Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I was on SP and you know how threads are that you follow... somehow I wound up at an article describing Dr. Oz's recomended 2 day body cleanse. I am not a huge fan of fasting or detox kits but read it anyways and was impressed with the selection of foods and reasons for them. It sounded good enough to offer guests so I figured I would try it and see how it affects my blood sugar and mood.
The breakfast - quinoa, spices, prunes and rice milk. Nothing special but certainly filling and I had no energy problems all morning which was busy and included a hefty workout. I felt good, in fact whether it was the power of suggestion or co-incidence or real, I was in a light mood and happy.
The lunch - at noon I felt like I was having a sugar drop, not a surprise because of my level of activity and no snack... so I was pesimistic about the flax and blueberry banana almond milk smoothie being "enough". I am not a banana or blueberry "lover" either. However it was a pleasant and quick fix, using frozen blueberries. I did "cheat" a tiny bit because I had no ice so I put a small spoonful of lemon gelato in. I didn't notice until I was in the car later that I had blueberry stained teeth and bit of something between my teeth... I wonder if the girl at the ticket kiosk noticed. Hmmm.
Afternoon snack - green slime, as much as you want or can stomach. Hahaha. OK, I know it was good for me but you are meant to drink at least 2 cups and I did that only because the first smoothie I left out the mint so the second one was to try the difference. There is still an incredible hulk jug in the fridge. It is a combination of pineapple, kale (a lot of kale), artichoke, lemon and mint. It is definitely better than drinking aloe juice or some other concoctions and I admit I don't have a juicer so my drink has all the pulp still in it so maybe it is better strained. I did find I felt desparate for a snack after the "light" lunch which also motivated me to drink it down. What I did not like was the amount of time to prepare it (deveining and chopping up 4 cups of kale when you are feeling ravenous is not encouraging when you consider duplicating the recipe "this better be worth it" was more on my mind...and I just have to tell myself at some cellular level it was : p
Dinner - vegetable broth. A lot of veggies which were combined to make 2 single "portions" of soup. I doubled the water asked for in cooking as there was hardly any for the veggies. Needless to say I ate the veggies, not just the broth, and had 4 bowls. It was tasty although I could not sell it as pleasing in appearance. An entire cabbage, 2 onions, parsley, and entire anise, oregano, celery, cayenne, sea salt. There is a LOT leftover. Which shows you that no one else in my family were willing to try it. If you are not thrilled about the smell of cabbage cooking then make sure you have some scented candles around. I was fortunate to be cooking for my family too which quickly covered the initial smells.... but later that night my sensitive nose could still pick it out. You will notice I said 4 bowls of soup. Yup, couldn't go and drink green slime given the choice of soup or a rabid frog look. I should have taken pictures... hmmm.
I had cravings for chocolate last night and did not give in... needing to give this a fair try. I was exhausted by bedtime but again, it was a very busy day. My blood sugars all day stayed stable and consistent. My energy levels today - very good. I went ahead and had the cereal again but also had a piece of multi grain toast and fruit and coffee (long breakfast with guests). I think I will have the smoothie again for lunch after I get off line. I certainly have enough soup for dinner so might have that again... but add in a piece of grilled chicken on the side. The snack... hmmm... I wonder if just lifting the jug counts towards exercise? I could maybe make incredible hulk grunts while drinking it. I'll work on it and let you know. As for the chocolate, I guess I can wait until tomorrow.