November 2019

Abstaining for 21 Days: A Detox Diet Food Diary Days 5, 6, & 7

Phoebe-250The Last Day of Diet Meal Delivery for the Week: Day 5
11:09 a.m. I’m at work. Katrina walks in from a fashion preview—how does she always manage to look feminine, exotic, and funky???—takes one look at my 9:00 a.m. juice bottle, dregs at the bottom, streaks of juice still clinging to the inside, and says: “This looks like barbeque sauce.” What does she know?! Uh oh, I’m starting to sound like a convert. It’s all rush, no play this morning. Racing home to take a conference call from there mid-afternoon. About to pack up, Melissa offers a ride—she’s headed my way for a lunch date. Grab very-sick-and-should-have-stayed-home-from-work Daniela and make her leave with me to go get into bed. She lives 2 blocks from me, so Melissa takes us both.

Midday Treats Not on My Healthy Eating Plan—Diet Coke & a Kiss from Phoebe
12:something or other. Stop off at parents (they live in my building) to steal a kiss from 1-year-old niece, Phoebe, who’s over for the afternoon. Kiss turns into coming to Aunt Nancy’s to see the puppy, Sadie. Mindy (my sister-in-law, Phoebe’s mother) calls them soul mates. They are ridiculously cute together. While wrangling puppy and baby, booting up laptop, answering call from the office, and nuking lunch—can’t wait, squash soup! I eat that in real life! Again, the look from my mother. Ignore. Final stories, hunt down phone code for conference call, respond to emails, grab soup and Diet Coke. So far, I have not relinquished my profound desire for coffee or Diet Coke. I am, however, only having 1 can a day. There’s so much drinking on the Joulebody diet cleanse—juices and soups. I mean, how much can 1 person drink? So, 2 cans per day (ok, sometimes 3) is definitely down to 1.

Detox Diet Food Journal Confession
4:47 confession: I am obviously schedule-impaired. I ate my 12:00 soup while on my 2:00 conference call, child arrives from school—she of the Fios/America’s Next Top Model meltdown. Must say her aversion to learning the new TV system is quite the boon—already a big reader, she’s read and then read more in the time she might have watched TV. Pack kids for weekend with ex, start 3:00 p.m. juice at 3:00 p.m. in some time zone, unfortunately just not the one I live in.

Kids both with ex, Sadie and I settle in for a night of fetch with her favorite little red ball, while I’m stationed in front of my laptop, writing this, editing, answer worried call from Howard—apparently Jamie has been calling and texting all week and I’ve been M.I.A. Obviously you haven’t been reading my blog, I respond, or you would know my radio silence was caused by my Fios disaster. Sorry sorry sorry. Feel terrible she worried, terrible I didn’t get back to her . . . sigh. I can’t keep up with my life. I spend my days apologizing.

Dinner was at 10:00 p.m. I know, I know. There is no 10:00 p.m. meal. I’ve learned to be flexible, this detox diet is going to have roll with me on that one, I guess. Skip the brownie—I’m actually too full, and stick with my cleansing tea instead. My treat will come in handy over the weekend, when I fly solo—no cleansing juices or diet meals from Joulebody. Wonder if Yvette has a support hotline—I’m starting to feel panicky. Bed sounds like a solution—and it’s 2:06 a.m. So it’s hardly a stretch to say I should call it a day.

Going Cold Turkey on the Delivered Detox Diet Meals—Days 6 & 7
Saturday and Sunday are a blur of work, phone calls, manicure with my mom, and a hot date with my best boyfriend Johanna and her husband Scott, who usually introduces me as his second wife. Poor guy is such a good sport—2 wives obsessed with shoes and chocolate. It’s not easy being him. I actually left the house on a Saturday night (or any night, since I work until 2:00 a.m., 7 days a week, writing and editing). We were seeing True Grit—Coen brothers plus Jeff Bridges? I’m in.

When Changing Eating Habits Means Eating the Same Thing
Ate identically both days—for me, diet meals are goal-oriented, not gourmet experiences. Function trumps form every time. So, for breakfast both days, I had a bowl of my kids’ organic whole-grain honey-nut cereal with skim milk—had to skip the nonfat yogurt that goes with. I don’t do yogurt, or pudding, custard, mousse, etc. Nothing creamy, gooey, or foamy. It’s a texture thing. And thus far, my desire—NEED—for coffee has not left me. Yvette, Joulebody’s founder and all-around superwoman, said to just go with it. Have it if I wanted, but at some point she expected I wouldn’t. Still waiting . . .

My Daily Meal Plan Doubles to Cover Two
On the way back from the manicure on Saturday, stopped at Columbus Deli—my alternate meal source!—and got a raw-vegetable salad with sunflower seeds and raisins, per the detox diet meal suggestion. Chopped, no dressing, and I’m out the door for $6.75. Given the portions Yvette had been doling out all week, I knew I could split the salad and have lunch for both days. Even cheaper. The salad? Delish . . . for a salad. If left to my own devices, I’d rather eat a cheeseburger and fries.

Date Night Delays My Diet Meal
Edited stories all afternoon, snacked on the most delicious orange cherry tomatoes I’d bought at Fairway, had some detox tea, and then hopped in the shower before heading out to the movies. UGH!!! I forgot about dinner and I’m going to be late. Oh well. Dinner sacrificed temporarily in the name of “date” night. I’ll deal with dinner after the movie.

Movie over, typical wonderful Coen brothers out-there, eccentric vision. Love. Home, got sucked into the black hole that is my laptop. Started editing and by the time I looked up, it was too late to think about, deal with, or otherwise entertain the notion of dinner. Bed.

Sunday Is Day 7 of My Weekly Meal Plan Detox Diet
Sunday was more of the same—cereal, working, blah blah blah . . . Sadie drove me to distraction barking at my bedroom door a good part of the day. Huh??? I opened the door several times so she could confirm there were, in fact, no dangerous intruders, vermin, or otherwise unwelcome visitors to the apartment. Didn’t help. The other half of yesterday is a blur of articles, emails, phone calls, and the Oscars playing in the background, although I must confess, I didn’t look up too often from the articles I was working on, and the volume was so low it might as well have been on mute. Honestly, I’m not all that interested in hearing a bunch of people I don’t know thank a lot of other people I don’t know. I just want to see the pretty clothes.

Delivered Detox Diet Meals: Ready for Week 2 of My Food Diary
The nice delivery man had stopped by earlier in the evening with my Joulebody diet meals for the week. My fridge and freezer nicely stocked with my detox cleanse needs, I was at peace. Unsweetened sweet dreams awaited, knowing that in the morning, I could just pop the top on breakfast and hit my day running.—Nancy Rotenier

Related Links
Did You Miss the Beginning? Detox Diet Food Diary Day 0
How Did the First Day on the Diet Cleanse Go? Day 1
Does Day 2 of My Detox Diet Live Up to Yvette’s Dire Prediction?
Disaster Strikes—But It’s Not What You Think: Detox Diet Diary Day 3
• Crying, Coffee & Customer Service: Detox Diet Food Diary Day 4

Abstaining for 21 Days: My Detox Diet Food Diary Day 3

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The Oscars: Putting a Serious Cramp in My Cleansing Style
10:something a.m. And you can already tell what kind of day it’s going to be, if I’m getting to the 9:00 a.m. juice this late. And you would be right. It had already been a crazy morning, and we were barely getting started! One child dropped off at school, the other’s homework dropped at same—he emailed from my ex’s, no explanation, no thank you. Just attachments. Apparently my telepathic mommy powers would guide me. So, that done, plus 10-minute chat with friends in the school cafeteria. Heidi: “I’ve been reading your blog on the site. Are you really doing that?” I told you I was trying to fly under the radar on this one! Then, Johanna (best-“boyfriend” ever!): “I got you a present.” Only Johanna could find me a Jane Austen finger puppet while on her they-ski-but-me-never-again family weekend at Jiminy Peak.

Cabbed home with Heidi, fell a little in love with the driver who called me princess and laughed when I asked if he’d please tell my kids! Always puts a smile on my day when someone shares a little nice. Walked in the door of my apartment, and unfortunately, the day didn’t end there. Saw child’s school-play script on the kitchen table, a slight problem given the once-a-week rehearsal is today. Call school—please lend her a script so I don’t have to send my overworked, underpaid staff (my parents!) to school with it. They would be otherwise occupied manning my apartment while I went to the office.

Food Cleanse Is a Breeze Compared to Fios—Nightmare!
Fios is coming. Fios is coming. The electrician installed the outlet they were supposed to install last week because Verizon was coming today and needed the outlet. NOT a fan of last minute. I’m more the “what are you doing for lunch 12 years from Tuesday” type. While all subcontractor hell breaks loose, I’m on the phone with our staff, tracking down Oscar gowns for a guest editor, finaling copy, trying to keep up with emails—and getting to juice 1. Got it! Call Dania—what picture should we put in the cleanse blog today? Idea, idea, idea—go! I take a few so-so pics on the Blackberry and email them to her. They’ll do.

Major nightmare with wiring and emptying the broom closet—my sacred stash of Diet Coke—plus raising my voice when my mother comments about my doing a 21-day detox cleanse. “Just don’t, OK?” was the gist of my response. Sadie, plus juice/meal, puppy equipment, laptop, handbag, child’s sneakers (which I now realize I forgot to tell my ex to pick up at the doorman—best email him that I’ll drop those at school tomorrow morning), and I was out the door.

Sometimes, a Diet Cleanse Is 2 Steps Forward, 1 Back
It’s 2:27 p.m., and I’m about to eat my noon meal. Remember yesterday’s excitement about being closer to the detox diet schedule? Pride cometh before the fall! Big time. But let’s discuss for just 1 sec about how delicious it was. Well worth the delay. Red lentil hummus wrapped in cabbage. Who knew?! Knew Dania would love it and made her taste—I’m seriously so annoying! She did love it, though. Daniela said my skin looked great. Tara said I looked lighter. Lindsay said she was having fun reading these blogs. Made her promise to tell me if they got boring. More Oscar gown searching—I don’t think I looked this hard for a wedding dress! (Dior, btw, very spectacular in a John Singer Sargent sort-of way). Post-NY-Fashion-Week staff debrief, several calls from child protesting a scheduled visit to the orthodontist, 3:00 green juice, Daniela sniffed, Tara ran for cover—if it’s not run-over-by-a-truck-well-done chicken, she’s not interested. She took Sadie and walked away!

Late for Lemonade: My Predicted Favorite Cleansing Juice
Bolted into the house after 6:00, only to find Verizon had already left. Loudly aggravated with poor, harassed mother, who forgot to call and tell me when they were leaving. As I try to drink the lemonade, I manage a few sips here and there, between discoveries of the myriad problems left behind by my Fios upgrade. I’m sorry. Why did I sign up for this again? My phones didn’t work, my WiFi connection went in and out, killing all hope of getting my usual zillion hours of work done tonight (including not being able to talk to Melissa when she called at 9:00), the new remotes for the TVs didn’t control the volume, and there was a substantial delay between the pressing of a button and the appearance of the guide, channel change, whatever. Time to cry—4 hours on the phone with 3 different tech support people, each of whom “helped,” told me the problem was fixed, only to find out it wasn’t, or there was a new problem. Add to that no clocks on the cable boxes (that’s what was in inventory at the moment, according to a tech helper), and 1 cable box “installed” on top of my desk, which has now been rendered useless. I was on the verge.

It’s 11:00 p.m. Think I Can Still Eat My Diet Detox Dinner?
Hardwired to the internet at this point, having plowed through emails and sourced all of the Oscar dresses—thank you, Katrina!—talked to Tara, tucked in child, only to be scared senseless when he reappeared asking me to print something in the morning. Hmmmmmm. Too bad I can’t end here. There’s a certain symmetry I’m sure isn’t lost on you. However, 11:00 is for amateurs. I had copy to final and a blog post to write. Plus, dinner. Late, but so delicious. Vegetable croquette with chopped greens. One thing this cleanse has made me even more aware of—how the frantic pace of my life affects what I eat. I have to be able to grab what’s handy—no time for niceties. Right now, healthy foods and juices are readily available because someone else is making them and delivering them, and if you put it in front of me and don’t make me prepare it or think about what I am, or I’m not, allowed to eat, I can stick to this, no problem. But when I’m responsible? I’m not so responsible.

Can I Still Have My End-of-Day Brownie Reward for My Day of Cleansing?
My laptop clock says 1:34 a.m. (remember, I no longer have a clock on my new cable box!). I think it may be time to shut down the house—and I’ve just noticed that my internet connection dropped—AGAIN!!! Seriously, I’m right next to the router. How awful is this equipment? Blood boiling. Not exactly the calm, rejuvenating day Yvette hopes I will have. You know it’s bad if we’re less than 12 hours in and all I can think is: I miss Time Warner. Let’s hope tomorrow is a better day—for cleansing, and at-home technology. Pony Express anyone?—Nancy Rotenier

Related Links
Did You Miss the Beginning? Detox Diet Food Diary Day 0
How Did the First Day on the Diet Cleanse Go? Day 1
Does Day 2 of My Detox Diet Live Up to Yvette’s Dire Prediction?

Abstaining for 21 Days: A Detox Diet Food Diary Day 2

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Day 2 of My Diet Detox Food Diary: It’s a Headache
9:32 a.m. I’m running around the house like a crazy person. Everyone needs something—URGENTLY! Kids want breakfast, copy editor can’t find the next story, my mother calls. It feels like dodging landmines just to get to the fridge to grab the 9:00 a.m. detox juice. At least I’m only a half-hour late today. It’s all about improvement, right?! Today, however, I am determined to have coffee and stave off the monster caffeine-deprivation headache that started yesterday afternoon, continued through the night, and required 2 Advil this morning. I make a triple-shot Americano and with that and my juice in hand, I assume the position—planted in front of my laptop, writing, editing, and fielding emails.

Detox Tea Time on the Diet Cleanse
By 11:00 a.m., I’m almost done with the detox juice—like yesterday, the Berry Chai Smoothie—and I decide to move on. Yvette Rose, my diet cleansing guru and all-around new favorite person, recommends detox tea as part of the program. I don’t like plain water, so—works for me. Detox tea it is.

Is It Lunchtime Yet? Detox Diet Hunger Management
It’s 1:23 p.m. and time for the next round of meal-prep (ever feel like your kids are out of school more than they are in?!) So, multiple sandwiches, a veggie burrito, assorted crudités, and beverages later, lunchtime for me! I started getting hungry around noon—perfect, since that’s diet cleanse lunchtime—but I was on back-to-back work calls, then the kids’ lunches, and an urgent editing deadline or 12, and it was almost 1:30 before I could get to my Kale Acorn Squash Soup. The solution to hunger management and sticking to a diet? Be insanely busy! No time to dwell on—or deal with—hunger! Too bad I can’t bottle that as a weight-loss program!

The soup, in case you’re interested, is delicious. Nothing diet- or detox-feeling about it. Tart and sweet and full of yummy acorn squash, yams, apples, and kale. I want the recipe! While I eat, Sadie has stationed herself under my chair, just out of the sun, and lies down to sleep once I have my last spoonful.

Last Cleansing Juice of the Day. Dinner’s Next!
6:49 p.m. and I just took the last spicy swig of the 5:00 p.m. lemonade (a/k/a Citrus Cleanse). That’s it for today’s juices. The 3:00 p.m. green one, which I managed to get to before 3:30, was just dandy. I feel like all I do is sip all day. Works wonders to keep feelings of deprivation at bay. My mother couldn’t quite understand why I wouldn’t have takeout Chinese with her and my father tonight. I shot her a look when she said, “But it’s a holiday,” and that ended the discussion. Somehow, I don’t think there’s a papal dispensation for cheating on a diet on Presidents Day. (Although my aunt and I have a running joke that as long as you don’t eat the garlic bread, nothing’s fattening—you’d be surprised how often that comes in handy!).

I know today was supposed to be worse than Day 1, but so far, not the case. Yvette warned me that since this was a detox cleanse, the toxins built-up in my body over time would be released—and cleansed—but the initial few days could leave me feeling angry, cranky, upset, along with other not-so-Suzy-Sunshine sensations. I have to say (my children may beg to differ) that I feel fine. Better, actually. First, with the first day behind me, my anxiety about whether or not I would be able to drink the juices is gone. I can. Second, I was closer to the schedule than yesterday—improvement always perks up my mood. And I am motivated by a sense of accomplishment. I know, 1 day into a 21-day diet cleanse is nothing much, but every little thing helps.

Does It Still Count as Day 2 at 12:19 a.m. on Day 3?
Welcome to my never-ending day. It’s well past pumpkin time and my bed is nowhere in sight. Dinner—what there was of it!—was delicious: a cabbage leaf stuffed with shredded carrots, red onion, brown rice, seasonings. The only thing not perfect about it? I wanted about 6 more. I got to it a bit after 8:00, losing some of my on-schedule momentum, but still . . . I was fielding calls about a celebrity stylist’s article predicting Oscar fashion trends for the red carpet, my daughter studying for a vocab quiz—think depreciation, recalcitrance, sedition, skiff. Really? In 5th grade? I was impressed!

You want to know about the brownie, don’t you? Didn’t get to it until 9:37 p.m., the treat of shame as it was supposed to be eaten at 8:00. Unfortunately for the food schedule, it takes a distant second place to demands of homework, bedtime routines, and Sadie, who decided that she needed to be held at all times today! But it was just as delicious as I remembered.

What I forgot? How tired I was yesterday. Usually, I have to make myself turn out the lights sometime between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Last night, my eyelids made the decision for me, and I went to bed at the indecently early hour of 1:00 a.m. We’ll see how tonight goes, but I can honestly say I’m tired. This whole detox diet may turn out to be even healthier than Yvette or I expected if it forces me to get more than my average 4 hours of sleep . . . I’ll let you know tomorrow! Sweet dreams.—Nancy Rotenier

Related Links
Did You Miss the Beginning? Detox Diet Food Diary Day 0
How Did the First Day on the Diet Cleanse Go? Day 1
Food Cleanse 101: DIY Detox Diet

Abstaining for 21 Days: A Detox Diet Food Diary Day 0

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The Night Before Starting My Detox Diet
Ok, seriously, the things I do for you people. I’m T minus 10 ½ hours and counting. Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, yours truly is embarking on an adventure (translation: sugar rehab torture) with a 21-day healthy diet cleanse. Yes, you read correctly. Me of the Food Police Fesses Up: My Snacking Confession blog post, detailing my life of sugar-addicted crime. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Isn’t It a Healthy Chocolate Addiction?
To put this in the proper perspective, I miss my long-lost college mug that read: Chocolate. It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore. One printed Nancy Rotenier couldn’t have been more made-just-for-me. I haven’t told anyone outside of work about my little project. Honestly, I’m a little—ok, a lot—nervous about it, and I didn’t think the incredulous laughter would boost my confidence. At work, Tara keeps saying, “I can’t wait to see this.” Can’t you just hear the smirk?! Dania, who sits next to me every day, asked if she could work from home while I’m doing the cleanse diet and breaking my chocolate addiction. Starting to get the picture?

Why the masochistic diet cleansing? Somehow, it just feels like the right time—as in 4-weeks-away-from-spring-break-in-Florida right time with a body more Burka-ready than bikini. Add to that the basic need to lose some weight, the still-new year, eating habits that have gone from eccentric to abysmal, my friend Stacey’s convincing diet detox article, and meeting Yvette Rose, whose Joulebody Kickstart food cleanse program I’m undertaking. A fellow nurturer of everyone from family to total strangers, her warm, low-key approach is really what won me over—that, plus her promise that I didn’t have to give up my morning triple-shot Americano or lunchtime Diet Coke during the cleanse. I know my limitations!

Enter My Delivered Detox Diet Meals
So, I just got my first delivery of my diet food plan—5 days worth of freshly prepared food and juices that look like they would fit into 3 shoe boxes. (Hmmm, now there’s an idea for an end-of-cleanse reward!) Into that teeny tiny space fits all that I am allowed to consume for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, an all-day, all-night affair, as far as I’m concerned.

Except that Yvette doesn’t think in terms of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She’s got another system entirely. My delivered diet “meals” came precisely labeled in recycled-glass bottles and other eco-friendly containers. The food delivery also included a detailed printout of the foods and juices and their ingredients for each day of the 5-day diet food plan this week—weekends, you practice what she preaches but make the foods and juices yourself. That way, you’re not left hanging at the end of the diet cleanse.

Here, a Peek at Day 1 of the Diet Detox Cleanse Plan:
9:00 a.m. Raw: Berry Chai Smoothie
12:00 p.m. Replenish: Brussels Sprout & Shitake Mushroom Soup
3:00 p.m. Green Joule: Green
5:00 p.m. Citrus Cleanse
7:00 p.m. Protein: Spring Detox Stew
8:00 p.m. Balance: Cacao Brownie

Allow Me to Translate for This Food Diary:
9:00 a.m. Brown Juice—I’m scared.
12:00 p.m. Vegetable Soup—Totally doable.
3:00 p.m. Green Juice—Going to pretend it’s green vichyssoise and eat it like soup.
5:00 p.m. Lemonade’s Cleansing Cousin—no brainer. I’m all over this one!
7:00 p.m. Another vegetable soup—I’m good.
8:00 p.m. Yay-I’ve-made-it-to-the-chocolate deal closer/better-go-to-bed-right-after-because-there’s-nothing-left-to-eat-today brownie.

To stave off what is starting to feel like my first-ever anxiety attack, I remind myself that the pre-diet cleanse email suggested stocking up on raw vegetables to eat in addition to the food that is delivered. Sigh of relief—at least if I’m ravenous, I can shove something in my mouth! And there was that vegetable soup recipe that accompanied her article, which said the soup, and the vegetables it’s made from, are also allowed when necessary, necessary being a euphemism for starving!

All snarkiness aside, I’m issuing a warning to all skeptics planning on forming a betting pool based on my failing my detox cleanse! I am highly motivated—I love my clothes and they’re just the teeniest bit—ok, a lot—snug right now. And when motivated, I have the willpower to forgo chocolate, French fries, and all other last-meal-on-earth favorites. But to get from here to there, I may be one cranky detox cleanser. Let’s just hope my family and friends remember I do, in fact, love them more than ice cream. Really, I do. Stop laughing.—Nancy Rotenier

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Detox Diet Food Cleanse 101

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By Yvette Rose, Guest Editor

Overweight Nation: The Struggle to Lose Weight & Eat Well
It’s no secret that we are an obese nation and that we’re getting fatter by the day—no need to bore you with statistics. It’s scary that anyone can develop or fall back into poor eating habits, especially when stressed out or super-busy. I’m a physical trainer, yoga teacher, and vegan, and even I’ve had to find a way to get back on a healthy-eating track; hence the popularity of body cleansing diets.

Cleanse Diet Discovery: Successful Weight Loss Secret
I spent years researching various diet methods and found that what dieters really need is a break from bad habits—yes, I’m talking to you, coffee addicts and sugar junkies! Time for a full body cleanse intervention! Why a cleanse? It’s a process that does exactly what it sounds like. You eat and drink foods and juices that remove toxins from your body, literally cleaning out your system. The goal: remove addictive ingredients such as sugar, wheat, caffeine, dairy, and even alcohol from your daily routine. When done properly, a healthy diet cleanse can actually eliminate your cravings for the bad stuff.

Be Healthy, Get Thin, Have Flat Abs, Look Radiant: Yvette’s Cleanse Goals
When I started formulating my own body cleansing program, I was primarily concerned about getting all of us healthier, but there certainly were some vanity issues involved. I wanted to help clients look vibrant, have a flatter stomach, and be thinner. My goal—to create a diet cleanse that was significantly different from the other options I had tried, unsuccessfully.

In-Depth Research from Master Cleanse to Juice Cleanse
I tried different cleansing techniques, and, believe me, it wasn’t an easy journey: master cleanse, juice cleanse, raw food cleanse, even the cabbage cleanse. Not pleased with the results. More research followed.

The Juice-Cleanse Myth
After my cleanse world tour, I was vindicated—you don’t need to drink only juices to clean out your system. Want to know why popular thinking says you have to stick with an all-liquid or raw-vegetable diet? Those cleanses are extreme. So you think, they’re so awful and hard to stick to, they must be working. Yes, it’s “no pain, no gain” marketing.

The Weight Loss & Healthy Eating Solution
The truth—you can take the ingredients that are in a juice cleanse and eat them instead. A cleanse can consist of meals with whole foods or blended whole ingredients. In fact, you will get more of the benefits from these foods than by grabbing a juicer and wringing out all the fiber.

Tips for a Successful Detox Diet Cleanse:

• Detox Diet Cleanse DIY: Good Morning!
Morning is important. Your body needs protein and fiber but, unfortunately, most people are too busy to prepare breakfast. It’s easier than you think. On a food cleanse, an apple and some nuts (raw nuts, soaked overnight so the body can break down the nutrients) are an easy way to start the day.

What to Eat for Lunch on a Detox Diet Cleanse
Of course, fresh-pressed juices are fantastic for you, but a meal in the afternoon, when your energy level is decreasing, is nice too. Take some vegetables, steam them, make a soup with them, add some legumes for protein and pumpkin seeds and olive oil for healthy fat.

• On a Detox Diet Cleanse, Nighttime Is for Chewing
In the evening, I want to chew. When I do my food cleanse, I always start with a vegetable broth, then add chunks of vegetables and spices so my soups are chewy and delicious. This allows me to eat with my family without feeling deprived. You can make creative textures and shapes with your vegetables, and even marinate them in turmeric and a little cayenne, both of which have great anti-inflammatory powers!

• Vegetable Don’ts When Body Cleansing
There are vegetables that I recommend you avoid during a cleanse, including eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. These vegetables are called nightshades and can cause inflammation if you eat too many.

• Healthy Diet Cleanse Treats—Naughty or Nice?
I believe that training, eating healthy, or taking any other disciplined action means I also get to enjoy an indulgence. During a food cleanse, it’s not okay to grab a cupcake or bagel, but a cacao nibblet is always nice.

Why Try a Diet Cleanse?
When you decide to do a cleanse, it’s probably because you need to hit the restart button. Why are you doing a cleanse? Is it to get rid of your coffee habit, because you’ve been eating too much sugar, or because you’re retaining too much water? Whatever your reason, a detox diet cleanse may be the answer, because we all need a “time out” once in a while.

Related Links
Drink as Much as You Want When You Cleanse to Lose Weight? Get the Recipe
A Body Cleanse with Delicious Food: An Easy Recipe
DIY Diet Cleanse: What’s for Dinner

Homemade Vegetable Broth Recipe

By Yvette Rose, Guest Editor

This diet-, vegan-, and vegetarian-friendly recipe can be made in advance, and is always good to have on-hand! It serves as an important base for much of the diet cleanse recipes. And it can be used as a healthy vegetable stock for vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes as well.

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Vegetable Broth
6 cups of water
3 large onions
1 bunch parsley
3 stalks celery
3 carrots, peeled
3 clove of garlic chopped
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Easy Vegetable Broth Recipe Directions
• Combine all ingredients in 8-quart pot and bring to a boil.
• Simmer for 30 minutes.
• Strain the liquid and drink anytime during the detox.
• If you feel you need extra sustenance, leave the vegetables in the broth or eat them separately.

Related Links
Lose Weight & Still Eat! Detox Diet Food Cleanse
A Body Cleanse with Delicious Food: An Easy Recipe
DIY Diet Cleanse: What’s for Dinner

Asparagus Soup Cleansing Diet Recipe

By Yvette Rose, Guest Editor

This diet-, vegan-, and vegetarian-friendly recipe can be eaten hot or at room temperature, making it perfect for diet cleansing on the go.

Ingredients Needed to Make Asparagus Soup
1 pound (roughly 8 stalks) of asparagus, trimmed and chopped
4 large sweet potatoes, baked and chopped into large chunks
2 cups home-made vegetable broth[link to recipe]

Cleansing Asparagus Soup Preparation
• Combine vegetable broth and asparagus in a 4-quart pot and bring to a boil.
• Add potatoes. Puree in food processor.
• Cover and simmer on medium heat until asparagus and potatoes are tender, approximately 15 minutes.
• Once vegetables are tender, remove from heat and reserve a few tips for garnish.
• Carefully purée vegetable mixture with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth.

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Stuffed Collard Greens Recipe

By Yvette Rose, Guest Editor

This diet cleanse recipe is a new spin on an old Southern favorite. The recipe is vegan/vegetarian-friendly and delish, whether you’re detoxing with a body cleanse or not. Plus, it helps keep diet cravings in check.

Ingredients Needed to Make Stuffed Collard Greens
½ cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 collard, with center cut out
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup canned lentils, rinsed and drained

How to Cook Cleansing Collard Greens
• Preheat oven to 370°.
• Add water and quinoa into 4-quart pot, cover, then cook for 30 minutes.
• Drain and mix with lentils.
• Steam pepper for 10 minutes, then place on oiled baking dish or sheet.
• Stuff with quinoa and lentil mixture.
• Bake for 15 minutes.

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