Lunch: Large Salad (Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, jalapeños, black beans, chickpeas, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and some vinegar sprinkled on top)
Dinner: Smoky Vegan Stuffed Pepper with Cashew "Sour Cream" (and a homemade tomato sauce)
"The In-betweeners": A small handful of almonds and my detox tea
I drank my tea between breakfast and lunch and had a small handful of almonds between lunch and dinner.
Note: All items on the cleanse menu will be posted by the end of the week! So be patient, and stay tuned...
Today was the first full day of the intense new years detox cleanse. I am very surprised (but oh so happy) to report that it went beautifully! What a great Monday, what a great way to start my week. Unlike last year, I was not super hungry (or super hungry), I wasn't drooling all over everyone else's food, I wasn't craving anything horribly (though for a minute, that dark chocolate in my desk was singing my name), and I wasn't feeling sluggish or crappy. I even got a great work out in after dinner and I'm still not too hungry. I will admit, I was pretty tired and spacey today...but I think its because I woke up in the middle of the night due to zombie apocalypse dreams (going to bed after trying to catch up on The Walking Dead isn't always the best idea).
As you may or may not know, I work as the menu coordinator for a college's dinning services. This means I get to eat lunch where the students eat....for free. My lunch possibilities are endless and always delicious. I was dreading passing by all the amazing (and off limits) options as I went up to lunch, but instead of torturing myself I walked straight to the salad bar and didn't look twice at anything else. I was so happy with my salad and felt no sort of jealousy as I peeked at other peoples lunches. Success.
Its awesome to have my sister on board this year. Having a support system is always helpful and usually results in a successful turn out for everyone in that system. We were texting while at work about our lunches lacking the usual love and comfort, but how stoked we were to feel great and see the fruits of our labor and sacrifice.
My sister is having a rougher time that I am with day one. Fortunately, I eat pretty darn healthy and clean on a regular basis (with the exception of the holidays and weekend fun). She was hungry all day, had a headache and could literally feel her body craving the foods she is used to eating. At dinner she started to slow down a bit because she could hear her body and her candida asking, "When are you going to feed us that other stuff?!" It's funny because...well it's funny AND because its true! I told her its like a drug addict going through withdrawals, because really your body becomes addicted to things like sugar, salt, preservatives and the things we crave like cheese and breads. When your body is used to being fed these things, it aches for them (literally) when its being deprived or being fed something else....something thats actually good for it.
I am looking forward to day 2 tomorrow...I already made something special for our "In-betweener". I hope my sister is feeling a little bit better too.