Let me give ya a little background:
I started going to a nutritionist around April of this year. I went for overall health reasons. I wanted to be taking supplements that were geared towards me and my "issues" as opposed to simply a multi-vitamin or "regular" supplements. So I started eating well and taking my supplements and was very dedicated to the program. There was only one problem though--my clothes started getting tighter. Not cool. Now the reason I started going in the first place was not for weight loss reasons, but shoot, who wouldn't wanna lose a pound or two? So I started getting discouraged when I didn't see "results" in the losing lbs dept. So then my thinking was, "Ahh...screw it, I'm gonna eat what I want." And of course that was no good. So anyway, after talking with Marisa my nutritionist, she advised that I do this 21 Day Cleanse. Her thinking is that my body is holding on to toxins and I need to flush those puppies out. According to Standard Process Purification Program (the one I'm on), toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions:
- Stuffy head
- Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- Digestion and other gastrointestinal problems
- Food cravings and weight gain
- Reduced mental clarity
- Low libido
My diet basically consists of veggies, veggies, and more veggies. I now realize how little vegetables I normally consumed. Sure, I enjoyed my salads from time to time, but for me to chop up all those different veggies was time consuming and annoying (If only I had a sous chef in-house...) So on the cleanse, I eat veggies (half of them must be raw), fruit (but twice as many veggies than fruit), wild grain rice, and my sister made a big pot o' Italian Wedding Soup sans the meatballs for me. And today (day 11) I can add lean protein--chicken or fish. Oh and shakes. (I throw strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and/or banana in my blender along with two scoops of "special powder" and water.) I usually have this for breakfast and one or two other times throughout the day. Plus supplements.
When I want something crunchy, I make up kale chips. All you do it tear kale into medium sized pieces, drizzle/massage with olive oil, salt and pepper and throw 'em in the oven for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees. If you're craving something salty and crunchy, I highly recommend these guys. They're good. And this is coming from a chip-lovin' kinda girl.
This is the dressing I use on my salad. I posted it on FB the other day--it's just a half cup of EVOO, 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp of oregano, S&P. It's delicious. And good for you too.
So that's it. If you're interested in doing a cleanse, I recommend this one. Yes, it's long, but you'll feel great. And just think of all those toxins you're getting rid of. Now where'd I put those kale chips...