Monday, August 22, 2016

Day 1: Post 21 Day Cleanse

I woke up today with a huge smile and almost jumped out of bed so I could have my delicious egg breakfast I have missed so much!  And a REAL cup of coffee!!  It was all so tasty.

Technically I am supposed to add in each food item that eliminated one at a time.  That didn't go over that well, but I felt pretty good all day long so I can't complain.  Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast:  1 whole egg, 3 egg whites, a dash of nutritional yeast, spinach and 1 organic flour tortilla.  YUM.  I was pretty full after this and felt a little nauseous but I think I ate it too fast and this was a waaaayyy heavier breakfast than I have had in 3 weeks so that's probably why.

Post-workout:  1 protein shake (MY WAY!).  1 scoop On Nutrition Whey Chocolate Protein, 2 tbsp Organic PBfit peanut butter (this stuff is bomb.com and 90% less fat than regular peanut butter), 1 tbsp flax, 1/2 banana and a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder.  SO SO GOOD.

Lunch:  I ate out with my Xymogen boss for sushi so I had lots of soy and shellfish with the edamame, soy sauce and crab!  Some dairy too--it was all so good and I felt no effects.

Dinner: 1 wild alaskan salmon filet (Costco marinated ones--my fave), 1 cup mixed veggies (leftover from last night) and 3/4 cup quinoa.

Dessert:  1/2 cup peanut butter and chocolate organic puff cereal with about 1/2 cup almond milk.  (I think I was missing peanut butter and chocolate).

I didn't put this into myfitnesspal.com because I never know how to log sushi.  I have my meals planned out for tomorrow though and I am so on track eating what I want!!

Overall I did not have any reactions from what I ate today.  I also didn't want to overdue it either.  The next 3 days I'll be eating clean since I have shift and I'm busy so I meal prepped today some turkey chili (very low carb), and some green chili chicken with cannelloni beans.  I make this with pork sometimes, but pork is fattening so I chose chicken.  I also prepped some mixed raw veggies so I stay on track for the week.

That's a wrap!  I may not update tomorrow, but I'll try to update in a couple of days to let you know how I'm feeling with adding back in all the foods I avoided.

Erin

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Day 21: 21 Day Cleanse

The day is finally here!!!  I did it!!!  I really did!  I never thought in a million years that I would be able to do something like this, but it goes to show you that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible.  I am so so proud of myself for completing this, not giving into temptation and following this cleanse to a T.

I only have 3. 5 more hours of this cleanse  (my Mom asked if I was going to wake up at midnight and eat!) and then when I wake up in the morning I can eat some delicious eggs and a tortilla.  They are patiently waiting in my fridge for me to consume them.  Oh, I can have a cup of hot regular coffee too!  Ahhh....it's going to be delightful.  I went to Costco today and spent way to much money but I think I was just happy that I could eat this and I could eat that and I wasn't restricted.  Being restricted sucked, but I gave my body a rest, I cleansed it, I detoxed it and now I'm ready to go.  I'm not going to rush out and get a cheeseburger, fries, pizza, beer and ice cream tomorrow (even though they all sound SO good), but over the next few days I may indulge because....I can.  I deserve it.  I am supposed to re-introduce the foods I have avoided over the past 3 weeks one at a time and slowly.  That part I can't promise.

I do feel good overall, but it wasn't as if I had any "issues" going into this cleanse in the first place.  This cleanse is meant for those who have gut problems, brain fog, headaches, indigestion, gas, bloating, decreased appetite, diarrhea, etc.  I get none of those symptoms when I eat food.  This cleanse was more of a mental thing with me vs. food.  Knowing that I can do without certain foods for three weeks and not give into temptation, having to politely decline when offered something to try, not taking a sample from the sample lady at Costco, watching and not partaking in friends eating cake and cookies was what I got out of this cleanse.  Food can be like a drug, it's addicting and our brains condition us to want certain foods when we necessarily don't need those foods.

Here is my final "what I ate today" on this 21 day cleanse:

Breakfast:  1 final smoothie with 1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup organic berries, 1 cup organic baby spinach, 1 scoop OrganiX Phytofood, 1 tbsp chia and flax seeds.  (I will continue to have smoothies, but not on a daily basis and it will be back to whey protein...I can't wait to have my chocolate, peanut butter and banana protein shake!!!)

Lunch:  I treated myself to Chipotle after I was done at Costco.  I could have had lunch at Costco taking all the samples, but I had to decline.  Every. Single. One.  Ugh.  So I got a chicken bowl with brown rice, pinto beans, lettuce and guacamole.  It was delish.

Afternoon snack:  1 grapefruit and the rest of my guacamole with gluten free toasted sesame crackers.

Dinner:  Amy's Organics Split Pea Soup.  It hit the spot!

After dinner snack:  1 brown rice cake with 1 tbsp almond butter and a drizzle of honey.  1.5 chicken patty's for my protein snack before bed.

Like I said my fridge and pantry are stocked with all my favorites, healthy stuff that is.  Zevia, eggs, organic tortillas, bell peppers, skinny pop popcorn, rice packets, hashbrowns, green chile sauce, Kodiak pancakes, tomatoes, yogurt, waffles, bananas (I've missed bananas), orange juice (I read about this in my eating w/ lymphedema book) and other things that had some ingredients in them I had to avoid while on this cleanse.

So, what did I learn from this?

1.  I can do anything I put my mind to.
2.  I don't need caffeine.
3.  I can be vegan.
4.  I can say no to food.
5.  I can resist temptation.
6.  I'm an avid label reader now.
7.  I know all the "bad" ingredients and those to avoid.
8.  It's almost impossible to be on a low carb, high protein diet if you are vegan.
9.  I never want to drink protein powder every single day again in my life.
10.  I lost 4 pounds and 1% body fat.
11.  Weird, but I didn't really miss alcohol.
12.  I feel for those who have food allergies, are gluten sensitive, lactose intolerant, etc.  But if I were, I know I go without these foods.
13.  I have never been more excited to eat breakfast in the morning.

That's all folks!  I'll update tomorrow to let you know how the day after goes.  I'm eating out at least once tomorrow (for a meeting) and maybe a lunch w/ my Xymogen boss for sushi so we'll see how that goes.  I am taking this week "off" from counting calories and just going to eat what I want.  I will still remain healthy for the most part, but I may indulge a little bit (don't tell Phil at Team Afterburn on me!)

Thanks to everyone who followed me on this cleanse.  I hope you learned something!!

Erin

And here's my disclaimer one more time--

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind. Please consult your healthcare professional before beginning a detox or cleanse of any kind.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Day 20: 21 Day Cleanse

ONE MORE DAY!!!  Whoop!!  I'm SO SO proud of myself for doing this.  I only have 24 more hours to survive and if I can do it for 20 days, I certainly can do it for 1 more day!!!  I'm already dreaming about my egg breakfast on Monday...

Here's what I ate today:

Breakfast:  1 protein shake (1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder and 1 scoop Organix PhytoFood) mixed with water.  1 cup organic brown rice puffs with 1 cup SoDelicious WalnutAlmond Milk (trying this out and it's good!)

Lunch:  1 cup GoGo Organic Quinoa pasta with turkey patty, water chestnuts, zucchini, artichokes and pine nuts.  1 medium peach.

Afternoon snack:  1 can wild salmon with 1/2 avocado, celery and lemon juice.  About 15 gluten free crackers (toasted sesame brown rice and chickpea)

Dinner:  1 mahi mahi filet, 1/2 cup organic quinoa and 1/2 bag of steamed mixed veggies

After dinner:  1.5 chicken patty and 1/4 organic seeds and nuts

Total calories:  about 1600.  41% carbs, 34% protein and 24% fat.  LOVE THIS!  The trainer at the gym wants me to eat about 1400 calories.  I'm going to strive to hit between 1400 and 1600 and see how I do coming off this cleanse.  I'm going to shoot to keep my carbs to get no higher than 40% (preferably around 30-35%)  fats <25 35="" 40="" and="" at="" least="" nbsp="" p="" preferably="" protein="">
Tomorrow I'm heading to Costco to get a few things that I will need now that I'm off this cleanse.  What i don't want to happen after this cleanse to is to binge eat horrible food.  So, I'll pace myself.  Ha!  I'm eating lunch and dinner out on Monday because I have meetings so there are 2 treats already!

That's the report from here.  One more day to go!!

Erin


Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Day 19: 21 Day Cleanse

Only 2 days remain.  WOO HOO!  I had some major temptations today when I went into Loco to do some work.  Delicious steak, chips and guacamole.  Oh it looked so good!!  I did eat some of the guacamole but had to pick around the tomatoes.  I was really proud of myself for resisting the temptation because it was tough!!

Here's what I ate today instead:

Breakfast:  1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder with 1 scoop OrganiX Phytofood mixed with water.  1 cup organic brown rice puffs with 1 cup almond milk.

After work out snack:  1 chicken patty and 1/2 cup blackberries.

Lunch:  Organic quinoa pasta with turkey patty, water chestnuts, artichokes, zucchini and pine nuts.

Loco meal:  Grilled chicken with kale crunch salad (kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, carrots, etc.), 1/2 cup black beans and 1/4 avocado.

Dinner:  1 chicken patty with 2 beets and 1/4 cup quinoa.

Late night snack:  1 cup organic brown rice cereal and 1 cup almond milk.

I was really hungry today--I think it was because of the workout.  I didn't record again and I may plug it in tomorrow just to see how I did.

That's the update from here.  Only 2 more days.  I could have really used a slice of greasy pizza tonight--ahhhhhh.

Till tomorrow--

Erin

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Day 18: 21 Day Cleanse

Another day in the books!  My blogging isn't really that exciting anymore is it?  Each day feels the same and I really do feel  good since being on this cleanse!  I wonder how I will feel in comparison when I splurge a little and eat gluten again?!

Anyways, here is what I ate today:

Breakfast:  1 smoothie (1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup organic berries, 1 tbsp flax and chia seeds and 1/2 avocado)

Lunch:  Leftover pasta that I made last night (organic quinoa pasta with turkey, water chestnuts, artichokes, zucchini and pine nuts)

Snacks:  blackberries, chicken patty and mixed raw veggies with a hummus snack pack

Dinner:  2 chicken drumsticks (skin removed) with roasted brussel sprouts and basmati rice

Dessert:  1 brown rice cake with 1 tbsp almond butter and a drizzle of honey.

Again, no calorie counting but I feel I ate enough today and it was well balanced.

3 MORE DAYS!  3 MORE DAYS!!  So so excited!!

Chat with you all tomorrow--

Erin

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day 17: 21 Day Cleanse

Only 4 more days to go!  I'm so So SO excited!!!  I'm even more excited that I only have to drink 1 protein shake per day for the rest of the this cleanse.  I'm getting SO sick of drinking this protein!  I was a little sleepy today, but I had a killer day today and didn't get my full 8 hours of sleep last night and another really busy day today so that's probably why.

Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast:  1 cup Organic Brown Rice puff cereal with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk.  1 turkey filet. 1 protein shake w/ 1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder mixed with water.
Lunch:  1/2 can tuna with 1 brown rice cake.
Dinner:  organic quinoa pasta with turkey filets, water chestnuts, artichoke hearts, zucchini and roasted pine nuts.
Snacks:  1 peach, 3 kiwis and I'm about to make something else but I don't know what yet.  :)
Before bed:  1 protein shake w/ 1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder mixed with water.

I didn't count calories again but I feel that I could have eaten more today.  I have a love/hate relationship with counting calories because I love it because it holds me accountable, but I hate it because it's time consuming.  Once I resume my normal diet it will be easier for me after awhile or eating what I normally to know how much I should be eating on a daily basis.

So, that's the Wednesday report!  The end is getting really really close!  I can't wait!!!

Erin

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Day 16: 21 day cleanse

I'm nearing the finish line!!  WOO HOO!  Today was a day full of shifts so I really have nothing exciting to report.

Here is what I ate:

Breakfast:  1 protein shake (1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder mixed with water)--**I'm getting SO sick of these protein shakes!!!

Lunch:  1 salad (spinach, grilled chicken, beats, carrots, cucumber and jicami tossed with 1 tbsp Bragg's Healthy Vinaigrette)

Snack:  1 peach, 1 seaweed snack, 1/4 cup organic nuts and seeds, celery w/ hummus snack pack

Dinner:  2 organic grilled chicken drumsticks with brussel sprouts and jasmine rice

Before bed:  1 protein shake (1 scoop OptiCleanse GHI vanilla protein powder mixed with water)

I didn't count my calories again.  I was only hungry this morning, but I wasn't able to eat a snack and I was super ready for lunch!!!

That's the update!  I'm off to bed!

Erin

Disclaimer: I am not a physician or a health care practitioner. This site is not meant to provide medical or health advice of any kind. Do not misconstrue any information that you read here as medical recommendation, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided here on this blog is intended to serve as a communication of my experience as a medical student and to share articles and public material pertaining to health that I come across. It should in no way be interpreted as medical advice of any kind.