Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beach Trip and Starting Another Cleanse

We took a weekend trip to Avila Beach and had lots of fun. We left on Friday morning and enjoyed a very sunny and warm day at the beach. On Saturday, hubby attended the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest, and the kid and I hung out at the pool (his favorite part of the trip), went to the small aquarium in town, and spent some more time at the beach. By Sunday the temperatures had dropped considerably, but we had fun exploring some more, including Pismo Beach


“But weren’t you transitioning to do a cleanse?” you ask. Yes, I was, and it was a bit challenging. I brought most of the food we ate with us, so I had control over what we were eating. Obviously, hubby didn’t follow the “no alcohol” transition. Since he was surrounded by beer and non-cleanse-friendly food on Saturday (an event he had planned to attend many months ago before we decided to do the cleanse), I suggested he just start the cleanse on Monday and not worry about transitioning into the cleanse, but I followed the transition guidelines (no caffeine, no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no alcohol) for the most part.

We got back home on Sunday evening, and I started to stress a bit about my lack of preparation for the cleanse. Last time I did the cleanse, I decided to do it last minute and felt like catching up the entire first week. I didn’t want to repeat that experience.

I decided to tackle the laundry and the house (it’s amazing how much stuff there is when you go on a three-day trip to the beach!), made some black rice, green beans and mushrooms and decided to wait until early Monday morning to deal with the rest of the food prep for the first few days of the cleanse. I had bought ingredients for green smoothies before we left for the trip, so I knew breakfast was covered.

I got up very early on Monday morning and made some carrot soup. Then I decided to splurge and go to an early morning yoga class. I felt really anxious because of all the things on my to-do list, but yoga really helped to calm me down. On the way home, I stopped at the grocery store. Monday was super busy, but I managed to get some more food prepped, so here is what we are eating for the first few days of the cleanse:
  • Green smoothies
  • Chia pudding
  • Black rice with veggies
  • Salads with salmon
  • Carrot soup
  • Turkey/spinach burgers on top of a salad
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
I feel much better now that there is food we can easily grab. Since I am not going through caffeine withdrawal this time around, I don’t really notice a big difference in how I feel at this point. The Conscious Cleanse is really not that different from the way I normally eat; the biggest difference is that I am cutting out dairy and condiments (which I miss.)

Hubby, on the other hand, is having a bit of a tough time. He eats quite a bit of sugar, and I think he is experiencing withdrawal from sugar at this point and got a series of headaches yesterday. Actually, one of the reasons I wanted us to do the cleanse is for him to take a good look at his sugar intake. Hopefully, it’ll show him that it’s possible to eat a lot less sugar.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s on your menu this week? Do you like sweet foods? Hubby definitely loves his sweets, but I enjoy savory foods more.

Be well,
Andrea

28 comments:

  1. Yesterday was only Day One, so very sorry for all the whining. And you know I whined in a nice way and not in an annoying way. :)

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    1. Wonder what your "annoying way of whining" looks like! ;) Just kidding... I'm glad we are doing this together! :)

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  2. Looks like a fun time at the beach! It's been way too long since my toes have touched the sand :)

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    1. Yes, it was a great little getaway. We brought quite a bit of that sand home with us... ;)

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  3. Hi Andrea! Well, my Andy (the other Korean one) could never handle that, even if he did a little whining about it. His adoptive mother was a school lunch lady who feed him anything he wanted.:D

    :-) Marion

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    1. So far so good, but I think it was more than a little whining yesterday.. ;) He is doing much better today though...

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  4. Sounds like you are off to a good start. It takes a lot of planning to eat healthy and cook from scratch. I do like sweets but have discovered that my desire for them has decreased since I don't have them that often anymore. Now I can taste how sweet and delicious fruits and vegetables are all on their own.

    Hope your hubbies headaches subside quickly. It is a wake up call! Good luck as you move forward with the cleanse.

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  5. I started a cleanse on Monday as well. So far, so good. Tons of veggies and legumes, a little fruit....not much else for th enext few days. This is to just kick-start my dietary overhaul. I had fallen a bit behind after an injury (broken tailbone) on exercise and diet followed shortly thereafter. It feels great to be back exercising 6 days a week and eating right again! Susan from Little Ladies Who Lunch

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    1. Sorry about your injury, Susan. Glad you are better! Good luck with your cleanse!

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  6. I love, love, love the beach! Beautiful pictures Andrea - of you and your family.

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  7. How fun!! This post leaves me craving the beach!
    I haven't been yet this summer!

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  8. Looks like a great day at the beach. Good luck with your newest cleanse.

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  9. So nice the pictures of the family at the beach...just made me realize that we do not go often enough to the beach in spite of living a few blocks from the water...
    Great cleanse menu...
    Hope you are having a lovely week Andrea :)

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    1. Hope you are having a great week, too!

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  10. What a fun weekend trip! It looks like you guys were having a blast at the beach. Love the kid's orange crocs ;)

    I'm glad you're better about your meals since you had some time to prepare. Hope the hubby feels better soon! I'm definitely a sweets person, so I completely understand!

    Have a great rest of your week!

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    1. The beach was great!

      The food prep is going a lot better this time around, especially since I know which cleanse foods I like most and which are easy and quick to prepare. And hubby is feeling great now! :)

      Have a great rest of the week, too!

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  11. I have to say that I don't always leave comments BUT I love all your family fun pics - always! Beautiful beach pics!

    I don't do anything fancy with my food cause I am easy & lazy! ;) I am sure you will do great - it is a lot of panning though! :O ;)

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    1. Thanks, Jody!

      And, yes, the cleanse does take quite a bit of planning. But once you plan and prep the food it's actually not difficult.

      Have a great weekend!

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  12. I haven't heard of this kind of cleanse. I've done juice cleanses before (Blue Print). I'll be interested to follow this. I think I'd be like you on this type of cleanse since I eat healthy to begin with. But the no dairy, no alcohol would be kind of a challenge when food is involved. Sometimes it's easier for me to avoid things if I am just drinking juice.

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    1. I haven't done a juice only cleanse and am not sure how I would do...

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  13. I just realized that after you went through all those withdrawals before I definitely get why you would be willing to do the cleanse now, since that was probably the hardest part.
    Poor hubs. Headaches are the worst!
    Yes, I am always amazed at how being away (even just for a daytrip!) generates so much work around the house! And a weekend away is always hard to adjust because you don't have your usual weekend around the house to do normal weekend things (laundry and grocery shopping are the main ones that come to mind!).

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    1. Well, the funny thing is that I ended up having some detox symptoms after all (headache, achy, just not feeling well...). My guess is that it may have been caused by the dairy I cut out.

      And, yes, I need my weekends to catch up and get ready for the week. Luckily, the beach trip was worth it! :)

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  14. having things prepared before hand is so much easier for the week because you don't have to stress about it! :) I do it every weekend now and it makes dinners so much faster and stress free! :)

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    1. So true!

      Have a great weekend, Coco!

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