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….um..green 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.

 


You ate WHAT?

Recently I was on the zen habits site and I clicked over to his food journal found in this post.  To be perfectly honest, I was a little surprised after reading through his list.  In my mind he subsists on broth, veggies and the occasional fruit, this makes no sense of course since I read his blog regularly and know he likes his red wine and gelato.  However, my mind has a tricky way of putting people, like Leo, on little pedestals of perfection, which is silliness – we are all just doing the best we can right?!

That said, I feel bad about my judge-y ways, to be fair I documented my own eating habits for a week.  It’s the first time I’ve done a food journal, it’s pretty enlightening, especially the week below.  With my husband out of town looks like I still revert back to my old college stand-by of cereal for dinner, ah the ease of it.  And my PMS causes more sweet cravings than I realized.  Oh look at me trying to justify – It’s far from healthy sometimes, but it’s the real deal – greasy spoon diner, green smoothies and all!

*I drink water all day long and unless noted otherwise and with every meal.

Monday

7:00 am Handful of raw walnuts and warm water with lemon

9:45 am Smoothie – Rice milk, 1/4 avocado, frozen blueberries, 1/2 scoop vega, scoop of almond butter, 1 tbs cacao, ice cubes

1:20 Discarded crusts of 2 peanut butter sandwiches on sprouted whole grain bread

1:45 Black Sesame rice crackers with tabouleh and a couple small carrots

3:00 Bite of my son’s discarded Smores Cliff bar (nasty – note to self, never by again)

5:15 About 5 sesame rice crackers smeared with 1/4 avocado, sea salt, pepper, lime juice and a pinch of red pepper flakes

6:00 Big green salad with vingear/oil dressing, left over spaghetti and meat sauce (about 3/4 cup), greek yogurt/granola/choc. chips (I’m stuffed)

Tuesday

6:45 am Warm water with lemon

8:45 am Smoothie – Almond milk, spinach, orange (peeled), dates(2), Nuttzo, greens powder, vanilla flavor

12:30 Veggie hummus wrap (carrots, kale, purple cabbage, mixed greens, sherry vinegar, pepper, wrapped in whole grain lavash), hummus chips and Engine 2 salsa

5:35 pm Medium Salad – romaine and cucumber oil/vinegar, Potato Leek soup, 3 “cookie dough bites

Wednesday

6:15 am Warm water with lemon

7:15 A couple bites of kids left over baked oatmeal

9:10 am Smoothie – rasberries, 1/4 avocado, greens powder, vega, pumpkin spice blend, almond milk, ice, agave

11:00 pm Decaf soy latte, handful Hail Merry Granola

12:15  pm PB & J crusts, handful granola, couple carrots

2:00  pm Honey Greek yogurt with Granola

2:30 1/4 apple, handful hummus chips, carrot sticks and hummus (4)

7:00 pm (Dinner out with friend) Tortilla chips and salsa, green salad with rice and black beans, Chocolate pudding cake (2/3) (Ate till I was STUFFED)

Thursday

6:45 am Water with lemon, 2 pieces Ezekiel Bread Cinnamon Raisin toasted

9:30 am Finish kids left over baked oatmeal

12:30 pm Spinach, mushroom, grilled onion, black bean, sprinkle of cheese whole wheat taco, Hot apple cider

2:15 2 “cookie dough” bites and 1 Hail Merry Choc. macaroon

5:05 pm Cereal for early dinner – combo Udi’s gluten free cranberry granola, Hail Merry GRAWnola, Rip’s berry big bowl with Almond milk

Friday

6:30 am Pina Colada Smoothie

10:30 Kids left over baked oatmeal and honey greek yogurt

(on road to visit my parents)

1:00 1/2 Veggie hummus wrap (cabbage, romaine, carrots), 1/2 peanut butter wrap (kids), 1/2 apple

3:00 2 frozen “cookie dough” bites

6:00 At my parents – Cooked spinach, sweet potato cooked in coconut oil, 2 oatmeal raisin cookies

Saturday

6:30 am Chai tea

7:00 am  1 Trader Joe’s frozen gluten free pancake

7:45 am granola, greek yogurt drizzled with maple syrup

9:00-10:30 nibbled on granola and drank Chai tea

12:30 Lunch at local diner – hamburger, french fries and coke

7:00 Dinner at home – cereal combo Udi’s gluten free cranberry granola, Hail Merry GRAWnola, Rip’s berry big bowl with Almond milk and a scoop of greek yogurt

Sunday

6:30 Hot water with lemon

7:30 2 pieces Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread

9:30 Hot apple cider, pumpkin chocolate chip muffin

1:50 pm Smoothie – Almond milk, vega, green powder, spinach, walnuts, frozen cherries, cacao, stevia

7:00 pm Turkey Chili salad, pie with whipped cream, red wine (1/2 glass), tea


I feel so CLEAN

Week 1 into our cleanse and holy cow I feel so clean and so happy!  Like dancing on the ceiling happy…and light, I feel light.  This summer I wrote about my tendency to overindulge, especially in sweets and fats….I don’t think I was really overeating my salads if you know what I mean.  An intervention was in order, so my husband and I broke out the Clean cleanse.  We’ve done it before but this round we’re really following all the “extras” laid out in the book including daily meditation, banishing snacks whenever possible, dry brushing, and a nightly dose of olive oil to just name a few.  The basics are for 21 days we do two liquid meals, one at breakfast and one for dinner, lunch is a meal from their list of acceptable foods with the idea being as raw as possible and as organic as possible.

Changing up our food has already yielded huge benefits, we are sleeping better, my husband is so glow-y with his bright eyes – he looks 5 years younger, he says I too am sporting a youthful glow, I’ve mentioned the spike in happiness we are both experiencing – all of these things are wonderful BUT they are not my favorite part of my experience so far.

My favorite part is identifying that food and eating out had become a sort of hobby!

“Let’s grab a bite, have some coffee/tea, take the kids for an ice cream, etc., etc.”

So, during these three weeks (and I’m hoping for longer) we will get out and DO something instead of go out and EAT something.  One caveat, the “detox date”, my husband and I went out for a green juice at one of the few NEW juicing places that have opened after dropping the kids at school.  $15 bucks for two green drinks – DAMN, thank goodness it counts as breakfast.  But it was a really nice break from cleaning the juicer.

Not completely unlike traveling, this cleanse experience has changed up our daily routine, offering some awesome insights.

I should mention that neither my favorite part of the experience, nor all the benefits we are outwardly experiencing thus far are the point of our cleanse.  We are giving our bodies a break so they can clean themselves up and heal as needed……also to break my crack, I mean SUGAR addiction.  Has to be said, just in one week, I feel like the spell has been broken on that front!


What my “bottom” looks like

We can talk about my rounded backside another time, today’s “bottom” refers to a low point.  Anyone familiar with 12 step programs might have heard this term, “hitting bottom” – it typically signifies reaching a point so low that you cannot help acknowledging that a re-evalution of sorts is in order.  Kris Carr once wrote that she had on occasion picked a sugar-laden treat out of her trash can for ONE MORE BITE. She would then thrust her drug of choice back into the trash can and dose heavily with Windex to insure there was not a repeat performance.  I share this because I am a coward and it is a beautiful example of some of the crazy things we do in life.

You may have read my declaration of war on sugar.  After writing that post I somehow spent the next two weeks filling myself with as many sweet treats as possible.  Perhaps because of my guilty Catholic upbringing I feel compelled to share, consider this my confession or my version of binge and purge.

Picture this – a kitchen table, morning light streaming through the window, a big empty Bouchon box, a cup of coffee and me – sitting in a sugar tinged daze, trying to reconcile my breakfast choice.

So, what was in the box you ask?  1 Coconut macaroon, 1 peaches’n creme macaroon, 1 caramel macaroon, 3/4 monkey bread, 1 O’noyoudidn’t (Thomas Keller’s version of an Oreo-like cookie), 1/2 croissant.  Now, before you go judging, keep in mind I have 4 people in my family and I let the other 3 smell everything in the box before I shoved each one into my mouth.

Right now I could let the rationalizations begin to flow, I’m on vacation, it’s my birthday month, we are going to start our detox soon – it’s like Fat Tuesday, it was cold this morning….but truly the fact that this was my BREAKFAST leaves me little wiggle room.  I’m a poster girl for the morning smoothie – typically of the green variety.  Yes, it’s time to bring this party to a close and break out the Windex.

Now about my bottom….. presently it resembles the doughnuts I had last night for dessert.  Booo-ya!