Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Cleanse

So I shared with you guys last week how I started a 21 day cleanse. Let me tell ya a little bit more about it. If you're in 100% health/never get sick/never feel tired/don't eat crap or caffeine, then you can stop reading now. I officially hate you. But if you're like me and like to enjoy one too many slices of chocolate cake, while washing it down with swigs of Diet Pepsi, you might wanna read on.

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
So I'm on day 11 of this cleanse and I'm surviving! It's totally doable. The hardest part is the beginning when you're breaking your body of cravings and eliminating toxins which can result in low energy, headaches, that sort of thing. After the first few days, you start feeling more and more energized.

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...


  1. Good for you! I have a friend who is doing this same cleanse and she really likes it too. It's so important to takes steps in a healthy direction :)

  2. My Mom tried to do a similar thing, but it was only a week. I've seen cleanses where you eat healthy, and just drink this "sassy water". And it tastes good, to boot. It has lemon, ginger, and cucumber in it.

    And your pictures are fabulous, by the way. Loving the natural light and the bright colors. And I'm always a sucker for a shallow focus photo. (:

  3. hmmm you know I enjoy a good cleanse!..however, the kale chips kinda freak me out! So have you lost any weight on this? bc I'm totally all about that too!

  4. That kale crunch sounds great! I did the 17 day diet (similar) and lost six lbs. Feels good to be fitting into my old jeans again.


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