Eliminatron 5000: Day 1

Woke up this morning at 5:20. Made coffee with hazelnut milk, drank on pre-dawn walk with the pup. Although it was completely dark outside, it was a beautiful morning and all the stars were out. Came home, ate a bowl of Udi’s Cranberry granola with hazelnut milk. It was DELICIOUS and then I read the ingredients again and there was sugar in the cranberries. Shit. Maybe this is going to be harder than I thought.Packed up lunch: rice cakes with almond butter, apple, walnuts, dried mango, and a whole, raw sweet potato which I intended to stab with a fork and microwave then eat with salt and pepper. Oh, and my smoothie: avocado, spinach, berries, banana (maybe, I can’t remember).

Got to school: found out I didn’t need to be there! Woo hoo! Went to Whole Foods for an epic shopping trip.

Flashback: last night, after a dinner of nearly 100% gluten (Fieldroast Frankfurter on a white hot dog bun) plus a glass of wine and a chocolate cookie (it was my last hurrah), I decided to hide everything in my kitchen from myself if it was on my no-eat list. I ended up with one paper grocery bag shoved in the back of the freezer (EVERYTHING has wheat, bell peppers, onions, garlic, soy, corn, etc. in it!!!!!), two in the fridge, and three in the office closet. The “vegetable drawer” in the fridge is now Mark’s secret stash of bread, cheese and peanut butter. I was nearly distraught with exhaustion and sadness, so I called my lovely friend Bethany who accompanied me to the grocery store so I could just get something to have for breakfast and lunch today. I found: a bag of Udi’s granola, 3 avocados, a giant jug of maple syrup (it was $15 off!!!) creamy rice cereal and some rice cakes. (Thank you, Bethany!)

Ok–back to the WF shopping extravaganza. After excavating my kitchen last night, I was left with not a lot more than some vinegars, a squash, cabbage, one sad carrot, seaweed, soba noodles, and dried fruits/nuts. My goal at Whole Foods was to stock up on:

  • grains and flour
  • legumes
  • grass-fed meat
  • wild, fresh, cold-water fish
  • veggies
  • “milk”
  • and whatever else looked interesting in terms of snacks and flavorings.

Even though I spent $172 (and died a little inside, and sold my firstborn child to Whole Foods) I feel like I am very well prepared for whatever the next month or two has to throw at me. If you’re interested in what I found, check out my receipt –> Whole Foods Receipt 10-18-12

I am so excited about dinner. I just put into a crock pot:

  • Two carrots, cut in half
  • One turnip, cut in half
  • One rutabaga, cut in quarters
  • One parsnip, cut into 4 sort of equal parts
  • One sweet potato, cut in half
  • Three celery ribs, cut in thirds
  • Some red cabbage, torn into big pieces
  • And, drum roll, a 1 1/4 lb grass-fed beef sirloin tip roast

My mouth is watering so bad I can hardly type.

Apparently, grass-fed meats are highly anti-inflammatory! Obviously we don’t want to overdo it with the protein (which is CRAZY easy to do if you eat any meat) but I figure for three weeks if I’m eating a near-insane amount of veggies and nothing else even remotely unhealthy, I’ll be good to go. And the old husband will be a little more pleased with his evening meal.

I’m also really excited about this bouillon I found which is vegan, and free of wheat, corn and soy:

It also is free of onion and, although there’s some garlic in it, I think I’ll be ok. Since garlic is on my “OK” list and I feel like it only upsets my tummy when it’s raw or in excess.

Coming up!

Day 2, which is Friday, and usually pizza night…

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