Good morning! (<– Exclamation point!). I am feeling much better today. I’m still not 100%, but I think I may be getting over that week 2 slump. I’m still nervous about some of the side-effects that I mentioned in the last post (namely the hormonal ones), so I scheduled a doctor’s appointment for next week (the soonest they could see me). I’ll cross my fingers that this is all fairly normal and that I don’t have a reason to be concerned.
Yesterday I had a realization. The cleanse encourages you to eat fairly large lunches–and compared to what I usually consume during the day, they are HUGE. I have *never* enjoyed eating heavy lunches, and tend usually to stick to juice in the AM, oats after I workout, an apple or a bar for a snack, followed by a larger dinner, (and, yes, often dessert). In fact, most people that know me will be aware that I *rarely* want to meet for lunch because lunch at a restaurant sounds awful (except when I’m on the cleanse)–I’d rather stick to my sort of “snacky lunch.” Clean warns against eating more at night than in the day since your body is forced to digest a bunch of stuff while it’s sleeping, which is hard on the system. I totally see the logic in this, and because of that, when I’m not cleansing, have tried to switch to liquid meals when I can’t eat until late at night, and have tried to lighten up dinners more in general. However, this still doesn’t mean my body likes or can handle a huge meal in the middle of the day. When I cleanse, I have this awareness that lunch is my only solid food, and so I better eat a lot of it. My lunches, as you’ve seen from some past posts, have been delicious and hearty, but I feel lethargic after consuming them, as my body is trying to remind me that I DON’T ENJOY THIS.
So I decided to make a conscious change that doesn’t go against Clean, but shapes it in a way that works better for me. Lighter lunches + a hearty snack. Yesterday–after an AM green juice and 1 hour of a decent work out (still lacking my full energy)—I made a delicious sandwich on gluten-free black rice bread. I suppose some folks would want to compare this to an “egg salad sandwich” but even a vegan version of that grosses me out, so I’d rather dub this creation: Avocado-Chickpea Pâté. I created this in under 5 minutes, and spread it on crunchy toasted black rice, gluten-free bread, with a couple leaves of fresh kale. SO yummy, and a bit more my lunch-style.
1/3 c chick peas (cooked or from a can)
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
salt + pepper to taste
Simply mash your avocado and chickpeas together with a fork. Add your nutritional yeast, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix again. C’est tout!
It was really tasty, but didn’t stuff me like some of these other lunches have. I was working at a coffee shop the rest of the afternoon, but I prepared by bringing a cut up apple with almond butter to snack on. I finished the night with a hearty bowl of pureed lentil soup (recipe forthcoming). It was a more balanced day of eating and I felt much better.
I think that’s a really important thing to remember about Clean….Dr. J gives us the guidelines, but it’s up to us to make it work for ourselves, because we know our bodies better than anyone else. And it shouldn’t feel like we’re trapped in something we hate; we should make it work so we can keep on going with it!
Hope your day is a happy one!