• 07:08 Dear Priscilla, You are not allowed to wear your "Cake Or Death" shirt when going to see the doc who put you on a cake-eliminating cleanse. #
  • 07:31 @TeamHusbands Can previous episodes be moved to a different page? Loading EVERYTHING is really slowing down my browser. LOVING the show! #
  • 11:03 Finished @ScottWesterfeld’s GOLIATH, read superbly by Alan Cumming. Next: @scalzi’s FUZZY NATION and Sherwood Smith’s INDA. #FridayReads #
  • 12:24 The internet singularity approaches: t.co/PUapSJqD #
  • 12:56 Coworkers and I gathered around a microphone to sing bits of a song (memorably covered on Glee) for a spot. @321LaunchNY Glee is in session! #
  • 12:59 "Mr. Schu, I think I should get the solo!" I exclaimed petulantly. Then later, "Are people going to throw slushies at us now?" #LaunchGlee #
  • 13:04 A male coworker gave me the L-on-the-forehead gesture. It was epic. #LaunchGlee #
  • 14:06 Gay soldier booed by GOP debate audience: t.co/bzSdpQLZ #
  • 15:06 @caseyreuter Soooo gooood. t.co/iyh5yqbo #
  • 16:40 People keep randomly bursting into song today. I wish the all-singing, all-dancing workplace could endure forever! #
  • 16:42 I love that two of you immediately made Buffy references. I am friends with the exact right sort of people. #
  • 16:48 @theliz13 @seananmcguire PICTURES. I may require a cuttlefish to be BFF with my sparkly pink and purple plush octopus, Squidaped Oyt. #
  • 17:15 @theliz13 Very cute! I think I’ll pass, though. Hope he finds a great home! #< /li>
  • 18:39 Boss treated all employees to donuts, coffee, pizza, and chocolate cake. My universe is pain and emptiness. #cleanseofdoom #
  • 18:44 @clarkvalentine Hee, no, it was totally awesome and generous of him! But I’m on an extremely restrictive cleanse and can eat none of it. :D #
  • 18:47 @myyrdneopia I’ll still be on the cleanse during NYCC. No sugar, to start. t.co/HcAm5MnI #
  • 18:49 Clarification: I am not ungrateful for my boss’s generosity! I’m chafing under a month-long cleanse with very strict dietary limitations. #
  • 19:16 @clarkvalentine I actually had gluten-free, no-cheese veggie pizza last night! It was divine! #
  • 21:42 @hobbitwriter Don’t use FB or blog much. For me, Twitter = Stuff you want folks to see, and G+: = Stuff you want folks to talk about. #
  • 22:23 Cool NYT article about @longshotauthor and other AmberMUSHers who made good, incl @ce_murphy @boymonster & @chotiari. t.co/DFn9BkiH #
  • 22:32 @byharryconnolly @myyrdneopia SO MUCH PRETTY. #
  • 23:36 @nerdyorkcity They can’t compare with the cupcakes at Sugar Sweet Sunshine in the lower east side! #

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  • 07:51 @jkeller87 I have mixed feelings. I think it was very well written, but some of the author’s choices frustrated me. Still ruminating. #
  • 08:37 @chriscolfer I look forward to Glee’s performance of "Razzle Dazzle." :D #
  • 12:06 My coworkers and I are doodling a round-robin illustrated story about a fox. It is trippy beyond belief. My coworkers are kind of awesome. #
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  • 08:38 Today is my mom’s birthday! She has every quality you could ever dream of in a mom, and she’s MINE, MINE, MWAHAHAHA! I love you! #
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  • 10:35 @boymonster Yes, I refer to myself as a girl. It’s a word that depends on context; sometimes it feels condescending, other times it’s fine. #
  • 11:42 @SarahWatson42 I heard "erotic," but "ironic" makes more sense… #
  • 13:15 I am fantasizing about cooking a sumptuous gluten and dairy-free Indian foodgasm this weekend and eating it forever. #
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  • 18:18 @RyanMacklin Great mi nds think alike! #
  • 18:44 @Esperacchius Broerick, Bronnet, Brodda, Brostina… All forms of broetry are welcome! #
  • 19:11 @seananmcguire *offers you a coworker’s arm* #
  • 19:14 Finished @leverus’ The Magician King. Now moving to @ScottWesterfeld’s Goliath. Huzzah for tone whiplash! :D #
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  • 13:31 RT @fredhicks: Flying around the Earth j.mp/qaiI2Z // Extraordinary! #
  • 15:18 The cinematography on this season of #DoctorWho is gorgeous! And this episode was awesome. #
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  • 21:10 OMG Series 2 of Downton Abbey started tonight in the UK! GRABBYHAAAAAANDS. #
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I started this blog eleven years ago, and for most of those years, I actually blogged faithfully. Then I got sucked into Twitter, and I got a 50-hour/week job, and my blogging practices atrophied and died.

However, I now have a reason to blog again.

I’m embarking upon a month long cleanse with an extremely narrow range of foods I can eat. Any of these limitations individually are doable, but together, they’re very intimidating. By blogging about my efforts, I can wrangle my teeming thoughts and concerns into something coherent and manageable. I can post recipes and restaurant reviews to remind myself of all the cool options available to me. The blog will also provide a place for me to solicit advice from folks who have undertaken similar dietary restrictions. And who knows, it may prove helpful to future foodies, looking to improve their diet!

Here’s what I’m facing:

Basic Dietary Guidelines:

INCLUDE: Unsweetened fresh, frozen, water-packaged, or canned fruits; fruit juices (except orange).
EXCLUDE: Oranges, orange juice.

INCLUDE: All fresh raw, steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables.
EXCLUDE: Corn, creamed vegetables. I will also exclude spinach, as I have a sensitivity to it. This sucks, as spinach is my favorite vegetable.

INCLUDE: Rice, oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat.
EXCLUDE: Wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye; all gluten-containing products.

INCLUDE: Products made from rice, oat, buckwheat, milley, potato flour, tapioca, arrowroot, amaranth, quinoa, teff.
EXCLUDE: Products made from wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley; all gluten-containing products.

INCLUDE: All beans, peas, and lentils (unless otherwise indicated)
EXCLUDE: Soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, other soy products.

INCLUDE: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, sesame (tahini), sunflower, pumpkin seeds; butters made from these nuts and seeds.
EXCLUDE: Peanuts, peanut butter.

INCLUDE: All canned (water-packed), frozen, or fresh fish, chicken, turkey, wild game, lamb.
EXCLUDE: Beef, pork, cold cuts, frankfurters, sausage, canned meats, eggs, shellfish.

INCLUDE: Milk substitutes such as rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, and other nut milks.
EXCLUDE: Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, non-dairy creamers. I must add coconut milk to the “exclude” pile as well, as I’m sensitive to coconut.

INCLUDE: Cold-expeller pressed olive, flaxseed, canola, safflower, sunflower, sesame, walnut, pumpkin, or almond oils.
EXCLUDE: Margarine, butter, shortening, processed and hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise, spreads.

INCLUDE: Filtered or distilled water, herbal tea, seltzer or mineral water.
EXCLUDE: Soda pop or soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, other caffeinated beverages.

INCLUDE: All spices unless otherwise indicated. For example, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, carob, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, tumeric, vinegar.
EXCLUDE: Chocolate, ketchup, mustard, relish, chutney, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, or other condiments.

INCLUDE: Brown rice syrup, fruit sweeteners, blackstrap molasses, stevia.
EXCLUDE: White or brown refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, candy, desserts made with these sweeteners.


DAYS 1-6: I follow the above Basic Dietary Guidelines, supplementing it with Xymogen OptiCleanse powder twice daily in almond or hemp milk. This powder provides nutritional support for the body’s natural detoxification mechanism, gastrointestinal health, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

DAYS 7-13: From the Basic Dietary Guidelines, eat only from these categories: fruits, vegetables, fats, beverages, and spices/condiments, plus rice. Increase the powder to 3x/day.

DAYS 14-15: Add back bread, cereal, starch, and milk substitutes from Basic Dietary Guidelines.
DAYS 16-18: Add back legumes and nuts and seeds.
DAYS 19-28: Add back meat and fish.

After that, I’ll slowly reintroduce foods from the “naughty” list. I check them by eating the purest form of that food (like, if I wanted to check cheese, I wouldn’t get pizza–I’d get the cheese alone and have my way with it) twice in one day for two days to see if I have a negative reaction or an increase in symptoms.

I’ll check my resting pulse before and after eating the new food, and if it increases by more than 10 beats per minute ten minutes after eating food, it’s an indication of sensitivity. I’ll also be testing the pH of my morning urine to check acidity and inflammation and keeping a running dialogue with my doctor about my body’s reactions. My mom will also be a great source of sanity in my life–she’s a certified holistic health coach.

This is my mission, and I choose to accept it! Bring it on!

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  • 14:00 (that link was via @ksmccarthy24, I should mention. Thanks, Katness!) #
  • 15:22 My #fridayreads are ONE SALT SEA by @seananmcguire in dead tree format and THE MAGICIAN KING by @leverus on audio! #
  • 18:40 "Mirror, Mirror in my room! Who shall face a stylish doom?" #
  • 20:25 I bid dairy farewell with @biggayicecream’s swoonworthy Monday Sundae. There is nothing as delicious in the world. t.co/CQMW96yW #
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  • 22:43 Surfacing briefly from ONE SALT SEA to report that @seananmcguire is ONGAWESOME. And back to reading! #

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  • 10:10 My grandmother has Alzheimer’s. I may be taking Pat Robertson’s screed a little personally. You don’t talk trash about my Grandmommy. #
  • 10:40 Nightmare fuel: t.co/ODZLh2ye #
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  • 16:57 Coworker recommended a restaurant to me. Look at the first two pages of the menu. t.co/ewTyNmEE #
  • 17:05 @ardentdelirium I wonder what percentage of orders of that item are on a dare? #
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  • 23:14 @Chaoticmuse @fredhicks My mom is a nutrition coach, so I’ll get plenty of advice and emotional support! #
  • 23:36 @ravenofoctober I am rooting for Anya, because she’s a good designer and she has the same hairstyle as one of my OCs. *shifty eyes* #
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  • 11:16 Coworkers planking on office equipment. Mass hysteria! #
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