Clenase Day 8

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Today I feel like I am really dragging! I feel like I have very little energy and am having a tough time focusing. I woke up this morning with a little bit of a sore throat, and a bunch of people at work have been sick. I hope that doesn’t mean that I’m getting sick! Work is getting to that crazy point in the year, so I really would prefer not to be down for the count in the next month or so.

I’m hoping to incorporate a few more fruits and veggies into my diet in the next couple days and get a little extra sleep in an attempt to ward off anything that might be trying to attach my immune system. Any other tips and tricks you might have to battle sickness and fatigue are welcome!

Here’s a look at the day’s eats…

Breakfast
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
1 medium banana, sliced
16 oz water
Decaf coffee with almond milk

Mid-Morning Snack
Herbal tea
1/2 of a medium apple

Lunch
2 cups sauteed kale with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper
1 slice gluten-free brown rice bread with avocado (about 1/4 of a medium avocado)
3/4 cup cashew cream with 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
16 oz water

Afternoon Snack
2 dates with 1 tablespoon creamy natural peanut butter
More water
2 or 3 Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips when I got home.

Dinner
1/2 cup black beans
1 cup brown rice seasoned with salt, pepper, Earth Balance and parsley
1/2 cup marinara sauce
Roasted asparagus spears with olive oil, salt and pepper

Dessert
2/3 cup tofu pudding (silken tofu, cocoa powder, stevia)
1/3 cup frozen raspberries
Mint herbal tea

Madison

Cleanse Day 7

I’m just sitting down to a night of relaxation with my mom and Joe so I’m going to make this quick. I had a great day today and felt wonderful. Is it safe to say that I might be hitting my stride on this whole new way of eating? The only thing I noticed today was that I’m unusually tired. I feel like I got plenty of nutrients and ate enough protein, so perhaps it has nothing to do with the diet and more to do with the fact that we had a crazy busy weekend filled with lots of different activities. I’m interested to see how I feel tomorrow once I get a good night of sleep!

Here were the day’s eats…

Breakfast
1/3 cup oats (made with water, cinnamon and stevia)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 medium banana
Decaf coffee with almond milk
Water

Lunch
1 veggie sausage
Roasted kale with chopped pecans
Baked sweet potato fries with olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper
Tofu “pudding” (made with silken tofu, cocoa powder and stevia) and sliced fresh strawberries

Afternoon Snack
5 Food Should Taste Good Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips
16 oz water

Dinner
Trader Joe’s vegan split pea soup
2 slices gluten-free brown rice bread
1/4 cup hummus

Dessert
1/2 cup sweet vegan cashew cream
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup warm almond milk

Madison

Cleanse Day 6

I’m a bit late getting this day’s update posted. I feel like we are finally starting to settle into the routine of our new eating style, since Joe and I both agreed last night that things are getting easier. I mentioned it a bit in my last post on Espresso and Cream, but I think the hardest part of the cleanse is not being able to have my nightly dark chocolate. I don’t typically eat a lot of dark chocolate, just a few squares, but it’s a very regular part of my day and I miss it terribly.

In the past I used to have a bad habit of snacking after dinner before bed. A bowl of cereal, a few handfuls of granola with milk, usually something carb-heavy. It was a habit that I desperately wanted to break. I found that by introducing a little dark chocolate into my diet each night it served as a signal to my brain and my stomach that the time to eat had ended for the day. Does that make sense? Now that I’ve removed the dark chocolate, I feel like my day of eating is less “finished” without my typical signal. I’ve tried replacing my dark chocolate with other things, like vegan cashew cream or a little peanut or almond butter but it’s not quite the same as some rich dark chocolate.

I think that the cleanse is probably supposed to make me examine and question why I need dark chocolate at the end of the day. I’m not sure if there really is any deeper reason other than the fact that I like chocolate. But I do find that my body does very well without processed sugar or any kind. I’ve never done well with sugar (it makes me feel sluggish and cranky and lethargic) so I think my body is responding well by taking a bit of break.

Here’s a look at today’s eats:

Breakfast
Yup, you guessed it. The ususal!
1/3 cup oats (made with water, cinnamon and stevia)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 medium banana
Decaf coffee with soy milk

Mid-Morning Snack
1 serving Snap Pea Crisps
1 small tea latte from Caribou (unsweetened and made with soy)

Lunch
Dinner leftovers:
1/3 cup edamame hummus
1 cornmeal fritter
Roasted broccoli
1 vegan veggie burger
Smoothie made with 1 cup soy milk and 1 cup frozen mixed berries
Mint tea

Afternoon snack
Lara bar with 1 tsp. peanut butter

Dinner
Chipotle! Post-yoga chipotle is our favorite Friday night tradition. I had a salad with black beans, brown rice, veggies, salsa and guacamole (okay, double guacamole)
Water (lots of it after hot yoga!)

Dessert:
1 cup warm almond milk with stevia
Handful of nuts

Madison

Cleanse Day 5

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I know that I promised to give you a few reflections on the cleanse from Joe’s point of view. Unlike me, Joe rarely consumes caffeine in the morning unless it’s a cup of green tea. He finds that coffee sends his Type A personality into overdrive, so cutting caffeine wasn’t nearly the challenge it was for me.

Since he eats what I cook, Joe usually follows a fairly healthy diet. However, let it be known that he can also consume multiple helpings of a dessert I make that he really likes, and he has a particular affinity for bread (read: gluten) and a nightly beer (just one).

Joe eats significantly more than I do, since he has a stellar metabolism and is very active, so I have been making sure to provide him with lots of snacks, particularly those rich in protein like nuts, seeds and vegan nutrition bars, to keep him satisfied throughout the day. I’ve heard Joe say on multiple occasions that he feels great in the morning, better than he did in the past. However, I find that at the end of the day he seems to really crave what he calls “real” food. I’ve done my best to try and cook recipes that are on the heartier side, such as last nights fried corn fritters, lentil meatballs and spaghetti with gluten-free pasta, roasted potatoes with tofu and lots of veggies.

If any of you have other suggestions I would love to hear them! Send the recipes my way.

Here’s what I ate yesterday…

Breakfast
1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (made with water, cinnamon and stevia)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 medium banana
Decaf coffee with almond milk
16 oz water

Mid-Morning Snack
I juiced 1 medium apple and 1 lemon in our juicer. Sounds strange but was perfectly tart and delicious at the same time.

Lunch
Romaine lettuce salad topped with sauteed kale, grape tomatoes, edamame + salsa for dressing
2 slices Udi gluten-free bread with 1/2 medium avocado, sliced
5 strawberries
Tea

Afternoon Snack
16 oz water
1 serving Snap Pea crisps (freeze dried sweet peas)
1 cup air popped popcorn

Dinner
1 homemade gluten-free and vegan cornmeal fritter (made with corn meal, gf flour, and sweet corn kernels among other things and lightly fried in canola oil)
1/4 cup homemade edamame hummus
Roasted broccoli (a lot!)

Dessert
1/2 of a Larabar with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 cup warm soy milk sweetened with stevia
2 Brazil nuts (snagged from Joe while he was snacking/watching TV)

Madison

Cleanse Day 4

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Nothing new to report here today other than the fact that I felt as if I was dragging a little bit in the morning. But since I had a go-go-go day ahead of me, I knew that dragging wasn’t an option. Mid-morning I attempted to pep myself up with herbal tea for hydration and some fresh fruit. I think it actually worked! Aside from that, I felt pretty good minus the lingering digestive issues I’ve been feeling. Thanks, Christina, for the tips on how to eat lentils without feeling horrible! 🙂

Also, a huge kudos to my hubby who traveled for work earlier this week to small town Minnesota and still managed to eat cleanse-friendly on the road! I packed him a huge cooler full of healthy food/snacks but he still had to search out good options to eat along the way. Talk about commitment!

Breakfast
1/ 3 cup oats (made with water, cinnamon and stevia)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 medium banana
Decaf coffee with a bit of soy milk

Mid-Morning Snack
Herbal tea
5 strawberries and 1/2 an apple, sliced

Lunch
Romaine salad with grape tomatoes, green pepper and edamame
Salsa and 1/4 cup hummus as “dressing”
1 slice gluten-free bread
Vegan veggie burger

Mid-Afternoon Snack
Smoothie with 1 cup soy milk and 1 cup frozen mixed berries

Dinner
I roasted a pan of mini fingerling potatoes, Trader Joe’s savory tofu, asparagus and onions with olive oil, rosemary and salt and pepper. We served ours with salsa for dipping.

Dessert
1 cup almond milk
Cashew cream (recipe up on Espresso and Cream today!)

Madison

Cleanse Day 3

Hello, friends! Checking in with another cleanse update. Today, for some reason or another, I felt in a bit of a funk. I’m not sure if it was an effect from the cleanse or what, but I’ve really struggled with feeling edgy, tense and emotional.

We are reading the book, The Quantum Wellness Cleanse, which is serving as a guide for our cleanse, and in the book the author cautions that during the first few days we may feel some strange emotional effects as our body adjusts to the removal of so many familiar ingredients. I can’t tell if I feel the way I do because I’ve been expecting to feel this way or because I really am struggling with the elimination of many staples in my diet, mainly gluten and dairy. I also find myself worrying about Joe and making sure that he is getting balanced nutrition and enjoying the cleanse rather than dreading it. Does that sound silly? Maybe. But I want us both to enjoy the next few weeks rather than feel like we are sogging through.

Additionally, I’ve really been finding that my stomach is struggling with adjusting to the high amount of lentils and beans that we are consuming in addition to the fiber-rich berries and leavy greens that are served with many of our meals. I feel like I’m on a bit of a fiber overload. Hopefully my body adjusts to things in the next week or so.

On to today’s eats:
Breakfast
1/2 cup rolled oats (made with water, stevia and cinnamon)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 medium banana
Decaf coffee with almond milk
Water

Mid-Morning Snack:
Mint herbal tea
Bite of trail mix (just fruits and nuts)

Lunch:
Rice, black beans and kale with olive oil (leftovers from last night)
1/2 avocado, chopped and served atop the rice and black beans
Water with lime

Afternoon Snack:
3/4 cup canned pumpkin with cinnamon and stevia
1 tablespoon creamy natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Pre Dinner:
Met my friend Emily at Starbucks and ordered a tall Refresh tea latte with soy

Dinner
5 lentil meatballs (made with lentils, onions, mushrooms and ground flax seed)
3/4 cup marinara sauce
Roasted asparagus with olive oil

Dessert
Small bowl of cashew cream with cinnamon
1 cup almond-coconut milk

Madison

Cleanse Day 2

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Since Joe and I started the cleanse yesterday afternoon, I’m going to consider today Day 2 of our 21 day journey. Overall, things are off to a good start. It’s certainly tough working in a place that works with a lot of gluten, sugar and animal proteins. But I did a good job of holding strong today and avoiding the multitude of tempting desserts I was working with today.

Breakfast:
Cocoa Oatmeal with 2 tablespoons almond butter
Decaf coffee (allowed on the cleanse) with a little almond milk
16 oz water

Mid-Morning Snack
Mint herbal tea
1 cup frozen mixed berries

Lunch
Homemade quinoa salad with mushrooms, green peppers, avocado, olive oil and nutritional yeast
1/4 cup hummus
1 serving Food Should Taste Good blue corn tortilla chips
1 clementine

Afternoon Snack
Cashew Cookie Lara Bar with 1 tablespoon creamy natural peanut butter
Water

Dinner
1 cup brown rice with a little vegan butter (Earth Balance)
1 cup sauteed kale with olive oil
3/4 cup canned black beans seasoned with cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Walnuts

Dessert
Cashew Cream with cinnamon (recipe coming to Espresso and Cream soon!)
1 cup almond milk

Notes:
I truly felt great today. I think I’m officially over the hump of eliminating caffeine from my daily routine, since I didn’t get a headache and didn’t need any Advil to make it through my day. Progress, right? I don’t think I took enough quinoa salad with me to work today since I found myself needing my afternoon snack around 2 instead of the typical 3 or 3:30 but I anticipate it taking a while for me to truly feel settled into knowing what and how much food I need. When I talked with Joe about his day and experiences, I thought it was interesting that he said he felt full and satisfied throughout the day but never felt “heavy” like he typically does after a meal.

Madison