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2012 Action Plan: The Final Countdown Is On!

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Hi Action Planners!

I hope this week has been going as well for you as it has been for all of us here at the office. We have LOVED having rice and quinoa this week. (Check out last night's Shiitakes and Brown Rice En Papillote, above.) I actually haven't been eating as many eggs as I thought I would. I'm typically an addict, but I think after being off them for two weeks I'm not craving them as much. Give me some rice though! This cleanse was proof that I would never want to live a carb-free life. I love the texture and flavor that grains lend to a meal. As you know, I started drinking coffee again this week. Interestingly, yesterday morning I didn't really like having a cup and was completely fine without one--what a change! My dependency on the caffeinated bevvy has definitely toned down.

It's funny as this week culminates, and I'm starting to think about what my first "non-cleanse" ingredients and meals will be. I don't actually want that much else than what we've been allowed. In theory, eating creamy cheese sounds rich and decadent, a real treat. And I guess that's the point. I'm not thinking of dairy, sugar, and gluten as everyday staples in my diet anymore. They're going to make occasional appearances on my plate, mostly when I treat myself to a restaurant, but I'll try to pass them by more when shopping at the grocery store.

I didn't actually lose that much weight on the cleanse. I do feel great though, and absolutely love that I can say that I have lived processed food-free for almost a month! It's remarkable how crummy some foods can make us feel, and doing a detox like this is the best way to detect just what those foods are!

That being said, before I rethink my dairy consumption, I will finish off this cleanse with a slice of pizza (come on, there's a pizza joint on every block in this city!).

What will you all take away from the cleanse? What are you most excited to eat?

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Comments (24)

  • Funny... I was thinking pizza for my first "free" meal, too!

  • I think i'm definitely going to continue this plan and not eat as much grains and dairy as I used to. I'm planning on avoiding fried foods and processed at every opportunity possible as well. It's very obvious now that those kinds of foods were not good! And while i've only dropped a couple pounds, i'm noticing that i've toned a little differently (i've been exercising along with a light weight routine).

    I think my "non Action Plan" meal with be some whole wheat pita with roasted red pepper dip and a basil pesto oil, yum :)

    Thanks again for creating another great Action Plan!!

  • I am really looking forward to going to a restaurant and being "served" I have done SO MANY dishes. I use at least 3 cutting boards a day and I am tired of chopping. It's been totally worth it though. I am doing the cleanse with my friend Karyn and we have the break the cleanse on the 27th because she is having a My Favorite Things Party. There's no way I'm going to that party and not having a few snacks, and mostly I am going to see how I do eating cheese! Yay! Congrats to all who have made it this far!

  • I loved the idea of the cleanse and started with not having coffee, stopped drinking, no eggs or dairy. I did the smoothies in the AM and thought very hard about what I was going to put in my mouth the first 1.5 weeks. I didn't follow the cleanse, exactly, but concentrated on the idea of it. I find it's much easier to stop for a second and "decide" if I really want to put that piece of white bread in my mouth, do I really want that cookie and can I live without that red meat? I'm very impressed that I have reached the point where I can stop and decide. I, too, have not lost that much weight and I'm ok with that. It's been a life change that I really needed.

  • I have grown chummy with these new meals and this cleanse. Eating so many fresh foods has made me vibrate at a higher frequency than before. I miss bread! I look so forward to a piece of whole grain toast with coconut oil. I also want a glass of wine. Holding off on the dairy and gluten for a while. I cleared up some nasal issues on this cleanse, and I do not want to see those issues return. I also look forward to coffee again, but with coconut milk. I have jars of nuts now in my cupboard and I threw out all the packaged foods! Life changing. Thank you!!

  • Thanks so much for all the awesome recipes (and the weekly shopping lists to go along with them...)! Having such a variety made this process easier than I ever imagined--I thought I'd be gnawing on my arm the first week... But don't get me wrong, I did crave a glass of wine and chocolate every now and then, and missed having yogurt every day, and probably the toughest part was not going out to eat, so it was definitely a challenge.

    I loved that my family was on board and was so willing to try everything, from my 40 yr-old husband, all the way to my 3 yr-old. It proved to me that we can live without processed food and there are lots of yummy alternatives. Kale is a huge favorite now! Smoothie, salad or crisps!

    I don't think I could completely do without the "Six to Skip" as a lifestyle, but it's good to know that I can do without them, and can do it again to "reset" my system.

    Thanks again!

  • Happy Days! Week 4 - We are finially here!

    I am def. missing red wine with chocolate and will indulge in this next Saturday when I officially end our new ritual! I will also attempt to enjoy a cup of Java on Sunday and instead of everyday I am going to keep it to the weekends!! (2 in the AM and 1-2 mid afternoon).

    Steve will be enjoying a 20 pd prime rib an extra large beers tomorrow, Ha, I will enjoy watching him puke :P ! He wants 1 day off. He has done so great with this with a total of 19pds and 5.5 inches of belly fat-gone! Neither of us were anything more than a bit chunky.

    This diet just really seems to jive with our body type and has given us incredible staminia!

    HUGZ!
    I was wondering how young everyone is? We are 56 and 45

  • Christine, Good for you and your husband! My hubby and I are doing the cleanse as well. We are 25 and 26. :-)

  • Did anyone experience heartburn? I never got it before but now I am getting it with warm or spicy foods.

  • This is my second time around with the whole living challenge and I'm just as pleased with this program as I was with a previous one. Having menu suggestions, grocery lists and online support are key in my attempts to follow the plan. I love the renewed energy, clarity of thought and overall wellness I feel and want to sustain this in the months ahead. It also made me think about what I cook and bake for my family. Kids loved the fruit and nut balls which I renamed a no-bake cookie. For me a little chocolate treat this weekend is in the offing.

  • Tracy - Steve had heartburn / acid reflux after his steak dinner last night and that is the first time he's had it since we started. Bad Steak, bad!

    Judy I totally agree with you! I LOVE being able to check in and see idea's tips and positive feedbacks and struggles!!

    We will do the re-boot 10 day again in the fall at harvest time :-) and keep with this every year!

    HUGZ!

  • My husband and I are 37 and 33, respectively. We're continuing for the fourth week, although we've already begun to laxen our fastidiousness with the guidelines. Charles had pad Thai a couple of days ago and I had a gluten-free cashew cookie. We talked about having pizza after all was said and done, but making it ourselves. Then we thought that we might want to ease into cheese.

    Also, we went and bought my husband new jeans on the weekend as he no longer fits into his old ones. He's now a 34 waist, an occurrence not seen since the mid 90s!

  • Congradulations Kelly and Charles!

    Pad Thai sounds wonderful! Those are rice noodles you know and if it's shrimp instead of chicken I really do not see a thing wrong with that food choice :-)

    Steve has lost 20 pds and I have 9 woop-woop!

    HUGZ!

  • I'm so glad I had my husband along on this cleanse!! (we are 36 & 35). He is now so pleased with the results, he is sticking more strictly to the guidelines than I am. He has lost a little over 15 pounds! I have lost 9 pounds at the best. Now that I have added in some foods the the approved list, I have gained back 2 or 3 pounds, but I didn't do this to loose weight. I wanted to get my sugar intake in check and just re-train my brain! Eating habits and such, I am definitely not eating as much as I used to- cuz I feel full sooner.

    Towards the end of the 3rd week, I started adding things back in like some light cheese on a home made pizza, chocolate(my weakness) and a slice or 2 of my mom's famous carrot bread.

    All in all, I think that this cleanse has helped both my husband and me to rethink what we are putting in our mouths. We have better eating habits, shopping habits at the grocery store and cooking from fresh ingredients is the best habit we hope to keep up all year. Thank You for the great start to our new year!!! And thanks to this support- it helps so much to know others are struggling through some of the same things.

  • I'm so glad I had my husband along on this cleanse!! (we are 36 & 35). He is now so pleased with the results, he is sticking more strictly to the guidelines than I am. He has lost a little over 15 pounds! I have lost 9 pounds at the best. Now that I have added in some foods other than the approved list, I have gained back 2 or 3 pounds, but I didn't do this to loose weight. I wanted to get my sugar intake in check and just re-train my brain! Eating habits and such, I am definitely not eating as much as I used to- cuz I feel full sooner.

    Towards the end of the 3rd week, I started adding things back in like some light cheese on a home made pizza, chocolate(my weakness) and a slice or 2 of my mom's famous carrot bread.

    All in all, I think that this cleanse has helped both my husband and me to rethink what we are putting in our mouths. We have better eating habits, shopping habits at the grocery store and cooking from fresh ingredients is the best habit we hope to keep up all year. Thank You for the great start to our new year!!! And thanks to this support- it helps so much to know others are struggling through some of the same things.

  • I am so thankful for this cleanse! It has changed my relationship with food in such a dramatic way!

    What will I take away from the cleanse? I am more conscious of what I put in my mouth! Before the cleanse I was eating lots of sugar, carbs and coffee and very little nourishing foods. Now I understand that everything I was looking for in refined sugar I can find in fruits! I have not touched a cookie or slice of cake or chocolate. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the recipes - they have made me feel full and satisfied and helped me keep on the cleanse.

    Even though there are more foods to eat this week to be honest I am enjoying staying on the week 3 recipes! I do not crave sugar and chocolate as much - although I did sneak a cup of coffee the other day :-)

    Thank you so much for posting this cleanse - I look forward to the next week!

  • Me: I've lost eleven lbs and I'm going to keep going. Portion control and lots of veggies is the new me. Loved the cleanse. It was the kick in the butt program I needed to get off coffee and sugar. I'm not going back... I feel so much better.

    Family: I let them try things as I cooked and now have a nice menu of options that I can cook for them. I'm being tricky and taking it slow. I've started mixing gluten free pasta with the regular pasta. They love the kale "chips" and crispy garbanzos and smoothies! Oreos will still be in my house, but only occasionally. And they will last a lot longer!!

    Thank you!

  • I am so pleased to hear all of the positive comments for those of you that are on week 4. I am a bit behind everyone here. I just started the cleanse, because I was waiting for a time in my schedule that would allow me to concentrate on this new way of eating. So far, I'm fine with week 1. I miss my coffee the most, but I'm loving the recipes and I've discovered that I really love beets and cauliflower. I can't wait to see the other discoveries in store for me as the weeks progress.

    Cheers!
    Krista

  • Oh I am so sad the cleanse is over! I have loved reading everyone's comments and progress! congratulations everyone and look forward to a bright and shiny rest of the year!

    Krista - welcome, it is going to be an amazing journey for you! I wish you all the best!

  • Hola Everyone
    Today is my first day of Week 3 and I was excited to incorporate gluten free grains and some eggs back into my life. My best friend and I have been killing it on this cleanse and we are very proud of ourselves. We both started PMSing week 2 and would text each other whenever we had a craving for something off the cleanse to keep each other on track.

    I didn't want my social life to suffer too much so I made sure to eat dinner before going out and packed snacks as seen here http://dailydujour.com/2012/02/03/seen-brisk-bodega-cantina-la/21_dsc_8752/

    My first meal post cleanse will be sushi!

    Thanks again for the tips and posts.

    I have been spreading the gospel of this cleanse and now I have 3 other friends that have started.

  • This cleanse has been life changing for me. Like you the weight loss has been lower thsn expected (6lbs) however I feel amazing! I actually keep going back too week 1 & 2 meals. My husband is so inspired now we bouught a juicer & moving on to "Juicing" as my next step for both of us!

  • Hi! I've just discovered this site & am reading about the cleanse. I look forward to trying it in the future. It's interesting reading a post about rice because I just blogged about that on my new community page! I invite you all to connect with me there. As for all the talk about pizza, I also must add that I love it! Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods & I maintain a healthy weight and decent nutritional health. I think the key is what goes on the pizza. No meat for me. I load mine up with spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli and whatever other veggies I can find! Sometimes I like them fresh & crunchy. Other times, sauteeing them with some Braag's aminos before adding them to the pizza is really good. At home, we use whole grain crusts too, and I dab off excess oil if a fast food restaurant overdoes it.

  • I have just started Week 3 and I truly have appreciated reading this blog by all of you. I started the detox late, as it took me about a month to mentally prepare myself for the journey. I have to say that while Day 2 and 3 were impossibly hard, this detox has been very eye opening to me. I cheated one night with a glass of wine at a going away party, but didn't really think the cheat was worth all of the hard work this detox involves! After this is over, I will go back to coffee, but adding vanilla silk creamer instead of half and half and brown sugar! My husband is gluten intolerant and so we cook gluten-free most of the time, but I will incorporate it even more into my personal diet. I think I will continue to follow the yummy breakfast and lunch options, but will join my family for dinners (cooking a better way!). The twice daily chopping has been very tedious but you kind of get used to it. Thank you for all of the great recipes - they will become part of my standard repertoire!

  • I can't recive any email newletter?
    Can someone help me?
    And when I try to write it down again, it said that the email adress alredy exist, but why can I not recieve any yet?

    / Estela

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