Thursday, May 30, 2013

Detox Week 3

Eating this way now feels normal to me. I feel light and strong and energized! I've gotten much faster at grocery shopping and I'm finding it interesting that there is so much food at the store that I have no desire to eat! I've also noticed that by not eating dairy and gluten, it's relatively easy to eat healthy because it automatically eliminates most of the junk food out there. I need to totally rethink my food philosophy from this point forward. On a negative note, the detox has kind of burnt me out from cooking. It's exhausting to plan and cook every single meal and snack for 3 weeks for 5 people - 3 of whom are not completely on the detox. I really feel for people who have to do this all the time because of food allergies, sensitivities, etc. Anyway, here are a few recipes I enjoyed from my final detox week.

Rice Noodles with Broccoli Almond Pesto

Avocado and Black Bean Tacos

Halibut with Roasted Beets

Grilled Beef Skewers with Zucchini and Mint

Creamy Mango Pops

Banana Ice Cream

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Detox Week 2

Fish has never tasted so good! I'm generally not even a fish person, but after eating only fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds for a week - it tastes freaking AMAZING! And I have so much energy from adding back gluten-free grains. We also packed up our Maryland house this week and hung out with friends and all of the delicious food that comes with them. I packed a cooler of my own food and so was able to resist eating pulled pork, iced Amish raisin bread, Ledo's Pizza, and waffles. It was tough, but I didn't have any of the food/beer hangovers that I saw my friends struggle with either. The only times I find myself really craving non-detox foods are when I'm over-hungry or stressed. Yoga helps with the stress and I try to have healthy snacks with me at all times to help curb the cravings. Fickle Toddler and Picky-Eater husband are still putting up with me. Although, I have been getting complaints about "veggie breath." :) Here are my favorite recipes from this week. Enjoy!

Baked Sweet Potato with Citrus

Banana-Oat Pancakes

Sesame Kale Salad

Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts

Spicy Black-Bean Salad

Baked Salmon with Coconut Broth

Baked Trout with Broccoli, Apple, and Fennel Slaw

Grilled Salmon and Bok Choy with Orange Avocado Salsa

Spiced Cashew Cream with Fruit

Cherry Date Oat Bars

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Detox Week 1

So I convinced my mother-in-law to do a cleanse with me this month following the guidelines from Whole Living magazine's 2012 and 2013 Action Plans. It's something I have wanted to do for a long time, but I have also been pregnant or nursing for a long time. :) As we approach the end of our first week, I feel energized! However, that's not to say there weren't some rough days. I definitely experienced fatigue, headaches, and bloating. Also, the food preparation is pretty time consuming and I've easily doubled my weekly grocery bill! I'm planning to stick with it, though. The menu for the first week consists of fruits, vegetables, lentils, nuts, seeds, oils and seasonings. And processed food or beverages, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcohol are off-limits throughout the 21 day detox. Picky-Eater Husband has been drinking the breakfast smoothies and eating the dinners as a side dish to some kind of meat. Fickle-Toddler has eaten just about everything along with meat, dairy, and gluten free grains. Here are the recipes I loved from this week. Enjoy!

Carrot, Mango, and Herb Smoothie

Orange-Berry Smoothie

Roasted Beets on Greens

Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad

Roasted Garlic and Beet Soup

Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage and Carrots

Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

Lentil Salad

Cauliflower "Rice" Stir Fry

Avocado with Bell Pepper and Tomato

Roasted Peppers, Cauliflower and Almonds

Roasted Portobellos with Kale

Minty Pea Dip