There really isn’t much to report food-wise this weekend other than the gorging I did at lunch yesterday which led to feeling crazy full for the next 5 1/2 hours. I know that the rest of my food log today will pretty much be a repeat of what the rest of the week has looked like, so I am going to take the rest of the day off of blogging and spend it with my kiddos.
I plan on stopping the full-force cleanse after tonight. I am really glad that I did the cleanse this past week. I feel clear and clean and have no regrets. Eating so much produce really does have its benefits. After the cleanse I will continue eating mostly fruits and veggies for breakfast and lunch and for dinner I will add in some beans and grains.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
8:15 am – Big bowl of veggie soup.
10:45 am – Chocolate smoothie (sweet potato, zucchini, 2 frozen bananas, cocoa powder, some stevia). I drank about half and put the rest in the fridge for later.
1:00 pm – Finished the other half of the smoothy.
1:15-2:15 pm – Did an hour of hard cardio on the recumbent bike.
2:30 pm – Had some Shirataki Noodle stir fry embellished with roasted cauliflower, green beans, and baby carrots. This ended-up being a really big meal. I am stuffed (ate too much…yuck!).
8:00 pm – Bowl of veggie soup, some toasted nori, and apple slices. I was so full after lunch that I couldn’t even think about eating until now.
My biggest challenge today was not going out to dinner. Usually by Friday I am toast and despite the fact that I love to cook, I don’t feel like cooking. I wanted to go to one of my favorite Peruvian restaurants (They make an awesome veggie plate) and my husband felt like it would be too tempting for him. I am more than happy to support him in this since I am so proud of how well he is doing. He had a business restaurant at a steakhouse today and ended-up eating tomato soup and an artichoke (Yay! He made such great choices.).
7:15 am – Small bowl of watermelon and pineapple
8:30 am – Had the usual bowl of cut-up Fuji apple, pear, banana, pomegranate, and cinnamon, BUT also added a very ripe persimmon into the mix and it was fantastic.
9:30 -10:30 am – Pilates reformer class. The instructor kicked our butts! I can’t tell if that class was super duper extra hard or if I was a little lower on energy.
11:00 am – Checked-out the new farmer’s market in town and sampled some strawberries. I was really excited to see so many people there. The parking lot was a battleground (Reminded me of the mall during the holidays!).
12:00 pm – Finished the chocolate banana pudding I made last night. I was surprised to see how well it held-up in the fridge overnight.
12:30 pm – Salad made with slivered cucumber, slivered red bell pepper, organic pea shoots, seaweed salad, and lite rice wine vinegar. I also had a few pickles on the side (Odd combo…but tasted good at the time).
2:00 pm – Handful of grapes from the farmer’s market.
3:15 pm – Another handful of grapes.
3:45 pm – Some roasted nori and Brothers-All-Natural freeze dried Asian Pears
5:30 pm – Just came home and I am STARVING. Eating grapes while baking some potatoes.
6:20 pm – 1 1/2 baked potatoes (on the smaller side), bruschetta, roasted cauliflower, and a bowl of veggie soup.
9:00 pm – I plan on having a bowl of pomegranate seeds
We are going through an incredible amount of produce right now (makes me happy!), so I need to head-off to the store at some point today to buy more bananas. On Monday or Tuesday (can’t remember) I bought 3 huge bunches of bananas and we only have 2 individual bananas left!
It is hard to believe that we are already on day 4 of the cleanse. I am noticing that my skin looks smoother and more moisturized. I am also taking on more of the natural “tan” look that comes with eating this way (Thank you carrots and peppers!). I always know that I am getting in enough beta carotene when someone asks me if I just got back from vacation.
If you are following along on the cleanse how have you been feeling??? I’d love to hear from you.
6:30 am – Tall glass of water
7:30 am – Fruit salad just like I had yesterday morning (banana, pear, apple, pomegranate seeds, cinnamon)
8:00 am – Per my husband’s request I just cooked up an even bigger batch of Shirataki Noodle Stir-Fry…that stuff is seriously good! Didn’t eat any yet since I wasn’t hungry.
9:00 am – Another banana
10:45 am – Elliptical for 50 minutes
12:00 pm – HUGE salad (pictured above) with romaine, iceberg, seaweed salad, roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli, grape tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and lite rice wine vinegar. The salad was huge as I mentioned, so I was full after eating a little over half of it.
1:45 pm – Finished the rest of the salad and snacked on a little watermelon.
3:00 pm – Made a smoothie of frozen strawberries, fresh pineapple, fresh bananas, apple, and some water for my husband, son, daughter and her friend…took a few sips equaling probably about 1/2 cup.
3:20 pm – Snacked on some more watermelon.
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm – Sipped on 24 ounces cold water with a scoop of NanoGreens
6:00 pm – Dinner was a small baked potato (hubby was begging for one) topped with fresh bruschetta, roasted cauliflower on the side, and a small bowl of Shirataki Noodle Stir-Fry
7:00 pm – Chocolate banana pudding made in the Vitamix. Made with a sweet potato, fresh banana, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and 3 frozen bananas. I AM SO FULL RIGHT NOW!!! I am quite sure this will be it for me for the night…can’t imagine eating any more!
Today I struggled a bit with cravings from 3pm until dinner. When you do a cleanse like this you don’t experience the same kind of FULL that you experience when you eat a plant-based diet that is supplemented with grains, beans, and nuts. But knowing that makes getting through it easier.
Last night after posting my food log I hit my first wall. It was a mini wall, but a wall nonetheless. About an hour after eating my bowl of berries I started craving THESE crunchy lightly salted crackers…I love those things. But, after repeating the mantra, “This too shall pass” a few times in my head, it did pass and I didn’t give into the craving.
So, let’s get to my food log for day 3.
7:oo am – Large glass of water
8:30 am – Bowl of sliced Fuji apple, sliced pear, a sliced banana, and pomegranate seeds. I then dusted the bowl of fruit with Saigon cinnamon (pictured above).
9:30 am – 10:30am – Pilates reformer class
10:30 am – a quart bag filled to the brim with baby carrots, sliced red and orange bell peppers, and celery
12:45 pm – Big Disneyland-sized spear of pineapple
1:00 pm – A serving of the stir-fry I made yesterday (clickHEREfor details)
2:15 pm – Already hungry again, so making a chocolate mint smoothie (water, 1/2 sweet potato, 1/2 of a zucchini, handful of spinach, handful of fresh mint, cocoa powder, vanilla creme stevia, small frozen banana, ice…about half the size of the smoothie I made yesterday).
4:45 pm – Snacked on some nori and had 24 ounces of cold water with one scoop of NanoGreens.
6:15 pm – A bowl of veggie soup (click HERE for details) and two small ears of roasted corn sprinkled with Chile con Limon.
8:30 pm – Planning on having a bowl of raspberries, blueberries, and sliced banana. If I get hungry afterward I plan on having some herbal tea.
I am off to get my kiddos ready for bed. I am feeling really good and have not been experiencing any big cravings today.
Below you will find my food log for Day 2 of the cleanse…
7:30 am – Woke-up and read a little in bed (Reading a book to review for you). Tuesdays my hubby wakes-up with the kids, so this is my time to sleep-in a bit more and do a little work.
8:30 am – Ate a big bowl of watermelon
9:00 am – Made a stir fry* to keep in the fridge so my husband would have something to quickly grab for lunch
* Used a bag of frozen asian vegetables, half a bag of frozen sliced shitake mushrooms, 1/2 an inion thinly sliced, 3 bags of Shirataki fettuccini noodles, some tamari, and some Sriracha sauce. I am guestimating that this will probably be enough for 3 single meals.
9:45 am – grabbed a handful of grapes and then headed-off to do 40 minutes of cardio on the recumbent bike.
11:25 – grabbed a banana to eat on the way to my hair appt. and also brought along a quart bag FULL of veggies (red and orange peppers, celery, baby carrots, tomatoes).
11:45 am – ate half the bag of veggies
12:30 pm – ate the other half
1:00 pm – STARVING, but still at my appointment.
After my appointment I ran to the store to buy more bananas (going through them like crazy in this house) and some fresh basil…can’t wait to eat.
2:00 pm – Bliss! Eating a Chocolate Banana Freeze (too thick to be called a smoothie, more like soft-serve ice cream). I made it with about 2/3 cup water, one of the sweet potatoes I prepared yesterday (without the skin…I ate that while making the smoothie), a zucchini, huge handful of spinach, some cocoa powder, a little vanilla creme stevia, 2 small frozen bananas, and a BIG handful of ice. It made about 24 ounces.
3:45 – 5:00 pm – Sipped on 24 ounces cold water mixed with one scoop of NanoGreens.
6:30 pm – Bowl of seaweed salad with butter lettuce and lite rice wine vinegar, as well as bowl of the Shirataki noodle stir-fry I made in the morning.
8:00 pm – I plan on having a bowl of berries with cinnamon after I put the kids to bed.
Still feeling great! I didn;t do a very good job of planning when I went to get my hair done and should have brought more food with me, but that Chocolate Banana Freeze did a great job of filling me up when I got home.
"The diet that helps to reduce weight in the short run needs to be the same diet that creates and maintains health in the long run."
~T. Colin Campbell
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