I basically follow rules; it makes me nervous not to. But there’s no way I’m going to drink just one cup of coffee each day – all that’s allowed on Warner’s plan. I dutifully bought the almond milk she called for, but most mornings it stays in my frig. How bad can it be to use a little 2%? I’m already thinking: If it's only nine pounds in 10 days, that's not too shabby.
Besides, I did everything else right on Day 1. I was panicked that I’d be chewing on my pillow in the night in hunger. Especially when I saw my breakfast directions: 1/4 cup oatmeal with 1 walnut and 1/2 grapefruit. ONE walnut?? My go-to is Irish oatmeal with walnuts and raisins and a dash of maple syrup.
Quickly, however, the editor in me sees that these directions are up for at least a little interpretation. A quarter cup before or after it’s cooked? Doesn’t say, so just guess how I interpreted that one? And not that it matters much, but I concluded that one whole walnut was two halves – woo-hoo, huh? It seems a little sad when I break them up into pieces to toss on that tiny blob of oatmeal sitting in the bottom of my bowl. (Recommendations: Use a small bowl. And make steel cuts oats, which have a bigger flavor than rolled. Toast the walnuts. Same reason.)