Food that Fuels
I recently completed at three week cleanse by following the book, The Clean Program. I can’t tell you how many diets, cleanses, plans I’ve tried, and never made it past day two. I’m not sure what was different about this one, or why I suddenly had will power around cheese and wine, but I did.
The main point of this cleanse is to eliminate all foods that are known to have allergens or cause any kind of reaction or inflammation, ease the digestive process for your body, allow your gut to heal, and a few more things.
I completed this cleanse while flying all week and having 3:00am alarms, going on a family vacation, attending a brewers fest, teaching pilates and more…but I stuck to it. And honestly, I’ve never felt better.
During these weeks, I learned what I need to be eating on the road and at home to be feeling my very best. The following is what I was eating on a daily basis, never experiencing hunger or fades in energy:
+Smoothies: kale, spinach, almond milk, water, chia seeds, clean protein powder, raspberries, frozen cauiliflower, coconut oil
+Snack: sliced apple, sprinkle of cinnamon and almond butter
+Lunch: roasted veggies (sweet potato, broccoli, onion, carrots, brussel sprouts), quinoa, half an avocado, cilantro, spinach, a squeeze of lime
+Snack: cucumbers, celery with hummus
I would be drinking warm lemon water, tea, sparkling and plain water throughout the day, along with taking digestion assisting supplements.
Sticking to whole foods, real food and fresh food allowed me to be plugging along through 18 hour days, and still playing on the weekends.
Avoiding bread products, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and dairy was noticeable in my energy levels and how I felt on and off the plane (read: no bloating!).
Now I know this is not realistic 24/7 and it’s certainly not going to be what I’m always following, but I’m glad I now have a baseline for what works for me and makes me feel great.