Well, it’s been a great week! I’m still holding strong on my 21-Day Cleanse. It’s actually going quite well. Some of the more obvious and measurable results from the last two weeks are:
Clearer skin: No more redness around my nose or flakiness around my hairline.
Weight loss: Four solid pounds lost so far!
Diminished cravings and increased power over food: Although this isn’t a sugar detox since I am still eating fruit, I have cut all natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup. Also, because I am not eating eggs or nuts, I have not baked anything. It’s funny how once those foods aren’t an option, you really don’t have a desire for them anymore.
This may sound strange, but I have determined that the food we eat is really less about nutrition and more about the psychology of eating. No, I am neither a doctor nor a trained nutritionist. I like to cook. And I’ve been in this game for a while. If you are surrounded by food everyday and a big part of your life is focused on sharing your excitement about healthy eating, there’s a good chance you obsess over food. I know I tend to think about food all of the time. When I bake some yummy treat, I have to taste it. Sometimes several times to get things right. I’ve got a lot of willpower, but there are some things that are REALLY hard to pass up.
Last year, after reading It Starts With Food, I started eating bigger meals so I could avoid snacking. That really helped me keep things in check, because having healthy paleo snacks on hand is a real obstacle for many people. I frequently relied on nuts, which are very easy to over-consume. During this cleanse, I have completely eliminated nuts. And I’ve been okay with it. I’ve had a couple of instances where the nuts in my pantry are staring me in the face, asking me where I’ve been. But I have won the battle.
Eliminating eggs, which sounds so difficult, has really been easier than I thought. They are a breakfast food for me, and were easily replaced by alternative animal proteins (mostly leftover from dinner). Butter (or ghee) and nightshades have been a bit more challenging to remove, just because I really like them. I look forward to seeing how my body responds to these foods during the reintroduction period.
Certainly the most difficult for me to give up has been alcohol. Specifically, wine. And I don’t mean that in an addiction type of way. Having a glass of wine with my husband or with friends is such a social experience. I enjoy wine, and I enjoy it even more with friends. Sure, I can substitute something else, and I have. But it’s just not the same…I look forward to it’s reintroduction!
So, with the elimination of each of these foods, where I thought I may struggle, I have actually been grateful for the black-and-white decision making. I have no questions, nothing to ponder, no gray areas. If a food is off the list, it’s off. And what I’m left with is simple: meats, fish, veggies, and fruit. It works. And although you might think meals would be boring, as you can see from my last two weeks of meal plans, they are anything but. Herbs and spices are amazing at transforming even the simplest of foods into something amazing.
So without further adieu, here are the yummy meals for this week. Whether you are in the midst of a cleanse or just want some great, healthy food, this week’s meal plan should serve you well. Enjoy your week!Shopping List 53
Sauteed Fish with Orange-Fennel Salad
Kale with Coconut Milk and Bacon
Flank Steak with Citrus Marinade
Salmon and Arugula with Lemon-Balsamic Vinaigrette
Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
Grilled Whole Chicken