My cleanse is still going strong! I’m still almost always hungry, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.
My breakfast smoothie on day 5 consisted of banana, raspberries, kale, udo’s, almond milk and chocolate hempshake. Very tasty. I also took my multi and b complex supplement. For a snack I had a peach, a pear and blueberry green tea.
For lunch, I topped the quinoa salad with black beans and mango with some perfectly ripe avocado, all served over spinach. The avocado greatly improved the quinoa salad in my opinion, but really, what doesn’t avocado improve?
Afternoon snack was carrot sticks, cucumber and green pepper strips with more roasted eggplant and garlic hummus.
For dinner I made Brown Rice ‘n’ Beans Jumble-aya from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan with steamed green beans. I bought the suggested file powder, but was worried that I wouldn’t like it when I smelled it cooking. Luckily it balances well with the rest of the ingredients and I liked it just fine. I don’t think I’ll be going crazy with the file powder quite yet though. Also, the brown rice didn’t cook all the way in the 45 minutes cooking time called for. I let it cook for 10 extra minutes and the rice was still quite al dente. Overall, this is a very good dish that I would definitely make again. After dinner I had peppermint tea and called it a night.
This smoothie had basil, kale, blueberries, peach, chia seed and amazon acai hempshake. Basil – weird, I know, but I had some basil wasting away in the fridge and nothing else to do with it so I decided to experiment. I wouldn’t call basil in a smoothie good necessarily, but it wasn’t bad either. The basil flavor was definitely big but not overpowering. I want to continue experimenting, maybe with fresh ginger and some spices. Along with the smoothie I took coQ10 and a multi.
The rest of Thursday was less interesting. My morning snack was a plum, two apricots, almonds and coffee with unsweetened almond milk. Lunch was more quinoa salad with black beans and mango, topped with avocado and served over spinach. Afternoon snack was carrot sticks and cucumber with the last of the roasted eggplant and garlic hummus. Dinner was leftover brown rice ‘n’ beans jumble-aya and steamed green beans, followed by wild sweet orange tea.
Friday morning’s smoothie was kale, banana, blueberries, kiwi, orange juice, almond butter and flax. Another odd combination, perhaps, but I was out of almond milk and this worked okay. Also had the b complex and multi. I poured up some coffee soon as I got to work, with unsweetened almond milk.
I took a morning snack to work and didn’t get a chance to eat it because we were having new student orientation. It’s a pretty intense day for me, I basically answer questions non-stop and have to be “on” and smile all day. It only happens twice a year though, and it’s fun getting to meet all the new students. I finally got a little break at lunchtime, so I ate my snack of a pear and a nectarine, then had lunch, the last of the quinoa/black bean/mango salad over spinach. Afternoon snack was carrot sticks, cucumber and celery with non-honey honey mustard dressing. For dinner I had more of the jumble-aya with green beans. I had intentions of exercising when I got home, but I was so beat after work that I quickly settled onto the couch with a beer, and had a few more as the night went on. While watching a movie a few hours after dinner I realized I was absolutely starving, not the kind of hunger I could ignore. I wanted some plain popcorn but didn’t have any, so I settled for a handful of dill pickle cashews.
One week of the cleanse done! Other than time spent on food preparation it’s been easy so far, and I haven’t really experienced any cravings. One noted benefit is that my skin seems to be clearing up. Also, I lost just under three pounds! In one week! That’s really good for me, normally I have to be happy to lose ONE pound every TWO weeks.