Breakfasts: Oatmeal/cinnamon/almond milk/sunflower seeds; rice noodle soup; quinoa with nuts
Lunches: Dinner leftovers, gluten/dairy/meat-free soups - think lentils or other bean soups, vegetarian chili, etc.
Snacks: Quinoa; rice; fruit; nuts and raisins; falafel chips with hummus, guacamole, or salsa
Dinners: Balsamic roasted broccoli/grilled salmon/quinoa
-Brown rice pasta/tomato sauce/green pepper/spinach/roasted garlic (pictured)
-Cajun spiced shrimp with lime juice/black forbidden -rice/steamed green beans
-Spaghetti squash topped with black beans, green peppers and salsa
-Roasted acorn squash stuffed with quinoa cooked with garlic and shallot in a miso broth, chopped mushrooms, spinach and pecans
-Southwestern style veggie burger with portobello mushroom “bun” topped with salsa and guacamole and sweet potato fries on the side (roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme)
-Out to dinner at Viet Thai Paradise: tofu vegetable pho soup; tofu coconut curry with rice
- I have noticed that a lot of clean eating websites advocate for no packaged foods whatsoever. For me this is impossible. Some people say to make a huge pot of soup and eat it for meals all week. No. I can’t eat leftovers past day 2 or 3, it just grosses me out for some reason. I don't think they are as good frozen either. If I don’t have variety I start going crazy, craving cheese and bread, and looking at meat and pasta recipes on Pinterest for hours. I have found that for lunches, either eating leftovers from last night’s dinner or buying cans and cartons of soups from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are the way to go for me. As long as there are no artificial ingredients and they are gluten/dairy/meat-free, I am not going to stress myself out about it. I know there is a high sodium content of some of these packaged foods, however, I can select a low sodium version, and I do so much hot yoga that I sweat a ton and I need to replenish my sodium anyway. Also, cooking recipes is EXPENSIVE! I am on a certain budget right now and I can’t afford to cook my own recipes every day/every other day.
- There is no substitute for cheese. Cheese is one of my most favorite things in life. Through this detox I have realized, however, that I was consuming too much dairy. I would have half and half with my coffee and a breakfast sandwich with cheese in the morning, sometimes my lunch would include cheese, and so many of my dinners would include cheese (pasta loaded up with cheese for example). I am planning on changing my habits to only having dairy a few times a week, and if I eat it for breakfast, there is no need to eat it for lunch. I am really excited to have found that I really love plain unsweetened almond milk and a little stevia in my coffee! Before I was pouring a huge amount of half and half into my coffee and I have found this to be no longer necessary. Also, in my opinion, vegan cheese is DISGUSTING. OMG I cannot. I bought some vegan (soy free) mozzarella after searching on the internet for suggestions for cheese substitutes that taste good and taste like cheese. It tastes like a vegan’s armpit and just seemed like a cruel joke that I did to myself.
- I don’t need to eat as much gluten as I have been. I consider myself to be very lucky that I do not have a gluten allergy or intolerance. However, I have been reading about how packaged wheat products are so overly processed and stripped of nutrition. I believe there to be value in this knowledge. And I do agree that I feel less bloated and slimmer without wheat. That’s reason enough for me to cut back. HOWEVER, pasta is one of my very favorite foods in life. During this detox I tried brown rice pasta and ughghhgh it is just not the same. I believe I must have been an Italian grandmother in a past life. I am in love with pasta and Italian foods and they are my very favorite meals to cook. I am going to cut back my pasta intake to maybe once a week, and not eat an English muffin (all natural from Trader Joe’s, of course) every day for breakfast
- I need meat for energy. For protein needs during this detox we have experimented and eaten quinoa, different kinds of beans, tofu, tempeh, different kinds of nuts. However I have felt like my energy level could be higher. I have gone to a wonderful acupuncturist in the past who once told me I was blood deficient and to eat more red meat. I need it for energy and for my physiological makeup. From here on out I do plan on eating red meat once per week for the health benefits. I would like for at least half the days of the week to be vegetarian, and I realize the impact on the planet from cutting back on meat.
- The sugar thing is true. I had read that once you cut back/stop eating sugar, you don’t crave it as much. The only sugar we have had is natural sugar found in things like raisins and fruit. I am not really craving sugar, a freshly baked muffin sounds great though (and cheese! pasta! butter! lol). I realized even just having a mug of hot chocolate or a Skinny Cow ice cream bar every night is too much sugar for us. So moderation, people! I recommend reading this excellent explanation of sugars by Kris Carr.
- I feel better mentally/emotionally, and less moody when I am eating healthier. I think due to not consuming sugar (which spikes your energy levels up and down drastically), meat and dairy (no animal hormones), gluten (I’m sure it does something), or alcohol (a depressant that feels like an upper then becomes a downer, and it also messes with your blood sugar and metabolism), I feel more positive in life, less depressed and anxious (actually not at all), and more productive.
- I am so sick of oatmeal. Even when adding nuts, seeds, spices, cinnamon, almond milk, whatever, it is SO FREAKING BORING to me. I love having soup or rice/quinoa/grains for breakfast, but I need more ideas of quick/easy and healthy, gluten and dairy free breakfasts. Any ideas??
- Falafel chips and hummus are my friend! OMG SO GOOD!
- For Halloween, I am going to eat a chicken empanada, a little bit of candy, and wash it down with a glass or 2 of pumpkin beer. And I am going to enjoy it and not feel the least bit guilty. We will see how I feel on Friday morning :)
Thanks for reading! I would love to hear your feedback on detoxing, nutrition, food and meal suggestions, or any questions or answers you might have for me about any health related topic. You can leave a comment below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org