My willpower is almost non-existent.  I like food, and all those things I am not supposed to eat – fat, sugar, and COFFEE.  So I’ve done (umm… started) cleanses before. Most times I end up making some modest (albeit temporary) changes to my diet.  I rarely follow a detox plan in its entirity.  I may eat cleanly – smoothies and juices and salads –  but if we drive by a Starbucks on a Saturday morning,  it takes all the strength I can muster to order a Venti Zen.  And I like tea.  Really I do! I drink tea almost daily.   But coffee — oh coffee — I love you.

Advice to slowly cut my intake prior to the cleanse was considered, but not heeded.  I might as well enjoy every single last sip before my fast. 

To prepare myself for the cleanse I forgo the chocolate stock upyou  this week and I did not buy my favourite soy creamer.  Of course, this came with some fear that I would not only cave and grab a coffee but also throw cow cream  in it.  So far so good – it has been 4 hours.

Here is a link to the cleanse I am doing, in case you care.

So May 1 was day 1.  I forgot about that until after lunch. 

Sunday is my usual grocery shop day, so I already had on my list a bunch of things that i would need to stock up on for the cleanse recipes.  However, by the time I had realized I susposed to be cleansing I head already downed 2 large coffees with soy cream, whole wheat blueberry pancakes and shared a veggie sub at Subway with my 4-year-old, complete with processed cheese, mayo and iced tea.  So at 2pm, I made myself a green tea and started getting ready for the rest of the week.  I guess I will add a 1/2 day to the end of the week to make up for the time missed. 🙂

I made Lemon Cranberry Bars.  Totally yumm and totally raw.  I think my first attempt at a raw vegan desert. 

A butternut squash soup with kale and pears.  This soup actually turned out great – and really I was just trying to clean up the fridge to make room for all the new goodies I had just bought.

I also made my  a veggie burger — I did not use an offical cleanse recipe because I really wanted something I could throw on the table for my kids during the week. You know, something they could put in a bun and add ketchup.  (I’m finding good veggie burgers hard to come by these days. When I do find them they are either full of trans fat or they are priced as if they contain gold or something. I had a bit of a fit of rage at the store, and I decided I could make my own for a fraction of the cost.  Note I have made veggie patties before — for other cleanse diets — but I have not yet attempted a veggie burger that my family will eat as a well, just a burger).  The results were just okay — I’m not sure the kids will eat it.  Maybe with ketchup?

Today is Day 2 – my first day without coffee.  I forgot the cleansing lemon and warm water drink first thing this am.  Oh well, I’m sure the antioxidants in my morning smoothie made up for it.

  • 1.5 cups frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp Skinny b
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

It was purple and it was good.

Mid morning snack was the lemon cranberry bars and some raw almonds

Lunch is butternut and kale soup and a veggie burger pattie.

Lots of green tea – but oh how i want a coffee right now.