About Me

My photo
Oregon, United States
Wife, mother, homemaker, teacher and aspiring writer. I love learning about health and sharing that information with others. But I am not a health expert, so please take any advice given on this blog at your own risk

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 1: Goodbye Meat, Dairy, Fish, and Oils

Day one of the diet begins!

Goodbye meat, fish, dairy and oils. How am I going to survive?

We started the day by weighing ourselves, then checking blood pressure on our home kit. I'll share any changes with you later. My husband was amazed at how low my blood pressure is. His blood pressure on the other hand is much higher and that's one of the reasons he's doing this diet. He says that with my blood pressure, I could have been a long distance runner. Yeah, more like running in the direction of the ice cream truck!!

For breakfast, we ate a healthy meal of Birchermuesli (oat flakes, raisins, grated pear, lemon juice, agave syrup,  and ground mixed nuts to which we added our milk alternative). This is a recipe from Leslie Kenton's 10 Day Clean-Up Plan, a detox diet  that my sister introduced me to in England. After breakfast, we set off to a U Pick farm nearby to pick some organic blueberries and blackberries. It's the first time we've done this and learned how not to do it next time!

The blueberry picking was easy and we hardly had to bend. We even ate some as our midday snack. But the blackberry bushes were growing wild everywhere and there were few good blackberries left. That's when my husband's primal instincts kicked in and next thing I knew, he was on the hunt in a mound of thorny bushes. I on the other hand played it safe and stayed along the edges where I was less likely to get hurt. When he emerged out of there, he was covered in scratches and I couldn't tell if he was dripping with blood or blackberry juice! But he said it was all worth it and we managed to gather a whopping 10 1/2 lbs of berries!. Although it was tiring picking berries for two hours in the blazing heat., we felt invigorated afterwards.

When we got back home, we had a lunch of sandwiches made with hummus and some of the cucumber we bought at the farm. Yum, it tasted wonderful! Then after a long rest, we are heading off to the grocery stores to stock up with what we need for the week. For dinner we'll eat out, either a create your own stir fry or a salad bar meal at one of the health food stores. I must remember to wash and freeze most of the berries.

All in all it was a great first day of the diet!

1 comment: