cleansing the body. cleansing the soul.
I wasn't kidding when I said I was going on a cleanse after our New Orleans trip. I've been long overdue for a cleanse to remove those nasty toxins from my body, and I would say while on our trip I went out in style. Bloody Mary's with breakfast, latte's in the afternoon, sweet breads, beignets, nightly sweets and so much meat. For a woman who tends to shy away from meat, I had my fill in New Orleans. I may have even turned my eye once or twice when it came to dairy.
Now that I am home, I'm ready to get back on track to a healthy lifestyle. Tuesday morning began a cleanse that has been on my to do list for some time. As an avid reader of Whole Living, I decided to combine this cleanse and this cleanse. I know I would like to go for more than three days but less than twenty one. Today is day four and I feel amazing. The first three were a tired haze of sleepiness, but I woke up this morning with an abundance of energy and eagerness to conquer the day.
Basically I've stuck with the concept of "clean eating." No processed foods, no meat (I do eat free range local eggs though), no dairy, no caffeine, no alcohol, no gluten, no sugar. The biggest challenge for me has been the caffeine and the second being the sugars. You don't realize that sugars hide in almost everything we eat. Salad dressings, drinks, salsa, condiments, snacks you name it. The best way is making your own from scratch, and that's exactly what I've been doing this week. My staples have been homemade dressings, fresh salsa, avocados, kale, juicing and lots and lots of water. I've allowed myself decaf green tea with a touch of agave syrup to satisfy my sweet cravings. While it's certainly not coconut ice cream, chocolate chip cookies or muffins, it hits the spot.
Last night I had a serious craving for pizza (thank you Drea) and was determined to make it while still following my diet. I found a couple recipes online, mostly from the Paleo diet, and decided to make my version (recipe below). You can top it with an array of toppings and after not eating breads for four days the crust tasted like little drops of heaven.
Flour less Pizza Dough:
1 cup Almond meal
1 cup ground cashews
2 tsp olive oil
2 free range eggs
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all ingredients together
If your dough is sticky, like mine, add a bit more almond meal until it is manageable
Flatten dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes
Add your toppings and bake for another 12-15 minutes
I've cleansed my body.
My body feels good, rested and full of energy.
The second part of my cleanse is for the soul. For the person within. I've decided to limit my time on social media. It is so easy to fall into the trap and spend your night on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I'm still blogging and I'll still pop into twitter and Instagram here and there, but it's time to focus my energy in other directions. I'm so strict with my children on the amount of tv and computer exposure they get, is it really fair that they see mommy online all the time? I refuse to be one of those parents at the park who "plays" with their kids but still manages to check their phone all the time. Rather than capturing a moment and sharing it on Instagram, I would rather live that moment to it's fullest and keep that memory in my heart. While I enjoy sharing these moments, ultimately they are mine. I'm finding that I don't really want to share all these moments all the time. Perhaps I'm selfish, or perhaps I'm choosing the path of positive parenting.
My children need me, my full attention, my focused attention.
And I will try my hardest to give that to them.
With that being said, how do you balance it all? How do you balance blogging or a job, social media, family and friend time? When do you step back? What do you cut out? How much tv time do you allow your children? These are always ongoing topics that interest me.