Hello friends! Today is Sunday, which means the official ending of the first phase of my cleanse! I have to say I’ve really enjoyed the last couple weeks, I’m a little sad to see them gone!
Some of my favourite things from the past 2 weeks:
1. I was forced to think outside the box and come up with new and interesting foods to enjoy. I finally found a way that I enjoy chia pudding (recipe to come!), tried out raw breakfast porridges and never once got bored of what I was eating!
2. Raw food! Who knew eating high raw could be so delicious? Well obviously lots of people, this is not a new concept, but I never thought I could enjoy it so much! From raw granola to “meat sauce” to sprouted quinoa, I dabbled in a few areas the last couple weeks. I even managed to surpass my goal of 2 raw meals and 1 raw snack per day. I often had 2 meals and all my snacks raw and even sometimes an almost 100% raw day! I’m really proud of that and also amazed at how easy it was. I envisioned raw eating to be something that required a lot of planning and forethought (which it can at times) but it can actually be as simple as you want it to be and still be delicious!
3. Dry skin brushing. This is seriously one of the best practices I have taken up. I’ll do a post on it soon to outline why I started and my results and experiences with it. But so far I am IN LOVE!
4. No more caffeine. Not only that but I have found awesome replacements and find I don’t really miss it! This cleanse has opened my eyes to the physical and emotional effects of caffeine. It is a real addiction with real withdrawal and I don’t feel comfortable with having that kind of dependency, no matter how much society says its of in moderation (i.e.. 1-3 cups a day). I’m really going to monitor my consumption of it from now on and keep my eyes peeled for some good quality decaffeinated teas.
5. Body acceptance. For some reason I have noticed just how much time I spend looking in the mirror. Maybe it’s heightened awareness from doing yoga everyday and being diligent about what is going into my body, I’m not sure. While I don’t think checking yourself in the mirror is a bad thing (we all have a little vanity in there) but I know for myself it’s not always a positive experience and I’m sure other people can relate. And this is the problem: for every time I look in the mirror and find something wrong with myself that is a moment taken from my day where I am putting myself down when instead I could be using that moment for positive thinking and gratitude. This last week I decided that whenever I looked in the mirror and found a negative thought creeping in, I would immediately find something, physical or not, that I liked about myself and repeat it 3 times. This did wonders for my mood and I found myself walking taller and prouder as a result. Turns out simple reminders of what I liked about myself crowded out the bad and led to a serious boost in being comfortable in my own skin!
Now this post wouldn’t be complete without a recipe. And I have 2 for you! The first highlights my recent experimentation with new foods and my newfound love of all things raw and the second is a caffeine-free beverage that is so good, you’ll never miss the taste of coffee. I almost feel bad posting it as a recipe and I don’t have a great picture of it, but it’s really good so I hope you’ll forgive me!
Raw Veggie Cereal (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Raw)
This is an idea I got from roomag.com and at first I was totally skeptical of the idea. But the curiosity in me took over and I decided to make it. And now I’ve made it 3 times and tweaked it to where I like it. What I love about it is all the fruits and veggies you get in you first thing in the morning! 5-6ish servings! It’s a great way to start a busy day where you won’t have a lot of time to pay attention to what you’re eating or won’t have the opportunity to eat a ton of fresh produce. Apples are lower on the glycemic index as well, so that combined with the veggies mean this breakfast is easy on your blood sugar levels. Loaded with tons of fibre, good carbohydrates and healthy fat this is a breakfast that will keep you going and give you an energizing start. Give it a try!
Adapted from this recipe for raw veggie cereal.
1 carrot, chopped roughly
2 tbsp raw almonds (or any other nut you choose)
1 cup raw broccoli
2 apples, cored (pears are good too!)
1 medjool date, pitted
splash of vanilla
unsweetened dried coconut
Pulse the carrot and almonds in a food processor until they are in small pieces, then add the broccoli, apples and the date and process until the pieces are the size of couscous. Put into a bowl, pour in almond milk and vanilla and stir. Top with coconut flakes and cinnamon and serve!
This makes a huuuuge bowl. I ate about 2/3 and was completely stuffed so save the rest for a snack for later.
It’s so pretty too with all the green and orange flecks!
Dandy Blend Hot “Coffee” (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)
I have been drinking this almost every morning lately. It tastes so much like coffee it’s unreal- rich and deeply flavoured but with no caffeine!
1 1/2 tsp Dandy Blend
1-2 drops chocolate stevia
splash of almond milk
Spoon the Dandy blend into a standard size mug (if you use a really big mug, use 2-2 1/2 tsp of Dandy blend) and add the stevia (adjust according to much size and taste preference). Pour hot water on top, leaving space for a splash of almond milk. Stir and enjoy!
The next step: tomorrow marks the beginning of reintroducing some grains as well as tea and chocolate. I’m not sure just how much I’ll put back in, probably sparingly. I feel so good right now I just don’t want to tamper with it!
Happy Sunday all!