My first cleanse – Day 2

We continue my sister’s series of her first cleanse, using a “Five Day Flush Gut Cleanse” developed by Dr. Junger, presented by Dr. Oz.
Doug salad

Day two:  We’re off work. Nothing to do all day but think about all the food we can’t eat.  huh, maybe not the greatest idea?  SO we decide to keep busy.  We drink our Green Coco Shake, which we both preferred to the Grasshopper shake the day before.  Then we decided to do a little yard work.  We got a little obsessive and stayed outside working until lunch.  We had really worked up an appetite, so thank goodness we got to look forward to a hardy, hot… salad?  Yeah, green salad with almonds (which made the dish), black olives (yum), and a s dressing of….wait.  No dressing?  That’s right, a dry, raw salad for lunch, or “rabbit food” as my husband non-lovingly called it.  But the salads were HUGE (I doubled the recipe unsure if it was for 1 or 2 people) and somehow satisfied us enough to go back outside and keep working until it was time to pick up the kids from school.  We actually made an entire herb garden that day.  Complete with double stacked railroad ties, and organic soil with organic mulch on top.  It was beautiful and in the past, my husband and I enjoyed nothing more than sitting on our porch after work like this and enjoying a beer….Hmm…I mean carrot sticks.  Today, we enjoy carrot sticks.  And there it is again: that 5:00 inner clock ringing for a beer or glass of wine.  The evening of Day 2 had me so tempted to cheat with a beer, that I began to visualize all the ice cream and bacon I couldn’t eat so that I wouldn’t think about all the wine and beer I couldn’t drink.  And you know?  It worked.  Probably not the kind of visualization exercise my sister had in mind when she was offering supportive ideas to get me through the cravings, but still, it worked.  I loved the text my sister sent me asking if I wanted to try some “distractive breathing” and I texted back with, “NO!  I want to try some distractive drinking!”  Ah, it’s important to laugh when you’re in hell.  My reward at the end of the day was an amazing chicken coconut soup, that was perfect, “except noodles would have really made this,” according to my husband.  We both had to laugh at the truth of that statement because it applied to just about everything we had eaten.  But we did it, and that takes us to Day Three.

800 arrows note:  Day three is typically the hardest, it’s when detox symptoms are likely to begin, stay tuned to see how my sister and her amazing husband do once the “cleansing” part of the cleanse begins.


My first cleanse – Intro. and Day 1

I am very excited to turn 800arrows over to my sister for the next few days while she generously recounts her very first cleanse experience.  She’s funny, honest, detailed  – if you were ever curious about how it feels the first time you do a cleanse, I highly recommend following the story for the next few days.  Here’s my sister…..

As a newbie to any kind of cleanse, my sister and 800 arrows bloggess invited me to document my experience following the Dr. Junger’s 5-Day Gut Flush Cleanse-for the “bloated-middle body type”. Having never organized my thoughts enough to write more than the occasional sarcastic comment on facebook, I saw this invitation as both an honor and, like the cleanse, a challenge, so here we go.
First a little something about myself, I’m almost 41 years old, and have been married for several years to a very brave fellow who agreed to participate in the cleanse with me. The closest my husband ever came to a cleanse was going camping with friends, forgetting water and having to live off of a keg of beer for 3 days. So, you get the picture. We are pretty average in height and weight, but I found it extremely difficult to lose weight after both of my pregnancies. Especially the second, maybe because I was 37 and weight didn’t melt off like it used to. It was actually the shake recipes on this blog as well as talking to my sister, that helped me finally get down to my pre-pregnancy weight 3 years after our youngest was born. Our family has been eating healthier these past few years, but far from perfectly. We still love the beers, ice creams, brownies, bacons, and cheeses, and we indulge in them all regularly. At the same time, we make a conscious effort to include fresh fruits and veggies in almost every meal of the day.

So, I don’t know why this cleanse called out to me when others had not. Maybe the five day goal seemed less intimidating. Also some of the recipes looked pretty tempting at a glance. And how could anyone resist the lovely sentiment of “Gut Flush”? I mean really, doesn’t that sound a little gross, but kind of intriguing at the same time? So, I caught the bug and started to prepare.
The Prep: In preparation I asked my sister, husband, and one of my healthier co-workers to do this with me. Everyone agreed. That was pretty much all the preparation I did. The week before the cleanse my husband and I ate at a food truck in Austin that dumps bacon and maple glaze on a fresh donut. That same week I sent my husband out for Dairy Queen Blizzards after dinner because I felt like doomsday was approaching and that I had to suck down all the delicious food I could before the torture began.
The Cleanse: My husband and I, by some amazing stroke of luck, only work Monday-Thursday this year, so I timed the cleanse to begin on Thursday and to end on Monday. Some of our friends thought it was idiotic to “ruin” a weekend, and I see their point. My thinking was that I’d rather be hungry and grouchy at home than at work. The menu is also pretty work intensive with lots of chopping and preparing of vegetables, so I wanted free days for cooking. This schedule really worked out for us especially since both my husband and I hit an energy wall on day three which was a Saturday so we felt perfectly fine sitting around and doing nothing that day (except cooking the meals of course). 

Jen blend

Day one: I wasn’t prepared for this. I honestly and stupidly thought that Day one would be a piece of cake. I thought that the pure adrenaline and novelty of beginning this program would carry me through this day. That was true through my first breakfast shake, and leaving for work at 7:30am feeling like an accomplished saint. It ended at 9:30am when my stomach was audibly growling and by 10:30am when I thought I was going to faint from hunger at work. Here’s when my co-worker mentioned the approved snacks. “Snacks you say?” I whimpered from my fetal position on the floor (I may be exaggerating a little). But yes, there were snacks! Why didn’t I notice this before you ask? Please refer to my stellar preparation which consisted of eating junk food and glancing at the recipes. But oh, now I reread the fine print, and I can have some almonds and berries! Ok, that got me through until lunch, and lunch was delicious! I made the lamb tacos the night before so that my husband and I would have them at work. I did arrange mine more like a salad because I had a department meeting during lunch, and the tacos looked messy, so I figured a bowl and a fork was a bit more dignified than wearing lamb filling on my shirt. The rest of the workday went smoothly with my filling lunch in my belly and then came 5:00pm. Apparently I have an internal clock that tells my hand to reach for a glass of wine at 5:00pm. Anyone else? I am not a heavy drinker, but I AM a nightly drinker (I guess that would be heavy to many people) and enjoy my glass of wine with dinner. I didn’t realize how much I enjoy it until I just didn’t allow myself to have it. Again, I wasn’t prepared for this to be so tough on day one. I didn’t drink at all for my pregnancies, and I never found it a sacrifice, but I was growing precious babies at that time. This time I had no such mission, just a self made challenge and apparently that was not enough to make it easy. But I made it. I made it and I ate my sparse green salad for dinner (Forgoing the yucky looking cucumber soup recipe, my sister found a great alternative salad with asparagus, wilted greens, and a poached egg). Still, I went to bed feeling unsatisfied and well, just hungry. I was curious to see about Day two.

I know you all are probably curious about Day 2 as well, stay tuned….

Doctor. Doctor.

I just finished a 5 day cleanse endorsed by not 1 but 2 doctors! Dr. Oz partnered with Dr. Junger and put several mini cleanses together for a range of needs, be it vegan, gut cleanse, or an all liquid number, these doctors have got you covered. My sister joined me in this experiment and I’m crossing my fingers she’ll do a recap of her experience for you lovely readers.
Personally, I’m a fan! I picked up so new do’s and don’ts from this go round of playing with my food.

Turkey Tacos for Day 1

Turkey Tacos for Day 1

Lesson 1:  Following new recipes makes my head hurt and is frustrating.  Make that 3 unfamiliar recipes/day and I’m downright cranky.  Next time I know to plan accordingly, double up the first two days so if you experience detoxing symptoms day 3 (which is typical), you’re not also fighting with another new recipe.

image via Dr. Oz

image via Dr. Oz

Lesson 2:  If something sounds terrible to you – skip it. This meal plan called for a “cucumber bisque”, that totally had my inner-three year old making a “that’s disgusting face”.  I found a substitute that had me happily consuming all the appropriate veggies.

The have and have not's for the cleanse

The have and have not’s for the cleanse

Lesson 3:  Put together a little “emergency food kit” as Dr. Hyman calls it.  A packette of nut butter, an approved bar, hard boiled egg, water, a piece of fruit.  With only 5 days in this cleanse, you want every moment to count!  Life happens and you’re well planned lunch gets wiped due to a sick kid or traffic or whatever unexpected curve life throws your way.  If you have your emergency kit, you’re much more likely to stay on the plan and away from the drive-thru line.

Here’s to happy, healthy eating for 1 day, 5 days or for your life.

I think I get it now

Ever notice how more and more people spend their days in work out wear?  I’m not in an office, I work out of the home, go on grocery runs, school runs, extra-curricular kid places, hopefully an occasional date night or family dinner out thrown in there and what I notice is loads of women (and some men) in exercise clothes.  I’ve been totally judge-y about it too, wondering aloud, “are they actually going to or coming from a work out”?  “Where have all the real clothes gone”?  Well, I’m completely changing my tune on the subject.

image via Nike

image via Nike

While doing a cleanse I mentioned my “distraction sit-ups” as well as finding a yoga class I like, and I’ve begun these little bursts of what I’ll call “spontaneous exercise”.  Sometimes I just want to take a brisk walk or kick up into a handstand or do a few sun salutations or push ups or jumping jacks – all of the above are far easier when one is properly attired.

Enter the emerging trend of workout gear becoming more street ready.  Theory, the ever popular women’s contemporary line, launched Theory 38 with highly progressive options for the gym and on the street.  Lululemon, arguably Dallas ladies’ daily uniform of choice will offer &go, a nice alternative to heading to the grocery store in skin tight yoga wear.  Above you see what Nike has going on, sporty but relaxed, and that cape would make me feel like a super hero, it’s my second favorite.  The company that tops the list however is Aether, based in Los Angeles, they seem to have nailed exactly what I’m after.  No crazy neon, or fussy fabrics, just a perfect cross of slightly nicer lounge clothes and less serious workout clothes.

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images via Aether

So until we are all wearing some kind of Tron onesie, I’m adding the new criteria of “cartwheel friendly” to my new purchases.


Happy Friday.

Training gear

Like so many kids across the nation last month, my kids were glued to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, at ages 6 and 8, my kids could appreciate the drama, the agony, the triumph, the importance of these nations coming together in competition and celebration.

Snowboarding, in particular, made a huge impression.  After hearing the story of Canadian Mark McMorris, Bronze medalist for Slopestyle, who grew up wake boarding and skateboarding in preparation for snowboarding, they couldn’t get on their scooters fast enough, “to begin our training”, they said.

As you can imagine their first runs at riding horizontally on scooters without holding the stick  ended up with bloody knees and hands.  What’s a mom to do?  Run out and buy knee pads, wrist guards?  Nope, old socks to the rescue!

Future pressure, though.

Hands:  Old kid socks, toes removed for fingers, small hole in the “heel” for thumbs.

Knees:  Old adult socks “feet” removed, ankle portion used for knee protection.

repurpose 2

Winter Olympics 2022, here we come.

Product Review: Tammy Fender Epi Peel

Tammy Fender

I first heard about Tammy Fender on goop.  I know the benefits of regularly exfoliating my body, you guys know I like my skin brushing, but I’d never given much thought to my face beyond the use of a face cloth.  I think early years with St. Ives Apricot facial scrub tainted my idea of how I should be exfoliating neck and up.  After reading about the benefits, the absence of the major beauty no-no’s and the hundreds of comments that tout this Epi Peel as a “miracle worker”, I was up for giving facial exfoliation another go.

Tammy Fender Epi Peel – The product itself is tiny, the diameter of the container is about silver dollar size and the price tag is fairly hefty at $80.00 for 1.9 oz.  After washing my face, once a week, I reach for this tiny package and begin my gentle “wax on wax off” action.  The directions are to gently massage with damp fingers and then leave on for 5 minutes.  This kind of thing is usually a breaker for me, I don’t want to sit around with white bumpy things all over my face for 1 minute let alone 5, but the words “miracle worker” roll back through my brain and there I sit letting the Epi Peel due it’s thing.

The result is truly impressive, I get that “just had a facial” glow after using.  Even after 2 months of regular weekly use I can still tell a difference on the days I use this product.  I’ll even dip in to this stuff twice in a week if date night is on the calendar.  Final answer – even with the price tag, I’ll buy this again.

Sk8-er Girl

This year’s spring shoe trend is calling like a siren.  The slip-on skater sneaker, so cool, so easy, so perfect.  I’ve ordered a few and returned a few, see I’m a little gun shy after following the last shoe trend, I give you the concealed wedge sneaker:

Steve Madden (sadly still available at Lord and Taylor online)

Steve Madden (sadly still available at Lord and Taylor online)

I’m still shaking my head in shame for that one, but come on, it’s a sneaker that also gives you a little lift!  Yet, somethings should never be, or maybe they should – but on the under 20 year old set only.  So here I am a year later, maybe a year wiser – my concealed wedge sneaker donated to charity, my trusty black converse on life support and skater shoes everywhere calling my name.

Here are my favorites:








1.  Vince ‘Blair 5’ Slip On $195  2.  Vans $55  3.  Diemme for goop $495 (already sold out)

But this bargain at $650 seems to still be available, phew!

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

All joking aside, I’ll probably play it safe and replace my Chuck Taylors with these Superga’s.

Superga Classic $65.00

Superga Classic $65.00

I already own them in white, they have the perfect arch support and I’m always happy to put them on my feet.  Plus I won’t have to worry about waking around puddles or avoiding muddy terrain in fancy skater shoes……I’ve almost convinced myself, can you tell?!