Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Whole Foods Cleanse Year 2

In January 2012, I did a 21 day whole food cleanse (related posts) which was created by Whole Living Magazine. Basically the first week was fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The second week, we added in some gluten free grains, and the third week we added lean protein (eggs, fish, chicken breast).

The Whole Living, Whole Foods Cleanse was focused on eliminating the following:

  • Sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Dairy
  • Gluten Free Grains
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine 

This year, I have also decided to go on a whole foods cleanse, but really it's more of an elimination diet. I've made some personal modifications to the cleanse from last year and today I am Day 6 into it, feeling happy to be over the initial hump.

If you have never cleansed before, I will warn you that around Day 3 your liver is detoxing and although you may present with a headache, irritability may be a top symptom! Personally,  I become highly sensitive to noise and basically want to spend the day in bed with a pillow over my head. One of the reasons why I modified the cleanse this year, was to help ease me through some of the harshness of the first week, so I can maintain my lifestyle. Honestly, while spending the day in bed sounds lovely, it's not very realistic. When you are truly cleansing, obviously initially your energy levels will be decreased, and one of my priorities is to be active during these 3 weeks.

Denise's 2013 Whole Foods Cleanse, eliminating:

  • Sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Dairy
  • ALL grains
  • alcohol

I decided to keep lean protein in my diet, I have chosen to consume eggs, chicken breast, and fish. I have also given up all grains, to me having rice crackers or gluten free bread defeats the purpose of what I am trying to accomplish, and just strengthens my desire to eat more carbs of the gluten filled variety. With out any grains, I've actually had an easier time. Related, I have eaten potatoes. When you hear grain free many think of Paleo, I am not eating Paleo (see, potato confession). The other change I've made is to drink green tea with caffeine. I enjoy green tea and have no desire whatsoever to put sugar or milk in my green tea.

I will be updating in the next few days some ways I've found to curb my sugar cravings and also meals we've been preparing. I have to confess, now that my husband is back from traveling this week, life is much easier, he's such a great cook and supportive of this cleanse!

Lunch today as pictured, simple soup:
diced tomatoes, garlic, italian herbs, potato, carrot, celery, mushroom, chard, onion, and avocado.

I recently heard someone describing a similar cleanse as a 1 ingredient diet. If it contains more than one ingredient, it probably does not fit the cleanse! As with the soup above, we made it, we knew exactly what was in it, a bunch of 1 ingredient items.

If you are cleansing please share any tips or foods you've been enjoying!

Related articles: Whole Living Mind + Body Challenge

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Window Shopping My Imagination

The sidewalk is cold and grey, but one’s eyes immediately are drawn to the sparkle and shine that is flowing from the store’s window display. Delicate glittery birds, as well as the latest hand knit mitten collection, dangle from the edges of heavy branches, which appear freshly gathered from a neighboring forest. Just beyond the antique solid wood and iron door lies the most delicate trinkets and finest clothing in one magical space. Upon entry not only are the eyes searching from one end of the store to the other, a subtle fragrance becomes welcoming. The nose naturally follows the scent, which later presents itself as a hand poured candle made from an exquisite blend of essential oils. Rich mahogany wooden tables hold vibrant woolen sweaters, the latest trend setting denim, and are sprinkled with perfectly curated accessories such as sunglasses, scarves, and seasonally appointed hats to complete any ensemble. While the look is casual and chic, the care and precision that merchandise is displayed does not happen by mere chance. A single stroll through the circular floor plan reveals the marriage of wisdom and vision, which leaves the most seasoned shopper returning for more.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Simple Organizer For Kid's Art Supplies

Right before the holidays I had met my tolerance for the girls' art supplies. While I completely adore all of their cut, colored, and glued creations, I couldn't take another day of finding art supplies scattered on every available surface not to mention errant marker caps under the table. Of course inevitably there was also the constant search for a glue stick or scissors. 

Mom, have you seen my mechanical pencil? 

Finally, I came up with a solution to share! In the past my initial reaction would be to run out shopping to find "just the perfect" bins to organize their supplies, but not this time. I simply walked into my organized storage closet and found a basket to house all of the supplies that I thought would be a manageable size for both the girls to handle. Next I eyed a couple of smaller bins to store the markers, erasers, glue, pencils, and scissors. 

Here's the finished basket:

crayons, markers, scissors, pencils, erasers, glue, and a pencil sharpener

Here's the  contents of the interior baskets, which are easy for the girls to remove:



Part of my strategy was to throw away all of the old half dried out markers and the broken crayon stubs. I simply purchased a brand new set of markers, put out unsharpened pencils, and bought the big box of crayons. My girls were mesmerized by how lovely it looks to have all the crayons in the big flip top box together. The bonus of having two smaller bins inside is that they can easy remove them when they are coloring on the floor with out having to dump the entire bin. 

I've found the best way to keep my girls on top of their things is with simple tools to help make their job easy. We are about 2 months out with this new organization system and it looks like it will be a keeper! 

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Monday, January 7, 2013

In My Skin

On this glorious sunshine filled summer day, I am riding my bicycle with a yoga mat peaking out of the top of a wicker basket that's attached to my handlebars. My body has a warm sun kissed glow, my lips are glossy red, I'm wearing obscenely short Lululemon speed shorts that accentuate the legs that push me to 5'11". There's no chance I'd hide these thighs after the work I've done to earn them. My hair is gently blowing from underneath my helmet because even though this is a fantasy, I never forget the small details such as safety. My left arm rises making a 90 degree angle, signaling to the cars whizzing by me that I am taking a right hand turn. My femininely toned bicep catches my eye. My torso isn't hidden under a baggy tank top because I lost my muffin top one emotionally charged lifetime ago. Now that I look a little closer, I recognize this is where I am suppose to be in my skin.

I forgive myself for ever doubting this is who I've always wanted to be. I forgive myself for spending years hiding in a body that just never quite felt me. When I envision the feeling of being in a body that is my ultimate ideal, my motivation allows me a stepping stone to arrive there.

Just right there, in my skin.

Yes, I can.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Is A New Year For The Well Intended

I applaud the first day of January. There's just something about the reset of the calendar that gives me a nudge to try again. My motivation strengthens beyond compare and all of my fraught ridden attempts from the year that has passed, slips into the fleeting memory compartment of my brain.

In the spirit of recognizing how to reach my potential, my intentions are going to look a bit like this...

I shall walk to the library to return my library books, not just merely in an attempt to avoid accruing overdue charges on my account, but also to benefit from the exercise. I resolve to not accrue any fines this year on my library card, as well as to read more books.  After my brisk walk to the library, I will indeed use my reusable grocery bags when I pop into the market to pick up groceries for the meal I had already planned out, the prior Sunday. I resolve to meal plan this year! I most certainly will be picking up kale, chard, or spinach as leafy greens are on the list to consume MORE OF. I will saunter past the crunchy super crappy for me snack aisle with out any rising desires to just grab a small bag for the girls. Although I don't always say it aloud, deep down I know how much clean eating benefits my body and mind. On the walk home, I want to reflect upon the gratitude I feel knowing our home is just blocks from the library, wonderful cafes, the grocery store, and my favorite hiking trails.

My intentions are to seize the opportunities that are put in front of me and to create the ones that haven't come my way yet. I'm ready for 2013, so ready.