early morning - coffee (2.0 large mugs), cranwater with 1Tbs ground flax seed.
breakfast - grapefruit, 2 cups chili, supps, water
snack - 2 flatbread crackers with 2Tbs green olive tapenade
lunch - ham, pretzel thins
dinner - cassoulet-type stew of ham, beans, and swiss chard (this finishes up the last of the Christmas ham)
snacks -- 2 caramels, 1/3 cup mixed nuts
alcohol - 1 5oz glass white wine
exercise - 200 marching jacks
Today is day 1 of a 3 day detox/cleanse. It's Level 1 of a 3 Level elimination diet. I'm going to do the first 3 days and then decide whether to do Phase 2 for another 3 days. Level 1 eliminates:
packaged and processed foods
caffeine (I won't be able to completely eliminate caffeine)
chocolate and cocoa
condiments: ketchup, relish, chutney, bbq, teriyaki, and soy sauces
fats: shortening, margarine, processed oils
grains: wheat, spelt, barley, kamut, rye, triticale, corn
juices that are not fresh or raw
processed meats: canned meats, cold cuts, bacon, sausage
salt, in excess
soy and soybean products: tofu, tempeh, soy sauce, etc.
sweeteners: refined sugar/white sugar (sucrose), brown sugar, raw sugar, evaporated cane juice, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, barley malt.
If I go on to Level 2 then I would eliminate:
beef and veal
Dairy, including butter
mayo and mayo-like spreads
nightshade vegetables: tomatoes, eggplant, peppers
nuts and seeds
salad dressings, except pure oils and vinegar or lemon juice
For the really committed there's a Level 3:
Citrus fruits (other than lemon juice)
High GI fruits: bananas dates, figs, grapes, pineapple, raisins, watermelon
Level 1 really isn't that big of a hurdle. Brown rice, beans, and potatoes work throughout, as do poultry and fish. My problem starts with level 2 since I tend to live on dairy, nuts, and nightshade vegetables.
I've done this cleanse (and other ones) periodically in the past. The energy boost is obvious after 2-3 days. They're recommend every 3-6 months by those who recommend such things.
Day 1 of Level 1 begins now (I'm down to 1.5 cups coffee this morning, working my way down to 1 or less).