I finally did it! Two weeks ago I started David on a cleanse diet. He’s asked me for this for awhile and I actually got to do it. I’ve done small ones for him before but not very thorough. It’s definantly harder doing a Special eating plan while living with a couple other families (keeping food seperate, preparing a completely different dinner for him etc….).
He didn’t have any dairy, meat or wheat, coffee or alcoholic beverages for two weeks He could have all the veggies and fruit he wanted. Also, he could have quinoa, brown rice and millet, nuts, almond butter, rice cakes (plain of course), hummus, seeds, rice milk, juice and…. I can’t think of anything else right now. 🙂 Oh, seasonings can only be- veggie salt, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and his hot sauce of course. He said he missed dairy the most. Really though he did very well with it. I made him a deal that I would go through the extra work to prepare his foods if he would exercise 30 min every day. If he stoped, I’ll stop. He did a really good job with it. It worked out to be a pretty gentle but good cleanse.
Now hopefully, I can get him to stick with eating a little better and keeping up with the exercise! That will be the trick!
The boys and I did a 2 week sugar fast (we didn’t do the cleanse) while he did his cleanse. They did very well and not having anything sweet in the house helped me! I just ate a mango or a grapefruit or a couple peanut butter balls or drank hot tea if I really craved sugar at night and I tried to substitute protein for sugar during the day. It wasn’t bad at all really and the boys were fun to watch as they graciously declined sugar several times when offered during the fast. 🙂
Right now we are on our last stretch of a two week fast from movies, the boys playing on the computer, or David and I spending extra unnecessary time on the computer. The boys did really good with this one also, but are looking forward to Friday movie night with dad at the end of this week!
Here is a sample of what David’s food plan was for a day…
half a lemon squeezed in a glass of warm water
1 Tblsp ground flax seed in a glass of orange juice
1 Avacado – stuffed with chopped onion, mushrooms, zuchinni and tomatoes.
Some days I do a smoothie for him with raspberries, banana and ground almonds blended with rice milk
Steamed brocolli with sesame seeds on top.
Cooked Sweet potato
Large salad with lettece, spinach, spring mix, onions, peppers, avocados, carrots, asparagus, snow peas, raisins and sunflower seeds topped with a dressing made from olive oil, lime juice, grated garlic and ginger and veggie salt.
Veggie, lentil hot pot
Brown rice casserole
Apples with almond butter
veggie sticks with hummus
Rice cake with almond butter
Rice and veggie salad
Or, leftover dinner
Here is the recipe for our family dinner favorite so far, (that is, except for Tristan who literally couldn’t keep it down:)).
Veggie Lentil Hot Pot: Serves: 8
6 cups raw veggies ( I used: potatoes, acorn squash, sweet potatoes and green beans)
1 diced onion
1c red lentils
2 1/2 c veggie broth
1T olive oil
1 T cumin
1 tsp corriander
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp fresh garlic
1tsp chili pwd
1 tsp ginger
Saute the onion and garlic and add all other ingredients. Simmer covered, stirring often for 25 min or until veggies and lentils are done.
Yummy on a cold evening!