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Post Cleanse Update

Hi Friends!  I thought I’d write a blog post about how I’m feeling post cleanse.  For those of you just tuning in…. I did a 3 week cleanse based on the book CLEAN.  You can read about it here. With the exception of just a few days of having 2 solid meals and 1 liquid instead of the other way around, I stuck to the detox program.  I had a headache for 2 days in the beginning which is a pretty typical side effect.  I felt great after that for most of the time, although I dealt with a little bit of anxiety about half way through which is completely unusual for me.  While weight loss was not my main motivator for doing this (general health and well being was), for those of you interested I lost 6.2 pounds over the course of the month of elimination diet + cleanse.  Even while reintroduce foods, my weight has continued to drop which I just consider an added bonus.  I’ve lost an additional 2.2 pounds bringing my total to 8.4 pounds.

Some things I’ve discovered:

  • I do not need to eat dark chocolate everyday 🙂
  • I’m using and loving coconut milk more than ever.
  • I LOVE having smoothies for breakfast.  I used to shy away from this because I had a thing about not wanting to drink my calories.  I always thought if I had a smoothie, I’d still want to eat something. I’ve found that the smoothies are delicious, make me feel great, and keep me full for awhile.  I usually have my smoothie around 6:45 and then I eat a piece of fruit, some nuts (or both), a brown rice cake, or a green juice at 9:30 when my students have snack.  I plan on staying with the smoothies for as long as it feels right for me.  I don’t forsee myself wanting to drink smoothies once it gets cold out, which here in Vermont is pretty much next month not for a few months.
  • Juice for breakfast DOES NOT work for me.  I tried it twice.  Both times I was starving.
  • Juice for dinner totally works for me! Actually, I’ve come to really love it.  Since finishing the 21 days, I’m not sticking to this on a daily basis, but I have continued to have juice for dinner 2-3 times a week.  I’m a pretty social person and I enjoy going out to dinner and cooking dinner so when it’s convenient for juice I do it.  When it’s not, I eat regular solid food.
  • I’ve spent more time thinking about and planning my lunches.  I was always a planner when it came to what I was going to bring to school for lunch, but when lunch became my only solid meal of the day I wanted it to be good.  I’ve stuck with that and have really enjoyed what I’ve been making and bringing.
  • I love talking with people who have the same goal of treating their bodies in a healthy and respectful way.
  • I’m excited that my dad, step-mom, and sister have all since started the cleanse.  Amanda and Mom, you’re next 🙂
  • I love dates.  The fruit, not the take me out to dinner kind, although those can be pretty great too.

A couple more things I’ve realized since posting this earlier today (and wanted to share):

  • I injured my shoulder back in October….specifically my bicep tendon.  It has felt better the past few weeks than it has felt in months.  Not just a little better.  A whole lot better.  I really have no idea if it’s due to cleansing or not, but I’m glad it’s feeling so great.
  • I really enjoyed doing this with a group of people.  I could (and may at some point or another) definitely do it on my own, but the camaraderie was nice, as well as hearing everyone’s experiences and sharing ideas.
  • While I don’t plan to rigidly stick to the elimination diet, I do plan to have those food comprise most of my diet (with the exception of adding back nightshades and strawberries).  Because what it comes down to is: I feel really good.

Things I’ve reintroduced since finishing the cleanse:

  1. Eggs- twice with no side effects
  2. Corn- once in a quinoa salad and once as popped corn (with coconut oil, salt, and stevia….AMAZING). Both times corn was fine for me.
  3. Coffee- once at a friends with that chemically creamer that left a nasty film in my mouth, but didn’t effect how I felt.  Another time with cream which was delicious.  Some people say after cleansing coffee tastes like dirt…not for me.  I still enjoyed every last drop.  I had a minor stomach ache later in the day.  Not sure if it was from the coffee, cream, something else.  Regardless, it was minor and wouldn’t prevent me from drinking coffee again.
  4. Wine- 3 times.  White wine on my deck on a sunny Sunday afternoon with friends.  No side effects. Red Wine Sangria at Lyndsey’s bridal shower.  Totally fine.  Red wine with dinner which I love.  I had a headache within an hour.  Not sure if it was the wine or the fact that I had spent the day in my 98 degree classroom and definitely had not drank enough water. I’ll be testing that out again soon.
  5. Light Wheat Bread- I was suspecting a gluten sensitivity and I actually still am.  When I had the eggs, one of the times was half of an egg salad sandwich on light wheat.  It was completely fine.  I’m thinking in small amounts bread will be fine.  The thing is ….I. LOVE. BREAD. Especially the good hearty, seedy, nutty, grainy kind.  And sometimes I can’t stop at one small slice.  I’ll have to remember to work on that.
  6. Cheese.  I had a piece off the salad bar at the windjammer.  Felt fine.  Good thing because I love cheese.  In fact, I love it so much I don’t keep it in my house because I’ll eat the whole block for dinner.
  7. I think that’s all for now folks.

I haven’t yet taken an “after” picture to go with my “before picture, but when I do I’ll post it here.

Happy Sunday!  My favorite day of the week.

Stay tuned. I’m making up a batch of coconut milk ice cream later today.  Recipe will follow in another post.



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May 26, 2011- Dinner is served.

You might be wondering what is in that glass of mine. It’s 4 carrots, 1 cucumber, 1 pear, a hunk of ginger, and some spinach. Surprisingly, this glass of goodness will fill me up.


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May 24, 2011- Raw Asparagus Salad

I must confess.  This was not my idea.  I read a recipe for something similar on a food blog a couple of days ago.  This is my version.

First I made thin strips with my vegetable peeler.

I made a dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, agave, salt, and pepper.

After about 15 minutes the asparagus pieces softened up a little bit and tasted delicious.


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May 23, 2011- Black Bean Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms!

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for any length of time or know me personally, know that Sundays usually involve some sort of cooking.  During the winter months I make a variety of one pot wonders (soups, stews, chili).  Now that it’s finally started to warm up here, I’ve moved away from the one pot wonders.  Yesterday, I made some stuffed portobello mushrooms that will be my lunch for a few days this week.  I can’t wait to eat these suckers.  They look so good.

Here’s what I did:

I rinsed and mashed a can of black beans.

I added two cloves of garlic, some chopped cilantro, a little olive oil, cumin, and chili powder.

Here's what that looked like all mixed up.

Then I added some left over Wehani rice (thanks for introducing me to this Jane! It's delicious!) to the mix.

I piled that all into 3 portobello mushroom caps. It was definitely enough for 4, but I didn't have for so I piled it right up.

I then baked them at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes.  I am excited for my lunch today.

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May 15, 2011- An afternoon in the kitchen

After a lovely night (and morning) with my great UVM friends, I hit up Healthy Living for some food for the week and set out to try some new recipes.  One success, one fail. You win some, you lose some, right?

First up was the Millet Risotto.  This recipe came directly from the CLEAN website.

3  Tbsp.
 olive oil
1/4  cup
red onion, finely chopped (I used yellow onion)
1  cup
coarsely chopped fresh mushrooms (any kind) (Baby Bella)
1  cup
1/2  tsp.
dried oregano
1/2  tsp.
dried thyme
3  pieces
artichoke hearts
Sea salt and pepper
4  cups
organic vegetable broth
This came out good, not great.  I will eat it for lunch this week, but if I made it again, I’d definitely make some changes.  First, I’d put in way more mushrooms.  I’d at least double that amount, if not triple.  Also, the recipe didn’t call for garlic.  I added a clove, but I’d add two or three next time.  I’d also add more artichokes….probably double that.  And, I think a lemony flavor would be really good in this so I’d add lemon juice, zest, or both.
I know the spacing is coming out strange…..sorry….I can’t figure out how to fix it, but scroll down for a photo, directions, and a review of the chickpea patties.

In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil with the shallots and mushrooms, and cook, stirring frequently until softened (about 5 minutes).
Add cup of water, bring the heat to high, and add the millet. Then lower heat to medium and start to add the stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition, every few minutes. When the stock has been almost completely absorbed after each addition, keep adding more, so the mixture is not quite soup but stays very moist.
Keep doing this until millet is tender and has at least doubled in size (about 20 minutes).
Add herbs and artichoke hearts at the last few minutes of cooking and taste for texture.
Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.
I also made these chickpea patties following a recipe from Real Simple. In addition to what is listed in the ingredients, I added the juice of one lemon and more cumin than called for.  I dipped them in brown rice flour.  The flavor is amazing, however in the last few minutes of cooking they completely fell apart.  Does anyone have an idea for what I can use to help bind this? Remember, I’m currently dairy (and egg), soy, gluten, and sugar free.

Before they fell apart.....


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May 14, 2011- Purple Breakfast

I loved my breakfast this morning.  Into the blender went:

  • Mangoes
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Coconut Water
  • Coconut Milk
  • 2 Dates
  • Chia Seeds
  • Protein Powder
  • Raw Cacao Nibs

This one came out kind of thick and I decided to eat it with a spoon.  I could have thinned it out with a little water or more coconut water, but it felt more like eating my breakfast this morning, rather than drinking it and I liked that.  I just ate half of this and am kind of full so I think I’m going to put it in the fridge and finish it later.

Happy Saturday!  Any fun plans for the weekend? My UVM girlfriends are coming to town.  I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with them.  I met these amazing women my freshman year of college.  We all lived on the same floor in Marsh Hall.  Man, that feels like a lifetime ago.  We try to plan get togethers a couple times a year.  Kerrie, you will be missed!


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May 12, 2011- Delicous Smoothie

I loved this morning’s smoothie so much I had to share it here.  I’m totally having this one again tomorrow morning.  Move over blueberries and make room for pineapple.

Into the blender went: frozen pineapple, coconut water, coconut oil, raw cacao, protein powder, almond milk, and agave.  It seriously was amazing.  Even if you are not interested in eating clean or detoxing, you should make this.  It’s like a healthy pina colada.

In terms of the rest of the day……

Mid-morning snack: pear, almonds, walnuts

Lunch: Brown Rice, Chickpeas, Olive oil, garlic basil, portobello mushrooms, and dates

Afternoon Snack: “clean” scone made by my neighbor who is also doing the cleanse

I haven’t had dinner yet, but I’m going to do a veggie juice soon.  I have a ton of broccoli so I’m going to try adding that to some carrot, apple, beet juice.  I’m a little nervous about the broccoli juice, but if I hate it I just won’t make it again.

BTW, it’s a rare occasion that I have trouble sleeping.  However, it is rare that I wake up even a second before my alarm clock.  I woke up about 15 minutes before my alarm went off this morning and was ready to get up and go.

** My dinner juice consisted of: 1 apple, 1 pear, 2 celery stalks, 1 baby cucumber, 4 carrots, and about 5-6 broccoli florets.  I was really apprehensive about the broccoli which is why I put an apple and a pear, but it was really good.  This made way more than I needed so I have a cup for tomorrow.  I’d like to drink it for breakfast, but I think I’m sticking with the smoothie for breakfast so I’m either going to bring it with me and have it in place of my pear when my students have snack or have it for dinner tomorrow night.

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