• 2011 Cleanse,  Alternative Baking Chronicles,  CityGirlEats,  Healthy Choices,  Recipes,  Wellness

    And on Sunday, I rested + Healthy Protein Power Muffins

    It is Day 9 of Cleanse Lite (CL) and in theory, I should be on Day 2 of three days of nothing but vegetables and maybe some white fish. But you know what? It’s Sunday (and isn’t that the day of rest? I say this with absolutely no disrespect, but if God took a break…) And the French toast I had brunch with Sean and some friends was spectacular. (The fact that Sean was at brunch on a Sunday is the result of a very rare couple of weeks off. (I think they miss him at the theatre, but he’ll be back soon, I promise!) We walked to the Quay – long but nice…

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    And my taste buds sang

    Yesterday morning started out early and early mornings are not something I do well. (That’s what I get for checking my work email on Sunday – but at least I was prepared when I got in!) But it also started of with my cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter and the icing I licked off my finger from the cinnamon bun I put into a Glad container. I hope my teeth enjoyed the acoustics of my mouth, because my taste buds sang “Alleluia” (like the nuns “The Sound of Music”) when I took that first bite of my bagel. One would think it would have been the “Hallelujah” chorus from “The…

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    Home stretch!: Lessons learned

    The project managers at work go through a thing called “lessons learned” after a project closes. Well, as of midnight tonight, this cleanse project closes (yay!!!) and I want to share our lessons learned and some tips for surviving this or any two-week cleanse. (I’ve realized that I haven’t posted the actual cleanse to this blog. Click here for cleanse details; as provided by Claire’s naturopath.) Tip/Lesson #1 – Be prepared: The timing of this cleanse was a bit last-minute so I prepped as much as I could. But you don’t really know until you get into it how your body will react, how you will feel and/or how to…

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    What’s in a name and the cost of healthy eating

    Over the six months since Sean and I got married, I have been slowly but surely changing my stuff over to my new last name. Bank stuff was easy and I finally changed over my SIN card, which is essential for me to change my passport (at least I’ve had the current one for almost three of the five years of validity and have some stamps in it) and officially change my name at work. The thing about changing your ID is that they don’t make it easy for you. Nevermind all the store point cards and such – those places are at least open on the weekend and after…

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    Welcome back fruit and grain!

    This morning was a great morning – I got to eat an apple! After three days straight of nothing but vegetables, yes, that was exciting. Sean had a look of insane glee on his face this morning when I handed him his bag of berries from the fridge for his smoothie. Today was meant to be a day of adding one fruit and one grain back into our diet. Same deal next day, etc until we’re back to how we were eating last week. Over our very large pre-game (Thanks again for the tix, Bec!) salads at Chopped Leaf (awesome place, excellent wraps, when I can actually eat them) last…

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    Aroma heaven or torture?

    My sense of smell has heightened since I started this cleanse. Mostly for the food items that I have deprived myself of; for example, chocolate. I walked into Urban Fare in Yaletown today at lunch to buy more yams and I kid you not, the second I walked in I smelled dark chocolate. It was not being given out by the sample lady and was not on display – it was halfway across the store in the gourmet section. Later or I smelled the wonderful smell of the hot dog vendor cart at Granville and Georgia before I even got halfway up the station escalator to the street. Sigh. Today…

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    Getting around the wall for bread and cheese, not crashing into it

    As we prepare to enter Days 8-10 which involve nothing but vegetables for 72 hours, I find myself thinking about the top two things that I miss A LOT right now: 1. BREAD – I nearly cried when the bread basket was put in front of me at Joe Forte’s last Tuesday – it smelled SO good. Kamut and spelt (wheat alternatives) loafs smell good, but they are small and just aren’t, well, bread. This morning’s berry smoothie was accompanied by two pieces of spelt flour toast with honey and I pretended it was my cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter – it didn’t work. I don’t eat a lot…

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    It’s going to be a long two weeks…

    Tomorrow marks the beginning of what could be a rocky two weeks for me and Sean – we are doing a cleanse. Yes, a cleanse. Two weeks of no wheat, sugar (aside from honey), caffeine, red meat, citrus fruit (excluding lemon), potatoes, corn, peanuts, dairy, vitamins supplements and no oils (excluding olive and flax). As you can imagine, this will be difficult for two people who drink a lot of green tea (yes, it’s caffeinated) and red wine (ah, Woodbridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, you will be missed) and eat a fair amount of pasta and chocolate. I make a point of eating at least close to what I should be of…