(If you missed the first week, you can check it out here.)
Whole Living Cleanse: Week 2
With the hardest part behind me, I took on this week with a clear mind and a clean body. This week, I got to add back in seafood and beans, while still eating all of the foods from week one. I haven’t been able to find any wild-caught salmon and my husband and I won’t eat farm-raised fish, so we’ve mostly been eating beans with dinner, which is okay with me (although I would love to reap the benefits from eating a beautiful piece of salmon!).
One thing I tried to really focus on this week was chewing slowly and eating with purpose. It was good in theory, but mostly didn’t work. I tend to go 3+ hours between meals during the workday and so by the time I get to lunch I usually wolf it down in 10 minutes. But anyway, here’s my week in photos:
|Carrot Mango Mint Smoothie|
|Strawberry orange banana Smoothie|
|Pomogranate Blueberry Strawberry Smoothie|
I figured I wouldn’t ruin a good thing and decided to stick with the smoothies for breakfast each day. That is especially hard to do on weekends when I would typically cook eggs and toast or pancakes, but I survived. Also daunting: sitting at the breakfast table at 6:30 AM in dressy work clothes, shivering as I slurp down an ice cold fruit-filled drink. I am craving a warm, comforting meal to start my mornings with. Oatmeal is definitely coming back next week!
|Red Lentils Soup|
Again, I took whatever I cooked for dinner the night before as my lunch the next day. I also made two snacks from the Whole Living approved-snacks list: a minty pea dip and dried fruit and nut bites.
|Roasted Vegetables and cannellini beans|
|Field Greens salad with black beans and red cabbage apple onion slaw|
|See below for recipe!|
|Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Almond topping|
Overall, any detox symptoms I experienced in the first week have completely disappeared. I’ve lost about 3 pounds, which of course makes me feel great. I still look longingly at the cheese drawer in my refrigerator, and I am mostly missing eggs, artisan bread from the local market we always buy from, and of course chocolate. I will say though that when you feel this good inside and out, the thought of “cheating” doesn’t even pass through your mind! Week 3 looks tantalizingly tasty and easy; I cannot wait to bring back quinoa and eggs!
Thanks for reading! Is anyone else doing a cleanse? How are you progressing?