I’m this close to being done with the Natural Chef program at Bauman College. Our group final-slash-graduation-ish dinner was last night, and we just have one more wrap up class on Tuesday. While I’m extremely happy that I took on the five month program and I have greatly increased my cooking skills and knowledge, my personal diet for the past few months has been less than ideal, and I’ve gained a few pounds. So, now that I have time back on my hands I’m going to embark on a cleanse. It’s a little more stringent than the last cleanse I did just before school started, and a little less intense than the Adventure Cleanse Tune-up that both Bianca and Jessy did recently. I didn’t have a juicer when I cleansed back in August, but now I do (thanks again, mom!) and I’m excited to include a green juice as a part of my daily menu. I also didn’t have the guts to completely knock out coffee and alcohol last time, so this time I’m going to give it a go. We are going on vacation on the 20th, so I expect the cleanse will last 19 days.
Here are the guidelines:
– NO gluten
– NO sugar (maple, agave and stevia are okay in small amounts)
– NO coffee
– NO alcohol
– Very limited processed foods (I will use almond milk, green powder and hemp protein powder in smoothies)
– Abundant fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of protein and fat, and limited whole grains
– Increased “booster foods”: hemp, flax and chia seeds, seaweed, nutritional yeast, sprouts, fermented foods, umeboshi plum, etc.
– first thing in AM: warm water with chia seeds and lemon juice
– breakfast: fresh green juice, green or black tea
– mid-morning snack: smoothie (fruit, omega-3 oil, hemp protein powder or nut butter, and green powder)
– lunch: salad, mostly raw, with cooked protein optional (beans or soy), OR a totally raw meal of some sort
– afternoon snack: raw veggies with hummus OR raw energy bar OR trail mix
– dinner: cooked meal including whole grains or starchy veggies and other vegetables, possibly with protein and/or topped with a sauce
– after dinner: herbal tea
That is the plan, and I intend to stick with it. Better than last time. No cheating. I have thought about the possible cravings and weaknesses I may encounter, and have plans for them. If I feel like having a beer, I will try either fruit juice mixed with sparkling water or herbal tea instead. My snack cravings tend to be salty/crunchy, so I have a jar of Bubbie’s dill pickles for emergency snacking.
As to not leave this post picture-less, here are two juices I have made recently.
Orange, apple and ginger. So tasty.
This one was mostly red cabbage. I know I put other stuff in too, but I remember it tasting mostly like essence of red cabbage.