Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Berry Protein Smoothie & Look Better Naked Cleanse

Love 4-day work weeks because it’s already Wednesday yet it feels like a Tuesday. Yes. Please. Since I got back from vacation (and until Friday night when I have a rehearsal dinner – yay!) I am pretty strictly following this cleanse diet. I ate a lot of big delicious dinners during my vacation (wouldn’t have it any other way), so I have been craving simpler, cleaner meals and less indulgences since my return. I have also been craving quitting my job to frolic in the mountainside, but I need money to pay my billz.

I followed this diet yesterday and was pretty surprised that I wasn’t at all hungry between snacks and meals. The only differences I made were to the prescribed plan were:
  • Added a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the morning smoothie
  • Had coffee with unsweetened almond milk with breakfast
  • Added ¼ avocado to my lunch salad
  • Had a Good Belly straight shot probiotic drink with dinner
  • Had 1 packet of Justin's classic almond butter as dessert

The prescribed plan is only 970 calories, which is just ridiculous – especially once you factor in exercise. Hence the addition of the protein powder to breakfast, as well as the almond butter after dinner since I was still a little hungry.

Here is exactly what I ate yesterday. I will report back this weekend/early next week and let you know how I feel at the end of the 3.5 days.

  • Smoothie with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ cup frozen blueberries, ½ cup frozen cherries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp flax oil
  • Iced coffee with ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 small cucumber, sliced and marinated overnight with 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Green tea 

  • Mixed greens with 4 oz chicken (cooked in slow cooker with chicken broth and spices), ¼ avocado, 2 tsp olive oil, 1 tbsp honey vinegar  

  • Steamed asparagus (I got a 60 calorie frozen pack and microwaved it) 

  • 4 oz salmon cooked in 1 tsp olive oil with ¼ tsp black lava salt
  • 1 head of broccoli roasted in 1 tsp olive oil with ¼ tsp black lava salt (SO good)
  • Good Belly straight shot

  • 1 packet (2 tbsp) Justin’s almond butter

Today's menu is pretty much the same, but honestly everything is pretty fresh and tasty so I don't really mind. The smoothie is so good, so I wanted to share the recipe with you peeps. I've basically included it above, but I'll add it again and include links to some of the products. It keeps me full for a long time, which I attribute to the protein powder and flax oil (here's some info on the excellent health benefits of flax oil for those who are interested).

Protein Berry Smoothie

Add the following ingredients in a blender and blend until liquid
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Plant Fusion)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed flax oil (this will be refrigerated at the grocery store - I bought the 365 brand filtered flax oil, which I found in the vitamin section at Whole Foods)
  • 1 packet of Stevia
  • Ice (optional - I did not use ice, but it would make the smoothie bigger)

Last but not least I started reading The Virgin Diet last night (which I heard about here), and so far I am intrigued. The basic premise of the book/diet is that a large percentage of the population is intolerant of certain foods without even realizing it. To discover which foods you are sensitive towards, you eliminate the seven most common high food intolerance (FI) foods (gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, corn & sugar/artificial sweeteners) for 21 days. You then reintroduce one food group per week (except peanuts, corn and sugar/artificial sweeteners which should basically be banned forever), noting how the reintroduction of this food group makes you feel. This will allow you to identify which of the seven high FI foods do not work with your body chemistry and use this knowledge to shed weight and increase your overall health. Sounds simple yet tough since most of us eat from these seven food groups on a pretty regular basis. I am going to try to finish the book this weekend, and (if I can summon the willpower) try out the diet for myself. I definitely experience some of the symptoms the author notes as indicators that I am intolerant to certain foods, so I'm pretty confident that I would benefit from the experience experiment. Still hard to give up my iced coffees with soy milk, peanut butter toast, cottage cheese, etc. though. We shall see! As always, I will keep you guys posted.

Sorry for the diet/nutrition heavy post today. Hopefully I did not bore you all to death. I'll try to mix it up next time with something a little lighter.

Happy Hump Day!


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