with almond butter or granola. Regular bread is now out (I am making this loaf of bread today: http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2013/02/the-life-changing-loaf-of-bread/). And my granola, Just Djuna (www.DjunaPassman.com) has brown sugar in it. After I fill the orders of granola I need to have ready for next week I will be making a batch with no added sugar. I wound up eating black beans and avocado for breakfast, could be worse. For now at least I am going to need to plan out my weekly menus and make sure I have all of the necessary ingredients in advance. I’ll be honest, I feel overwhelmed by the change today. I know it will get easier and become more second nature as time goes by, but for the moment it feels foreign and hard.