Yesterday we eliminated dairy, soy, and eggs. We had already given up dairy and eggs when we went whole-grain/plant-strong, but soy was a meat replacer. It just means I don't open up the TVP (textured vegetable protein) or buy any tempeh or tofu over the next couple of weeks. I'm okay with that, and it should be interesting to see how my body reacts to soy when I reintroduce it.
Today's challenge is probably the hardest - to give up gluten. That means no more breads, white rice or pasta. Even though you can buy gluten-free breads, crackers, etc., it's more difficult when you've also given up sugar and dairy. This morning we had Simple Porridge, a recipe from the Conscious Cleanse book, that is made from brown rice. It was quite yummy with a bit of almond milk.
David is finding today's challenge the hardest of them all so far. He is definitely not batting 100. He "has to eat", he says, and I agree - he does. The authors of the book concur; "if you're hungry, eat," they say. There are lots of options within the confines of the cleanse; it just takes some thought and some getting used to.
We are going to an Alpha class tonight, and while I could probably eat something before I go, part of the evening's enjoyment is the fellowship around a shared meal. I plan to go heavy on the veggies or salad(s) that are offered in order to avoid violating too grossly the transition steps I've made to date. The cleanse starts in earnest tomorrow.
One of my regular blog readers e-mailed me privately, having noted that the authors of the Conscious Cleanse are both yoga instructors and practitioners. For those of you who would be interested in reading a well-thought-out Christian response to the subject of yoga and disciples of Jesus, please visit Ed Hird's post on the subject. I'll warn you that it's quite long and may require two or three sittings as you process the information, but it'll be well worth your time.
A note to Susanne: thanks for stopping by and leaving a message on an earlier post.You can read the update on K here. Also, I was wondering if you had managed to keep off the 16 pounds you lost on the cleanse... :)