Saturday, May 9, 2009

Too many temptations

Last night was the last session of the cleanse group, although most of the cleansers have a few more days to go. We discussed our changes in body, cravings, what we look forward to eating and how to best add foods in without completely dismanteling all that we've worked for. The last few days had become very difficult for me and I decided to come off of the cleanse after our last session, having completed a successful 5 days cleansing (while pregnant). I also managed to have a successful night cleansing while working a lobster dinner at The Atlantic Inn where I could have had a free lobster dinner. Talk about temptation, I almost broke when they brought out the strawberry shortcake, but a fellow cleanser was there and had turned down a drink, so I couldn't do it. Success!

Just to give you an idea of just how hard it can be...

Corn on the cob, I did have a little taste

Cole Slaw

Baked beans, mad with pork so I wouldn't be eating them anyway, but they sure smelled good.

All this cheese was left over and needed a home.

This pictures for Madeline.

The biggest temptation of them all.

Throughout every cleanse session, we spoke about preparation being one of the most important requirements to having a successful cleanse. Mental preparation is very important before beginning a cleanse, and being prepared with cleanse friendly food is super important throughout. You get hungry fast and not having something to grab can be detrimental. Before heading off to the lobster dinner Chopper and I had a lovely salad and some fruity rice for dessert. All cleanse friendly of course.Arugula salad with asparagus, roasted eggplant, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and spinach.

Stewed fruit with cinnamon and rice, delicious.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Party (basic cleanse smoothy/ ginger-cabbage sea veg salad)

Yesterday Chop woke up whining about an egg sandwich. I would love an egg sandwich too, but not this week...not while we're cleansing. Eggs are off the list, as are cheese and wheat. So no, no egg sandwiches. Instead we started with our cranwater and psyllium husk (definitely a good idea to shake not stir), hot lemon water, hemp protein packed smoothie and some quinoa with cinnamon and apples. The quinoa left a little to be desired but the smoothie was delicious, and by 9:00 Chop was bouncing off the walls and talking about how great he felt.

Basic Smoothie Recipe
8 oz cranwater
1 sliced peach
1 T ground flax seed
2 T Hemp powder
1 cup frozen berries
1/4 t stevia

Lunch was a big arugula salad with tomatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, avocado, olives, ground flax, lime juice and flax oil. That was delicious as well, but it was a rainy day and I think it took us both, all we could do, to keep from grazing. I had fruit snacks, apples, oranges, and peaches throughout the day to keep satisfied.

We had friends over for dinner and that was really nice and delicious. Because enjoying food has so much to do with sharing company, while cleansing it is really nice to be able to have dinner with friends. They are both also cleansing and it was nice for them to not have to think about what to make for dinner.

This is my chef friend Aaron that I mentioned in a previous post, and Becky our good friend and roommate in the summer. My goofy huhuhuhuh in the background and Chop about to call himself a dirty dirty word.

Dinner was a ginger cabbage salad with sea vegetables, mahi mahi, and mashed sweet potatoes.
I had a minor set back (small cheat) with the dressing. I used Braggs Liquid amino acids, instead of soy sauce to avoid the wheat/gluten factor and then realized that Braggs is still soy (not cleanse friendly) but it was a very small amount (1/3 cup throughout entire dressing) and added so much flavor I coudn't go without it. Anyone reading this who is on the cleanse, they sell Braggs at the Depot, you too can cheat, if you'd like, with a little Braggs Soy.I didn't get a picture of the salad, which is a bummer, because I think it would have really sold you on it. There are some remainders in the bowl (don't those two look satisfied?)

1/2 head cabbage chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
1 apple chopped
1 handful of baby spinach
2 shredded carrots
1/2 cup of flax oil (if not cleansing you can make it with olive oil..cheaper)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup of fresh ginger (cut into pieces, blender friendly)
1/2 cup of sesame seeds (not cleansing you can use 1/2 cup tahini-creamier)
1/4 cup of braggs (not cleansing soy sauce is fine)

Blend, add water till desired texture

It seemed unfair to have a little dinner party and no dessert (talk about cutting a party short). I threw about 4 apples, a bag of frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple, and a peach into a pot with some unsweetened cranberry juice, cinnamon, and ground ginger. Cooked that down for about 15 minutes and served it warm with a sprinkle of stevia and toasted sesame seeds. It hit the spot, after 4 days of no sugar, this was sweet, tangy, and delicious!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pesto it to me..(cleanse basics/cleanse friendly pesto)

Ahh Cran-water, 64 oz of this a day...hard to drink anything else. One cleanser said it reminded them of having wine with food because of the acidity. Tip to cleansers, put it in a wine glass...may make it taste that much better.

Cleanse day 2 for me, Day 4 for some. The readers not doing the cleanse must be thinking..what the heck is this cleanse?!
Basic breakdown:
  • Daily hot water and lemon in morning
  • 64 oz of unsweetened cranberry juice and water (cran-water)
  • 3 meals a day plus snacks
  • Grains: brown rice and quinoa
  • Vegetables: Any and all (minus corn), mostly cruciferous (broccoli, brussel sprouts etc.), lots of greens
  • Fruits:Low Glycemic load fruits and berries (nice mix of frozen and fresh), peaches, plums, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, citrus, etc etc
  • Daily smoothy with hemp protein powder, fruit, cranwater, flax seed or flax seed oil
  • Daily allowances of flax oil, and ground flax seed
  • Fish, low mercury wild fish like mahi mahi, cod, sole
  • No sugar
  • No wheat
  • No yeast
  • No dairy
  • No meat
  • No alcohol
  • No caffeine
  • No soy
  • No corn
These are the basics, there have been lots of questions and fine tuning for different people along the way but you get the idea.

So tonight we had our second session and got to check in a see how people were feeling. The most common side effect it seems, has been headaches. People are noticing that food cravings have started waining and it is getting easier. It does seem as though the first day was the hardest for everyone. I love the camaraderie of the group and it has been great hearing everyone's observations.

For those on the cleanse, I want to share my pesto experiment from today. It came out great and it is completely cleanse friendly.

2 cloves garlic
1 whole bunch of basil
4-5 Tablespoons of flax oil
3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
3-4 Tablespoons of ground flax seed
1/2 tsp Stevia (just to cut the acid a little)

Blend or food process garlic with flax oil.
Add basil process
add lemon juice, ground flax.
Blend till pesto consistancy.

I mixed the pesto in with a cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad. It was super delicious, hardly tasted like a cleanse meal.Pesto salad with shrimp over brown rice. As far as the cleanse goes, you want to make sure all seafood is wild. Wild shrimp is hard to find, most of what is for sale is farmed, we got this at Wholefoods. It was cooked in the cast iron pan (with just a splash of lemon) which added a lot of flavor.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Day 1, photo tag

Day 1 of cleanse (for me) today and needless to say I am very tired and probably not going to go into too much detail (Don't worry for anyone reading about the cleanse here first...plenty of food, protein, carbs, fruits and veggies..don't worry I will feed my baby). I look forward to Day 2 and really stretching my cleanse legs.

I was tagged in a blog taggy game by my friend Madeline, which asked that I post a picture of myself as is, in the moment, no primping, first try, etc. So here they are, one face, one belly, cuz I'm taking pictures for 2 these days:)