Alternative Title: I did a 21 day cleanse and all I have to show for it on the blog is this one recipe.
Here is my deep question to start your Monday:
If you do something and don’t blog about it (or Facebook it or Instagram it or Tweet it), did it really
You’ll have to take my word for it, since I don’t have 21 days worth of food, smoothie, green juice, herbal teas and supplement pictures to display. I blogged all the meals last time I did the cleanse, but that time I only made it 13.5 days and I was pretty blah about the whole thing. This time it’s been 90% great and I’m probably going to keep
it up for another day or two.
I followed the Clean Program guide (link here), using my own protein powder and supplements instead of buying the kit they sell. I used recipes from the book and the website and made up a few of my own following the food
guidelines. The basic protocol is a liquid breakfast/solid lunch/liquid dinner in order to ease the digestion process so the body can spend more energy cleaning/detoxing. Sugar, dairy, eggs, gluten, allergenic fruits and veggies and most processed foods are off limits.
The only two meals I have photographed in the last 2 weeks. Someone (a newly detoxed someone) has fallen off the food blogger bandwagon.
Raw Wrap from Green Restaurant (Collard Green, Spinach, Carrots, Celery, Cranberries, Mushrooms and the world’s best raw pecan hummus) with quinoa tabouli and a small kale salad.
Macrobiotic(ish) bowl – Brown Rice, Broccoli, Black Beans + Sprouted Adzuki Beans, Kraut and Nori
The cleanse has been a good thing for me. My energy has come back, my skin has cleared up and I’ve enjoyed feeling victorious over my sugar cravings. I’m aware of how much non-hungry snacking I do. I haven’t gotten on a scale yet, but I’m guessing I’m down a couple of pounds, which isn’t unwelcome at the beginning of swimsuit season.
Juicing isn’t really a pillar of the program, but I decided to add in a daily juice as my first ‘meal’ of the day. I followed it an hour or so later with a smoothie. I definitely spent more time in the kitchen in the mornings by making both juice and a smoothie, but I’d like to keep juicing most mornings post-cleanse.
My Vita-Mix has become the most-used appliance in the kitchen and it probably cursing this cleanse. I made two smoothies some mornings and generally used it at night to make my soup or dinner smoothie. Thankfully it’s quite easy to clean.
This very simple Cilantro Melon smoothie was one of my favorite drinks during the cleanse and will be a summer staple. I have made fantastically refreshing popsicles with the leftover smoothie. I like this smoothie as a light ‘first breakfast’ or afternoon pick me up.
Cilantro, beyond being darn tasty, is quite the detox soldier. It is an antioxidant, metal chelator, natural antibiotic and blood sugar regulator. It may even improve sleep quality. I’m going to be honest and say that
my sleep quality is generally more impacted by whether or not one or both kids wake up in the middle of the night and no amount of cilantro is going to help with that. I’m also going to be honest and say that even if cilantro did none of those wonderfully healthy things, I’d still consume it because it’s just so delicious.
- 1 cup cubed honeydew melon
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup ice cubes and/or water (depending on blender strength)
- big handful cilantro – I used about a cup
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Add more water if needed to get desired consistency.