It’s the last day of week 2 of our winter cleanse and things are good, very good. Skin looks bright, pants feel loose, energy is stable and peaceful, elimination is regular and happy, we’re finding a groove with this thing after a some what rocky start. The weather continues to roller coaster from sunny 70’s to gray, windy 30’s which would typically have me pulling my hair out, but instead I’m contentedly choosing between salad or soup. That’s the hidden gift in this food experiment – it’s really only partly about the food, the rest is the neon sign that eating certain things have very definite effects. Eating these fresh, whole foods as well as eating a bit more moderately, has created a breeding ground for “peaceful, easy feelings”. It’s created a quiet defense for our normally sensitive digestion and weightless armor for eczema and other skin issues. My thought process feels less forced, listening seems a little easier – okay I’m going to stop because I don’t want this to sound like if you can find the right foods to eat that all your issues will magically disappear. But I will say it feels a bit like a key to unlocking a different kind of existence, in our case, it’s a better existence.
Other than eating from the prescribed list of “Clean”, here are a few other things we did to aid in our detox/cleanse during week 2.
Yoga – if you know me, you know yoga is not my favorite thing, it’s not even on my top 50 list, but I received an invitation to a class with friends and the social draw (with no food distractions) was enough to get me there. Yoga, particularly twisting poses are recommended while detoxing, kind of like a nice squeeze for your insides to release any bad guys they might be holding on to.
The verdict: I’m making it a regular weekly thing for awhile, I found the social aspect very pleasant and the yoga moderately so 🙂
Infrared Sauna – now, I know I posted not long ago about not needing to shell out money for extras during your detox but with a bathroom under renovation – read no HOT baths, and freezing temps outside, my body wasn’t getting much of a chance to sweat. Sweating is another huge way our bodies eliminate toxins so a good sweat is recommended. I found an amazing place in town for a good price and off we went.
The verdict: I’m going back Friday 🙂 I loved it!! I did feel really tired in the evening though, so I wouldn’t recommend doing this if you have plans at night, unless you regularly do Bikram yoga or something.
Natural Calm Magnesium Supplement – Magnesium is kind of an unsung hero in the supplement world, people may know it can help if you are backed up, but it can also help calm you if frazzled or help you sleep or improve circulation to cold fingers and toes.
The verdict: It definitely fulfilled the unclogging portion but I was after sleep and circulation help. My sleep is good, but I’m waking about 2 hours earlier than I’m used to. I’m going to try again and break up the dose to morning and night to see if I can get away without it effecting my elimination. Whole Foods offered small packs to try so I’m glad I didn’t buy the regular size, but I plan to keep experimenting with the packs.
Stay tuned for week 3, we are planning a big finish.
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!
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.