Congrats to all of you who have made it this far on our cleanse. Hopefully you have noticed some positive changes and these are enough to keep you going! I have heard from quite a few of you and this is what you have told me so far:
“My pants are looser and I have lost belly fat.” “I have lost 3 # already!” ” My skin looks amazing and my sleep has been wonderful.”
” I miss sugar but I am craving it less and less.” ” I miss my evening wine: I am getting a little grumpy but I am determined to hang in there because this is my second time and I remember how great I felt afterwards.” ” This feels so empowering: I love it!”
I promised to share a few recipes to keep things fun and interesting(hopefully you have discovered some of your own: don’t forget to share!!)
In Whole Living magazine, Jan/Feb issue, they had an article, “Start Fresh” , which I just received yesterday. Great minds think alike, yes? They are launching a 3 week cleanse which is quite a bit stricter than ours but full of terrific information and recipes. I tried one of the beverage ones last night and I loved it, so here goes:
“Golden Elixir” (great name): Boil up water, fill up your mug with hot water, add 1 Tblsp of fresh lemon juice, 1/8 tsp each of turmeric and ground ginger(you can always use fresh of course), a smidge of cayenne(or more if you like it spicy) and honey. I also added some truvia to make it a little sweeter. Drink a cup of this in the morning and at night. This is a powerful drink, loaded with anti-inflammatories and immune boosters, great for your liver and your adrenals. And I found it incredibly satisfying at the end of the day, when I often pour myself a glass of lovely red wine; this was a perfect substitute.
For lunches and dinners, try roasting up a bunch of vegetables in advance so that they are ready when your appetite strikes. Simply heat your oven up to 425 degrees. Cut up some veggies of your choosing(cauliflower, beets,broccoli, carrots, Brussel sprouts, turnips, parsnips, green/red/yellow peppers): toss them lightly in some olive oil and a dusting of salt( I use Kosher or a gourmet type of salt like pink Himalayan), place in large roasting pan and cook for 35-40 minutes, tossing and turning them every 10-15 minutes . Cook until they turn a nice golden brown or to your liking. Serve alone or with quinoa(pronounced keen-wah), brown rice, whole grain pasta and a protein of your choice. Last night I had them with quinoa and a chicken skewer. I also love them cold for a snack(but I love vegetables). Try a bunch of different veggies: eggplant and onions are also tasty so experiment! You will probably find that this is your new favorite way to eat vegetables. I know my family did!
Remember to let us know how you are feeling, what you are trying and share those recipes and ideas. Your comments have been great and we are inspired by all of you and your commitment to your health and life balance.