Ernie and I decided we would dedicate February to the Clean Program. I heard about this program from my classmate, Matt, who had just started this program with his wife. Then, I read about it in a couple of January NY-Resolution magazines.
The premise of this program is that it enables your body to restore its natural ability to heal. I found this to be a fitting way to end my first year of 100% gluten free living. The program was developed by Dr. Junger whose book is available on amazon.com. So far, I find that the book is a helpful guide to starting the program. Rather than regurgitating what's in the book, I'll tell you the good, the bad and the ugly of this 3-week diet. Then, you can decide whether this diet is right for you.
I have a feeling this will be a very time-consuming and expensive diet. Today, I spent almost 2 hours in the store stocking up on the first week worth of food. My first stop was at Jewel where I was able to buy quite a bit of the foods needed for the diet. $163.71 later, I was off to Whole Foods to get the rest of the groceries.
Whole Foods has the random stuff I couldn't find at Jewel, including Organic Currants, Leafy Green Kale, and Raw Agave Syrup. I got caught up talking to Neal, who works at WF, about his own gluten allergy. It's funny how people come out of the woodwork with similar gluten allergies. I also learned his wife is Thai and we talked about my recent trip to Bangkok and Phuket. $18.24 later, I headed home.
Starting Feb 1, I'll post the following information along with a general synopsis of how I'm feeling.
Lbs til Goal: 5
Breakfast Meal: Liquid
Lunch Meal: Solid
Dinner Meal: Liquid
Thoughts/Feelings: This is going to be expensive... but I hope I have the tenacity to make it through the 3-weeks completely clean.