I first found out about The Conscious Cleanse (by Jo Schaalman and Julie Pelaez) from Susanne Drazic over at From the Market to the Plate and was recently able to borrow a copy from the library. It's a very readable book, very informative, and I was motivated to try the cleanse sometime soon.
Why now? Well, mainly because it's after Thanksgiving and before Christmas - the perfect time to eliminate certain items from my diet, allowing me to reintroduce the foods gradually and to determine which ones I may permanently swear off before the temptations of Christmas hit.
Yes, the purpose of the cleanse is to consciously notice the effect of certain foods on your body. Specifically, these are sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy. Since going 'granola', soy has been one of the prime meat alternatives added to our diet, so this is going to be a bit of a challenge. And that's okay; I'm up for it.
My husband and teenage son are on board and doing it with me. That makes the challenge easier, since we can hold one another accountable and there is no need to create multiple meals. If anyone is impressed that K is on board, be impressed - but also be aware he was given a choice of a dietary cleanse or a technological one, and he chose what to him was the lesser of two evils!
There are five transition days to the official start of the cleanse. Today the focus is adding more fruits and vegetables. I won't always supply my menu for the day (at least I don't think I will), but here's what I had today:
Breakfast - one Quaker brand muffet with almond milk and a teaspoon of brown sugar
- one slice of egg bread with vegan margarine
- one cup of regular coffee with almond milk and one teaspoon of granulated
Snack - two prune plums
- one apple
Lunch - leftover steamed delicata squash
- leftover Brussels slaw
- leftover potatoes, fried in margarine with steak spice and honey
- a small slice of Farmer's Market pumpkin pie
Snack - red grapes
Supper - romaine and arugula with tomatoes and red peppers tossed with Italian dressing
- whole wheat bagel, toasted and lightly buttered
- regular coffee with milk and sugar
Snack - apple
There was a waiting list for the book at my library, so I had to return it and buy my own electronic copy. If the results are what I expect, it'll be well worth the investment!