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The Cleanse: Days Three and Four…

I didn’t immediately sit down and write about day three because it was a bad day. I woke up exhausted and everything seemed difficult. While I am certain that I was feeling detox emotions, when you are in it, it’s hard to remember that it will go away.

As it always happens, the day moves forward, turns into night, you get some sleep and with that, another chance to make the most of your life. Day four, on the other hand, was much better. Having friends over for dinner helped because I got to play in the kitchen and come up with a delicious meal that worked for my current diet.

I had forgotten how easy it is to make ice cream. I was recently given some goat milk, so I started by making goat milk ice cream flavored with honey. It was so simple and all from Colorado, mostly all sourced within a few miles of my home – the milk, egg yolks, honey and the last of the fresh peaches from the Western Slope.

I then proceeded to caramelize garden onions and cook a batch of quinoa. Later in the day, I sauteed up yellow squash with chipotle chiles, grated a little manchego cheese and tossed it all together. Then I stuffed this mixture into beautiful red bell pepper halves that I had lightly steamed. With it’s aluminum hat, I put it in the oven for about twenty minutes, then sprinkled a little more manchego on top to melt it and dinner was served.

The amazing, clean, healthy food tasted so good and sharing it with friends made it, and my life, all the better.

October 7, 2011 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

Two Days In…

I technically started eliminating most of the foods I intended on Sunday, but not quite everything. Sunday was my last day to revel in wheat-based bread, one of my favorite things, for at least two weeks, but up to six.

Three days in, the only thing I have yet to give up is cow’s dairy. With cottage cheese and yogurt open, I decided to finish what was there and then switch to lower dairy and goat or sheep’s milk options. Part of my decision about dairy is that I’ve already given it up once and I’m pretty darn sure, from that experiment, that dairy does not give me problems. Actually, being vegetarian, the last time I gave up dairy I experienced a complete lack of energy and brain-fog, leading me to believe that I need the fat and protein.

You may wonder how easy or difficult it is to do a cleanse. I’ve done them before, even including a short fast and, so far, this has been the easiest yet. Maybe my body was just ready, I know my mind was, but I have had no withdrawal symptoms. In the past I experienced headaches due to caffeine withdrawal and cravings for the things I was emotionally addicted to such as sugar and wine.

The upside to all of this is that I am already sleeping better, which means that I have more energy throughout the day to accomplish what I want! My moods have almost instantly evened out. I still got annoyed with the broken dishwasher and the cost to repair it today, but if that’s the extent of my angst in a day, I’ll take it!

I’m also loving the fresh food. In 45 minutes I put together polenta, roasted acorn squash and a side salad. Yesterday was corn chips with cheese melted on them and a bigger salad. Tomorrow, after yoga, something simple will be in order…maybe another salad (can you sense a theme), but with lots of ingredients – olives, nuts, tons of different garden-fresh veggies.

Then the weather changes, gets colder, so it will be time to start roasting potatoes, parsnips and carrots or making mashed potatoes. Keep watching and see what comes next. I’ll try to post regularly.

October 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment


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