Days 5 – 10 (Saag Mushroom)

Dear all,

I apologize for the absence. When I started the cleanse, I did not realize how life would get so crazy. I actually sat down and looked at my calendar and thought about when the most appropriate time for a cleanse would be… and of course life went and screwed things up. But the past is in the past now! I have officially finished the cleanse and I feel great! 

The last 5 days were definitely more of a struggle for me than the first five. I felt much more low-energy and going to the gym became much more of a struggle. I also caught a slight cold, so there’s no telling whether my exhaustion was due to my cold, the cleanse, or the lemons I’ve been making lemonade out of. 

Now, let’s talk results!

Over the course of the cleanse, I lost a little less than 6 pounds, dropping from around 108 to 102 lbs. I’ve never been much for sodas or unhealthy and sugary teas, so that was never a problem for me, but I have cut down my coffee drinking to one cup a day. I find myself reaching for water much more than I used to — which is great, because that means the weight I lost was most likely not water weight! Overall, I noticed that I suffered from fewer headaches than usual… which really is a huge plus for me. My goal now is to maintain my current weight by eating more normally (hello, eggs! I’ve missed your presence in my life…) and continuing my gym-going! This means Meatless Mondays and 6 to 8 oz of meat or tofu on other days. I’m excited! I hope to extend my healthy eating habits for as long as possible (BUT I LOVE FOOD!) so we will see how that goes.

 

On day 7 I was so hungry and I missed warm, cooked, and satisfying food a lot. After looking at the list of foods I was allowed to eat for a while, I realized something awesome: I can have Saag! 

After researching for a bit, I decided to follow this recipe from edible garden. Her recipe is so simple to follow and so easy. Since I can’t have paneer, I substituted with Mushrooms and opted out of all the cream/butter options. 

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I know it might not look super appetizing, but I love Indian food. This is a curry made primarily with spinach. It really is quite delicious! Image

Here is a blend of cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, ginger powder, garlic powder, and red chili powder. It just looks so bright and beautiful! and the apartment smelled wonderful for the rest of the weekend. I know I’m supposed to use freshly ground herbs and spices and it makes a huge difference, but I didn’t have most of the spices needed… so I cheated and used the pre-ground spices. It was still delicious!

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Minced ginger, garlic, and tomato paste!

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Almost finished product… yummy! I can’t even tell you how good it smelled. It was hard to resist excessive tasting.

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Add in mushrooms, close the lid, simmer, and serve. 

It was so delicious! The best part is that it was that Ken could eat it too, even on keto! I think the most challenging part about the cleanse for me was that it was hard to find common ground… My diet consisted of mostly fruits and veggies, and his was mostly meats, protein, and very limited veggies (basically mushroom, broccoli, and leafy greens). Absolutely no fruits (too much sugar, too many carbs!) Now that I am finished with my cleanse, I am super excited to remake this with the cream and the yogurt. I think it will prove to be a much more rounded! 

 

Enjoy! 

Day 3 & 4 (Zesty Cinnamon Apples)

Days 3 and 4 are over! 

I must confess, I did not go to the gym on Wednesday. I think my body just needed some time to recuperate and adjust to living off of fewer calories. After my run on Tuesday, I was SO sore and my body just hurt everywhere. I also experienced some dizziness and overall fatigue, so I decided to go easy and take a break. I was back on my feet on Thursday and ran my usual 5k with no problem! 

In terms of the eating portion of the cleanse, things have been going well. I have been feeling a little bit bloated, but that is apparently not that strange on this cleanse. Actually, I woke up (on day 5) feeling significantly less bloated and uncomfortable than I did the previous 4 days, so that’s good! Maybe my body was just adjusting to the sudden change in my diet. 

Here’s something I made to help battle my sweet tooth (and to celebrate pi day the best I can on the cleanse):

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All I did was chop up 2 apples, zest some lemons and limes, measure 2 tablespoons of orange juice, throw all of these things in a pot with some water and season with a copious amount of cinnamon. Then I cooked on low heat for about 45 minutes… It’s actually quite delicious! It’s a crustless apple pie. (Although I must say I miss the crust…)

Cheers to day 5! 

 

Day 2 (Garlic Zucchini Noodles with Mushrooms and Carrots)

Day 2 is over! I found the diet portion of day 2 to be easier than day 1, but the exercise portion to be much harder. I was already sore from running 3 miles on Monday, so the first half of my run yesterday was exhausting… but all in all, it wasn’t awful and it’s all for a good cause! 2 down, 8 to go!

What I had for dinner:

Garlic zucchini noodles with mushrooms and carrots

 

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Orenda 10 day cleanse

Hello, friends!

Over the next week or so, I will be writing about my experience with the 10 day orenda cleanse. You can find more about the cleanse and the company that makes the supplements here! This will be the first time I’ve ever done a cleanse of this type. The reason I am doing a cleanse is because I’ve been spiraling into some pretty unhealthy eating habits over the last few months. This happens to me every year during the winter and whenever I’m stressed. The goal is to help kickstart some healthy eating habits and hopefully drop a few pounds while doing that. I am hoping to couple this cleanse with going to the gym everyday for some cardio.

The basic rules of the cleanse/diet are pretty simple. Organic fruits and veggies are mostly ok, and three times a day I have to take supplements as instructed. My friend (and boss!) who introduced me to this cleanse was a trooper and gave up coffee too, but I am definitely not as strong as she is…I am just going to try to limit myself to 1 cup a day!

Today was day one. Not so bad! Lots of broccoli in my system right now, but it was delicious! I am heading out to the gym soon, but I’m feeling a little tired and low energy, so I think I will go easy and just run a little bit and maybe bike the rest of the time. I’ll be back with more tomorrow!