Cleanse: Day 16

Spring is coming! Only 4 days until spring, and 5 until completing the cleanse. I feel great!

Smoothie: There’s something about fresh ginger that makes me all toasty and warm inside no matter what the weather is like. I’m really liking the ginger and cinnamon combination these days.

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papaya ginger smoothie

Papaya Ginger Smoothie
(makes 2 servings)
1 cup coconut water
4 scoops SP Complete (Dairy-Free)
2 scoops Whole Food Fiber
1 ripe banana
1 cup ripe papaya
1 inch section of ginger, diced
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup water

Blend and enjoy!

Lunch: Wild Ginger again. The hot gazpacho soup was so satisfying. I couldn’t not have the miso eggplant and the steamed dark leafy greens.. It all sounded so good. I’m stuffed.

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hot gazpacho soup, steamed dark leafy greens

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Posted in Cleanse at March 16th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 16.

Cleanse: Day 15

Smoothie: apple celery smoothie. I didn’t really taste the celery, so I added fresh ginger and cinnamon and called it a day.

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Exercise: cardio, 30 minutes.

Lunch: We took a little walk around Tribeca during lunch and got some goodies. Billy at Bell Bates makes an awesome green juice. We asked him to add lemon, apple and ginger to ours. Lisa picked up some tangelos, which we had for a post-lunch snack.

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I’ve been craving the chicken quinoa salad at Pecan ever since day 11. It’s even better than I remembered with a little basalmic vinaigrette.

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Dinner: yummy beet & spinach salad, broccoli rabe & mushroom brown pasta, and potato leek soup

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Posted in Cleanse at March 15th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 15.

Cleanse: Day 14

Today is the end of Week 2!

Smoothie: carrot apple ginger smoothie. I woke up in the middle of the night with this combination. I’m amazed that I remember it.

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Lunch: Leftovers and potato leek soup.I made potato leek soup the night before, and it was perfect for lunch today.

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Exercise: Yoga, 95 minutes.

Dinner: Whole Foods! Quick dinner before going out. I’m going to see Ari Hest play at Union Hall tonight. If you haven’t been, it’s this really cool bar in Park Slope.

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seaweed salad, roasted apple & sweet potatoes, broccoli, chicken, brown rice salad, malaysian salmon salad

Posted in Cleanse at March 14th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 14.

Cleanse: Day 13

Smoothie:

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strawberry pear smoothie

Lunch: Stir-fry mushrooms, onions and string beans over brown rice, ginger spinach and shitake soup

Dinner:

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veggie fried rice, garlic pepper mushrooms and sautéed dandelion greens

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Cleanse: Day 12

Detox symptoms. Do you have them? No headaches this time around, but for whatever reason, I usually get a bit of a cold right about halfway through. It feels like my body giving me a giant sign that says SLOW DOWN. I hear you, body, I hear you. Today is the second day of skipping the gym and sleeping in, because my body says so.

Smoothie: A friend told me that dino kale, also known as lacinato kale, gets its name from its scaly appearance. Whether it’s true or not, I got some and now I’m putting it in everything.

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apple and kale smoothie

Apple and Kale Smoothie
makes 2 servings
1 cup coconut water
4 scoops SP Complete (Dairy-Free)
2 scoops Whole Food Fiber
1 ripe banana
8 pieces of kale, removed from stem
1 granny smith apple
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup water

Combine and blend until smooth. (It took me a while.) Enjoy!

Lunch: Technically, beans are not on the list of foods to eat. I try to only eat things on the given list, but every once in a while I’ll make an exception when I know it’s something that doesn’t bother me. So far I’ve been keeping these exceptions to a minimum.

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vegetarian chili

Dinner:

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seaweed salad


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yakitori chicken skewers

Posted in Cleanse at March 12th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 12.

Cleanse: Day 11

I’ve learned from the cleanse that a meal can be just as satisfying without meat. Having a variety of tastes and textures in every meal keeps my tastebuds happy, and I feel good about what I’m putting in my body. That said, I’m going to be adding protein back in moderation. Hurray on making it halfway!

Smoothie: I’m not a fan of salads for breakfast, but apparently they’re really tasty blended up. After my first mishap, I’ve been pretty reluctant to give it another try. I’m so glad I did!

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blackberry & greens smoothie

Blackberry & Greens Smoothie
makes 2 servings
1 cup coconut water
4 scoops SP Complete (Dairy-Free)
2 scoops Whole Food Fiber
1 ripe banana
1 handful of salad greens (romaine, arugula)
1/3 cup blackberries
1 cup water
blueberries (optional)

Combine and blend until smooth. Garnish with blueberries. Enjoy!

Lunch: I’m kind of on a Korean food kick, don’t mind me.

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vegetable bibimbap, wild rice & spinach soup

Dinner:

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rice pasta w/ tomato and spinach, curry cauliflower soup and kale chips

Posted in Cleanse at March 11th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 11.

Cleanse: Day 10

Breakfast: I woke up to this! Yum.

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morning glory porridge

This recipe is from Jennifer Goren at the Patty Gelman Culinary Arts Center.

Morning Glory Porridge
makes 1 serving
1 cup almond, rice or coconut milk
1 cup quinoa flakes
pinch of salt
banana
goji berries
fresh blueberries
fresh raspberries
fresh strawberries, sliced
1-2 tbsp chia seeds or milled flax seeds
sliced almonds
cinnamon to taste
grade B maple syrup to taste
vanilla

Add quinoa and salt to rapidly boiling almond milk.
Add banana, goji berries, chia seeds and vanilla.
Return to boil and cook for 90 seconds, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Sweeten with maple syrup and serve with fruit, almonds and cinnamon.

Note: When I make this, I use water or rice milk, omit the chia seeds, and use whatever fruit I have on hand, fresh or frozen. Usually it’s sweet enough to not need maple syrup.

Smoothie: So far, I’ve been making a different smoothie every day. Some have been really good, others not so much.

avocado mint smoothie

Lunch: Jivamuktea Cafe has these “Little Bites” that are just small enough for a light snack before class. I got out of bed at noon today, so I wasn’t too hungry by the time class started but I needed something to tide me over.

hijiki seaweed salad

Exercise: Yoga, 95 minutes; handstand workshop, 1 hour

Dinner: Korean food!

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sweet potato noodles, bean sprouts, kale and brussel sprouts

Posted in Cleanse at March 10th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 10.

Cleanse: Day 9

Smoothie: My Chinese doctor said that I shouldn’t be having cooling foods, so I’ve been adding ginger to my smoothies to add some heat in the morning. Cinnamon tastes great and it’s good for you, so that went in today too!

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cinnamon ginger strawberry smoothie

A few people have asked for recipes, so here’s one for today’s smoothie. I make two servings in the morning and fill up my thermos with one for later. I also take my supplements with my smoothies because it’s easier (and I’ll forget otherwise). Find out what works best and feels right for you.

Cinnamon Ginger Strawberry Smoothie
makes 2 servings
1 cup coconut water
2 scoops Whole Food Fiber
4 scoops SP Complete (Dairy-Free)
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (6-8 strawberries)
1 inch section of ginger, sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup water

Add ingredients to blender in order. Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

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Posted in Cleanse at March 9th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 9.

Cleanse: Day 8

Week 1 is complete! Only 3 more days until adding meat back in. I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would. I’m really digging the diversity of textures and tastes of veggies (and mushrooms).

Smoothie: Ripe pears were made for smoothies. Ginger adds a little kick, and banana holds it all together.

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pear ginger, with super EFA liquid

Exercise: elliptical training and weights, 45 minutes

Lunch: Have you looked outside? Lunch is coming to me today.

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Bliss Bowl from Yorganic: brown rice, spinach, beets, broccoli, bean spouts, asparagus and shitake mushrooms with go-chu-jang sauce

Dinner:

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mushroom and leek fried rice with sautéed swiss chard

Posted in Cleanse at March 8th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 8.

Cleanse: Day 7

Last day of taking SP Cleanse! Confession: This is my first time actually remembering to take them every day, 3x a day. I was still pretty shocked to find that there were only 2 extra capsules. Little victories.

Smoothie: avocado banana ginger and stevia

I had a little extra time this morning, so I put together a concoction I’ve been meaning to try. Somehow, these creations always taste better in my head.

Lunch:

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wild rice w/ Asian stir fry, cauliflower, collard greens, pomegranate seeds and sweet potato

Exercise: Power Flow yoga, 75 minutes.

Dinner:

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mixed greens and arugula salad with mint, mandarin orange, grapes and grape tomatoes


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veggie curry over brown rice

Posted in Cleanse at March 7th, 2013. Comments Off on Cleanse: Day 7.