Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter Cleanse

I went on a winter cleanse at the beginning of February. I didn't really publicize it or make a big deal of it because it was a very casual and low-key cleanse (in other words, I didn't take any supplements or do any fasting). I had just returned from my trip from Seattle and was feeling the effects of over-eating really rich foods.

For about a week, I cut out sugars, salt, alcohol, processed foods, oils and baked goods. Because I don't really eat much of that already, it wasn't very challenging, but I wanted to be diligent to give my body and digestive system a rest. The following pictures chronicle what I did eat. As you can see, I didn't starve.

I actually eat this for breakfast every morning already: 1/2 cup oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon, and a chopped banana. If I'm feeling extra sweet, I add a 1/2 Tablespoon of agave nectar or maple syrup, but I often leave it unsweetened. 

This was a yummy conglomeration of the vegetables I had at my disposal: frozen peas, fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli and a little rice, all steam-sauteed in a pan and sprinkled with different herbs and spices. 

More frozen peas, fingerling potatoes, and mushrooms, this time along with salad greens, chopped carrots, and crisp apples. Delicious.

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