New Beginning-Detox

18 May

About a month before Baby Boo was born, I quite my job. I knew that I wanted to be a stay at home Mom, so there was no need for me to continue working. My plan was to take that time off and get ready for my new Baby, as well as rest as much as possible, because I knew I would have lack their of in the coming future. (Little did I know a lack their off would continue ten months later.)

Before I knew it I was bored. I had folded and refolded new born onesies, read more than enough about what to expect when the baby was born, and I wasn’t even getting any sleep since Baby Boo found the right side of my rib cage the most comfortable position.

I called my mom complaining, saying how much I wished Baby Boo would get here just so I could have something to do.

My mom told me to enjoy my time, because I would never.be.bored.again.

I laughed.

‘haha Mom what do you know??’

Ten months later…

My mom knows everything.

I have complained before about the lack of showers, lack of sleep, lack of clean house, lack of sleep, lack of cut clothes, lack of sleep..

So you obviously know I am no longer bored.

Tired..Not bored.

And although I wouldn’t have my life any other way, time flies, and before you know it your way behind in laundry, haven’t had a solid workout in a while, and your food is less than stellar..

So that is why I decided it was time for a..

New Beginning

Sometimes we just need to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves, all the while, starting over.

I need to repair my self and strengthen my mentality, my spirituality, my physicality, my emotions(lord knows I have many), and my overall health and wellness.

I re-evaluated and re-adjusted some of my goals, and I am ready to move forward and make myself a better Ari πŸ™‚

Today I am going to talk about Goal Number 1:

Personal Detox/Cleanse

The reason I say ‘personal’ is because I have adapted this detox plans to fit my own personal needs that are best for me and my body. If you are considering a Detox, talk with a doctor, and weigh out all your options. Remember, I am not a doctor.. πŸ™‚

  • Why A Personal Detox/Cleanse: It’s not just the overload of Sugar that has encountered my life in the past few days, but I have also recently felt bloated and crampy. I always eat well, but I feel it’s best to give my digestive system, as well as my whole body a good clean out, and a break. There is a great website that talks about the benefits of a Detox, Alaina Rose shared this with me and you can check it out HERE.
  • What’s the Plan: The plan for me is to stay away from Dairy, Meat, Gluten/Wheat, refined sugars, processed foods, and soy. Oh and Chocolate. (Tear). Most of these will be pretty easy to stay away from, but what I have noticed the most difficult to be is Wheat, Chocolate, and Soy.
  • How is it coming? :Β I didn’t realize how much my diet often consisted of carbs and…chocolate, until now. I am so happy I am doing this, because it’s helping me realize what I have been putting in my body, even when I thought I was doing a great job.
  • What have you been eating: Delicious.Delicious.Food. I am here to say that you can eat yummy clean food, all the while not sacrificing hunger and taste.
To start of I have had a fresh squeezed juice every day.
Sweet Blackberries Juice
3 carrots, 1 cucumber, 2 apples, 1/2 cup blackberries


Fresh squeezed juice can be kind of scary, but this one I feel would be GREAT for Newbies!
Newbies like Baby Boo..
She loved it! She kept wanting more..Little juice hog!
There also has been PLENTY of Green Smoothies πŸ™‚
I cannot live a day with out one..
Chocolate Covered Berry Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 cups spinach (or greens of choice)
1/4 frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen Blackberries
1 frozen banana
chocolate protein powder(raw/vegan)
2 TB chia seeds


P.S. My favorite Protein Powder to date:
Β Thank you to Liz who sent me these samples, I am in LA LA LOVE!
Want another Green Smoothie?
PB & Blueberry Green Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 cups spinach
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp. Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
2 TB Chia Seeds


This one taste like a PB & Jelly Sandwhich crossed with Blueberry muffin!
For snacks I have stuck with alot of fruits and raw veggies, but every once in a while I’ll crave something a little different.
Rice cake with a little bit of PB and homemade sugarless jelly!
Sugar-less Jelly?
How do you do that??
Quick Homemade Sugar Free Jam
1/4 cup raspberries
1 TB Chia Seeds
Mash together…and spread!
*If you want something a little sweeter like Jelly, feel free to add a little of agave/maple syrup.*


For main meals such as dinner and lunches, I try my best to include lots of veggies, protein sources from lentils and nuts and seeds, and a little bit of Gluten Free Carbs.
A salad I enjoyed today was a Kale Salad.
Kale can be somewhat scary, but I promise you it’s not. Kale is known to help aid in the detoxification process πŸ™‚ It also has tons of nutrients, antioxidants, aids in digestion, and tons of vitamins.
Lemony Kale Salad
2 cups Kale
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1 tsp. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Massage ingredients into kale until coated. Top with desired salad toppings. I did:
Blackberries
Tomatoes
Almonds
Carrots
Cranberries

*Goat cheese would be YUM YUM on this salad as well..Or some lemony chicken…Or Both!*
I have also been roasting a bunch of veggies to have on hand when needed.
I have even cooked up some brown rice, lentils and beans, and quinoa to throw in salads, wraps, and soups.
Like this salad, which is a bed of spinach, italian spiced quinoa, and roasted veggies!
I topped it with THIS sauce, but instead of using the pepper the recipe called for, I replaced it with sweet corn.
I loved it!! Sweet, yet Savory!
(P.S. Ashley From the Edible Perspective has great sources and recipes for doing a Detox! Definitely check her out!)
Hubby and Baby Boo even got in on the action.
Hubby’s dinner:
Spinach, Quinoa, Veggies, and Chicken.
Baby Boo’s:
Quinoa and Roasted Sweet Potato.
Happy Healthy Family πŸ™‚
For now at least πŸ™‚ Hubby made me make him homemade Mac N’ Cheese tonight to make up for his abundance of veggies last night…
I’ll get him someday πŸ™‚
As for now I’ll continue to sneak hidden healthy tid bits in his food every so often…Kind of like what you do with 5 year olds..
Probably the hardest part of this whole detox has been the lack of sweets. It’s not like I pig out on sweets every day, but I always grab a bite of dark chocolate here and there to satisfy my craving..
I was beginning to worry I wasn’t going to be able to do it for two weeks..
That was until I created this little angel…
Vegan.
Gluten Free.
No Sugar.
No Dairy.
Detox Friendly.
And taste like chocolate..
.
πŸ™‚ Me Likey…
Recipe coming soon! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!
*I am not a doctor. If you are considering a cleanse please consult a Doctor to establish the best choices for YOU personally :)*


36 Responses to “New Beginning-Detox”

  1. Ashley May 18, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Whoa. All these eats look fabulous!! I’m glad you liked the sauce. Thanks so much for the shout out. πŸ™‚ I need to start adding berries to my juice. That sounds so much more appetizing!!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 5:51 am #

      You have been my main go-to for detox recipes πŸ™‚

      And for some reason fresh squeezed veggie juice scares me, so adding fruit makes me feel a little better πŸ™‚

  2. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    whoa, Ari, amazing post!!!!

    Sweet Blackberries Juice just looks stellar
    as do the smoothies and i like my smoothies sweet and sugared up…lol…and yours all look great!

    ashley’s sauce, your salads, holy amazing post.

    and the jam too!

    and the fact that youre doing this detox for the *right* reasons…most excellent and i hope you get out of it exactly what you hope to!

  3. Jess@HealthyExposures May 18, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Your juice, smoothies and salads look awesome!! I guess when I think cleanse I think of existing on water with lemons and simple juices, not still being able to eat delicious food, lol. Glad it’s not anything like how I imagined it πŸ˜› Can’t wait for that dessert recipe, too.

  4. pawsitivelife May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    This sounds like the right kind of cleanse! My firends is on the Master cleanse and its just so so so wrong. Bleh! I dont remember last time I was bored. I fill my life with hobbies (sometimes way to many), so I cannot imagine what my life will be like once I have little rugrats!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

      Oh man I have heard of the master cleanse. Some people it is good for, but for me, it’s not πŸ™‚
      And life with little rugrats is fun and never BORING πŸ™‚

  5. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Gurrrrl… I would need a detox after all of those cupcakes too. πŸ™‚

    BUT it looks like your detox is going to be just as delicious! Love the sugar-free jam idea. Totally trying that with my abundance of blueberries. Can’t wait for that chocolate recipe!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Oh trust me! I need about a year away from sugar…did I just say that??

  6. Tine May 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    I love this post: lots of recipes!
    And the idea of eating eggless, dairy free, gluten free, sugarfree and vegan… Like it!

  7. Shanna, like Banana May 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    When you see all your healthy eats laid out like that, it makes me want to do a detox. I love eating that healthy!

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles May 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I am making that jam for sure! I like making fruit “sauces” with just cooked fruit and a little cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken it, but this idea is so much simper. I also feel like I need to do a detox of some kind 😦 Way too much sugar lately.

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      OH that is such a good idea I will have to try it! Thanks Heidi!

  9. tacha May 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    love it i so need to loose the baby weight it has been 8 months i just got a juicer for Christmas love it, do not use it much lol collects dust because honestly hate to clean it.Love ya girl your great

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      OH yea! Glad u have a juice! I hate cleaning mine too. I seriously rinse and throw it into the dishwasher! haha

  10. Tiff May 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Making detox looks yummy is difficult, but I think you pulled it off. Thanks for the tidbit about sugarless jam. At first, I was like, “whaaa?” Then I said, “oooohhh.” πŸ™‚

  11. vegan aphrodite May 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Looks like you are doing a GREAT job with your detox Ari! I especially think the the kale salad with those yummi black berries looks good! And your juices! I want a juicer!!
    Good luck with the rest of your detox πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      Juicers are so much fun! but tons of work to clean :)/:( haha

  12. sheila @ Elements May 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Wow…everything looks so good!!! I’ve heard of chia seeds before but I’m not sure exactly what they are so I’m gonna Google it to see. Then if I can find some, I’ll buy some so I can make that sugar free jam. Keep your fingers crossed for me ’cause I really want to make some! πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

      I have a description of chia seeds in my ingredient section πŸ™‚ They are super amazing for you, and you can buy them online, probably cheaper than in a grocery store. They won’t be in a regular grocery store though, more likely a health food store. Hope that helps!

  13. Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life May 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Yay girl! I am so excited for you! It’s going to be awesome. Your juice, smoothies and salads look SO good πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what that healthy, tasty dessert is all about! Yum πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Thank you! I thought about you because you said you missed baking! πŸ™‚

  14. pumpedforpumpkin May 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Looks like you’re doing great with the detox the smoothies and salad look delicious! It makes me want to give it a go πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for that tasty dessert recipe!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to share it!

  15. Kelsey Arnett May 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Ari!! You’ve totally inspired me!! I’ve been doing a cleanse for about a week now but yeah girly cycle came and all that healthy eating went out the window! and the hubs isnt the greatest support to the whole ‘eating no junk thing’ πŸ˜‰ but! i too am turning a new leaf!
    Heres to a new healthy life!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      That’s ok! My girly cycle isn’t here yet so I am safe, but I can promise you that if it was here, my cravings would kick in and there would be trouble! πŸ™‚

  16. Jenny May 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Wow who would have thought you could eat like that on a detox? πŸ™‚ Glad you’re loving it. Can’t wait for that recipe!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh May 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

      I seriously thought I was gonna die! haha But u have to be creative! πŸ™‚

  17. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 19, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    oh my heavens Ari, what an amazing array of simply delicious and healthful foods. With a detox like this why would you ever want to eat anything else?!? I’m showing this to my husband because he’s detoxing a way and would love all of these! πŸ™‚

  18. czechvegan May 19, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Good luck with your detox! All the meals posted look sinfully delicious πŸ™‚ I love the idea of sugar-free jelly, too bad they donΒ΄t sell chia seeds here :/ maybe flaxseed will do the trick, IΒ΄ll give it a try:)

  19. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) May 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    All of that food looks fantastic! I need more kale in my life for sure. I think of doing detoxes often – this looks like a great way to go!

  20. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life May 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Oh my goodness your smoothies look AMAZING. I love my smoothies, too, but I still haven’t tried sun warrior protein powder…I’m dying to try some soon!! I’ve been using whey powder or vega, which are both good–but everyone is raving about sun warrior, so I must try soon! πŸ™‚

    Awesome post with gorgeous pictures, girlie!

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