This month, I'm doing something I never would have considered a few years ago - not only have I gotten myself totally addicted to hot yoga and decided to try a 30 day practice challenge, but I've also started June off with a totally vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-free, alcohol-free cleanse diet for 21 days before reintegrating some of those things. How it came about is a bit of a story, but it seemed like both a good challenge and a good health idea, and 11 days in I feel pretty excellent. Learning to cook vegan is actually leading me to wonder how much meat etc I'll actually add back in - I think I'd like to try to reduce the amount I eat, given how great I feel. I miss coffee too, that I'm sure I'll be back to that, though I've discovered I'm not as dependent on it I thought.
I did miss beer today though, the first sunny day we've had on a Saturday in a while, and as we sat on a patio downtown for lunch, I really could have gone for a nice lager. Lunch was a lentil burger on a spelt pita - and it was awesome - I'd eat it any time, vegan-of-convenience or not. That's what has been really fascinating, not only have a developed an appreciation of how difficult being a celiac sufferer much be having to eliminate gluten from your diet, but I've also developed an appreciation of what and how I eat, and when you really pay attention to labels, it can be a little shocking.
It's been interesting, for sure.