Detox? Living it up with Thrive Live Reset.

One of Jackie’s friends had this idea a few weeks ago to try a detox.  The basic premise here was whole foods, no meat, no dairy, no refined sugar, low oil, no alcohol, no caffeine detox.  Really what you’re doing is teaching your body to go without all the junk that we normally crave.  Jackie asked me about it and we were both like sure, why not, we’ll join you on this journey.  We even got Bethany to join in with us too.  So the way this one works is that you sign up through Simple Green Smoothies and they send you a meal planner for the week.  They also hook you up with a Facebook group for support.

We started out on Monday and to be honest, for the majority of the week it’s been super easy.  As I sit here writing this, I’m somewhat bored, so all I want to do is eat, but other than that, we haven’t had a lot of the issues that others have been seeing.  We’ll get into that in a minute, but first I wanted to say that the food is great.  With the exception of the one smoothie that I found to be just a bit potent on the greens.  I suspect that had more to do with our cherries having little to no flavor than anything else.  Here are some examples of a few items we’ve had in the last day.  Grilled/Roasted Broccoli steaks, and a Watermelon Blueberry smoothie bowl.  We’ve definitely got new recipes that we’ll be keeping in our rotation for sure!

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Ok, so onto the health stuff, which is the whole reason for doing it in the first place.  I would certainly say that my mind has been more fresh.  There is no fogginess going on up there.  I’m totally not bloated, and Jackie agrees on that count for her.  It’s just helped to get our body back in sync.  My taste buds are reset in terms of how sweet and great tasting the fruit and vegetables are.  Oh, and I suppose I should note that I have dropped almost 11 lbs in the 6 days we’ve been doing it.  Now, I will say, I didn’t need to be dropping 11 lbs, so the last day or two, I’ve been upping my snack portions a bit.  I wasn’t following the instructions in that I didn’t tail back my exercise.  Which I probably should have, especially considering how dang hot it is here in Northern, VA.  The weight loss also was probably a bit water related as we totally had our favorite take out Chinese the night before starting.   Good Fortune always delivers on taste!

We haven’t had any of the crazy sugar cravings, or headaches, or complaints about lack of protein.  We simply feel good.  It might have been easier on us given that we were already vegan going into this.  For people that haven’t eaten that way, I could certainly see your body rebelling a bit.  I recall when we made the change, I went about 2 weeks before I started seeing an uptick in energy.

On a side note, I’ve also been reading the book Proteinaholic, by Dr. Garth Davis.  It’s been a really great read so far.  I haven’t got to all the science portion where he breaks down the diseases, but he makes everything so approachable and just intuitive.  It’s funny how we as a culture have stopped talking about actual food, and now break everything down into the macronutrients.  Let me just say this, I’m in complete agreement that if we’re getting enough calories, we’re getting enough protein.  If you want natures answer to that just look to the Silverback Ape, the Elephant and the Rhino.

Oh, Olive also loves the goodies from the plan…. Look at her enjoy that Watermelon, Strawberry popsicle!

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We’re feeling good here and we’re also happy to just have a weekend to rest. This is not something I’d do all the time, but it was a nice way to reset and get more whole foods into our body.  We’re playing some games with our friends tonight, so it should be totally low key.  Hope you’re all having a great week.

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Friday Free for All

It’s certainly shaping up to be a great day.  Here’s what’s happened so far as well as the plan for what’s going to happen the rest of the day.  (I guess by the time I post this it will all have happened, but I digress).  Jacks and I both started the day off with a run.  I wasn’t necessarily planning on getting out this morning, but it was still raining and I can’t pass up a run in the rain.  I don’t know what it is but I absolutely love it.  I’m also super proud of Jacks, she did 5.2 miles.  That’s awesome! Breakfast today is oatmeal with all the fixings.

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We’re just going to hang around the house for a bit, and then we’ll be off to our favorite vet’s office Caring Hands Animal hospital for Olive to get her nails trimmed… Weird fact about our dog, she just LOVES the vet.  She’s so bizarre.

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We’re going to head down to Arlington after that and sell some gear at a consignment shop, hit up a great little bakery/coffeeshop, Bakeshop, and probably get a smoothie for a snack at South Block.

Salted Oatmeal Apricot Cookie!
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Dogs want smoothies too!
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Lunch is/was a nice big salad.
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We’ve got a massage planned for the afternoon, and then, one of the most fun things we’ve had in the plans for awhile.  We’re going to make dinner with both Connor and Bethany.  We’re still trying to figure out the exact menu, but there is just something about cooking together and breaking bread together that is awesome.  It’s been a huge blessing to have the two of them around a lot lately.  It’s kind of sad that they’ll be headed off to British Columbia in a week.  But I’m really excited to hear those stories as well.

Speaking of the massage, that seems to be one of those things that often leads to comments about us having a great marriage.  I find that kind of interesting, but it really does help to put things into perspective.  I do think we have a great marriage, but it takes a lot of work.  As a man you can’t give up on dating your spouse.  It may be easier for us in not having kids, but I’m going to challenge you to look at your priorities.  Even without kids, we have to make an effort.  It requires putting things on the calendar, and it requires putting the phone down and talking.  It also takes a very clear understanding that it’s a commitment.  And for us it’s a covenant as well.  We couldn’t do it without having God in our lives.  We were trained several years back as marriage mentors, what I would tell you out of that is that we got so much more in our own marriage when we were helping others.  It required us to really look inward at ourselves.  I know there are a lot of people out there that are struggling at hurting.  I’d encourage you all that getting help and talking to people isn’t a sign of weakness.

I hope and pray for you as the readers to have a great day, and if any of you needs prayer, I’m always happy to do that.

Day Twenty-Four

Olive and I were a little sad when we got up and we didn’t have friends here to talk to! But we persevered and went for our morning walk. She met several dogs along the way so she was a happy pup! It was a quiet day around here. I did laundry, picked up around the house, read my new book from the library, and just enjoyed the day. Nick and I recently realized that we have movie channels included in cable. Who knew? AND we found out that one of our favorite shows, “Homeland”, will be starting again in October. Nick discovered that you can watch the first two episodes of last season for free online. We watched the first one last night. After we watch the second one, we’ll have to figure out a way to binge watch last season before the new season starts. We live wild lives I tell ya. WILD.

Breakfast: (1 serving = 1 quart)
Green Julius
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This smoothie called for 2 medium oranges, but I ended up using one giant orange instead. I’m glad that I did because with the orange, and all of it’s zest, it was plenty orangey for me. It didn’t really remind me of an Orange Julius, but it was tart and refreshing. Nick took it upon himself to add a splash of vanilla extract, and he said it tasted like and Orange Julius to him. So there you go!

Salad:
Vegan Nicoise Salad
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I don’t understand this salad. Now, I never had a real Nicoise Salad before becoming a vegan, but even so, I don’t get it. It’s a large salad with all kinds of large chunks of things with a dressing that you drizzle over and keep some on the side for dipping. The creamy miso dressing is delicious, but it was all too confusing and fancy for me, I guess! 🙂 Nick loved it, though. He loved all of the flavors and different elements to the salad. He’s obviously fancier than me!

Soup:
Cheesiest Potato Soup
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I remembered the picture today! So, as I mentioned the other day, we didn’t make all 3 soups for this week because we had leftovers from last week and we wanted to eat up what we had. Even though I ate this soup yesterday I wanted to eat it again today. So yum!

Main:
Homestyle Mexican Casserole
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We ate this casserole in week one. It’s comforting, filling, and all kinds of delicious. I was excited to have this one again! I forgot how just how HUGE the portions are! The portions are massive! I couldn’t finish all of mine. It’s super filling.

Thoughts on today: Nick made a menu for next week, and we are incorporating several ideas from the plan to keep us on track. I won’t tell you all of them right now, because I’m saving that for the last post of this series! 🙂 It’s also SO TRUE that you’ll grab the kind of snacks you have in your house. Right now the only snacks we have are fruit, veggies, and kale chips. Can’t feel bad about eating any of those!

Day Twenty-Three

Good morning! Yesterday was a great day! It was fun to have friends here – even if they had to leave right after lunch. *sad face* We made both J & M smoothies for breakfast (the same ones we were having) and they were both sold! They stopped at the store on their way home for smoothie stuff so they could make some of them at home! Love it. After dinner Nick and I ran to the new Whole Foods Market that opened up here in town. We had used up a bit with more people in the house and just needed to replenish a few things. Then we came home to prep the salad for day 24. There were a lot of steps, so it was teamwork all the way.

Breakfast: (1 serving = 1 quart)
Mango Madness Green Smoothie
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This one is pretty similar to the spotted smoothie we made a couple of weeks ago. I used flax in my smoothie, and M requested chia in hers. Mangos have an interesting flavor to them – a little woody? – but the sweetness from the banana balanced it out. This one went down very easily and was a hit for all!

Salad:
Curried Brown Rice Salad
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This one definitely tastes like curry, so it’s a little on the sweet side for me. However, the veggies give it great crunch to go along with the soft, brown rice. This would be great for a party or a church potluck. We ate the salad cold from the fridge, but it would also be great served at room temperature.

Soup:
Cheesiest Potato Soup
*ack! I forgot a picture of this, too! I blame being a great hostess! 😉 *
YUM! I love this soup. M had a bowl, too, and she thought it was awesome. Success! I love it when non-vegans love vegan food. There are big chunks of creamy potato, slightly crisp carrots, and a cheesy broth with loads of parsley. Mmmmm. I can’t wait to eat this one again. I left it chunky for texture, but you could easily puree the whole thing to make it smooth. She also says you can swap out the potatoes for broccoli to make a cheesy broccoli soup.

Main:
Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna
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Hmmmm. This wasn’t really our favorite. The flavors were good, but the eggplant was such a strong, awkward texture. Also, living in a townhouse doesn’t lend itself to having an outdoor grill, so it took me FOREVER to grill up all the veggies on the stove! Grilling definitely gave the veggies a nice flavor, and the grilled red onion was my favorite. Nick and I liked the overall flavor of the dish, but the eggplant was definitely the downfall. We’re already thinking of ways that we could use the general idea to make it again, but just with different veggies. We did, however, love the sauce that we found at Whole Foods. The recipe calls for an oil free (or low oil) marinara sauce. Whole Foods offers a fat free, organic sauce that’s really delicious! I highly suggest it.

Thoughts on today: dinner took FOREVER, but lasagna IS a labor intensive dish. It was really fun to have friends here who enjoyed our food, and took a few recipes home to try. Nick and I were talking about how we’d have to make our own menu next week. Say what?! It’s definitely been a treat not having to think about what to make.

Have an awesome day!