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So, today I'm starting Lyn-Genet Recita's "Plan" that I spoke of in my earlier post. In August, I read about it in More magazine and decided to give it a try on my own. Since that time, Lyn-Genet was able to fit me in for a consult, even though she's booked through October 2012.
I spoke with her via phone earlier in the month and will be doing the 20-day Plan. My goal isn't weight loss--I actually lost about 8 or 9 pounds just by bungling through the Plan on my own, and at this point I'm nearly at my ideal weight (and I was actually pretty happy with my weight before I tried the Plan on my own). Instead, I want to figure out which foods work best for me and then get in the habit of eating healthy, satisfying, energy creating foods.
I started today off with a bowl of Columbia County Flax granola in coconut milk (I figured out on my own over a year ago that milk doesn't work well for me), blueberries and tea. Quite honestly, I didn't like it at all. I think breakfasts are going to be the hardest for me over the next few weeks. I typically eat a fruit shake (pear, berries and milk substitute) for breakfast and I really, really enjoy that. Flax granola--not so much.
For lunch I had carrot ginger soup, a mixed green salad with pears and pumpkin seeds and broccoli. As I discovered last time I did this 3-day cleanse, a menu of all vegetables with minimal fats, protein or carbs doesn't really fill me up at all. Usually for lunch I have a mixed green salad with chick peas, avocados, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds along with rye crackers and goat cheese. That lunch I love and always feel really satisfied afterward. Today's lunch--again, not so much.
For dinner, it's roasted veggies, rice with sunflower seeds and a shredded beet & carrot salad. As it's all veggies, for the most part, I have a feeling I'm not going to be a happy camper tonight. And, because salt is a no-no at this point, the food is rather bland even though I'm using other spices like cumin and coriander.
Also, all day long, I've had a sort of raw, grumbly feeling in my stomach--I think because the veggies just don't satisfy me.
Unfortunately, breakfast tomorrow, which is the same as today's, isn't going to help much. I have a feeling I'm going to be pretty miserable come 10 a.m. tomorrow--especially because I'm not able to drink coffee. But, I'll persevere through. Hopefully tomorrow night's dinner--chicken--will help get me over the second day hump. Last time I was truly frustrated by the end of Day 2.
But, since my goal is to figure out what foods work for me--and this cleanse starts with only a small number of foods that most people's bodies don't react to, I figure it's worth it to suffer through a few days of bland mostly veggie torture. Starting with Day 4 we gradually introduce new foods and see how I react to them.
Finally, lest I sound too negative, last time I really found that the cleanse was helpful and an interesting thing to experience. It really does almost re-boot or re-set your body so that you're much more sensitive to new foods and are able to assess how they affect your system. My husband did it last time, too, and experienced the same thing. He's also doing it this time around. In fact, he was looking forward to it more than me, which is kind of weird since, of the two of us, he's more of the junk food junkie.
So, I'm looking forward to working through the first few days and moving on to better food--including small amounts of salt, coffee and vino. Stay tuned for my updates, and you can find photos of my dinners as I go through this here.