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Cindy Maddera

I decided that I needed to step it up a notch this week and do a cleansing diet. We've had major pig-out weekends ever since we moved up here. It seems that I just can't get enough pizza, Last week I was feeling sluggish, couldn't get out of bed, and my yoga practice suffered. So, with the pantry low and in dire need of a re-stock, I thought now would be a good time for a cleansing diet. I stuck with one that I had done before, one that requires no gimmicks or starvation. You just follow five easy rules:

    no animal products no caffeine no sugar no alcohol no gluten

Sounds a bit daunting, and I admit, the first time around with this diet all I saw were the things I can't eat. Not exactly the best attitude to have. There was no wonder that by day three, I was a snarly, cranky, prickly pear of a person. Looking at the diet now, I see all the things I can eat.

Really, I've only had to make a few changes. I tend to eat this way (usually) any way. The biggest adjustment has been to breakfast. I've been eating two Morning Star Soysauge patties with breakfast every morning for some needed protein (shut it Chris), but unfortunately these things contain gluten. Also, I have a nice little routine of stopping by the (free) espresso machine at work every morning. But these are easy fixes. Instead of soysauge, I make Chris get up and make me a protein shake. Instead of coffee, I stop by and get some herbal tea (also free).

I am a bit drowsy today, but that probably has more to do with all the sitting and reading I've done today. I could have taken a nap when I got home, but I didn't. I fixed a lovely skillet dinner of mushrooms, tomatoes, bok choy, and quinoa. I scrubbed the bathroom and I wrote this entry. We'll see how the rest of the week goes, but so far, I don't feel like I'm on a "diet". I feel like I'm just eating clean.