To begin with I dragged my feet about doing a transformation. For some reason I didn’t understand the process and felt that I would be denying myself all of these wonderful things that I love in life…but the reality was not so much!
I suppose if you are the type of person who lives for junk food and can’t even begin to imagine a week without wine or coffee, this is going to be much more of a challenge, not impossible, but more challenging.
Yep, those are my toes at 162ish pounds. Had a power shake for breakfast and lunch, super aminos three times a day and had Zucchini noodle salad for dinner made into cabbage rolls:
Simple to make – noodle up some zucchini (I got a nifty little noodle maker over on Amazon for like $10 bucks delivered to my door in two days) and make a dressing of 1/2 avocado, a teaspoon (ish) of lemon juice, salt and pepper and a bit of water to thin it out so you can whirl it up in your nutribullet. Once you pour that over your noodles then sprinkle with a few homegrown (or store bought) cherry tomatoes.
I actually only did the cleanse properly for seven days, my husband (who is a truck driver) came home and life changes during the times he is around. Over all I was very pleased with the results. A solid seven pounds in seven days.
The things I learned that made a difference to me were drinking herbal tea during the day. Cinnamon flavor tends to make me believe things are sweet when really they are just cinnamony (not like that is a real word, but I think you get my drift)
Making a meal once a day and enjoying the process of creating and eating it also makes the feeling that you are depriving yourself of the pleasure of eating less intrusive. Create fun foods. There are many vegetarian recipes around that are filling, nutritious and fun to make.
Pumpkin Chili with Black Beans and Garbanzo Beans
This is a delicious vegetarian chili. Makes 4 lunch-size servings. You can (and should!) double this recipe, if you plan to serve this for dinner (larger portions) for 4-6 people.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 large organic onion, chopped
- 4 organic garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (from the can or homemade)
- 1 cup organic tomatoes, chopped in small chunks
- 1 cup organic vegetable stock or water
- 15 oz organic black beans, cooked (or 1 can)
- 7.5 oz organic garbanzo beans or white beans (or ½ can)
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder (start with half the amount, and add more, to taste)
- 2 tablespoons chili powder (start with 1 tablespoon, reduce or add more, depending on your tastes and also on how spicy your chili powder is)
- salt and pepper
- green onion, chopped (as garnish)
1. In a large pot or skillet, cook chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes on medium heat until soft.
2. Add pumpkin, canned tomatoes (chop them up into smaller chunks), vegetable stock (or water), black beans and garbanzo beans. Add half the cumin and half the chili powder, stir everything well, and season with salt and pepper. Taste your chili, season some more with salt and pepper if needed. Add the remaining cumin (or more) and remaining chili powder (or more), if desired. Bring to boil, make sure to stir all ingredients well together to combine flavors and spices. Reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes on simmer.
3. Serve in soup bowls, garnished with chopped green onion.
I made this the other day ~ so good!
Eat fresh foods that are in season.
Use a variety of vinegars to spice things up and use a variety of spices to what you are preparing. One night I even made vegetable sushi! I mixed alfalfa sprouts, Julienne carrots, avocado and cucumber, sprinkled a bit of flavored vinegar, a piece of ginger and a dollop of wasabi mustard that I rolled up in pre-cut nori strips. Basically I just wrapped the strips of nori around the veggies. Turned out great. Lots of flavor and nutrients, not so many empty “rice” calories.
Blended tomatoes with Italian herbs over zucchini noodles is another one of my favorites that can be eaten hot or cold.
Going into the cleanse I thought I was going to have to deny myself, that I would be hungry and that I would be cranky. This is far from the experience I had. I was clear headed. I was not hungry, nor did I have a headache from not drinking coffee or eating dairy. In fact I think that my chronic runny nose dried up. Even though I know dairy isn’t all that great for adults I still like to drink milk in my coffee.
I didn’t miss the wheat/bread at all and because I love the cherry drink so much and it allows me to sleep so well, I didn’t even miss that glass of wine in the evening.
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