Health: Week 1 Progress Report: Sugar Cleanse

So as you all know,I have been on a sugar and gluten cleanse for the last week with Jen Fugo at the Gluten-Free School and although I have fallen off the wagon about 3 times–because I was called into do a temp job and didn’t have the time to cook– man I feel good. And I look great too.

Kale Salad with avocado and blueberries. Topped with homemade lime vinaigrette

I have been learning new ways to eat breakfast, checking my labels for everything and singing the mantra, “if it doesn’t grow in nature then I do not need to eat it.” Another clue, only shop the outer portion of the supermarket. Its filled with fresh produce and yummy things that are good for you.

Red Onion, garlic and mushrooms

 

Add Kale

 

Throw it in an omelet and voilá

Yesterday, I had meat for the first time in 6 days and I realized that 1) I didn’t miss eating it and 2) I did not like the way it made me feel. All heavy and sluggish, like sugar does, so today was my last day eating meat. I will only be eating fish and, once the cleanse is over, goat’s milk cheese. I stay away from white potatoes and only eat sweet potatoes.

Quinoa cooked in almond milk infused with Stevia, nutmeg and cinnamon. Topped with pears and roasted almond slivers

 

Lentil Burger Patties

Quinoa has become my best friend and in fact I have not had rice since Mother’s Day. And shortly I am testing out a recipe I created that is my twist on Rice Pudding but using Quinoa and Almond Milk instead. I am excited about my progress. My face isn’t so puffy and I drink crap loads of water and I just feel good. Here are some before and after pics.

Before
I took these photos a few days before I started the cleanse. I look like a chipmunk..

 

 

 

 

After
I took these lovelies today. 7 days after I started the cleanse and ten – eleven days after I took the above pics. Now I like taking full on photos. :-)

 

 

 

Women I admonish you to take control of your health. It will be the best thing you have ever done. I promise. This week I will do even better and I can’t wait to see those pics.
Quinoa Pudding:
Ingredients:
1 cup of quinoa
2 cups of unsweetend almond milk
1 cup of water and another cup to soak the quinoa
1 tbsp of nutmeg
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tbsp of Stevia
1 tsp of raw honey
Instructions:
Take cup of quinoa and put it in a bowl filled with 1 cup of water. Allow to soak for 30 minutes. Using a slow cooker, add almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, stevia, and honey and allow to cook while the quinoa is soaking. Add quinoa to the mixture. Cover and allow to cook for 2-3 hours. When done, top with almond butter or pecans and berries or pears and eat. Its a yummy breakfast or treat.
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