Update on my Balancing Cleanse
Good Morning and happy Monday!
I usually love Mondays as it is a new start to the week with lots of opportunities to get more organized complete to do list and get ready for the rest of my week. My teaching week usually starts on Tuesday so Mondays are like a free day for me. And yes I created my schedule this way. I travel a lot and host people in my home so giving myself Mondays off gives me the time to return home and or clean up from company. On rare occasions like today I get to mark off the things on my to do list that didn’t get accomplished the last week. Last weeks list is big and I had so many interruptions and fires to put out that I am hoping to finish them all up today. I could have finished some yesterday but I love taking one day and not doing anything but resting and taking time for worship. My 3rd sons wedding is in 2 weeks so we are in what I call crunch time. I have to gather everything needed to take to the church to make it happen, order all the food and plan a time line.
On to my cleanse. Its been over a week that I posted here is an update. Last Saturday and Sunday I did the souping cleanse that I talked about in my first post. I have to say it was really easy easier then I thought. The soups were so flavorful and I was full the whole day. Now the only thing I did do at the end of each day and at my last soup was eat a few Mary’s Gone Crackers. I needed the crunch. Remember its about balance. After my son’s wedding I will do another 2 day cleanse. I don’t think I can do a full 3 days or even 5 days though having all my food prepared was awesome all I had to do was warm up the soup when I was hungry. My kitchen stayed really clean since my husband ate soup with me or he ate food that was already prepared for him.
I am still eating 1200 calories a day and I find that some days are really hard to even get to 1200 and others I eat over but not much over. I really try and stay in the calorie intake so my body stays balanced and I don’t fall. The quickest way to fall to junk food is by being hungry.
I have found that my body really doesn’t like rice. I did have it once last week and I felt very swollen in my belly and inflammation all over my body. I call the feeling puffy. I really just feel puffy when I eat rice and corn. Since starting the balancing cleanse I have not eaten any corn at all as I know from childhood that corn has never been my friend though I love it dearly.
This last week I made an Indian stew that was so easy and really yummy. And I have been eating lots of hummus and veggies. This week I will try out some new recipes and let you know how they go.
I am reposting this recipe that I received from Robin Long on the 30 days Pilates challenge that I am following.
Indian Veggie Stew
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
- 1⁄4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on spice preference)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled & chopped
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 8 oz. sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
- 3 cups cauliflower
- 1⁄2 cup coconut milk
- 1⁄2 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place ginger, garlic, tomatoes and cayenne into a high- powered blender and blend for 10-15 seconds. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté until softened. Stir in potatoes, carrots, garam masala and chili powder. Cover and cook on medium- low heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add cauliflower, tomato mixture and 1⁄2 cup water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in coconut milk and season with salt and pepper.
I will keep you up dated and if you have any questions or need help with cleansing let me know I love to help people find there way to a healthy life style. And don’t forget to add movement into your life. Get out side and walk or ride a bike. If you are like me and live in an area where it is very wet and cold do Yoga or Pilates or what ever type of workout you like to do but just do it.