Ti’s the season to DETOX!!!
So my friend A. and I decided to do a little detox before the holidays so that we could walk into Thanksgiving feeling pretty good about our choices. Truthfully, after being derailed (in the BEST way possible) by my adventures in Italy and a visit to see Matt in California, its been a little hard to be as committed to wheat/dairy/refined sugar free living. Once my tongue gets a little taste, it’s ON, sister!
With what I term as “the eating season” just on the horizon, now is my chance to get my body a bit back into balance and reconnect with why I love off-white eating/living so much: I FEEL BETTER. My body has felt a little sluggish and my brain has also been a little less sharp b/c of the allure of the tasty white treats lately. And I can’t help but wonder if my little visit from aunt “FLU” (yes, FLU, not flow) was worsened because of less than idea food choices (why did they have to make pumpkin bars at work last week and put them in the fridge where my lunch sits….)
Thank goodness for A. because she will help me stay on track, and I will help her too! We are even co-house sitting for a mutual friend and have planned some fun “Cleanse Cooking” nights. Yes, we have a sick sense of fun, and thank GOD we have one another! If any of you have ever tried to eat a detox style diet (details to follow) you know how tough it can be to stay strong in the face of adversity, so having friend to do this with me helps A LOT.
Here’s the down and dirty of our detox diet, which will last between today (Nov 16th) and Thanksgiving (Nov 27th).
- A diet free of all dairy (incl eggs), flours of any kind (even spelt!) and concentrated sweeteners of any kind (looks like its stevia city for a few days)
- Ample green veggies, such as collards, kale, broccoli, watercress, parsley, green onions, spinach ,etc. Basically, we will be living on greens and green juices
- Herbs and spices such as: ginger, lemon, garlic, turmeric, nettles, milk thistle, cinnamon are our friends
- Fruits include only low sugar options: Green apples, cranberries, and dark berries
- Flaxmeal and Omega-3 supplements daily
- Healthy fats daily: extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, raw and sprouted nuts
- Lean protein: wild fish, organic white meats and a daily protein shake (I’m using Metagenix Inflameze protein powder 1x/day)
- Fresh legumes, such as adzuki beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans, and lentils.
- Eating regularly throughout the day (I said DETOX, not starvation diet or fasting diet….we need our strength)
- Water, water, water, water………you get the idea
- Warm lemon water upon rising every day
Sounds reasonable enough, right?? Well, already I’ve had to stare in the face of baking some apricot pecan chocolate bars with pomegranate glaze for an upcoming work event. I strategically planned on baking these bars today, on day 1, because I’m still fired up on this whole detox business, and I’m feeling pretty strong. I also made a wise choice of baking the bars after eating lunch (Mixed greens with tilapia and avocado) so I wasn’t hungry. Its amazing how avocado can almost taste like chocolate when I’m really imaginative……
So, when I was looking back through all of my handy-dandy little videos, I found a clip that I recorded when visiting Matt in Davis in Sept and its PERFECT, because its about cooking greens. So, here ya go!!! Enjoy and maybe it will inspire you to gear up for the holidays with a little abstinent eating. Just think about how much tastier those holiday treats will be after a cleanse – like a tall glass of water after a long day in the desert!!!
PS: I make reference to some Himalayan sea salt but really it’s not actually sea salt….it’s from the himalayas, which are clearly different than the ocean….must have been the Davis heat going to my head 🙂