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?