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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winter Cleanse


Last week I did my first ever cleanse. I gave up alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy, gluten & red meat for 7 days. To be honest, I didn't think I would be able to do it. I'm definitely a carry out & dine out girl who loathes going to the grocery store. However, I wanted to prove to myself that I could. The hardest part was actually all of the preparation- it's definitely cheaper & easier to eat crap. But I made some great dishes, a frittata & lots of soups! I also had the support of great 2 friends who did the cleanse with me & did recipe swaps with me.
I have always been somewhat skeeved about preparing fish at home. I've worried that I wouldn't cook it all the way through or that it would stink up the house. Tilapia was a great fish to start with. A simple blend of lemons, capers & a little olive oil + sea salt made a surprisingly good meal that I made 2 nights out of the week!
Here was my first foray into turnips! I must admit the entire time prepping this concoction with white beans, carrots, onions & vegetable broth I thought that it was going to be a bust. I was pleasantly surprised at its creamy deliciousness!
I also bought a Vitamixer that I'm still experimenting with, but one divine treat I whipped up was with frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, an orange & a splash of coconut milk. It was like frozen yogurt- delish! I had warned all of the girls at the spa that I might be a raving lunatic & to bear with me, but ironically I felt pretty great. A little tired in the mornings without my coffee pick me up(which I had weened myself off of the previous week), but in general happier. Yesterday was my first day back & I felt a little lost as to what to start adding back in. I wanted to 'splurge' but couldn't find anything worthy & didn't want to set myself back. Even a 'healthy' grocery like Fresh Market presented tons of temptations. Hopefully this will be a turning point in trying to cut back on all the processed food in my life- fingers crossed!
Peace. Love. Lipgloss. M

5 comments:

MCW said...

I am trying to cut back on processed foods, but your right it is hard! Also when cooking for one I feel like so many of the fresh foods I get go to waste and I don't like going to the grocery store every single day...

Lisa Shenkle said...

Great blog post. Although Tilapia tends to be a greater in cholesterol than a lot of fish, I have prepared it exactly as you have and it's delicious as well as versatile. Not sure I'd have the discipline you exhibited, however!

Jennifer said...

So proud of you!!! Congrats!!!!

Peace.Love. Lipgloss. said...

MCW- I know what you mean, I throw away my fair share of bagged lettuce & slimey cucumbers!

Peace.Love. Lipgloss. said...

I'm sure salmon would be better, but the thought of oily fish kind of grosses me out- so for now I'm just happy I'm branching out!