So I woke up today with a staggering headache. Probably from sleeping wrong, but something that is usually cleared up by a good cup of coffee. But guess what, caffeine isn't allowed. So I started the day already sluggish.
I made a breakfast of flattened rice (poha) peas, and potatoes. It was good, but not my usual peanut butter toast (on gluten free bread). Peanuts aren't allowed as they are legumes, which can irritate the lining of the stomach. I made a cup of herbal, caffeine-free cinnamon tea. Didn't quite hit the spot.
Then I did some work in an attempt to distract myself. Worked out, which was so difficult because of the headache. I showered and made myself a banana smoothie with almond milk, dates and cinnamon. It was so delicious and I actually felt a little revived. It was so good that I forgot to take a picture. I also ate some edamame which helped me to feel full.
The headache didn't want to go anywhere, so I figured this was part of the withdrawal that I was supposed to experience. They say that the first three days are the hardest. As I am typing, I do see that my hands are shaking a little bit. This tells me that I am on the right path. My body really does need a detox from something or many things that I have been consuming.
Dinner was a bowl of rice cooked with a lot of vegetables, and some cashews. It was very hearty and hit the spot. I know you might wonder about the protein quantity I am eating. Right now that isn't the focus, I am trying to heal my gut and reduce bloating and acid reflux. There was still a twang of hunger, but I think that was my body trying to trick me into eating something that I shouldn't be eating. It was used to what I always did.
Reflections from today: as I get ready to go to sleep, I realize I feel pretty good, aside from the headache. If this is the way it goes, I should be able to complete the full 15 days of this program without a problem. I know it is too early, but I feel less reflux today. The hardest part of today was the snacks. I think I am used to putting things in my mouth without really giving it another thought. Being mindful and really planning out my meals, was fine, but I forgot to plan the snacks. I will work on that in the next few days.