Monday, March 10, 2014

Polaroids of Cleansing Foods


row one: fresh pico de gallo, raw cashews, black beans, (I've recently been making this with avocado and cayenne pepper too) // popcorn cooked in olive oil 
row two: lentils, kale, cherry tomatoes, garlic sautéed in olive oil. blackberries and a poached egg with sea salt on the side // strawberry, banana, blueberry shake
row three: navy beans with lemon juice, chopped garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper and sea salt // mushrooms and asparagus cooked with olive oil and liquid amino acids and baked tofu 

 I have been feeling a little off lately. My body seems more tired from the activities I do. Since I've added more skateboarding to the mix, that sort of makes sense. Some muscles are still adjusting to my new way of moving. That doesn't mean it doesn't bum me out, though. I liked to think I had dodged this affliction. I thought if I didn't allow myself to think I would get sore and tired someday, then I wouldn't. I am disappointed this isn't working out to be true. 

So far, this cleanse is helping me in two ways:

1. I feel I am being proactive about dealing with my shoulder and muscle pain. Instead of ignoring it and surfing when I'm sore, not doing my physical therapy exercises every morning and sleeping on my side, I am eliminating toxins that might be slowing down my healing process (sugar and dairy)(and I'm doing the physical therapy). 

2. I feel I am giving myself a better chance at knowing what the best things are for my overall well being. I won't wonder anymore about what I would feel like if I actually stopped eating cheese or processed foods. I'm not saying I'll do this forever. I am a believer in moderation (and I really miss french fries and chips), but now I'll know what it feels like for me. 

Have you ever done a cleanse? Have you ever had to or wanted to take a break from eating certain foods?

*p.s. all of this food is organic, which is an important part of the cleanse 

{napkins c/o Dot wand Army}

10 comments:

  1. these looks yum! i think i should try detoxification too. aww, i hope your shoulder and muscle pain get better soon.

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    1. thanks Niken! I actually rested over the weekend and did acupuncture (as well as this cleanse) and today I'm feeling pretty good.

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  2. I've been thinking of cutting out dairy and refined sugar for a bit, too. Glad you're feeling better

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    1. thanks Amber! Yeah, I definitely think it's worth a try. Sugar especially seems to be difficult on the body.

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  3. Mmm, lovely food, it all looks really delicious. I've never done a cleanse, but I know how much better I feel when I avoid sugar (which I am at the moment). We've having mixed results being vegan for Lent. The biggest boy doesn't always eat what I make, and I worry that he's not having a particularly balanced diet. We shall see. Hope you have a lovely week Devon. CJ xx

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    1. I am enjoying being vegan for lent, but am struggling at the same time so sympathize with you. Yesterday I spent a half an hour obsessing over not being able to eat chocolate (which, I don't normally even eat often anyways). Sometimes it's even harder when you know you can't have something. Hope you guys have a lovely week, too!

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  4. I know what you mean about being sore. Not being able to run for so long, now I’m happy when I’m sore since it meant I actually worked up a sweat. I could do without the shin splints and groaning when I bend over to pick up something from the floor, though The food you make always looks so delicious. I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of cleanse, too. Maybe not a full on cleanse, but just eating more fresh food. With it starting to get nicer, I’m looking forward to grilling out more and not having to rely on all those heavy winter meals we eat:) Hope your shoulder is feeling better!

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    1. Shin splints? Crap. I'm sorry Kari. I hope they get better. It's tough when the things we love hurt us. As for the cleanse, even though I've been eating vegetarian and organic food for almost 3 years now, it's still been hard for me. Cutting out bread and cheese is tough. I guess what I'm saying is, it's a good idea to ease in to any diet change.... Just thinking abut food on a grill makes me want to go to the store to buy corn on the cob.

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  5. Looks delicious. I've had to give up dairy before, I did it for around 6 months then slowly introduced it back in. It really helped with my issues and I'd like to do it again soon. Processed foods I wouldn't say I eat lots of, but I still eat them now and again. Sometimes I just don't feel like cooking !! Good luck with the cleanse and your injuries. I wish I was as active as you :)

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    1. I totally know what you mean about processed foods making cooking easier. I wanted to eat a can of vegetarian chili the other day so badly. Then I wanted to make nachos. Damn....Good for you for giving up something for that long. Commitment is always impressive in pretty much every way.

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