July 31, 2010

Detox Day 6

Day 6
Down 3.2lbs!

Starting to feel like this should be a way of life versus a one week detox.  Not 100%, but maybe 80%?  A girl still has to get some pizza and steak on occasion.  Plus, I've lost 3.2lbs and the week isn't even over.  And since I'm not doing any kind of radical diet, I don't see any reason not to keep it off.  Pretty good motivation to keep going I think.

8:30am Basil, lime, apple, cuke juice. My favorite.

9:00am Worked out in the park with Heather and Claire. She took it easy on us even after I taunted her all day. CB has been eating far less food than me and was suffering.

10:00am Breakfast. Had a pear and some cherries. Then I dodged the crazy crowds at the farmer’s market and Whole Foods. Seriously people, walk with a purpose. I’m stocked up for a few more days of raw foods before I go to po-dunk on a work trip for a few days. I’m so happy with the weight loss I’m hoping this trip doesn’t ruin all my hard work. Had a banana when I got home.

12:00pm took the dog for a 30 minute walk around the park.

1:15pm lunch. Made pizza with thin crust, tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese. No sauce or pepperoni, just kept it simple and healthy. Very filling.

Thought about going to yoga because I was feeling pretty good but than I had a So You Think You Can Dance marathon on the couch.

5:00pm beet, carrot, apple, lemon juice. I think I’m getting to like this mixture and beets make me feel like I’m being Über healthy.

7:00pm dinner. Fresh pasta with sautéed spinach, green onions, garlic, zucchini, yellow pear tomatoes, olive oil, and goat cheese. Dark chocolate.

I didn’t make this soup but here is another detox recipe if anyone is interested. It is from my girl Gwyn’s blog Goop. It looked pretty good. I’ve kind of been having the same stuff during the day so I haven’t had any new recipes to post.

BROCCOLI and ARUGULA SOUP (GOOP)

This is a clean, basic approach to soup that showcases the vegetable. You can make this with nearly anything – including peas and basil, zucchini, carrots and ginger. In this case, broccoli is made a bit more dynamic with a handful of peppery arugula. When you’re detoxing and drinking lots of juices and smoothies, it’s a nice change to have something warm. This recipe makes enough soup for at least two portions, but it’s easier to make it once and eat it twice.

SERVES: 2

Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for just a minute or until fragrant. Add the broccoli and cook for four minutes or until bright green. Add the water, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Cook for eight minutes or until the broccoli is just tender. Pour the soup into a blender and puree with the arugula until quite smooth. Be very careful when blending hot liquids; start slowly and work in batches if necessary (you don’t want the steam to blow the lid off). Serve the soup with a bit of fresh lemon.

- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/2 yellow onion, roughly diced
- 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets (about 2/3 pound)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup arugula (watercress would be good, too)
- 1/2 lemon

July 30, 2010

Day 5 - could someone get me a cheeseburger?

Day 5
Down 2.8lbs!

Still tired in the a.m. Bernie left for his long trip to Michigan. I leave all the time but he hasn’t went on a trip without me in 7 years!  Seriously, I'm on him constantly to get out of the house and then when he does, "don't leave me here!"  Typical chic move.

8:00am Green Lemonade. I had my first juicer mishap – didn’t put the waste bin in place and shot kale bits everywhere. Luckily it was only a few pieces and it was mostly pointed at the sink. What a mess that could have been.

10:00am – 11:45am Breakfast. Had a pear. I juiced an orange and maybe 1/3 of a pineapple and then blended that with 1 stevia, strawberries, blueberries, and a banana. Much better than the grapefruit concoction. It made less than yesterday, maybe a pint and a half. 8 cherries in between my smoothies.

12:45pm-1:15pm “lunch”. Whatever, this isn’t lunch. I’m eating carrots out of the garden that Bernie peeled for me and cucumbers that he cut up. Dipping the carrots in the Dijon dressing. Dipped a few of the carrots into almond butter – not bad. As I type this Bernie is in Nebraska on his road trip to Michigan. I dream of him eating Quarter Pounders with Cheese, Munchos, Diet Pepsi and all the other road trip fair as I eat my veggies and a coconut cream Larabar.

Lunch was kind of light because I didn’t have any lettuce to make a salad with but I should have just taken some out of the garden. It is covered in squash plants right now so I kind of forgot about it.  I need to post pictures, the squash is taking over the yard and the tomatoes are 7+ feet tall, no joke.

4:15pm Green Lemonade

6:00pm dinner – leftovers. So good. I was starving and ate dinner really early.  I realized that not working out after work left me free to get hungry. Option A: workout, burn calories. Option B: don’t work out, don’t burn calories, eat calories. Hmmmm….

8:15pm microwave popcorn.  Yuk.  Tasted gross and salty.  Maybe after 5 days of raw fruits and vegetables crap food starts to taste like...well, crap?  Interesting concept.

I think I’m going to get lonely this week without my husband.  Maybe I'll go buy myself something pretty. Like a Mac Book. And new sunglasses. And socks. Socks aren’t pretty, but I’m in serious need of some socks. We’ll see. We’re working out in the park in the morning and Heather is going to be out for blood. Then off to the farmer’s market to stock up.

July 29, 2010

Day 4 - easy breasy

Detox Day 4
Down 2lbs!

Super tired again this morning, really struggling to get up. Not being tired at night and staying up too late doesn’t help.

8:00am Green Lemonade. I’m running low on produce so I made it with red leaf lettuce, a bunch of kale, two small lemons, one apple, and one pear. Pretty tasty actually. I only prepped breakfast this morning. I’ll need to run out to the store at lunch and then fix something quick at home. It actually should work out well since I need to let the poor dog out. Steroids make him thirsty.

10:00am-11:45am Breakfast. I juiced a grapefruit and maybe 1/3 of a pineapple and then blended that with 1 stevia, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. It made two mason jars of berry colored goodness. The grapefruit adds a nasty bitterness and aftertaste. It’s kind of foamy and I wish I had a straw but otherwise good and I don’t have to choke down a bushel of berries. I take that back, the grapefruit is overpowering and makes my face squish up.

I just got an email from Artisanalcheese.com. No wonder I have cheese on the brain when I get emails like this every day.  I mean seriously, who could be vegan when there is yummy cheese like this is in the world?
1:00pm lunch. Had a coconut cream pie Larabar which might be the best yet. Had a salad with red leaf lettuce, yellow grape tomatoes, cucumber, a little goat cheese, and the Dijon dressing.

3:45pm. Mental note.  I want a mother f’in sandwich. From Udi’s. Eggplant panini with goat cheese and roasted red peppers.

4:30pm snack. Basil, Lime, Cuke, Apple juice. The juicer didn’t get too much out of the basil this time so it is good but doesn’t have that WOW! factor that I was hoping for.

5:30pm Weight workout with my trainer Heather and Chelsea. Got my sweat on for 45 minutes.

7:45pm Dinner. Fresh pasta primavera. I sautéed green onions and garlic in some olive oil, then added carrots fresh from our garden, then spinach, then some yummy yellow pear tomatoes. Put chopped asparagus in with the pasta. Tossed it all up with some olive oil. Bernie had his with fresh parmesan and I had mine with crumbled goat cheese. Yum yum yum. It kills me that I bought tomatoes when I have 1,000 green ones on the vine.

I think I’ve forgotten all about that sandwich I wanted.  Umm, I guess not. 

July 28, 2010

Another great day in detox!

Day 3
Down 1.6lbs!

I felt so good after yoga and dinner last night that I took the dog for a walk around the lake. Then a shower and off to bed. Living healthy is a sun up to sun down event let me tell you. How do people with kids do it? No idea.

This morning I woke up very tired, couldn’t get my eyes open and I was slightly sore from yoga. I have been waking up exhausted for a couple of weeks now. I’m not sure what is going on with that.  I don't remember waking up at all.

8:00am Green Lemonade. Only 30 minutes to prep everything today but I didn’t get too creative.

9:00am-10:30am Breakfast. I had a pear and a large bowl of berries. I think this is all I can manage.

12:00pm Lunch. German chocolate cake Larabar. Salad with cukes and the Dijon dressing I made yesterday. I put some more Stevia in the dressing and that helped immensely! Lettuce/almond butter/honey wraps from Monday’s blog. Here is a crazy thought – your nut butters should only have nuts in them! And raw honey – smells better than regular honey! I’m full.

I was worried about the dog needing to go out because he is on steroids for 3 weeks so I ran home to let him out and stopped at the farmer’s market on the way. All in under an hour!

2:00pm Having some tea. Thought a little caffeine would help but still feeling a little slow today.

4:15pm Green Lemonade. Going down like grass. I have a slight headache – maybe it is a sympathy headache since Chelsea and Claire both said they have headaches too. Maybe it is just all 3 of us trying to get out of yoga. No dice ladies.

5:30pm Hot power yoga with Claire.  Boring, but a good sweat.  I thought Claire was going to go postal on a girl that came late and put her mat directly in line, and touching, Claire's mat.  After several foot to face incidences the girl moved over.

8:00pm dinner.  Ezekiel sprouted grain pasta with an artichoke pasta sauce I bought at the farmer's market.  The sauce was good.  The pasta tasted like wet card board.  I had some parmesan on top.  Had some Dagoba 74% dark chocolate for dessert.  My lower back is killing me!  But worse than that, I'm out of apples which is a huge part of my juicing repertoire.  Not sure how tomorrow is going to play out.

CB's Detox Day 3

Another day in the life of Claire...

Day: 3
Weight: down 4lbs!
Feel: sososo proud and happy!!

Today was not easy- I was so tempted to eat real food, to eat imaginary food (around 2p I started fantasizing about a footlong hot dog with relish and a Coors Light with blue mountains), to skip yoga, to pass out right on my desk... not necessarily because I was tired, but rather because if I sleep the time that I can't eat passes faster.

For breakfast I choked down my drink from the previous day, and then I milked my delish mixture of one orange, two carrots, a handful of spinach, a handful of strawberries and one grapefruit. In case you can't tell, the citrus-based juices are definitely my favorite. Tomorrow I'm going to try to incorporate beet greens into it- I hear the greens of the beet are even better for you than the beet itself!

Keri and I went to yoga and I walked in with my head pounding and ready to bitch- and perhaps pass out- throughout the class. Plus, one woman with stinky feet and no concept of personal space has no idea how close she came to death tonight. But once we got started, I felt AWESOME! I went deeper into postures than I'd gone before, was able to close my eyes in tree (you try it- it's not as easy as it sounds!), I loved feeling my muscles working so hard together and I was sososo happy deep down in my soul! I know it's corny and I don't care- it was fantastic! Granted, I'm not attributing this shift to beet juice, but I have to imagine that the crap coming out of my system is allowing crap to come out of my head and awesomeness to come in. I don't think it's realistic that I could maintain this lifestyle 100% of the time, but there are definitely pieces I will incorporate permanently.

Now I have to go convince my husband to calm down and stop packing up our belongings- we're paying the carpet installers hundreds extra to move our belongings SO WE DON'T HAVE TO. And there's the old Claire:)

PS- I did get that backrub, just in case you were wondering!

July 27, 2010

Detox Day 2 - feeling awesome!

Day 2
Down 0.6lbs!

Woke up feeling good although I didn’t sleep very well. Wasn’t hungry at all.

7:30am finished Green Lemonade. I prep this drink first and then drink it while I’m prepping everything else and getting ready for my day. Again, it took me about an hour. Who knew eating raw fresh food would be so time consuming, or so expensive. There is a reason people eat off the dollar menu. Unfortunately. I got a cool tip from one of Kris Carr’s vlogs, used my quart jars to bring my juice in today. They hold a lot, well, a quart actually, and they don’t leak!

10:20am breakfast. Finished breakfast at around 12:15PM. Fruit fruit and more fruit. Started off with some melon. Then Anita gave me some grapes – score! Why didn’t I buy grapes? Grapes are yummy.  I had an orange – not great. Too much work to peel. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve peeled an orange. 10 Rainer cherries. I find it hard to eat a lot of fruit in one sitting. Hopefully my body appreciates my sacrifices.

12:30 fine.
12:45pm HUNGRY!!! I guess Natalia (detox author) was right about fruit being out of your stomach in 30 minutes. It was like clockwork.

1:20pm-2:05pm Lunch. Big romaine salad with Dijon-cider dressing, carrots, and cukes. Dressing could use less vinegar, more olive oil. Beet/carrot juice. Chocolate coconut chew Lara bar – ingredients are dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut. Recipes below. The beet juice was much better than last time I made it. This time I used one of those beets that are pink and white on the inside and they are supposed to be sweeter. Something in that lunch made my tongue burn big time. Made some green tea.

3:15pm getting hungry, still sipping my tea. Veggies and fruit make you toot. Just saying, that’s what I’ve heard from other people, like Claire,  it has never happened to me. Ever.

4:30pm Snack. Cucumber, Basil, and Lime juice again because it is awesome. Added wheat grass again. Sometimes the wheat grass seems to just shoot out of the juicer into the waste bin instead of getting juiced up. Some of the whole grass snuck into my juice and was quite the surprise as I was sipping down the freeway (Weezer reference).  See yesterday’s blog for the recipe.

5:30pm workout – hot yoga with Claire.  Not too hard, only an hour.  Using my 5 week Groupon at Corepower.  It was good for a detox week.  Sweated like crazy.

7:30pm Dinner.  Leftovers from last night.  Spelt pasta, sauteed spinach, garlic, green onion, grape tomatoes.  Some olive oil and goat cheese.  Bernie had hot dogs.  Luckily I didn't have to watch.  Because I lurvs me some hot dogs.

Overall I'm feeling really good.  Healthy.  Like when I was a kid and wanted pulp in my orange juice, because pulp is the vitamins.  Who needs vitamins when you're eating real food?

RECIPES:

BEET, CARROT, APPLE and GINGER JUICE (GOOP)
According to my BFF Gwyneth: This juice is the most incredible color and is wonderfully sweet. Beets are said to lower blood pressure, carrots pack a super beta carotene punch, apples are cancer-fighters and ginger just loves your heart.

1 large or 2 medium beets
2 large carrots
1 large apple
½ lemon, zest and pith removed
1” piece of ginger
-Juice everything into a glass, stir and enjoy

DIJON-CIDER DRESSING (Detox Diet)
1.5T Dijon
1/3c apple cider vinegar
4T cold-pressed olive oil
2 packets Stevia
Freshly ground pepper to taste
-Blend all ingredients until smooth. Keeps for 3 weeks.

CB's Detox Day's 1 & 2

Guest post from Claire (CB=Claire Bear, yeah, you heard me) - check out how her first two days went on our week long detox.

Day: 1

Weight: Down 1.5lbs!
Feel: pretty good... and pissed.

How can I feel pretty good and yet pissed, you ask? Well, had a pretty good day at work- stayed wicked busy, so I didn't really feel tired or anything and it would have been one of those days where I wouldn't have a chance to make my lunch, so drinking my food instead worked out really well. For "breakfast" I had juice made of three carrots, one beet, one grapefruit, two peaches, and half a pint of strawberries- about 32 oz of juice. I drank that in two spurts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

For "lunch" I had juice made of three celery stalks (leaves and all), a handful of spinach, a handful of parsley, and a cup of pineapples (I cheated and used can, but it was all-natural and my darling husband said I had to use it before I made him cut up a fresh pineapple, and you know I wasn't about to do it!)- about 16 oz of juice (green- use caution if you're going to store it in the office fridge). I drank this in two spurts too, once at lunch time and another around 5p in the evening. I also drank about 32 oz of water during the day and had my regular vitamins. I felt a little sick around noon, but that was probably in my head.

At 5:15 I joined Chels and Ker at Heather's house for an ass-kicking. Going to Heather's is a great deal- you get a great workout and a therapy session for a bargain. Seriously, if you've never done a session, definitely consider it as a gift to yourself! So after a great workout and better girl talk, I returned home to my wonderful, supportive husband. Or so I thought- here's where the "pissed" comes in. I walked in the house while on the phone with Ker and made a comment that I wasn't sure what I was going to prepare for dinner. I thought I heard Dom (the husband formerly known as "supportive" and "darling") make a comment about how pasta and homemade sauce (drool) was for dinner, but ignored it- surely my darling and supportive husband wouldn't tempt me like that on Day One. So I ran up to take a shower and when I returned downstairs he asked me- get this- if I wanted some. WHAT?? DO YOU KNOW WHAT I'M DOING?? HAVEN'T YOU HEARD ME BITCHING ABOUT WHAT I'M DOING FOR THE PAST THREE DAYS?? I was slightly irked and made a sarcastic comment about how happy I was that he was so supportive. I'm trying to be unpissed. Perhaps my dinner of carrots/celery/homemade hummus and dessert of frozen raspberries will help put life back in perspective for me, but if that doesn't work, I bet I can milk him for a backrub;)

But other than Dom's slip, so far, so good! I feel great physically and am super excited about what I'm doing. Plus, did you see the change in my weight already?? Now granted, I'm doing this for the health benefits and to prove that I have willpower and blahblahblah, but a little weightloss goes a loooooooooong way for my motivation!

Day: 2
Weight: down 3.5lbs!
Feel: proud

142!! I got on the scale twice just now to make sure- how could I have that much nonsense in my system that my weight was inflated that much?? Granted, I'm not seeing any change in my glorious thunder thighs (my dad calls me "solid"), but that will come:)

Today I woke up at 5:15a and spent 30 mins making my juice. I made one with grapefruit, strawberries, one beet, a lemon, and two peaches. For the record, I've been juicing for a while, so my breakfast drink is usually fruit that I need to use before it starts growing stuff on it, so they're my own recipes. Guess I'm relatively creative after all!

Lunch juice was one stalk celery, one small beet, one granny smith apple, a bunch of parsley and spinach. The recipe calls for a handful of spinach and parsley, but how much is a handful?? I was feeling ambitious and wanted to be extra healthy so I used a ton of spinach and parsley, apparently too much because the damn stuff is still sitting in the fridge at work. Arg. I think tomorrow I'll bring the recipe I had on Monday- that one was pretty good!

After work today Keri and I met at yoga (heard Chels went to the studio near her house- woohoo!!) and I was driiiiiiiping sweat- it was ridiculous!  Glad I went because I do feel great. I'm just really proud that I really am sticking with this- today I had so many temptations from a free lunch at Udi's to tons of mini Twix bars being dangled in my face. But I sat and sipped my juice and focused on how proud of myself I am that I'm really doing this.

Physically, I feel pretty okay. I have a bit of a headache and I feel a little tired, but I don't think anything out of the ordinary. Mid day I really felt the hunger, but also the boredom- it was around the time I'd be munching on my honey roasted peanuts. Luckily, I had some virgin walnuts to hold me over. My GM made a comment that I'm a health nut and it took me by surprise- no one had ever considered me, queen of Cheetos, a health nut! Awesome:)

July 26, 2010

Detox Day 1

Day 1 (recipes at the end)

I woke up hungry and wanting eggs and immediately got worried that I was going to starve this week.  How do you start a day without eggs?  I got up and started to prep.  It took me about an hour to get both of my juices done plus prep lunch.  I needed a re-usable shopping bag to lug it all to work.  Here is how my day went.

7:45am. I really enjoyed the Green Lemonade! This made me feel instantly better about the cleanse.  I made it per the recipe with slight modifications. I made mine with red leaf lettuce, no celery (yuk), two apples, I peeled my lemon and used about ¾” ginger. I also added some fresh wheat grass. I finished my juice by 8:30 and you are supposed to wait at least 30 minutes before eating your fruit breakfast.

9:30am-ish.  Breakfast was a large bowl of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. So many berries, that could get old quick. Maybe a berry smoothie would be better. About 30 minutes after the berries I made some loose leaf tea that I got from my doctor. It is supposed to help balance your pH. Who knows if it works but it has some caffeine and it tastes good. I didn’t want to have a caffeine crash giving up my coffee cold turkey. I actually brought my French press in to work. The book doesn’t mention anything about tea. It does say coffee is the least of your worries (compared to process foods and cow dairy) but I know it is about a 4 on the acid scale and I don’t know if I could enjoy it without milk anyway so no coffee for me this week.


11:25am hungry. Ate a pear. More hungry after I ate the pear. More tea.

12:45pm lunch. The carrot stuff I brought was crap. I won't even include the recipe - it was carrot juice blended with an avocado, ginger, and garlic.  Maybe my avocado was going bad it just had such a strong taste. Drank maybe 4-6 ounces out of 16. I wanted to dump it out but I was afraid it will clog the sink at work so it sat on my desk, starring at me. (I ended up flushing it). Had two pieces of romaine with almond butter and raw honey. Had an apple pie LaraBar. The only ingredients are dates, almonds, apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. What a concept. Full! (note: wait 3-4 hours before eating anything else).

Mid-Day.  Kind of hungry but not too bad. Don’t have a ton of energy.

4:30pm snack. Snack might be overstating things a bit. I had Cucumber, Basil, and Lime juice. I always double this recipe. I added wheat grass. This is my favorite juice recipe to date. But sometimes the balance of ingredients is off and it sucks ass like the rest of them. Don’t be lazy, peel the lime. Otherwise it is bitter.  Took me about an hour to sip this.  It is best cold.  obv.

5:30pm workout – weights with my trainer Heather. Claire and Chelsea worked out too.  She took it easy on us.  I felt really good.

I had to run to the grocery store afterwards because you go through a lot of food juicing and eating raw.  I went to the Farmers market Saturday and Sunday just to stock up and already needed more staples like lettuce and apples.  In one day I went through a head of lettuce, a head of spinach, 1 lemon, some kale, two handfuls of wheat grass, 2 pieces of ginger, 5 cloves of garlic, a pint of grape tomatoes, a bunch of green onions, 4 apples, a bag of carrots, a huge bunch of basil, 1 lime, 1 cuke, lots of berries, a pear, and an avocado.  Seriously?

8:30pm dinner.  Was starving and scarfed down my food.  I had spelt pasta topped with sauteed spinach, grape tomatoes, green onion, garlic, olive oil, and some goat cheese on top.  Felt a little heavy.

9:00pm dessert.  1/3 of Dagoba dark chocolate bar.  Lots of after taste when the chocolate is that dark.  But I'll take it.

RECIPES:

GREEN LEMONADE (The Raw Food Detox Diet) - love it!
1 head romaine or celery
5-6 stalks of kale
(any greens in place of romaine/kale - chard, collards, spinach, cucumber, etc as long as some dark leafy greens)
1-2 apples
1 lemon (don't have to peel)
1-2" fresh ginger (optional)
Juice everything together

OH SO SIMPLE ROMAINE WRAPS (The Raw Food Detox Diet)
5 servings
5 romaine leaves
5T raw almond butter
5t raw honey
Put 1T almond butter and 1t honey on each piece of romaine.  Wrap up and enjoy!

CUCUMBER, BASIL and LIME JUICE (GOOP) - this is my favorite!
SERVES: 1 (I double it)
Starting with the basil, juice everything into a glass, give it a stir and enjoy.
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 English cucumber, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 lime, zest and pith removed
1 apple, cut into wedges

My Detox Program

I had a lot of indulgences last week including pizza delivery twice, homemade pizza once, Chinese food, lunch out, dinner out, a helluva lot of wine. Last night we went to a concert in the park and had cheese (brie and Taleggio), baguette, red wine, and salami for dinner. Yet my weight hasn't budged really. This makes me happy, but I physically felt like crap and when my friend Claire suggested a cleanse I was all over it. Our friend Chelsea is going to do it too. We’re all picking our own plan to follow.

I’m following a book I just bought, "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose. I had already bought the book trying to learn more about eating raw.  I’m starting with what she describes as Level 3 (out of 5) . I'm hoping this will transition me into a more vegetarian and raw diet. I never got around to blogging about it but I got a juicer last week and am loving it.

I’m going to be eating/drinking fresh juice (mostly veggie), fruit, raw veggies, sprouted grain products, tea, raw honey, raw almond butter, etc. What I'm not going to have is eggs, coffee, alcohol, soda, red meat, chicken, pork, cow dairy. Some of the recipes have Salmon which I don't eat. Natalia recommends raw milk goat cheese over cow milk products. I’ll miss eggs and coffee above all else.

After half a day I think I’ve already caved on what I’m going to do for dinners. My plan was to stick with raw veggies and cold soup but come on, I need some warm/cooked food. There is a recipe section for cooked veggies and grain based dishes for me to fall back on.

Here is the low-down:, with a very basic overview here.

Natalia calls out 4 categories of foods 1. starch 2. flesh 3. nuts/seeds/dried fruits 4. fresh fruit and then has a ton of rules surrounding proper combining. The main points are below:

• Don't combine any of these groups at a meal.
• Never combine anything with fruit - should only be consumed on an empty stomach, ideally as your morning meal. Don't eat anything within 30 minutes after eating fruit. Never eat fruit after a cooked meal.
• Any of groups 1-3 can be combined with raw veggies.
• Groups 1-2 can be combined with cooked veggies
• Wait 3-4 hours after eating before switching food groups
• Cow dairy bad, raw goat dairy better

My day will basically look like this:

First thing - Green Lemonade
Breakfast - as much fruit as desired (at least 30 minutes after green lemonade)
Lunch - Raw salad, raw dressing and Lara bar
Snack - fresh fruit or green lemonade (at least 3 hours after lunch)
Dinner - Raw salad or soup, sweet potato, sprouted grain toast like Ezekiel (at least 30 minutes after snack)
Dessert – 1/3 Dagoba 75% chocolate bar or 1/2 package Alta Dena raw goat cheese

What I like about her plan is she is not a vegan. She basically says don't try to go 100% raw Day 1, that you will fail and it is not good for your body. She says wine and coffee are not the biggest problems, processed food, cow dairy, and soy are. She also says if you want a cheeseburger or shrimp scampi or whatever, have them - but don't have fake foods like soy burgers or tofurkey to try and meet a craving. I like that she is not rigid. It allows you to eat healthy and gradually improve over years - if you want to. Supposedly when she started eating this way she got super skinny. Basically there is no mention of portion size since you are eating pure raw foods - as long as you don't stuff yourself.  The biggest con is the complicated food combining rules.  Day 1 and recipes to come.

July 25, 2010

It's time for a cleanse y'all

So, here's the deal.  A few of us are staring a cleanse/detox on Monday and I've invited my girlfriends to do some guest blogging about their experience.  I'll post soon on what my plan is but first up is my girl Claire who suggested the cleanse, which I was already considering so it was perfect timing.  We agreed upon 1 week, but I'm already thinking two might be better.

Day: 0
Weight: 145.5
Feel: apprehensive and a little anxious...

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Claire and I'm pretty lazy when it comes to food. I'm married to a wonderful man who cooks every meal we eat and cleans up afterwards. He even tries to cook healthy meals, which isn't always an easy task. So while I'm waiting for his delicious meal, I typically snack on whatever I can find, and while I'm waiting for him to finish cleaning up afterwards, I typically help myself to a ginormous serving of low fat ice cream. Breakfast is often yogurt and granola, but going along with my laziness, I often just settle for a processed bar or skip breakfast all together, and then munch on honey roasted peanuts until 3pm, when I pop my lean cuisine into the microwave. I like to fool myself into thinking that the high sodium, low calorie, processed meal is healthy.

I'm a little less ashamed of my physical activity. For a while, I was trying to win a contest and prepping to visit my in-laws, during which I knew I'd have to wear a bathing suit. Thus, I was doing 30 minutes of weights five times a week, running 2-3 miles every day, working out with a trainer 2-3 times a week, and doing power yoga once a week. My life was complete when my mother-in-law (a junior size 00 who complains that she can't keep weight on- hmph.) announced that I looked good, though she then proceeded to give me advice on how to stay that way, as though I'd magically arrived at my newly-toned physique by mistake. In any case, after achieving my life's goal, I started eating whatever I wanted and running once a week and sitting on the couch the rest of the time. To be fair, I had a lot of DVR'd programs to catch up on after vacation.

So here I am, eight pounds heavier than when I went on vacation three weeks ago, and feeling like I owe myself more. And I'm going to give myself more! So starting Monday, my two comrades in the fight against flab and I will embark on a very scary detox. It involves putting a lot of creativity and energy into my meals, neither of which are my strong points, but I'm determined to do this! I'm going to have juice for breakfast and lunch, snacks will consist of homemade hummus and carrots, walnuts, and apples and organic peanut butter, and dinner will be green smoothies, juice and/or salads with frozen raspberries for dessert. My darling husband will continue to eat his delicious meals, so that means I'll have to wash and cut my own fruits and veggies and even scrub my own juicer! And that's it- no aspirin, no caffeine, no booze (tear).

On top of that, I'll go to the trainer with Chels and Ker on Monday, yoga on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and (my personal favorite) a massage on Friday- kind of a reward for going five days and preparation for the last two days of the cleanse. My goals of the cleanse are the obvious ones- to get back on track, look better and feel better, but also to prove to myself that I do have willpower after all. I want to inspire people to live a healthier life, and I want to feel and look better than I ever have. I have a birthday coming up in September- a big one for me!- and I want to enter this next chapter of my life a healthier person physically and mentally. No pressure ;)

So what's not part of this cleanse? My trashy TV- I'll still enjoy "Teen Moms," "Bridezillas," "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," and, of course, Lifetime movies. Hey- one hurdle at a time. In fact, I'm really looking forward to Saturday- Chels, Ker and I will enjoy a total Girls' Day: mani/pedis, juicing, Lifetime movies (!!) and swapping stories about our husbands. I can't wait :)

Truth be told, I'm a little nervous about this week, but I'm super excited that Chels and Ker decided to do it with me, and that my darling husband didn't laugh when I told him what I wanted to do. Seatbelts on- no turning back!

p.s. I've never written a blog before. Hope that's clever enough.  But that's my diet- juice at least twice a day (I googled recipies to make sure I had the right nutrients) and I'm going to make my own hummus and have peanut butter for protein, plus organic, unsalted walnuts.

July 17, 2010

Random Thoughts

Note before we get started...if you don't like swear words wait for my next wholesome garden post, this one's not for you

Juice vs. green smoothie?  Wish I knew there was such a question before buying a juicer.  I'm going to go with: Both.  I'm having fun.  Juicing.  Who knew.  I bought the green smoothie book that Karen and Nipper recommended, just to cover my bases.

Parking ticket #3.  Pulled up to the meter with a quarter in my hand and it had 10 minutes left.  I can make it in the store for steaks and twice bakeds in less than 10 minutes I think to myself.  Throw quarter in purse.  Then the butcher was talking Chris-Craft.  Now, those who know me know I never engage in conversations with strangers.  Loathe it.  I mean seriously, why would I want to talk to you when I barely have time to talk to my friends?  But for whatever reason I said, in my most chipper voice (which is not very chipper), my grandpa worked for Chris-Craft for 42 years.  Algonac, Michigan.  That's right.  I lived behind the marina my whole life.  We have a 19' Holiday.  Test engine.  Blah blah blah.  The way this guy looked at me you would have thought I was a celebrity.  He even searched me down before I left to express his love.  No lie.  Come outside feeling pretty good about myself (because I was nice, for once) to a $25 ticket on my windshield.  Another one.  My third since moving downtown.  Just assumed it was because the meter expired until Bernie read it.  Mother fucker it was because I pulled up too far on the meter and it was lined up with my door.  Did you know that was illegal?  It was the last meter in a row, thought I would give myself a little room.  Fuck you meter maid.

Our water shut off valve has been bubbling crude for a few weeks now.  Turns out it is our responsibility. Fuck you Denver water.  First bid $4000.  Second $1500.  Fuck you plumbers.  Especially the first one you crook.

We picked our first head of broccoli today, I think it went too long and flowered a bit.  Rookies.  Also on the garden front we have no less than 1,000 green tomatoes out there.  When are you going to turn red already?

Boulder Art Fair sucked.  But they have the biggest farmer's market I've ever seen.  I bought striped beets which are supposed to be less earthy and sweeter than red beets.  Re: juicing.

I'm going to be spending my first night (week) alone in the "new" house in a couple of weeks and not looking forward to it.  Load the gun before you go honey and point out where the safety is, cuz I don't know how to use that shit.  Or maybe I'll revert to my old standby, sleeping with a screwdriver under my pillow locked in my room with the dog.  Seriously, a knife would cut me, screwdriver/dog combo makes more sense.

July 11, 2010

Grow Dammit Grow, part 7, a Michigan garden tour

As if I haven't bored you enough with my garden, I thought I would show you a few of our friend's gardens. 

First up, a Big 'ole Michigan garden.

 Tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs, cucumbers
you name it, it's in there
I brought seedlings when I visited in May.  One of my Yellow Pear tomato seedlings growing tall.
One of my King of the North Pepper seedlings with its first pepper!
Cherry tomatoes, banana peppers, and basil...
 

 A few tips for your fall crop courtesy of the Hudson Valley Seed Library

1.) Sugar Snap Peas : Sow now through late July
2.) Piracicaba Broccoli : Sow now through late July
3.) Dinokale : Sow now through late July
4.) Danvers Carrot : Sow now through early August
5.) Rainbow Chard : Sow now through early August
6.) Benning’s Patty Pan Squash : Sow now through mid-July
7.) Lettuce : Sow now through mid-September
8.) Bok Choy : Sow now through mid-August
9.) Tatsoi : Sow now through mid-August
10.) Bloomsdale Spinach : Sow mid-August until soil freezes

 
I just ordered some more seeds including sugar snap peas, lettuce, and more Bloomsdale spinach.  Don't tell Bernie.  Next up in my roving gardener series, a Colorado Springs container garden.  Riveting.

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