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.


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.


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