The holiday have flown by, and, as expected, I overindulged. Unfortunately, my indulgences that ended up being new recipes were sadly not posted. As a new years resolution I’m not going to apologize or make excuses in every post I get derailed otherwise this blog will become uncomfortably repetitive. I do hope to revisit those recipes again for your viewing a noshing pleasure in future posts which means I get to make yummy food all over again! If you feel like imagining such posts, for the books I made a sweet and savory version of this caramelized onion dip, I experimented in making cashew cheese for the first time as well as I got to play with my new grill Santa got me by making some rad waffles and cheesy panini’s (paninis not pictured).
Once I have the kinks worked out with my new kitchen gadget (and some sun) I will be sharing these new discoveries with my food-blog-world (p.s – that’s you…yay!)!
I hope you all had a happy new year and are now making good on your promises to yourself for 2014. One of my promises to myself (an every year continuation of being better to my mind and body) was to try out a detox. Since I will be defining what I eat clearly over the next 12 days I’m not going to be making a ton of decadent/elaborate food.
Why the cleanse? You eat great already…right?
Whether you eat great most of the time or eat like a 16 year old boy going through a growth-spurt, sometimes you just need a restart. After doing my research I chose the Wild Rose Dtox. This is my first cleanse; ever, and after falling off the healthy-train I bought a first class ticket to ‘get your shazz together before you derail completely’. My skin has broken out, I gained about 4-5 lbs, I’m sluggish and borderline sick the last two weeks (body aches, sore throat , congestion, headaches etc) I want this all to stop ASAP because I love how healthy feels and this is not it. My saving grace is I’ve been pretty much keeping up with my exercise routine although I’m being less strict with myself; If I need a rest day, I take one.
Why this cleanse?
It’s vegetarian-friendly, it’s not extreme (e.g. fasting or highly limiting food, etc) and it was recommended to me by a friend. Also, it’s Canadian and has been around a long time…yadayadayada.
What can/can’t you eat?
For specifics please refer the website linked above, however it’s not that drastically off my regular diet, minus the gluten-free aspect and I’m vegetarian.
I am in no way a dietician/health care professional so if you are interested in doing this cleanse please speak with your doctor, dietician or naturopath first. Below is a sample of what I’ve been eating /plan to eat for Breakfasts, Snacks and Lunches for the next 5 work days to help you if you are not sure what to eat as a vegetarian. Suppers are sort of a wild card but I’ll outline them as best as I can below:
Most days I’m having coffee with unsweetened almond milk before heading to work then at work I’m eating breakfast of overnight oats and sometimes I add a Vega One smoothie made with unsweetened almond milk in the morning or after a workout if I need extra-calories (I use MyFitnessPal app on my phone to track calories in and out).
For the overnight oats pictured above you will need:
- 1/3 cup of organic large flake oats
- 1/2 cup organic blueberries (frozen)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any other unsweetened non-dairy milk)
- 1/2 tbs of chia seeds and hemp hearts
- a pinch of cinnamon
Most days I’m having about 1+1/2 -2 cups of raw veggies and 2 tbs of hummus. The Wild Rose Dtox (WRD) prohibits processed foods to it’s best to make your own to control salt/oil etc but if you must buy it, make sure it’s yeast, vinegar, sugar and gluten-free.
2 cups of spaghetti squash, 1/4 of a package of tofu grilled with salt and cumin, olive oil and lemon juice to dress.
Mid-afternoon / pre-workout snack
1 medium sized apple with 1 tbs of natural almond butter ( no salt or sugar)
Both nights I threw together a huge salad:
Day 1 – 2 cups of romaine lettuce, 1 cup of raw kale, 1 boiled egg with two boiled egg whites, dressing made with 1 tbs of hummus, 1/2 lemon’s juice salt and pepper.
Day 2 - 1 cup of sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil with cumin, mint and garlic. 1 cup of sauteed kale with onions and garlic. 1 cup of romaine lettuce topped with lemon juice and a fried egg.
Are you exercising?
Because I’m currently keeping a regimented training schedule of 3-4 days of cardio/HIIT 1-2 strength training,1 day yoga, then 1 day rest, I personally have only taken the first day off during the cleanse so far. The cleanse warns you of starting up anything new and listening to your body. If you are tired and feeling unwell don’t push yourself to work out. On day one I still was feeling pretty tired from all that I’d had previously been doing to my body so I got a massage and took a long bath after supper and went to bed early. Tonight, I was feeling really energetic so I did a butt/thigh routine, prepared supper and extra for the next few days as well tidied up and started blogging about it!
What were days 1 and 2 like?
Honestly, despite the horrible taste of the tincture you have to take two squirts of twice a day, I don’t feel restricted or put out. I haven’t had sugar cravings (yet) and since I don’t eat a lot of bread/pasta/rice/ or dairy in general I don’t feel like my diet has changed, more though I’m back on track.
I didn’t think the herbalax (herbal-laxative) was going to affect me terribly as I eat more than the recommended amount of fibre every day, however I’ll just say it’s working and leave it at that. WRD advises if you have adverse affects you can dial that portion back.
I’m always thirsty, and sometimes have dry mouth even though I’m drinking about 2 liters of water plus herbal tea. I am sure gum is not allowed but I’ve had to start chewing it (sugar-free only) because I feel like my breath isn’t fresh a few minutes after brushing/ in between meals.
I hope this has been interesting for you guys, and please let me know if you want to see more of this type of thing! I plan to update you again at the half way point and once I’ve finished cleansing to give a better review or my experiences. Until then, here’s a picture of my dog in a bowtie…