As I type this post this morning, I have already served up yogurt smoothies to my kids and packed my husband's lunch (a terrific sandwich, btw). Normally, I would have been munching on Quaker Oat Squares while doing all of this, but today it's just lemon water before I have my smoothie.
I love the Conscious Cleanse - in fact, this is round 2 for me. I did it back in September with my business partner (we co-own Style Spies, a fashion consulting/styling business) and blogged about it HERE. But doing the cleanse with kids and a husband who are not cleansing is pretty tough. I know with a cleanse there are so many challenges. Life gets in the way, right?
Just this weekend, we celebrated my husband's birthday. I managed to do purification for one day (Saturday) but yesterday, his actual birthday, was a bust. I didn't eat horribly but it wasn't cleanse friendly food necessarily. Here are my confessions: I ate an egg white omelet for brunch, black beans on the side with goat cheese. For dinner I had a delicious salad (cleanse friendly), but then a couple pieces of goat cheese and red pepper flat bread, and tilapia tacos. I did not eat the shells but instead ate just the fish and slaw. Yummy! Oh yeah - I had a few bites of his chocolate gelato that they served him. ;-)
Saturday afternoon, I had to make a cake. Argh.....who doesn't like cake batter and frosting? It was a zebra cake that the kids picked out at the store......here it is before going in the oven....
and here it is being served yesterday afternoon!
Did I have a lick of batter? Yes. Did I have some frosting? Yes again. And here we are today, ready to get back on track. Heading to the gym for a Fit Bar class at 9:30, drinking my lemon water, and making a smoothie here in about a half hour. Go ME!
I do want to share with my fellow cleansers my go-to's from the recipe book and elsewhere - since I've done this before I already have my favorites:
Better than Yogurt Chia Pudding
Hearty Love Smoothie
Curried Carrot Soup
Cold cooked Salmon with brown rice or quinoa
Kalamata Olive Tapenade w/ gluten free crackers
Almond Butter Balls
One thing I REALLY want to do but just haven't yet is get a Spiralizer.
What is that you might ask? It turns your vegetables into slivers, making them pasta-like. So much more fun to eat and create recipes around them this way, right? In fact, there is a blogger I found who blogs only about recipes based around the Spiralizer. Her blog is called 'Inspiralized,' and it's cute, clever, and informative. Lots of great recipes. I knew I liked Ali of Inspiralized when I read her 'welcome' info. Here's what she says:
"I'm Ali, your typical girl in her twenty-somethings looking to fit into her skinny jeans without having to give up the good stuff. "
Don't we all want this for ourselves? I think so. Thanks Ali for inspiring me.....I think i'll be purchasing a Spiralizer and getting into this pronto!
So yeah - cleansing is hard, life does get in the way, but you can always get back on track. I feel so healthy and clear when I cleanse, I sleep well, I am inspired to be a better me, a better Mom, a better business-woman, all of it!
Cheers to week two of the Conscious Cleanse all - stay strong and make sure to forgive yourself for a little swipe of icing. ;-)