Cleanse Yourself

Do you know what happens when you go from working 3 jobs, running around all day, and just barely being able to keep abreast of your schedule to working an almost-full time corporate job remotely from home? I do. You never leave your house. Ever. And you never find a good reason to change out of your pajamas. And you get super lazy about cooking.

Without getting into the nitty gritty, I have become a professional pizza orderer.

I decided to do something I have watched others do and always thought, "Yeah, that's not for me." I went on a cleanse.

Three weeks. No excuses.
NO alcohol, caffeine, sugar, wheat, meat, dairy, eggs, or soy.

Scared yet? I sure was.

I will say, it has not been easy (I'm finished this coming Sunday). I have had my weak moments, I have not been completely faithful, and sometimes the cravings are something scarier than horror. But I do feel pretty darn good! Awake without coffee, falling asleep at normal hours, and though I had hoped I'd lose a few pounds.... I don't feel bogged down or bloated like I often did on my bread-laden diet.

I have started every day for the last 3 weeks with a smoothie. Filled with fruits and almond milk and flax. Sometimes nuts or an extract or even raw cocoa powder. This is a huge change for me as I usually settled on coffee, coffee, maybe some leftover pizza, and more coffee. And it's something that I plan to continue after the cleanse is over. It's just so refreshing! And it really gets the day started off on the right note.

My favorite smoothie (that you should totally try!) has been the one you see above. TO DIE FOR. Because I love you all, I will give you the recipe.

(serves 2)
1c frozen raspberries
1c frozen mango
zest 1/2 lemon
2 c So Delicious Coconut Beverage (unsweetened)
1 TB ground flax
handful raw cashews
handful fresh mint leaves


The other amazing thing that came out of this cleanse is my cooking mojo, back from the grave. I have been whipping up creation after creation, all from scratch, since cleanse day 1. I love the puzzle of cooking for multiple dietary restrictions. It really is the best kind of challenge! Take a look at this round-up of my experiments (And if any of these meals look irresistible to you, I will happily share the recipe. All you have to do is ask!):

Cashew Risotto with Trout and Shitake Salad

Mushroom Sweet Potato Soup with Thyme; Baby Spinach and Fresh Salsa

Eggplant with Tahini Sauce and Roasted Chickpeas

Fresh Tomato Soup with Okra

Mediterranean Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Risotto Stuffed Poblanos

Roasted Vegetable Hash with Smoky Tempeh