Hi, cleansers! Sorry for the tardy post. After something personal came up yesterday, it turned out that I couldn't actually start the action plan in full force as anticipated, so today is my first official day of clean eating.
Jumping into a detox is always a little more tough than I think it's going to be. (I know some of you can probably agree!) Today is the first day back to work from holiday vacation, and as I was groggily picking out an outfit to wear this morning, I thought, "Aha! I forgot to make coffee!" --- and then practically started tearing up when I remembered that I won't be able to enjoy my morning cup of joe for the next few weeks. As an alternative, I boiled some water and made a cup of hot water flavored with a squeeze of lemon. While I am not going to act like this completely replaced my coffee fix, it's a soothing alternative and a smart stimulant for your liver. I'm going to try to drink a cup every morning.
As for the recipes, I am going to make some from the plan and improvise some, always strictly following the rules for each week. After doing our raw food challenge over the summer (and feeling great!), I am going to try to eat as raw as possible this first week to really invigorate my body.
I was hungrier than usual this morning, so I went for an avocado-apple-celery green smoothie: half an avo, half a Granny Smith apple, 1 celery stalk. Really delish! Last night I picked up some Swiss chard (for those of you who want a change-up to kale, this is my new favorite leafy green) and marinated it over night in some olive oil and lemon juice for my lunch salad today.
For dinner, my roommates (and fellow cleansers) and I are making the Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, which so many of you have already made and loved, so I am excited to try it tonight.
I've been trying to drink a lot of water today to offset detox symptoms, but I still have a slight headache, probably from no caffeine. I can hardly wait to start feeling the benefits of the cleanse. Some eager readers who decided to start last week have already been writing me that they've lost five, six, seven pounds and feel full of energy! It's inspiring to hear from you, so keep the emails coming.
There also seems to be confusion about snacking: how often and how much. Keep checking our Facebook page. I will be addressing that soon. We have about a dozen Whole Living staffers jumping on board together tomorrow, so we will be documenting our morning juicing in the office for you all.
Good luck, everyone!