My typical diet follows the 80/20 rule. 80 percent healthy, 20 percent whatever my little taste buds desire. Every once in a while, my diet will become more strict. Kind of a recharge, if you will. This is especially good after vacations and holidays, when my body starts to forget how much it actually loves consuming vegetables and whole foods. Get rid of the crap. Get recharged.
What did the cleanse look like?
Here were the guidelines I set up for the cleanse.
Basic Meal Guideline:
1 – green smoothie (my favorite recipe shown below) or egg white breakfast tacos
2 – healthy fat and fruit
3 – protein, vegetable, complex carb
4 – healthy fat and vegetable
5 – protein and vegetable (complex carb optional)
6 – fruit (optional)
Some of these options were rearranged, for example some days I skipped the healthy fat in meal 2 and added it to meal 3.
What I put on my grocery list:
This is definitely not what you would be limited to choose to eat. This is just what I picked up from the grocery based on what I could afford and found on sale that week.
- fruits: bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries
- healthy fats: avocado, EVOO, hummus, cashews, almonds
- vegetables: brussels sprouts, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, carrots, mushrooms, spinach
- carbs: brown rice, white beans, corn tortillas, white potatoes
- protein: pork chops, lean ground turkey burger, chicken breast, tuna, egg whites
- other: unsweetened almond milk, protein powder
- no dairy (avoid some extra natural sugars)
- no coffee, tea is allowed
- no alcohol
- no weird pills or supplements that are often marketed when you hear the word ‘cleanse’
Here’s a peak at what my meals looked like. Many of the snacks and lunches were the same. There are still lots of different foods to choose from though, even when you stick to whole foods! I didn’t worry about portions quite so much. I just paid attention to when I was full or still hungry.
My most favorite green smoothie ever!
Use whatever portions of fruit and spinach you choose
Add protein powder
Fill to top of fruit and spinach with almond milk (no more than 1 cup)
How did it go?
I chose to evaluate the cleanse by evalutating how I felt, not on how I looked after the cleanse was finished.
- I was sleeping through the night again
- I felt less bloated
- I had fewer sweet cravings
- Clothes didn’t feel as tight
Honestly, I didn’t notice too much of a change in my energy levels. I wasn’t too concerned with that, though. My workout routine looked and felt the same.
This week I am still following more or less whole food choices, but I’m removing the above stated restrictions and allowing myself the occasional treat or cheat following the 80/20 rule! A time will come again when I eliminate all the cheats, and time will tell when I feel the need to do that again.
I am a creature of balance, which include my wine, chocolate, and whole wheat bagel with cream cheese!
Have you ever done a cleanse? What did you do?