|Life is a journey.|
|Chocolate-Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Mocha Frosting|
Having the recipes and guidelines for this cleanse is only half of the battle. While you have the tools, it also becomes a battle of the mind and the body. At times I wonder where the cravings stem from, and if they are based more on a physical or a mental dependence. Or both. As my physical self purges the toxins, I feel that my mental self is also detoxifying. I would almost compare it to a withdrawal- where the absence of the normal substances shocks the system into a panic. What I would do for a cheeseburger...
But in moments of weakness, where I really think I might give in to the whims of my junk-food addicted stomach (and brain), I remember the fresh food waiting to be transformed into something nourishing and flavorful. I savor the time spent in preparation- rinsing, peeling, chopping, roasting, seasoning. The final anticipatory moment before the first bite, when you're not quite sure that it's going to be what you thought. But then it always is, and sometimes exceedingly so.
These recipes don't disappoint, and some of them were so wonderful that I will be making them far beyond this cleanse.
|Drinking warm water with lemon juice before breakfast helps stimulate the liver and release digestive enzymes!|
|Green Machine Smoothie- Intense Green!|
|Grapefuit + Carrot + Apple + Ginger|
|Beet + Carrot + Apple + Mint|
Lunch! I start dreaming about lunch soon after breakfast, and I need something that will both energize me and keep me full until a snack or dinner. These were delicious!
|Kale and Red Cabbage Salad with Mixed Seeds and Tangy Dressing|
|Spiced Butternut Squash Soup|
|Avocado Salad with Tomatoes and Bell Pepper|
|Delicata Squash and Broccoli over Mixed Greens with Tahini Sauce|
|Roasted Garlic-Beet Soup w/ Sauteed Beet Greens|
|Roasted Cauliflower, Red Peppers and Almonds with Olives and Parsley|
|Crispy Roasted Cauliflower|
|Fruit and Nut Bites|
|Spiced Crispy Roasted Chickpeas|
|Kale Chips- Eat as much of this powerhouse food as possible!|
I can't wait to begin Week 2! The recipes are a bit more substantial (read: no liquid meals!) and you start incorporating lean proteins like fish and tofu. I rather underestimated the ease with which I would adapt to this new diet, but I am quickly feeling pride in being able to make these changes and noticing a difference in the way I feel.
Difficulties make you a jewel.