Cleansing: Day Two

April 24, 2012

Well, well, well. Apparently I’m not so immune to the effects of caffeine as I thought!

Still no headache from the lack of it; I had my dandelion root tea this morning as I did yesterday. But it’s 11:00am and I’m already starting to nod off! I used to claim that caffeine seemed to have little effect on me, and I meant it: I can drink coffee almost right before bed and still sleep no problem. But now it seems that, since I’m lacking it, my brain uses it more than I knew.

I did an 8:00am yoga session that was designed specifically for energy. It definitely had an excellent short term effect. I felt super awake after it, but seems that it worked just like a couple shots of espresso: only for a few hours.

It might be the rain too. It’s rained for 2 1/2 days here and it’s made me feel somewhat groggy.

For breakfast, it was not the smoothie but breakfast quinoa: 1/2 cup quinoa with almond milk rather than water, a touch of agave nectar, cardamom, and raisins. I can’t decide how much agave nectar I’m going to allow myself but I figure small doses can’t be much harm. I always feel full very quickly whenever I eat breakfast quinoa.

I already know a way I will be cheating this afternoon: a friend of mine who is a nutrition major at the local uni invited Dave and I to a beef tasting. Beef! They’re wanting tasting notes and the like, and I think there might be local beef involved. I’m not a huge beef eater but it’s hard to pass up almost any tasting opportunity. Unless it was caviar or something.

Cleanse: Day One

April 23, 2012

The terms are as follows.

None of these:

  • Dairy
  • Chicken/Beef/Pork/Most meats except fish
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee/Caffeine
  • Sugar and related sweets
  • Wheat and bread

The protein comes in the form of fish, tofu, and legumes. Tea, water, and almond milk are in order. Juices are fine, too. Lots of greens and vegetables, plus fruit and alternative sweeteners, in sparse quantities. I still haven’t decided about eggs.

This cleansing comes after three weeks in Edmonton, eating far more packaged food than I am used to and eating in ways I’m not used to. I’ve messed up my digestion, it seems, and I’m also having heartburn, which I never, ever get. Enough is enough. I would like to feel better!

And how do I feel after day one? Interesting, to say the least.

In the morning it wasn’t nearly as hard as I excepted to replace my usual coffee with 1 cup of dandelion root tea–and then I had another cup of raspberry tea later at work. No headache! I’m shocked and delighted.

I had also a smoothie made up with coconut milk (the kind thinned to a milk consistency, not the canned, super fatty kind), blueberries, and raspberries. Very simple but very good. The frozen bits of the berries were frustrating both me and my blender, so maybe I should think to let them defrost overnight in the fridge if I’m to have it tomorrow morning.

For lunch, I had a bean salad, made up of four beans (Jacob’s cattle, Great Northern beans, black beans, and kidney beans), green pepper, celery, tomatoes, and seasoned with lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It was lovely, and the boys were impressed with it too! It was really quite satisfying.

Later in the evening, Dave sauteed scallops in just a touch of oil and seasoned with pepper, and I had some lemon juice to dress it as well. It was going to be root vegetables for the side that I’d had in the crock pot since 9:00 this morning but apparently they’re cut terribly thick and 9 hours just wasn’t long enough! So I put them on low and it’ll have to be for lunch tomorrow. I made a ton of the salad so we had more of that on the side.

I was still craving something sweet, and I just didn’t feel like an apple. So I tried this recipe for date-almond-coconut balls from this lady’s food blog, which is a lovely blog. She eats the way I often would like to incorporate more into my life. This recipe took all of five minutes to make and features no dairy, eggs, sugar, or gluten.

The pros:

I feel absolutely full! I usually can snack and snack and snack and still don’t feel satiated, but it’s 8:40pm and I don’t have any desire to eat anything. I am quite thirsty so I do have my water at my side. I could stand to drink a bit more of it.

The cons:

I’m a little tired. I think that might be the lack of caffeine. I did a 1/2 hour yoga session which felt great; it was one that worked my lower body, especially my hips, and I need more of those. But during the last part, shivasna, I completely zonked and napped for maybe 20 minutes! I never do that.

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For tomorrow, I’m going to have the smoothie again for breakfast, maybe add some flax and hemp to it to boost its benefits. Another cup of dandelion tea would be good. It’ll be the veggies for lunch. Sometime with tofu for dinner. But what?

Dave has been very supportive. For lunch and breakfast, we generally do things separately, sometimes the same lunch though. And he’s happy to have the same dinners as I’ve been making. This isn’t too terribly different than what we normally do, and he understands my need for it right now.