After several months of evening wine and snacks, plus a tasty trip to California my body was crying out for some TLC. Being gluten free already (food allergies - not by choice), there are a lot of ingredients I naturally avoid, so the thought of doing some sort of cleanse was not too far out of my comfort zone.
I did some searching around the internet and knew that I didn’t want to go ALL raw, do a juice diet or anything too extreme. Just needed to hit the reset button on my eating habits and jumpstart a little weight loss.
The simplest and tastiest sounding option was the annual GOOP Detox. GOOP for those of you who don’t know is Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company. The detox is simple to follow, and the recipes are tasty and actually contain some protein to keep you feeling full.
I am using some of the GOOP Detox recipes and adding some of mine, and thought I would share my progress.
I decided to use a cleansing supplement from my local natural food store to make the most of my 7-day cleanse. I am using Renew Life First Cleanse Kit (note is my affiliate link) - it is noted to be good for a first-time cleaner (me) so I thought it would be best to try something gentle the first time around. The kit comes with two weeks worth of supplements, so I will keep them for the next time I want to do a cleanse!
The detox I am doing, eliminates gluten, dairy, soy, corn, nightshade vegetables, added sugar, caffeine & alcohol.
Here is my daily schedule - each day, I used the following routine & recipes to keep me full and functioning:
7-Day Cleanse Routine
7AM - Wake up & drink hot water with lemon + took supplement
Snack - Rice cakes with almond butter or hummus
Lunch - Variations of salad greens with a small amount of protein (egg. 1/2 a chicken breast, 1/2 fillet of grilled fish) with dairy free light dressing.
Snack - Veggies with hummus
Before bed - Drink hot water & lemon + took my nighttime supplement.
So, how did I do?
Day One and Two were a breeze! I was full of energy and doing well. Day Three, the HEADACHES and fatigue started. From Day Three to Seven I had a raging headache from 3PM until I went to bed. The first couple days, I tried to just fight it off without Tylenol. I drank water, tried to ignore it. By Day Five, I gave up and took a couple of Tylenol. I was seeing results with my weight so I wanted to keep going.
I found I was less hungry than usual which was great. My biggest issue was energy. I was completely exhausted by 8PM and most days were asleep by 9PM. This is odd for me, I usually stay up until 11 or 12PM, so it significantly shortened my day. Add to that I was a little more irritable than usual.
In total, I lost 9 pounds but more importantly, I jumpstarted to plan to eat a little more healthy. I had gotten into a bad habit of not eating enough during the day, then eating too much at night and enjoying too much wine. I am hoping to start a better pattern of eating a health with this cleanse.
Planning to do it again before the summer to get ready for summer clothes & beach season.
Have you got ideas of great smoothies or cleanse recipes? Leave them in the comments below!
After a number of months of not really focusing on super healthy eating, and zero exercise, I decided to do a cleanse for a week. I am not a big breakfast fan - so smoothies are my go-to. I also have a 45-minute commute to work, so sipping something yummy on the way makes the time go by :)
Here are my two go-to smoothie recipes - they are green, cleanse friendly and of course gluten free.
I use a large Nutri Bullet cup to make my smoothies - I have had it for 6 months now and it does a great job breaking down greens. It isn’t a Vitamix - but it also was not $500…
I pack the greens in the bottom of my cup (ends up being the top of the cup when blending) then add the fruit. This seems to make the blending simple and easy to break down everything.
Mango + Lime Green Smoothie Recipe
1 cup kale or other greens - loosely packed - approximately one medium leaf including stem
1 cup frozen mango
1 lime - peel cut off - quartered
1” piece of ginger - peeled and sliced into 1/8” disks
1 cup almond milk / or coconut water
Healthy additional add-ons: flax seeds, yogi berries
Blend until kale is completely broken down. Get your day on…
Pineapple + Strawberry Green Smoothie
1 cup kale - loosely packed - approximately one medium leaf including stem
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 lime - peel cut off - quartered
1 cup almond milk / or coconut water
Yummy add-ons: flaked coconut, coconut milk
Blend until kale is completely broken down. Clean yummy smoothie goodness :)
Coconut Lime Gluten Free Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
These muffins are super moist from the greek yogurt and not overly sweet - one of my favourite muffins to pack to work! Perfect for a midday treat with coffee at my desk.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (if it contains xanthan gum, omit next ingredient)
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 6 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup coconut OR lime greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 limes with all zest grated and juiced
- 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1. Place 12 large baking cups into your muffin tin and set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Mix together the first 5 ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
3. Melt coconut oil in microwave and add it along with yogurt, eggs, zest of two limes and juice of both limes to the dry ingredients. Note: the coconut is NOT in the bowl - you add them on top of the muffins just before you put them in the oven.
4. Stir or use a mixer to combine. Do NOT over mix gluten free flour!
5. Fill muffin cups within 1/4 inch from the top.
TIP: I like to to put my muffin batter into a large ziplock bag to pipe into the muffin cups - just snip off a corner and you have a mess free piping bag.
6. Cover the top of each muffin tin with equal amounts of coconut on top.
7. Place in oven for 18-22 minutes - coconut will be browned and a toothpick placed in the centre of the muffin will come out clean.
8. Cool and ENJOY :)
On our annual “pilgrimage" to warmer weather in the US over the holidays, I found myself less than prepared. Typically I spend a few days packing, stressing about the house, etc.. This year, work and the BF leaving early made my time to fret minimal. For the first time, I was leaving my little guy home with his Dad over the entire holiday - so that meant Santa / gifts / all the fixins’ had to happen prior to my flight on the 18th of December.
With the help of my always fabulous mother-in-law (actual ex-mother-in-law) and the agreeable nature of Santa, we were able to have Christmas morning the weekend before I left. A quick note to Santa VIA the Elf on the Shelf produced all the gifts and goodies on December 14th.
The other change this year, I was meeting the BF in the States - he had left a week earlier and was staying with a friend at the Residences at PGA West, attempting to get multiple rounds of golf out of his system. I was happy to see both sunshine and warmth on my arrival to Palm Springs.
The first week of the holiday, I was treated to a fabulous resort - the Omni Resort in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs. This 4-star resort was stunning, super clean and had a great option of adult only areas for those of us who weren’t travelling with kiddos. If we were to head there again with the kiddo, he would have LOVED the kids pool complete with “sandy” area for playing, water slide and lazy river.
An early Christmas gift was warm weather and several days of relaxing by the pool! Between a couple cocktails, some delicious dinners and shopping - the week went by quickly.
Visiting Palm Springs? Here are some of our favourite eats:
- Roy’s Hawaiian Grill (great drinks - fab happy hour! - there are several locations in California)
- Lulu California Bistro (HUGE gluten free menu - Christmas dinner offered 50% of the entrees as gluten free options)
- Any breakfast place downtown - everything was super fresh and delicious. A great place if you like Mexican inspired dishes. Had some fabulous tamales!
The drive to our next stop in LaJolla was great with a quick stop at Santa Anita Racetrack. The BF is a big horse racing fan, so this is an annual pitstop enroute. We LOVE spending time at the track - it is fun to gamble, and just hang out in this beautiful old place.
Happily, we arrived to our final location. The streets lined with palm trees and a bevy of tasty spots to eat, LaJolla has been our holiday retreat for the last 4 years. We get a fabulous rate at the Best Western - LaJolla by the Sea each year for a decent suite that is walking distance to the beach and about 10 Happy Hour menus. The hotel is older, but they are slowly renovating it and each year the breakfast (included) is a little better.
Visiting LaJolla? Here are some MUST stops:
- ALWAYS WhiskNLadle - this innovative menu is forever delicious. A great place to try something new with the knowledge that it is going to be tasty. This trip we tried sweetbreads for the first time. Bartenders make really yummy drinks with unique names. Oh, did I mention they have a daily Happy Hour? Go there…
- Coffee Cup - possibly the best breakfast I have EVER had! A huge menu that would work for families and foodies alike. I pushed the limits of my Spanx that morning with their Tamale and Steak breakfast. Delicious.
- Phils BBQ (not in LaJolla)- this is more of a man-choice of a restaurant. Giant platters of ribs, unlimited napkins, etc… you get the picture! NOTE: lots of gluten free options - all meats and sauces are gluten free so you can get a great meal even if you have a GF allergy.
Each year we travel there, we try another tourist attraction - this year, we played a little golf, wandered around downtown and relaxed quite a bit - soon we were at the end of our holiday there.
We found a decent priced sailboat advertised online - San Diego Sailboat Tours and quickly booked an excursion on our last day. We were pleasantly welcomed by a fellow Canuck and found out that we were the only ones on the tour. Fantastic TREAT! We sipped wine and enjoyed some snacks on our private tour of the San Diego Bay. The trip was fabulous and such a great way to end our time there. If you are in the area, I would HIGHLY recommend the operators - they were great hosts and knew a lot of great tidbits about the area that in the 4 years we had been there, were new treasures to learn about.