Cleanse Day 1

 

 

Over the years I had been to many Standard Process seminars (the company that we use for the cleanse).  Most of the people there had done the cleanse many times.  I was intimidated by the idea that it was 21 whole extremely long days! I had to admit though that the people who did it regularly really did look healthier.

I started cleansing 5 years ago before a high school reunion. Three weeks before my high school reunion someone I knew was on his third week of the cleanse.  I realized those three weeks passed and I couldn’t even remember what I ate or had done.   There he was in his third week, had lost 10 pounds and looked sharper and clearer in his eyes.  With three weeks until that reunion I thought why don’t  I  use that time wisely?

I was shocked at how easy it was for me.  The cleanse is designed to supply the nutrients you need plus you are eating meals so you are never hungry.

I have done this cleanse every year since that high school reunion. Most years I have done it in the fall and the spring. Many people have now done it with me multiple times and we have seen fantastic results.

I usually start a cleanse on the 1st of the month so I easily know which day I am on but of course any time is great.  I mention this because the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas would be another perfect little window. December first is on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.  But of course any time is great.

 

Breakfast shake:

Blueberry, Lemon and Ginger

Day1-Breakfast

 

Lunch:

Parsnip Ginger Soup and Fruit Salad.

It was a large size and very filling.

Plus, my oldest and dear friends were in from out of town for the last 2 days and we had been eating amazing, wonderful food and drinking so I was ready for this cleanse.

Day1-lunch

 

Dinner:

Kale and Quinoa Salad.

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Brown Rice Pasta with Veggies.

Day1-pasta

 

Baked Cauliflower.

Day1-cauliflower

Posted in Cleanse at November 2nd, 2013. No Comments.

Cleanse Day 21!!!!

The last day of the cleanse!

I have to say it went by very fast!   During the cleanse and over the previous years I discovered the relationship between alcohol, sugar and sleep. Without alcohol and sugar I slept great the whole time.  I can say from this cleanse and all the times before that this way of eating becomes the predominant framework for choosing what to eat.  I may deviate here and there when it is worth it but this cleanse changes your habits. 

There is a concept in the book, French Women Don’t Get Fat,  that I would like to share because it really helped me get off sugar.  The author says that the first bite of a dessert is delicious.  The second bite tastes okay and by the third bite you are eating from memory.  After the third bite your taste buds lose sensitivity to sweet and you are not tasting it anymore.  If you are really paying attention while chewing  it, you will notice that the subsequent bites do not taste as good as the first.  Therefore, it is not worth eating more than three bites. Try it and tell me what you think. 

 

Breakfast:

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Strawberry Banana

Lunch:

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Vegetable Soup

Dinner:

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Salad

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Chicken

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Broccoli

 

 

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Cleanse: Day 21

Today is the last day! I made it! Even though this is my third time doing the cleanse, it still feels so satisfying to make it to the end.

Smoothie: strawberry celery and cucumber (with ginger and banana of course!)

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Lunch: veggie curry over brown rice, salad

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Dinner: salad, kale & greens risotto with chicken

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In other news, I got my acceptance letter on the mail today! As of October 2013, I will be a chiropractic student! I’m so excited.

Posted in Cleanse at March 21st, 2013. 1 Comment.

Cleanse: Day 19

Smoothie: celery pear ginger, just because.

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Celery Pear Ginger Smoothie
(makes 2 servings)
1 cup coconut water
4 scoops SP Complete (Dairy-Free)
2 scoops Whole Food Fiber
1 ripe banana
1 ripe pear
6 celery stalks, cut into smaller sections
1 inch section of ginger
1 cup water

Combine, blend and enjoy!

Lunch: No time for lunch today 🙁 I drank a lot of water and didn’t really feel too hungry though.

Dinner: I was at Whole Foods picking up more coconut water and figured I might as well pick up dinner too.

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Two whole days left! I’m amazed at how quickly that flew by. The way I see it, time is going to pass no matter what, might as well make the most of it.

Posted in Cleanse at March 19th, 2013. No Comments.

Cleanse: Day 18

Smoothie: I’ve gotten my morning smoothie session down to 5 minutes from 15. At the same time, I have no idea what I have and have not done at this point but there’s still a few more recipes I’d like to try out.
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Lunch: Today was the first time I had meat at Chipotle! Their chicken is antibiotic-free, and pretty tasty.

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chicken burrito bowl

Dinner: I bought this spaghetti squash with every intention of making something of it. Today was the day! Spaghetti squash, garlic pepper green beans, jerk chicken and curry quinoa.
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Cleanse: Day 17

Smoothie: strawberry papaya smoothie. I would have added ginger today too bit I’ve run out! It was still really tasty. Next time.

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strawberry papaya smoothie

I packed a few clementines for a snack (just in case).

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Exercise: Running, 30 minutes; weights, 30 minutes; walking around the Pier Antique Show, 1 hour.

Lunch: Thai in Hell’s Kitchen afterwards.

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chicken pad key mao at Wondee Siam

Dinner: Sam gae tang (chicken stew with ginseng) at Seoul Garden

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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. No Comments.

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. No Comments.

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. No Comments.

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

Posted in Cleanse at March 13th, 2013. 2 Comments.