Clean Part Deux

April 22nd, 2012

I am in detox mode again. I have decided that after gaining over five pounds, drinking every weekend, and overeating multiple times all in the last few months, it is time to get back to a clean and natural state. To do this, I am repeating the Clean diet that I did in September. I have felt so lethargic and depressed lately, and I have been neglecting my blog.
On Wednesday, I started the cleanse again. However, I ate bananas on Wednesday, which have a high sugar intake and therefore are not allowed on the cleanse — sugar causes a spike in your blood sugar and interferes in digestion and detoxification. So that day didn’t really count as clean.

 

On Thursday I took pain medication for the unbearable headache that I had from Wednesday night on, and I couldn’t take it anymore. Also I wanted to be able to go to Body Pump on Thursday night since I had missed it the week before (went to New Orleans for French Quarter Fest — an even bigger indication of the need for a cleanse!). So Thursday didn’t really count.

 

And then we have Friday where I ate highly processed pickles and mustard from Subway. There was a celebration at work and Subway was provided. So I succumbed to the temptation of pickles and mustard (strange I know, but I love eating that combination). The mustard was highly processed so this too was not clean.

 

So I really started the cleanse yesterday. And felt like crap all day. I had a bad headache and I felt sore and achey all over. I basically stayed in bed and lounged on my new couch (woo for having furniture in my house!) all day. I feel better today however, but I’ve not acted much differently. Just lounging on the couch catching up on a few weeks worth of TV shows I like to watch (Anyone else think that Bones is going downhill lately?).

 

So today is Day 2 of my cleanse. I’ve not decided if I am going to stop at the 21 days this time or continue for 30 or even 60 days. I will probably start adding back in a solid dinner at the end of the 21 days and continue on the elimination diet (excluding the “un-Clean” foods) for the remainder of the time. I will listen to my body and see how I feel.

 

Starting weight: 125.9 lbs

 

Breakfast (10:00 to 10:30 am)

 

1/2 amaranth
Chipotle chili powder to taste
Chili powder to taste

 

 

I can’t eat corn during this cleanse and since my recent discovery of grits (yellow organic grits with cheese, unsweetened almond milk and the above spices), I was hoping I could find something to replace them as a weekend breakfast food. Amaranth does just that. Amaranth is a small grain that has a nutty flavor and a texture akin to mini-quinoa. And with the spices, it tastes and has about the same consistency of the grits I was eating before I started the cleanse. Winning!

 

Snack (11:30 am – 12:00  pm):

 

2 apples

 

This is more than the one piece of fruit recommendations from the Clean forums, but since I don’t have candida, I don’t see having two apples (which have a relatively low glycemic index) having a major negative effect on this cleanse.

 

Lunch (12:45 through 1:15 pm):

 

2 bowls vegetable soup

 

Made with
4 c. Imagine Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
2 c. distilled water
1/2 head of cabbage, chopped
1/2 head of cauliflower (florets only), chopped
1 celery heart, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 c. rainbow chard, cut into ribbons
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
Chives, chopped, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
Crushed red pepper, to taste

 

Bring to boil and then let simmer for about 15 minutes until vegetables are soft. Then let cool and place in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to mix. Reheat and serve. Makes about 6 bowls.

 

This is basically the Weight Watchers zero point soup. I had a craving for it and decided to make a huge batch of it. Delicious and just like I remember it from when my mother used to make it.

 

Feelings thus far today:

 

I still have a bit of a headache. It’s just a twinge of one, so it’s not that bad. But it is annoying.

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One Response to “Clean Part Deux”

  1. Hannah Says:

    you should also try millet. I like it better than quinoa as a gluten-free alternative to couscous

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