I can see the finish line. 7 more days. Date night is set with my husband. My experiment with a cleanse will be over.
I’ve kept up with it, but the strange rules are wearing on me. Things like: (Yes, I have a well-formed list by now)
- no sweeteners except brown rice syrup and coconut sugar, really no honey or maple syrup? FYI – brown rice syrup is not really very sweet and you have to use a lot of dates to make a smoothie sweet
- no bananas, they are sweet and they thicken a smoothie perfectly, and I like the taste
- no tomatoes, or any nightshades, my husband convinced me to buy a few and make a small batch of my salsa. The late summer blight that hit my tomatoes and wiped out most of my crop might have brought me to tears, if I had not been on this cleanse
- no potatoes, of course they are more than fine in the garden – what can be done with an over abundance of potatoes?
- no corn, another delight of late summer and fall harvest, sigh
- no soy, which is hidden in lots of things
- no coffee or alcohol, see how far down the list? Hasn’t been bad to give up at all
Ok now for a few strange things that “we” have tried. While my family has not adhered to the cleanse, they have been subject to many new ingredients and experimentation.
- EFA oils, omega 3 and omega 6 – super easy to splash into a smoothie, no taste and great benefit
- homemade almond milk and the resulting almond flour – love this
- maca powder, recipes were calling for 1 tablespoon which made both my husband and I feel nauseous, in fact that was how I started this thing, took it back to 1/2 teaspoon and no tummy ache, gotta figure this out – it is supposed to be an aphrodisiac!
- spirulina – is a protein dense algae that comes in a powder form – but whew does it ever smell up the kitchen, when the bottle is opened the kids hold their noses!
- sacha inchi – looks and tastes a bit like a peanut, is considered a super food because of its high protein and omega 3 content
I think what I have learned by this is to consider what I eat. I have always done that, or so I thought. I have a new appreciation for what is truly good for you, rather than what has been packaged, marketed and thrust upon us at the grocery store. The good stuff is there, you just have to find it.
Here is a super simple recipe to make and is very healthy and tasty.
Energizer Trail Mix by Julie Morris
- 1 cup dried goji berries
- 1 cup dried mulberries
- 1/2 cup raisins, (subbed dried blueberries)
- 1 cup sacha inchi seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3/4 cup raw pecans
- 1/3 cup cocao nibs