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,