Monday, April 18, 2011

A party and a cleanse...not at the same time :)

Saturday night we had an amazing surprise party for my mom's 50th birthday, she thought we were going out to dinner but when her and dad got to her friend Paulette's house there were about 40 of our family and friends there. She was totally surprised!

I spent all day Sunday recovering from it though, ugh. Being hungover (and the greasy food I consequently ate) got me excited for the eating plan Ty and I started today. I've attempted healthy eating plans before - I don't like calling them diets since I usually try ones that are just what a normal healthy diet should be (meaning not eating crap) - but this is the first time we've done something like this together. It's really hard to stick to something when the person you live and eat with isn't into it, I think to be successful with eating healthy you really need to be both on the same page. I can't snack on carrot sticks when Ty is munching on potato chips! I have very little will power over things like that.

The plan starts off with a 10 day "cleanse" where basically you focus on eating fruit, vegetables, complex carbs like brown rice, and healthy fats like nuts and avocados. The things you cut out are wheat products, dairy, alcohol and caffeine. I don't really know if things like this do much "cleansing" but what I hope it does is help us get in the habit of eating better foods as long as we're still getting enough calories and nutrients. It will also challenge me to get more creative with my cooking. We don't eat that bad normally but I've mentioned before that we don't love vegetables and usually I cover them in some sort of cheese to make them more appealing. Cutting out dairy for a few days means I need to try something else.

For breakfast I had some DELICIOUS pineapple and 2 hard boiled eggs. The new cookbook I've been mentioning (America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook - thank you Angela!) had a recipe, or directions really, on making the perfect hard boiled eggs. I've tried it a few times and it really works!

All you do is put the eggs in a pot of water - it is much easier to put the eggs in a pot THEN fill it with water and put it on the stove rather than trying to drop eggs in a pot of already boiling water...don't ask how I know that - bring the water to a full boil, take the pot off the burner and cover it for 10 minutes. Once they're done, drop them straight into a bowl of ice water and let them cool for 5 minutes.

Ta da! Easy to peel and perfectly cooked. The first time I tried this, I turned the burner off before the water was fully boiling and ended up with a soft boiled egg. I liked it but it wasn't what I was going for.

I wasn't sure this was going to hold me over until lunch, I'm a big breakfast person, but it did.

For dinner tonight we kept it pretty simple, Ty grilled steak and I made brown rice and steamed frozen vegetables. Nothing too exciting because we didn't get a chance to go to the store over the weekend.

Have you ever tried a diet cleanse or healthy eating plan? What did you like or not like?


  1. I ate raw food for a month once. I actually felt absolutely fantastic. The problem was that I didn't know how to transition into the winter months, when I just wasn't feeling smoothies and cold soups.

  2. I lost 35 lbs on Weight Watchers last year. Easiest thing I ever did. June will be one year since I reached my goal. Hope this plan works for you and yours.

  3. Stephanie - I thought about the winter months too, right now it's pretty easy because there is so much fresh produce in season.

    Rhonda - congratulations! I have a few friends who have done WW and loved it. One of my bridesmaids is doing in right now and really likes the new points system.

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