So I’ve been feeling a little sluggish lately, and the food I ate during New Year’s weekend certainly didn’t help. I’m pretty sure I consumed about 2 pounds of tortilla chips. Not only did I feel terrible afterwards, I realized I’m still pretty much addicted to salt and fat. Time for a cleanse! What’s the point of a cleanse? Not necessarily to lose weight, although that can be a side effect. Cleanses help to turn of your fat, sugar, and salt receptors so they’re no longer blunted by artificially enhanced foods. Cleanses also give your body time to detoxify and take care of some other things it hasn’t had a chance to do while it was figuring out what to do with some of the harder to digest foods we consume.
I was planning on doing a juice cleanse this week, but after speaking with my friend Gretchen from Veggie Grettie at the Doug Lisle event this past weekend, I’ve decided to do a basic fruit and vegetable cleanse that she and her husband are doing. Why? Because eating food sounds way better than not eating food. What is this cleanse? It’s pretty simple. I’m only eating fruits and vegetables for seven days. “But wait a minute Jeff, don’t you only eat fruits and vegetables anyways?” you say. There are some restrictions: No processed or refined foods, no meat substitutes, no beans, no nuts, no seeds, no caffeine, no alcohol. No animal products either of course but that’s not a change from my current diet. Just fruits and veggies. You can literally eat as much as you want whenever you want it. Anyone interested in joining?
Here’s what I had today. I’ll post more about my cleanse as we go along – I may even get my act together enough to put together a video for ya.
Breakfast: Smoothie with water, frozen banana, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, and spinach.
Mid-Morning Snack: Baby carrots and broccoli florets.
Lunch: Juice with carrots, romaine, celery, red pepper, apple and ginger along with a huge salad. No beans or anything though, and just lemon juice as a dressing.
Afternoon Snack: My usual “Green Lemonade” with kale, romaine, green apple, lemon, and ginger.
Dinner: Another giant salad and 2 baked sweet potatoes.
Piece of cake after the first day. I feel like I could do this for seven days pretty easily. The only problem is that I’ve really wanted to put sauce on my vegetables but haven’t. One thing I realized though – sweet potatoes are DELICIOUS without anything on them. Shockingly, they’re really sweet. Who would have thought? I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes in my next post.