Monday, January 17, 2011

Cleanse

In 2010 I lost about 20 lbs.  I still have a long way to go and really want to recommit myself, and my husband, to eating better and exercising more in 2011 (neither of which have we actually engaged in - yet -  this year).

I heard about this detox/cleanse on the Today Show and then found it described more thoroughly on Joy Bauer's website (www.joybauer.com).   J. and I are going to start it tomorrow and see how it goes.

Here’s how it works:
  • Follow the same daily menu for three to five days in a row.
  • Eat only what is listed on the menu — no added sugar, honey, sugar substitute, salt, salad dressing, condiments, etc.
  • Drink only what is listed on the menu — no soda, fruit juice, alcohol or diet beverages.
  • Enjoy black coffee or tea at breakfast (regular or decaffeinated).
  • Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water within 30 minutes of eating your lunch and dinner meals. Drink as much additional water as you’d like throughout the day.
  • Drink one cup of regular or decaffeinated green tea after your lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.
  • If you’d like to make this plan vegan, see simple substitutes at breakfast and dinner.
Breakfast Joy’s Protein Power Smoothie In a blender, combine 3/4 cup skim milk (for vegan plan, substitute soy or almond milk), 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey proteinpea protein powder), 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 5 ice cubes. Blend until smooth and frothy. Optional black coffee or tea. powder (for vegan plan, substitute soy, rice, or

Lunch Drink two 8-ounce glasses water (with optional lemon) within 30 minutes of eating. Drink as much additional water as you’d like during the meal.
Large spinach salad                                                                                 
  • Unlimited spinach leaves
  • Unlimited antioxidant-rich produce (Best choices include bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, red onions, broccoli, and sliced beets. You may also add cucumbers, mushrooms, celery, and cauliflower.)
  • 1/2 cup red kidney, pinto, or black beans
  • 1 tablespoon toasted, chopped pecans
  • Dress with 1 teaspoon olive oil and unlimited balsamic or red wine vinegar
1 pink or red grapefruit
1 cup green tea

Snack 1/2 cup unsalted pistachio nuts (in shell)
1 cup green tea

Dinner
Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water (with optional lemon) within 30 minutes of eating. Drink as much additional water as you’d like during your meal.
Unlimited baked, grilled, broiled, or poached fish — good choices include cod, halibut, haddock, and wild salmon, seasoned with fresh lemon and black pepper (for vegan plan, substitute sautéed tofu)
Unlimited steamed broccoli with optional fresh lemon and black pepper
1 cup green tea or naturally caffeine-free herbal tea
I'm hoping this will be a good way to kick start (my ass) into eating better and getting some exercise.  It sounds like plenty of food, it's not some nutty cayenne pepper-lemon-maple syrup thing, and I think I really will feel "cleaner" after a couple of days of eating this way.

I have high blood pressure and use way too much salt (I heart salt) so this like a good opportunity to get some of that out of my system.

Coffee without cream and sugar?  Yeah, I don't think so.  I can tell you right now that that ain't gonna happen.

I'm looking forward to starting this tomorrow morning!

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