Originally, the plan after my 2 day juice fast was to end it with 1 day of smoothies. Halfway through smoothie day 1 (Wednesday), I decided to extend smoothies to 3 days.
Today marks day number 3.
Since Wednesday, I’ve stuck to veggie and fruit smoothies and have slowly added millet, coconut oil, and lentils in hopes of spotting some of my sensitivities.
I’ve learned that:
- Millet is okay for me
- Lentils may be okay
- Coconut oil and coconut milk seem to give me gas and bloating every time I eat them. This made me really sad. I think it has something to do with the high amount of fat after juicing. I’ll try them again in a weeks’ time and see what I discover
- It’s imperative that I take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before every meal to help with digestion
- I overeat, get really excited about eating things, and force myself to eat even when I’m not hungry in fear that I wont get enough nutrients for the day. I need to work through this
- Drinking smoothies for 3 days is still a cleanse. I was assuming I would start to feel ‘normal’ but I feel like I’m really detoxing now
Some good information here! I’m going to continue with testing out lentils, then move on to rice, black beans, and nuts in the weeks to come.
During these last couple of days, I’ve been collecting a list of plant-based, whole foods recipes that will help me transition from liquids to solids in the smoothest way possible. The key to this transition is to prepare meals that are easy on your digestion, clean, and as simple as possible.
Of the recipes I discovered this week, here are the 10 that I plan on making over the next couple of weeks…
Chickpea Salad from Cookie and Katie:
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Greens from The Bitten Word:
Easy Crockpot Lentil Chili from Jeanettes Healthy Living:
Warm Winter Squash Salad from For the Love of Food:
Detox Smoothie from Scaling Back:
Ginger Roasted Parsnips from For the Love of Food:
Raw Sweet Potato Mushroom Sliders from Rawmazing:
Easy Tahini Detox Slaw from Family Kitchen:
Fully Loaded Kale Salad from Lunch Box Bunch:
Sweet Potato Pear Soup from Love and Lemons:
Doesn’t that chickpea salad look amazing? I love me some olives!
Clean eating foods
If you’re wondering what foods are best for a clean, digestive supporting diet, here are a couple:
- Fruits and Veg: Unsweetened whole fruits, fresh squeezed fruit juices, sea vegetables (seaweeds), avocados, olives, and raw, steamed, sauteed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
- Grains: Brown, red, black and wild rice, millet, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, quinoa
- Veg protein: Split peas, lentils, legumes, bee pollen, spirulina, and blue-green algae
- Animal protein: Fresh or water-packed, cold-water fish (trout, salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, sardines, pike, kippers), wild game (rabbit, pheasant, bison, venison, elk, etc.), lamb, duck, organic chicken and turkey
- Seeds and Nuts: Hemp, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia, pistachios, brazil, nut and seed butters such as almond or tahini
- Drinks: Filtered water, green, white or herbal tea, mineral water, yerba mate, coconut water
- Milks: Hemp, rice, nut (such as almond, hazelnut, walnut, etc.) and coconut
- Condiments: Vinegar, all spices, all herbs, sea salt, black pepper, carob, stone-ground mustard, miso, coconut liquid aminos, wheat-free tamari and nama shoyu
- Oils: Cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, pumpkin, and coconut
- Sweeteners: Brown rice syrup, stevia, coconut nectar, yacon, whole/fresh fruit, dried fruit
What are your favorite clean eating recipes?