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Day 2 Food Recap + Why I’m Cleansing

August 18, 2016 | Comment

Good morning! I was exhausted last night so blogging would have to wait. I found myself scrambling for lunch yesterday because anything substantial would have been a 45 minute long cooking process. 

Before I get to the food, I want to talk a little bit about why I’m doing the Standard Process 21 Day Purification program. I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 2 years. We’re both active individuals and enjoy eating healthy, but we also enjoy going out to dinner & having a few drinks on the weekend. Especially after having lymphoma twice & my stem cell transplant, I love to be able to enjoy myself and make the most of my free time. 

With that said, I still want to feel good about myself. I’ve also been breaking out a lot on my face, and I have an inkling that it might be because I’d been eating a lot of dairy – cottage cheese in particular. Before I go to a dermatologist and have them throw a medication at me, I want to figure out if my diet has been the main reason for my skin troubles. I also want to reduce some bloating. My stomach distends really easily. I’m known for my infamous food baby!  I think it’s hereditary because my dad can do the same thing. But I’d like to get rid of the inflammatory foods to hopefully reduce bloat! And of course I’d like to reduce body fat, and this is a great jump start to that!

So, enter purification program.

Let’s get one thing straight. I am totally against all those ‘weight loss tea detox’ products or any thermogenic supplements. No wraps, no quick fixes. I digress…

We offer this program at my work, Liven Up Health & Fitness, and I’ve seen my coworkers, bosses, and our members have amazing success with this program. My coworkers will do it once or twice a year.

The program focuses on replacing bad food habits with good food habits to reduce the amount of environmental toxins you’re exposed to. For 21 days, it eliminates some of the inflammatory foods that may be associated with bloating, fatigue, indigestion, skin problems, and of course encourages a healthy weight goal through nutrition and activity. The dietary constraints are as follows:

  • No dairy
  • No grains
  • No nuts
  • No meat for the first 10 days 
  • No sugar (except naturally occurring)
  • No caffeine
  • No alcohol 

It does have a pretty lengthy list of whole-food based supplements. Unfortunately, my oncologist does not recommend me taking some of the supplements being a post-transplant patient. I am able to take the tuna omega and green food supplements, and am using the whey pro complete instead of the SP complete for my shakes. 

So anyhow, here’s what I ate yesterday:

Caught red handed!

Breakfast was a red shake with kale, apple, beets, flax, and coconut oil!

I had this shake a little earlier than I’d like since it was my post workout protein. I kept it simple with strawberries, banana, frozen peaches, and flax

Homemade sunflower seed butter! Check out the evolution:

Snacks for my day on the go included carrots, a banana, celery & sunbutter, and some roasted chickpeas (see below)

Dinner consisted of a quinoa stuffed pepper, broccoli, & sweet potsto with butter and onions

Aaaand last shake of the day was a repeat of my post workout shake..I think its my new favorite!

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