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.