Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Weekend Fun and Another Cleanse

We had a nice Mother’s Day weekend.

On Saturday, the older kid came to visit, and we had a good time going out to lunch at a Korean restaurant, playing basketball, and hanging out at home.


On Sunday, I started the day with an early morning barre class, and then we headed to Happy Hollow.


More Cleansing

I decided to sign up for another Conscious Cleanse. The Conscious Cleanse I did in January was a very positive experience, and I continued many of the positive habits I developed during the cleanse.

Here are some of the things I continued after the cleanse:
  • No coffee. I know coffee has numerous health benefits and many people are able to drink one or two cups a day without problems. However, my coffee consumption gets easily out of hand, and I don’t want to go back to that place. Giving up caffeine was by far the hardest thing during the last cleanse, and I am looking forward to not having to go through withdrawal this time around!
  • Start the day with 32 ounces of warm lemon water. Since the cleanse in January, I missed only one day of warm lemon water. I truly look forward to my warm lemon water every morning.
  • Start the day with a green smoothie most days. I really enjoy my green smoothies. On days I don’t have a green smoothie in the morning, I usually have one later in the day.
  • Eat quite a few Conscious Cleanse meals. I still make vegetables the center of my meals. Most days, I have a very green smoothie and also eat a big salad with some protein. I also frequently make recipes from the Conscious Cleanse book.
  • Still don’t eat the foods I discovered I’m sensitive to: eggs, wheat, and yeast, and I feel so much better because of it. Cutting out these foods truly changed my life and the “issues” I had attributed to my gallstones are gone.
So why did I decide to do another cleanse? And why am I not doing it on my own?

Ever since the last cleanse ended, I wanted to do another one because I felt really good eating only the best foods for my body and leaving out the “extras.” While I still eat very similarly to the way I ate during the cleanse, there are some things that snuck back into my diet that I would like to limit again (and cut out during the cleanse): ketchup and other condiments (mainly sriracha and Korean hot pepper paste – all of them contain quite a bit of sugar and other “not-so-good” ingredients), dairy, and rice-based snack foods.

One of the reasons I decided to do another group cleanse is because the time to do a cleanse is never “perfect.” Signing up for the group cleanse (which starts on June 3, with five transition days before that) “forces” me to do it.

After reading the book and doing the Conscious Cleanse once, I know I have enough knowledge to do the cleanse on my own. However, I was really surprised last time by how much I appreciated and looked forward to the support the group cleanse provided: the daily emails (which focus not only on food and drink choices but also on general well being), the Facebook group, and the teleseminars. It really made the whole experience effortless, and doing the cleanse felt very self-indulgent and almost like a mini vacation (even though I was not on vacation!).

This time hubby is going to do the cleanse with me (well he said he’d “try”), and I am looking forward to doing it together! I am also looking forward to juicing more. In January, I mainly made smoothies and didn’t juice much. Now that it’s warm and more affordable produce is available, I look forward to lots of juice during the cleanse.

If you are curious about the cleanse, there is a live call tonight in which the creators of the cleanse, Jules and Jo, answer questions. Here is the info:

Date: Tuesday May 14th at 7pm MST.
You can either dial in using the number (206) 402-0100 enter pin 393898#
Or listen and ask questions online via the web by clicking on the following link: http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=41319777 (I believe the recorded call will also be available the day after.)

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What have you recently cleaned up? Are you changing what you are eating now that the weather is getting warmer? What’s your favorite juice combo?
 
Be well,
Andrea

[Full Disclosure: I paid for the June Conscious Cleanse with my own money (at a reduced rate that is available to all repeat cleansers). The above links are affiliate links, so if you sign up for the cleanse using one of the links, I will earn a fee.]

32 comments:

  1. Great photos with you & your kids. I've never done a cleanse before but have been thinking of doing one.

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  2. I love the idea of starting the day with 32 ounces of lemon water.
    I find that I go for coffee first thing so that is a great reminder.

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    1. I really look forward to my warm lemon water in the morning. When I read about the cleanse before I started in January, it said "you'll look forward to the warm lemon water," and I thought "Yeah, right. Nothing can take the place of my beloved coffee." But by the end of the first week, I was looking forward to the lemon water.

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  3. What handsome boys...and you are on a roll, my friend! a true inspiration! =)

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  4. Greta
    Schöne Fotos mit den Kindern,eine gute Woche für euch

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    1. Wir wuenschen dir auch eine schoene Woche!

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  5. Howdy Andrea! Wow...looks like the little one enjoy the most. haha... Working life has kept me busy these days. Anyway, hope you're going to have a great week.
    Kristy

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    1. Hi Kristy, How are you?

      Have a great week, too!

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  6. no coffee?
    I LOVE MY ONE CUP.
    I CAINT I CAINT :-)

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    1. One cup is perfect! :)

      I never thought I would completely stop drinking coffee. In fact, if you had told me last year that I would stop, I'd have laughed at you... :) It's funny how things can change. And since I easily drank too much, it's definitely for the better in my case...

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  7. I think having support is great and really works for a lot of people! Just having other people doing what you're doing, and being able to check in every so often can be so helpful :) I love the idea of warm lemon water, too!

    Happy (belated) Mother's Day! It looks like you had a fun weekend - the picture of you and the older kid is so sweet :)

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    1. I was actually surprised by how much I looked forward to all the support every day.

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  8. I love the picture of your son jumping in mid-air, so cool! I loved spending time with my daughter on Mom over the weekend, we had a sleepover Saturday night and it was fun to watch a movie and sip some wine!

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    1. Glad you had such a nice Mother's Day, Biz!

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  9. Cute pictures of you and your boys! They are both so BIG! Happy Belated Mother's Day to you!
    Have you posted about your usual green smoothie recipe? Or do you change it up every time? I would like to know what you put in it... (Sorry if you just did this recently...now I think maybe you did...I'm a little out of it!)
    Wow, I'm impressed that you are doing the cleanse again! Honestly it doesn't sound pleasant to me, but I believe you when you say you enjoy it. Maybe I will do something like this when I am done breastfeeding (I have no idea if that is a valid excuse but I'm using it. Ha!).

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    1. Yes, the boys are growing up way to quickly!

      My usual green smoothie looks something like this:
      - banana
      - greens to fill up the blender (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, I rotate them; I like spinach the best)
      - hemp seeds
      - frozen fruit (I especially love peaches and mango, especially with spinach)
      - a little stevia (optional)
      - water

      You actually could do the cleanse while breastfeeding; you just wouldn't do purification days. ;) But I totally think you should only do a cleanse if you really want to and are ready. Otherwise, it likely wouldn't be good experience...

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  10. What a beautiful family and so nice that your older son could be home for Mother's Day!

    The cleanse sounds perfect for you and even better that hubby is doing it with you.

    I recently gave up my beloved coffee and it actually went well. I have also given up most animal based products - making them no more than 10% of my daily calories. I really don't miss the dairy, meat or fish which really shocks me!

    I love green smoothies.

    Green Smoothie

    1 cup water or Pom Juice
    2 handfuls of rinsed kale stripped of the stem (about 2 cups)
    1 apple cored but not peeled cut into wedges
    1 frozen banana cut into chunks
    1 carrot cut into chunks
    1 cup of ice cubes
    a dash of Stevia sweetener or sweetener of your choice



    Blend until all smooth. If it is too thick add more water. Try different types of greens and veggie / fruit combos to find one that pleases you. You can add flax seeds, Chia seeds, flax seed oil or protein powder to tailor it to your food plan.

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    1. Your green smoothie recipe sounds good! I'll have to give it a try soon!

      I'm glad your new food plan is going so well, Tami! Looking forward to seeing more recipes and thoughts on your blog!

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  11. I did an elimination type thing with a group in January. It was nice to have each other to lean on for advice and support.

    I have also found out that I am sensitive to eggs....which really sucks....I have to become very creative with breakfast options since I also do not eat wheat products....but it is doable and I do feel a lot better since I eliminated eggs (and soy) from my diet.

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    1. Yes, giving up eggs was tough at first as I love them and ate them quite often. But feeling good is totally worth it!

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  12. Great pictures of you with the boys...water lemon to start? I think I can do that.
    Thanks for the tips and hope you are having a great week Andrea :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana. I hope you are having a great week, too!

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  13. Hi Andrea! Well, you don't look old enough to have the older son. I bet a lot of people thought you were his friend, not his mother.

    I should do some food restrictions for a while for the reasons you explain above. Things that are not really so bad can get bad when they are out of hand. Namely, for me, bbq sauce and mini-chips. I personally don't think there is anything wrong with either, per se, until I can't eat tiny bits of them as they should be eaten, which is currently the case. So I'm listening and feel this post was very useful for me to read.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Thanks, Marion! :)

      And, yes, things can easily be overdone, and I find it helpful to check in with yourself once in a while.

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  14. Hi Andrea. LOVE the pictures of you and your boys!!! Have a wonderful Thursday.

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    1. Thanks, Roz! Hope you are having a great Thursday, too!

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  15. I love your mom's day pics!!! You are braver than me with the cleanse.. Unless a doc says I have to stop certain foods AND coffee, not going to.. :) Good luck & glad it helped!

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    1. I think what you eat is obviously working for you, Jody!

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  16. The cleanse sounds really interesting, keep us posted how you and your hubby feel about it.

    As the weather gets warmer, I like more cold food in form of yogurt mess for breakfast, salad for lunch.

    I think we'll start the juicing soon too. I like the romaine, cucumber, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger, green pepper combo.

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    1. Your juice combo sounds great, Coco!

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