Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 1: Leaning Into Quantum Wellness

Usually I put off starting any kind of diet until a Monday or the 1st of the month. Or after the next big event. Or the New Year. (You get the idea.)

But somehow after I wrote my first post I just wanted to dive right in. Carpe diem and all that.

Day 1 of my very own 21-day Quantum Wellness Cleanse started with reading through the book again and grocery shopping. Technically the plan starts with three days of food journaling but I was already ahead of the game on that front.
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Food shopping was interesting. FUN even. I went without kids which was a plus. They are usually pretty well-behaved thanks to my practice of threatening to sing if they get out of line. Still, it was nice to walk the aisles without "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on the tip of my tongue.

We don't have a Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe's nearby, but I have to say the local Shaw's Supermarket really had everything I was looking for (and more.) I was in there for about an hour and spent $90. Mind you I just went food shopping for the family yesterday, so we were already well stocked in fresh veggies and such.

I successfully resisted the lure of a $2 off coupon hanging on the neck of my (I mean the) KJ Chardonnay, without heart palpitations or anything.
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Aside from the "health food" aisle where I found lots of stuff, I was pretty stoked to see so many doable options in the "ethnic foods" aisle. I love Indian food for example, so I'm excited for an excuse to eat more of it.
Some items had clear check boxes which helped but mostly I had to read and decipher labels. Some of it is still pretty confusing, especially the whole gluten thing. I know I've already made a couple of mistakes despite my best efforts. It will get easier. No worries.

Another good surprise was to see how many things (without a face) have protein. I was worried about not getting enough protein over the next three weeks so it feels good to be free of that myth.

It's only the first day I know, but eating was no problem today. I won't bore you with a play by play of everything I ate except to say it was pretty much what I usually eat with some substitutions... brown rice bread instead of wheat bread; vegan butter; a gluten free, sugar free meal bar instead of my usual Clif bar; decaf tea instead of coffee, etc.

I even went to a family BBQ and was able to eat plenty with a little planning. I often choose veggie burgers over cow burgers so that wasn't a big shift. Sadly, I discovered that my usual brand is not gluten-free. Bummer!

Not drinking socially today didn't bother me at all. I have another occasion tomorrow night so I'll let you know if my "ease" was just a fluke.

The other highlight today was taking the kids blueberry picking for the first time ever. I have to admit that I might not have gone if I wasn't so eager to stock up on "approved" food. I definitely gained something with the field trip today. And I'm not just talking about the 3 lbs of yummy blueberries. We had a really nice time and will definitely be doing more "picking" in the future.

Knowing that change is hard and people usually perceive change as loss, I'm making a special effort to note what I am gaining vs. giving up with this experience.

Carpe diem & stay tuned!

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