Yes, I'm THAT over the hump.
I feel incredibly calm. I don't feel bloated (even with a looming visit from the monthly bloat master in my life), I'm eager to clean my house, I've committed to walking or hiking every single day, I am more tuned in to my girls. Today was the first day I didn't get out to walk because I got caught up in other things (costco run w/a friend, new garbage disposal installation), I was trying to figure out how to sneak some cardio in at home at 10pm. I went to bed instead, taking pride in the last 9 days I did walk for a minimum of 30 minutes. One day off is fine.
I'm excited the next week is going to bring about some change in my diet. We get to add in legumes and lean protein. I did break down and have an egg last Wednesday, it was a combination of things with the main feeling of intuition telling me, I NEED PROTEIN! One egg and that need was met. I'm not craving meat per say, but I am enjoying having lentils with dinner or black beans in my salad. I added chickpeas to a roasted vegetable dish of brussel sprouts, garlic, cauliflower, and beets. That mix was fabulous over some greens tossed in a simple olive oil and vinegar.
I am not craving dairy one bit. I'm not eating bread, so I don't want butter. I'm not having coffee, so I don't need milk. Occasionally I think about having cheese in my salad, but I am always content when I finish my meal. Wow?!? Speaking of bread, I would consider my self a bread fanatic, haven't given much thought about indulging in a piece. I have no carb cravings. This cleanse has brought fresh fruits and vegetables into a new light for me. A morning smoothie is filling, especially with an avocado or cashews in it. It feels good to be one week down and feel comfortable. I know I lost weight, I can tell. I did weigh myself with the Wii Fit last Wednesday and will only weigh myself on day 21. This isn't about losing weight for me, but it is something I've really been wanting. I'm already contemplating Day 22, how are these three weeks going to affect me?
Sharing some meals from the week, which is a great time to share, my husband is an outstanding cleanse partner. He cooked many of these meals (but not all of them). In this together, is a great place to be. I'm grateful for his support.
Fresh roasted potatoes, lentils (first legumes I had), fresh green beans, spinach, carrots, red peppers, garlic, portobello mushrooms, red onion. Kitchen sink meal du jour!
Fresh pineapple, kiwi, blueberries over cashew and walnut "crust" (mixed in Cuisinart).
Roasted brussel sprouts, garlic, beets, cauliflower just tossed in olive oil. Oven 400 degrees, 20 mins. Threw the chick peas in at the end to heat them up, served over greens.
Roasted acorn squash, cabbage, greens, broccoli steamed for 4 minutes, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds.
Green smoothie, collards, kale, mustard greens, pineapple, peach, mango, banana.
Pineapple, blackberries, with unsweetened coconut, sunflower seeds.
I feel nourished, how could I not?!? On with week 2...
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