A common question while we’ve been doing our cleanse is, “What are you feeding the kids?!?!?” My answer is – whatever is easy! While my kids are pretty good eaters, I wouldn’t feel comfortable restricting their food to the guidelines of our cleanse. So what does that mean? 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners – all the while fighting cravings, particularly during week 1. So before we began we tried to make things as easy as possible.
A big batch of marinara and meat sauce – this can go over baked potato, broccoli, pasta, brown rice, or on an english muffin sprinkled with cheese (mini pizza).
Soup to the rescue. The whole family loves this recipe from Weelicious and thankfully it is also cleanse approved. The kids pair this soup with a generous doll-up of sour cream and fresh baguette with a creamy cheese.
Get them cooking! At ages 6 and 8 my kids can do a bit in the kitchen, this week, they made pesto (with supervision), flipped egg omelets (with supervision) and made loads of toast (to then spread with whatever they love – like Justin’s chocolate almond butter spread) (that last one is all on their own – no way I could be in the kitchen while that deliciousness is going on!) Whatever they make, or assist in making, they are 70% more likely to eat in my experience.
Chop it up – lots of fresh fruits and veggies on hand all cut and chopped for them to dip in guacamole, hummus, peanut butter, and the aforementioned Justin’s chocolate spread.
Breakfast for dinner – oatmeal with applesauce and cinnamon, eggs and toast, etc.
So while I couldn’t order pizza from our favorite neighborhood place during our cleanse, I seem to be okay making them a SMALL pizza at home (no left-overs). And it is better to rid your home of all your favorite “pit-falls”, so think through alternatives. If you are a cookie-monster, no cookies in the house, maybe they can get one from the bakery while you are cruising through the grocery store. If it’s a bowl of ice cream every night, get the kids greek yogurt and sprinkle chocolate chips (my kids like this just as much as ice cream). If it’s chips, try these rice crackers my kids love the cheddar ones.
Above all try not to cringe when your sweet little one offers you a bite of whatever contraband they are in the midst of enjoying!
With the burden of detox week 1 behind us, we’re beginning to reap some benefits of the “Clean” lifestyle. Skin irritations are clearing up, sleep has turned into an amazingly perfect experience for one of us, energy has bumped up and evened out for one of us, eliminations (we are talking poop people) have become as described in the book for one of us, a pound or two have fallen off. These things are nice to experience but what’s better is there’s a sense of freedom that comes with this program – like you can drop the chains of cravings and junk food. You don’t have to be a slave to mood swings (which I now see have loads to do with what I’m eating).
So does that mean I’m “healed”? Will it be a life without pasta and cheese or bananas, strawberries and yogurt or bread – warm, flaky, lovely bread? Probably not, possibly not? Let’s just see where the three weeks takes us, baby steps, right? Right now I’m very happy writing with my warm cup of ginger tea instead of my old friend jo, so that’s some major change!
But at this point a lot of folks, my husband and I included, start talking about making these “Clean” changes for good (or at least 80% of the time). That calls for research – gotta build up the recipe folder and get inspired, here are some links that if not completely “Clean” things could be easily modified.
Dr. Oz tried “Clean” and put together a whole manual of recipes and menu plans, some of these are repeated in the book but some are new, especially at the end!
My New Roots continues to be a resource I go back to again and again, her “winter abundance bowl” is on my list for this week.
Dr. Frank Lipman just blogged a week’s worth of Detox friendly meals. I plan to finally attack the Nori Roll, except I’m giving up on the roll, it’s too intimidating for some reason, my roll will look oddly similar to a rice bowl.
Heidi Swanson, is new on my radar but I’ve read about her on Rip+Tan, Dishing Up the Dirt, Valleybrink Road and Pamela Salzman – her online journal 101 cookbooks has me very interested and her book “Super Natural Every Day” looks like a work of art and I love the title.
That should tide us all over for awhile, happy gathering.
I haven’t posted a smoothie recipe in ages and that’s for a couple reasons, 1. No new inspiration was coming my way and 2. I had picked up a love affair with coffee and toast in the mornings. But today, I bring you something new (to me at least) and it’s so yummy that I told my husband, “This will be our morning smoothie, no more experiments, this is the mother of all smoothies”.
1 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 pitted date (I used Medjool)
1 organic pear cored (I left skin on but feel free to peel)
1 scoop Vega (Vanilla flavor – or any plant based non soy protein powder of your choice – brown rice, hemp, chia are good options)
2 ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
P.S. Perhaps you noticed my nifty stainless steel straw? I love them, so great to rinse and reuse again and again and again plus it saves me from the inevitable smoothie mustache. I received these in my stocking but you can find them here on sale.
P.P.S If anyone is reading this and not eschewing bananas at the moment AND in freezing temps, this smoothie looked really fun.
Sunday morning we woke bleary eyed after tag teaming the past two nights with our bronchitis ridden daughter. Monitoring fever, listening to breathing, consoling and hugging our sick kid, it immediately made me grateful I lived through their newborn years with relatively no health scares, cause it’s scary.
So, my husband and I agreed, Sunday was a coffee morning. We used the last bit of our locally roasted Avoca beans that had been taunting me for the past week for the perfect pour over. I toasted up my beloved Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread, spread one side with coconut oil and the other with Nuttzo (NP). We sat down at our dining table, our kids happily watching something terrible on Netflix, and we thoroughly enjoyed our tumble off the Clean wagon.
Now, where does that leave us after enjoying all the contraband? Did we fail? Are we losers?
We don’t think so, actually it was a great experience. The coffee made me feel all hyped up and I had trouble taking a deep breath – never felt that before, or maybe had never been aware of it? While the preparation and that lovely smell were divine the after effects had me sincerely questioning if coffee would make it back into my daily rotation post-Clean. We were happy to jump back into Clean after the morning’s indulgence. I even made the best smoothie I may have ever created (recipe tomorrow). In conclusion, I think this was a good slip for us, of course, time will tell, stay tuned to see if we can make it to our finish line.
Helloooooo cravings! I would consider sawing my arm off for some pie about now or really chocolate, my mind has been on chocolate like a faucet left slowly dripping – maybe you can tune it out for awhile but then it comes back to your consciousness like the most annoying thing ever!
Now since I’ve committed to these three tiny weeks to change my eating habits, I really don’t want to cave, so I’ve picked another non-nutritious vice. The Fallen series by Lauren Kate. A BAD young adult mystical romance with four books, even with my binge reading that should get me through week 1, which is supposed to be the hardest and man is it hard this time around. Now when I say BAD, I don’t mean bad = naughty and somehow sexy, nor do I mean bad = good like Michael Jackson, I mean bad = the opposite of good. That’s what this series is proving to be, BAD, but I’ve been blessed with a superbly high tolerance for bad books and this one is helping me eat away hours that I’m…..not eating chocolate and stressing over a sick kid 😦
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!
Yesterday felt….normal. There were some distraction sit-ups and some staring at my kitchen pantry for the magical thing I just WANTED (but wasn’t there). No major headaches, no terrible digestion issues, I think we are finding a groove. So, I don’t have much to stay but staying accountable on 800arrows, helps too. So to make it sort of worth your while if you’ve been reading, here’s my favorite lunch, so far – hardly ground breaking but perfect if you are in chilly weather:
Sweet potato and Kate salad (serves 2)
2 sweet potatoes
coconut oil (optional)
1 bunch kale (leaves separated from stems)
red peper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 400
Scrub your potatoes and pork with a fork, place in oven and put a pan underneath to catch the drippings.
Cook for 40 minutes.
Once cooked, slice open spread a bit of coconut oil and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
After washing and thinly slicing kale, place in a medium bowl
Juice 1/2 lemon, 1-2 TBS olive oil, sprinkle with salt and massage. You’ll feel the kale start to soften a bit, I feel it after about 1 minute. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
My headache is gone! Wooooo Hooooo. I woke up, took my run, all ready ready to say, “uncle” and brew some organic green tea if my pounding head returned, but I’m happy to say no headache has raised it’s ugly head, hee hee.
However, with the lack of pounding distraction, up popped a new treasure in the form of some lovely cravings. Sigh. This might be a harder obstacle for me since no amount of resting or hydrating seem to make a dent in these urges. Since it’s the beginning, the cravings aren’t really specific, I just want SOMETHING, in a few days, or possibly hours, it will probably get specific like pizza or pie, ummmm pie. What’s a committed detox-er to do?
Here’s some of the common advice:
1. take a walk
3. look at a fire (it’s soothing)
4. write down what you crave
5. wait five minutes, it could pass.
Here’s what I’m trying: sit-ups.
I’m not going crazy and doing hundreds but it gives my body a chance to move a little, it makes me slightly uncomfortable in a different way than the craving, and gives me a chance to think about all the sit-ups I’ve done through out my life in an attempt catch-up after previous over-indulgences.
That’s all nice and good but is it working? So far, yes!
Also, the oil-swishing is serving as a nice new habit instead of my old 3:00 tea and treat. The lesson here? Consider embracing a few new distractions while my body and mind are making these transitions…….and be nice and patient to myself, especially this first week.
Hugs and sit-ups,