Since I don't have anything else to talk about at the moment, I thought I'd give you the results (and talk about poop).
First of all, I'll share with you that I have an IBD: Ulcerative Colitis. I don't talk about it because it's really not a huge issue for me. But it does affect my poop.
I was actually feeling pretty normal before a week ago.
Eating clean has turned me into Miss Loosey Goosey, if you get my drift. Not that I was Miss Baseball Bat before.
Did I draw too sharp a mental image? I've done my job then.
My week is up, and I've decided to move forward with my clean eating for as long as I can. I'm hoping my system will adjust accordingly.
Basically, I ate nothing processed. No boxed cereal for breakfast, no sugar, no white flour (almost no flour actually), no store-bought bread, muffins, no chocolate-wax donuts from the vending machine, no soda, no wine....no wine....no wine....whine....
I could go on forever.
What did I eat? Fish, chicken, pork, veggies, fruits, green smoothies, whole grains (quinoa, barley, etc.), dried beans (yes I cooked them), ho-made peanut butter (thanks Daniela!)....You get the idea. Pretty much anything that started as one, whole, unprocessed ingredient. Some of what I ate was organic, but not everything.
I'd never tried quinoa before, and I found I really like it. In fact, I found the weirdest combination that I now crave. I made a (sort of) parfait for breakfast containing quinoa, greek yogurt, assorted fruits, a drizzle of agave, peanut butter, and granola. I mixed the whole mess together and it was divine.
I don't have a picture of it. But I could try and draw another mental image if you'd like. It wasn't very pretty after I mixed it all up. Oh, never mind.
So, after a week of giving up the garbage I usually stuff into my face, I have loose poop, and I've lost 8 pounds.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that at least 5 of those pounds were nothing more than water bloat. And I must say, I no longer feel like a bloated toad.
I found 2 really good resources in my quest:
The Gracious Pantry
Now if the weather will shape up, I will begin running again.
But first I must go wax my eyebrows. Because there should be two. That should be good for another pound at least.