Danny and I started the Standard Process Cleanse yesterday. So far it has been going really well. We have been doing a lot of menu planning and shopping for food. The cleanse includes protein shakes, supplements to get your body rid of toxins and running better, and diet. The diet consists of lots of vegetables and fruits along with a small amount of brown rice and lentils. We are trying to eat more vegetables than fruit to keep the calories down. We have been starting out our days with the shakes. I use a green juice that we buy that is a combination of many fruits and vegetables along with frozen mixed berries, frozen spinach, fresh squeezed orange juice, and carrot juice as well as two scoops of the protein powder. The shakes are really quite tasty and very satisfying. I find them very easy to do while getting breakfast ready for the kids. I have been having the shakes for about 5 days, just to kind of get ready for the cleanse.
Yesterday, being our first official day on the cleanse, we had our shakes in the morning for breakfast. We had some carrots and apples while out on the road running around. Between trips we came home and had some brown rice with peas. For dinner Dan sautéed up some mushrooms and we had a huge salad. I never felt hungry all day. I did want to keep eating though after dinner. That is just habit for me, one I need to change. So I held fast and didn't eat anything else. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't hungry. Here's a shocker... We are each taking 30 pills a day (of supplements) along with our normal DHA and multi's that we take daily. Another thing we are trying to do is up our consumption of water. Got to have something to push all these impurities out of us.
Today started much like yesterday with our shakes. Again for lunch we were out on the road, but Dan had packed a great salad of cucumbers and tomatoes. It was delicious. When we got home from our shopping today, Food Prep began. I made an oven roasted tomato sauce that turned out amazing. I can't wait to have it. Probably tomorrow over some sautéed Portabella mushrooms. I'm also thinking it will be fantastic over spaghetti squash. So I put it in the refrigerator for future use. Danny helped me make a lentil dish with tons of vegetables. It had carrots, celery, onions, basil, oregano, bay leaves, thyme, vegetable stock, and the lentils. Seasoned up with some sea salt and pepper, it was wonderful over a bed of brown rice. I was very easy on the rice, and served a pretty small portion of lentils on top, and I was full before it was gone. Recognizing that, I put the plate down and decided I would save it for if I get hungry later this evening. It's two hours later already and I'm still full. One other thing that I experimented with tonight were kale chips. I know, sounds awful right? But they were amazing!!! I washed two big bunches of kale and cut away the stem. Then I tore it into "chip" sized bites and tossed them in a bowl with a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Actually, more than tossing them, I rubbed the oil all over them. Then I set them on two big baking sheets (without overlapping them) and baked them for 15 minutes at 375 degrees, tossing them once while they baked. Oh my goodness!! They were so crunchy and light and salty and good. The kids went crazy over them and Dan and I did too. We ate the whole batch!! Seriously, we ate two huge bunches of kale and LOVED it!! Luckily I had a feeling this might be a hit and I bought four bunches of kale, so we will have to do it again in the next couple of days.
So, all in all we are off to a great start. I am feeling pretty good, and enjoying our food, and I'm not hungry. I am hoping tomorrow we can get a little more exercise in. Maybe go to the park and play and take a walk. Maybe go up and down the ladder putting the Christmas decorations in the attic?? I am very excited to get to do this cleanse. I am hoping it's a start to some healthier living for me and my family.
(Note to say that I got most of these recipe ideas from other people who have blogged about their experience doing this cleanse. If I were a little more savvy blogging on my iPad while giving my 2 year old a bath, I would include links.) ;-)