After only four weeks, I am able to walk around with out my boot!!!! It is quite a relief. My podiatrist said that once I am experiencing no pain, I can slowly begin to run.
On a different note, spring time is here, and summer is just around the corner. With the warm weather approaching, the question that I always here is ‘should I do a cleanse?’ This would be a good time to mention that I am no expert, and I am not a professional. I do a lot of reading and research on my own, and have talked to many professionals. So, I can not tell you if it is good or not good to drink nothing but water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a couple of days, but I can tell you what works for me.
When the weather gets warmer, and I still feel sort of sluggish from a long winter, I take some time (anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks) to eat as clean as possible. For me, this means no processed foods, no sugar, only complex carbs, fruit, a ton of vegetables, no salt (or as very little as possible), a minimal amount of caffeine (if you can handle it, then none at all), and a lots of water. This can be a little time consuming because you basically need to prepare all of your meals and snacks, but it is worth it. In only a short period of time, I always feel like I have more energy, more mental clarity, less cravings, and never feel even slightly bloated by the end of the day.
If this sounds like a good idea to you, then what should you eat? Here are some Ideas:
Protein: Eggs, plain yogurt, milk, beans (homemade), seeds/nuts, nut butters, grilled fish, chicken, and turkey.
Try some fish, chicken, or beans on top of a salad dressed with oil and vinegar.
A great side dish that I always make is tabouleh (with out the salt). There are soooo many ways to make this dish, just google it! As usual, I never measure or write anything down for this recipe. However, off the top of my head, I prepare 1 cup of bulgar, and add 1 diced tomato, 1/2 a diced cucumber, 1 cup of fresh parsley (finely chopped), 1/2 a medium red onion (diced), 1/2 of a lemon (juiced), 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, and fresh cracked pepper. Mix everything together and adjust ingredients according to taste.
Maybe one day, I will write something down =]
Snack ideas: Fresh fruit, and vegetables, popped corn, or homemade trail mix.
One of my favorites is apple and almond or peanut butter. Even though nut butters are usually considered a ‘processed’ food, you can find it freshly ground at some health food stores, or you can grind your own nuts in a food processor or high quality blender.
Drinks: Fresh pressed fruits and vegetables, herbal teas (iced or hot), and water. Don’t forget the amazing benefits of lemon water!
Happy Spring everybody! Any cleansing plans? Share them!
Stay Natural ♥ C