If you’re reading this post, it means that I have been on my cleansing diet now for two full days, and I haven’t yet perished from cookie deprivation. Yay me! I wanted to share what I’m eating and what foods I’m avoiding. Having gone to school for dietetics, I’ve learned so much about the benefits of healthful eating. Unfortunately, there is a lot of information already out on various websites, but they all seem to contradict one another. For example, one site might heed you steer clear of mushrooms because they’re evil, while another will tell you they’re the greatest super food known to man. I will caution that no one has the exact same chemistry, and therefore, there is no perfect diet for all. We have to decide what is best for our own bodies, and may even have to experiment a bit, before figuring out the best diet. I don’t have any major conditions that I know of, except for lactose intolerance. I’m not trying to cure any diseases, just trying to feel my best and stick around in this world as long as I can. The plan is to detox diet strictly for at least one week, then to slowly allow myself to eat more crowd-friendly. Years ago, my professor and the head of the dietetics program, told me that the best diet is a healthy, balanced one that you can and will continue for the rest of your life. Therefore, this cleanse cannot be considered my diet. It is, however, what I would like to consider a jump-start to getting back in shape and in overall good health. So far, only two days in, my skin is clearing up and my bloat has gone down significantly as well. I’m not trying to lose any weight, and I don’t even have a working scale (just a number, right?) but I do feel more svelte without all the sugars and sodium I usually consume.
Foods I’m avoiding in my cleanse:
Sugar (Pure or artificial sweeteners)
Red and/or processed meat
Potatoes (Except for Sweet potatoes/yams)
I know that this cleanse is going to be a good boost for my health, but it is difficult to maintain when at someone else’s house. Just yesterday, I was with friends and was very hungry, but had to wait til I got home to eat, because of my restrictive diet! I told you this diet wasn’t for sissies!
Here’s what I am eating:
All fruits and vegetables.
Lean meats like turkey, chicken, and fish.
Oats and quinoa, small amounts of brown rice.
All whole, unsalted nuts are acceptable. (Peanuts are not a nut!)
All beans are acceptable, but in moderation.
Cold-pressed organic coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for cooking.
Above is a snap of my lunch yesterday. It was so delicious! Red leaf lettuce is an excellent source of vitamins A and K. Quick tip: To save money, I don’t always opt for organic produce, but I do if it is more porous and not as easily rinsed clean. Google the “dirty dozen” if you’d like to read more about that. There’s also a “clean fifteen” list comprised of produce choices in which the level of pesticide contamination was the lowest. My salad is topped with a hard-boiled egg (which I almost always have readily available in my fridge since it is the healthiest and most convenient way to eat an egg!), a small vine tomato, and a packet of wild caught salmon. I did use a tiny bit of dressing, but it’s an all natural EVOO vinaigrette with no preservatives. I was really surprised how full I felt after having just a salad, since I normally fill up on carbs and saturated fats for lunch.
And here’s a snap of my dinner, mostly. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the chicken breast, which is kind of a big deal. On the left, I warmed up some EVOO, added chopped onion and freshly chopped garlic. Don’t let it burn, but just simmer until onions are translucent. Add a diced tomato and finely chopped walnut. Let simmer just until the tomato skin is soft. It sounds kind of crazy, but is delicious all together, especially when put over chicken breast (which, yeah yeah…I should have taken a picture!) The brussel sprouts are so good, they make giving up potato chips and popcorn doable. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, rub some cold-pressed, organic, virgin coconut oil on the foil, just enough to coat. Then toss on the halved, organic brussel sprouts, drizzle on a tiny bit of EVOO (This is optional as you can just rub the sprouts in the coconut oil, but the EVOO is much more slippery and easier to work with.) Finally, sprinkle on a bit of Montreal steak seasoning for flavor.
I can’t wait to try out a new recipe tonight as well! I’m really enjoying eating so healthy and how it’s making me feel, but I could foresee this being a challenge long-term. We’ll see! Enjoy your day!