I grazed on these veggie rolls throughout the day yesterday.
"Hearty Minestrone Soup" from Trader Joe's. I love that they use brown rice instead of pasta making it gluten free. I'm going to get three servings out of this one, I'll probably eat the last of it tomorrow at work.
Lots of fresh fruit including this bowl of orange segments and some grapes.
Some unpictured food includes veggies and hummus and some gluten free crackers, lots of herbal tea and some green tea. I've been grazing mostly since my appetite is lower but I've been making sure to eat some nutritious foods so I can get my energy back.
I've been trying to figure out how to deal with the cleanse that got interrupted by getting sick. I kind of feel like it is silly to just pick up again after a brief hiatus and I don't want to start over again. I think for now what I'm going to do is basically adopt a lot of the lifestyle and then make some adjustments to a few aspects of it. Then, in the spring, I'll do the full cleanse again, by the book.
This is my round up of my week on the Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse:
Caffeine - This was undoubtedly going to be the hardest thing for me to give up. I was clearly addicted and suffered the withdrawals but I am so proud to say I got through it and I'm still planning on maintaining a caffeine free lifestyle. I can't promise that I won't have a cup of coffee from time to time, but it certainly won't be often, and it will ALWAYS be decaf. I'm totally hooked on herbal and green tea!
Green Smoothies - This was another difficult one for me, especially in the winter. I had a hard time coming up with a good combination because I tend to like sweeter smoothies so what I decided to do was to start making drinking smoothies a habit and then work on the fruit:veggie ratio. I'll start by adding a handful of spinach to smoothies and then work on adding more and more greens and less fruit. I think that easing into it will make me more likely to maintain it for the long run. I won't drink smoothies EVERY day, but I definitely understand the idea of easing into your day by drinking your first meal so I'll do my best to work them in often.
High Raw Diet - This will be the part of the diet that I can dive into. I think I've been doing a good job with this aspect of it and I think that I just need to carry it forward. This doesn't mean I won't indulge in a cooked comfort meal from time to time, but I'll know to balance it out and you better believe a green smoothie would follow it up ;) I'll be aiming for the 60-80% raw that Carr suggests.
I'm also hoping to keep up the few minutes of yoga per day I've been doing. It helps me to get relaxed ad it just feels really good and peaceful.
I'm not going to lie, it was difficult for me to decide to stop the cleanse instead of start it back up. I'm definitely not someone that gives up on things but I just really don't feel like I'm doing it justice if I just start back up after a few days off. I think that I'd rather work on adopting these things into my every day life as opposed to doing it for 21 days and then going back to drinking coffee and eating fewer veggies and whatnot. It makes sense in my head I guess, but my head is also foggy right now ;) I think this is the right way to go about it and I'm excited about it. I can't wait to share my journey with all of you too. You've all been incredibly supportive and I'm sorry if I've disappointed you by this decision.
OK, I'm going to go relax for a bit. Thank you all so much for your support and kind words. XO