Cleanse Diet

21 Day Cleanse Diet Wrap Up

February 26, 2010

Many of you have been following along with the 21 Day Cleanse Diet I’ve been doing. You’ve seen the vegan recipes. You’ve heard the highs and lows, the trials and tribulations. Now here’s the recap.

I did it! Three whole weeks and I stuck to the plan without faltering. No sugar, no alcohol, no caffeine, no gluten and no animal products.

People keep asking me if I feel “better” or “different.” The short answer is yes, but maybe not for the reasons you would think.

First, I feel great because I accomplished something I wasn’t sure I could, so I’m proud of that. Physically, I feel better because I lost a little weight (and I continue to lose).

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Cleanse Diet Week 2

February 15, 2010

Week 2 Observations:

It’s been an interesting week filled with highs and lows.

The week started with an epic cooking fail on my part. I tried to make a vegan, gluten free, “sugar” free “cheesecake.” Really. What was I thinking? The cheesecake was made with vegan cream cheese, silken tofu, egg replacer, agave syrup and cocoa powder. I made a crust out of finely chopped hazelnuts and vegan butter and topped it with the vegan sour cream. It was baked. The result? The center section wasn’t chocolate or sweet enough but the texture was actually pretty good. The crust and topping were horrible. I threw most of it in the trash.

Then I came across an article about agave syrup which made me question if it was indeed something I should even be eating. Which for about a day led me to have a crisis of confidence in this whole …

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Cleanse Diet Week 1

February 7, 2010

Day 0: Preparation and Vegan Product Review

The day before my cleanse diet began I went shopping, armed with a list of “acceptable” ingredients from the Quantum Wellness Guide book. I shopped primarily at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. This was a trying experience and I had to seriously talk myself down from a panic attack in the middle of Trader Joe’s. Everything has gluten and sugar in it, even if it’s “vegan.” Oh. My. God. Seriously? All I could think was “what the hell am I doing?”

I could not find any real gluten-free bread under $5.99 a loaf so I didn’t buy any. Instead, I bought $20 worth of various gluten-free flours to bake my own. In some weird way that made sense to me. Did you know that most fake meat products are not gluten-free? They are loaded with wheat gluten which is what gives …

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21 Day Cleanse Diet

February 7, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about food lately. No surprise there, right? However, I’m not thinking about which dessert to make next, but rather how I can eat in a healthier, more responsible, and sustainable way.

A few months ago I saw the movie Food, Inc. Nothing in my life, in all my time cooking professionally and working in restaurants, has had such a profound impact on the way I think about food. This movie rocked my world. I’m not going to get preachy about it, but if you have any interest in learning about where the food you eat comes from and the impact it has on your well-being, please see this movie.

About a month later I saw an interview with a woman named Kathy Freston, the author of the book Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness. She was talking about …

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