The learning curve of this “detox” is not very steep, and for this I am grateful (see previous post: oh jeez, I’m doing a detox!).
In the past couple of days I’ve been reading more about the “Clean” cleanse and have learned a few things about what it’s all about and how to make it a pleasurable experience:
- The “Clean” detox stipulates two liquid meals and one solid meal a day; I didn’t realise at the start but it’s supposedly optimal to have the liquid meals for breakfast and dinner. So far, I’ve been having my solid meal for dinner, but I’m going to try and switch that to lunch for the rest of the detox. This will be an adjustment – dinner is usually my favourite meal of the day and I find bowls of soup a little boring and prone to disappearing way too fast. Maybe that’s a sign I need to work on slowing down my eating…
- On the soup subject, pureed courgette soup has turned out to be an excellent way to get my liquid meals while also using up the excess of courgettes and marrow lurking around my house (more on this below).
- I am grateful that yerba mate and green tea are considered “ok” despite the no caffeine rule. Yerba mate in particular seems to be staving off any hunger headaches.
- Whey protein smoothies were once a party of my daily diet, but whey is off limits on the detox, and I’ve decided not to switch it up with an alternative protein powder… for now. I’ve always bemoaned “supplements” and this seems like a good time to see if I can get enough protein and energy from eating real food. I might change my mind, though – we’ll see how it affects my swimming and my workouts (I’ve been having fun with Mark Sisson’s Primal Fitness workout plan which is great but a real butt-kicker and even tougher if I’m not eating properly). This also brings me to my next point…
- I’m trying to do this on a budget, which means a £30 jug of hemp protein powder is something to avoid. So where to get my protein? Fish and pulses, mainly. Beans are obviously most economical but I’m going to add fish in, too. I’m thinking I can stretch my fish budget by having smaller pieces of fish in a meal but combining it with pulses, nuts and so on. The experiment continues!
And here’s what I ate…
Breakfast Smoothie: 1 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 avocado, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 1 date, a good handful of ice cubes and just enough water to blend. This was really very good but almost too filling… I felt a bit bloated afterwards (something that often happens to me with smoothies or consuming any large buckets of fluid).
Lunch Soup: Courgette and herb soup, made by adapting Elise’s recipe for Spicy Zucchini Soup (I omitted the jalapeno and bread and used cilantro and basil for the herbs).
Dinner: Nicoise-esque salad with green beans, carrots, anchovies and pan-fried salmon with wild garlic pesto. I was non-plussed by this salad. It made me want a real Nicoise. Actually, it made me miss tomatoes.
Breakfast smoothie: 1/2 pear, 1/2 avocado, 1 date, 1cm chunk of ginger, a handful of spinach, a handful of ice and enough water to blend. This was delicious! And less bloatifying than yesterday’s smoothie.
Lunch Soup: More courgette’s, this time Simi’s recipe for curried courgette soup. This was awesome, almost like dal. In fact, my friend Rachel who I shared it with was surprised it didn’t contain any lentils – it was that creamy, thick and delicious.
Dinner: Courgette and carrot noodles with wild garlic pesto, steamed broccoli, chickpeas and pine nuts. This rocked my world, but I am a sucker for those vegetable noodles and this is something I would have eaten, detox or otherwise.
Tomorrow, a break from courgettes I think.