What I WILL Eat Wednesday!

(Thanks to Jenn as always for hosting – cute new February-appropriate button Jenn!)

Yay!

My cleanse is over!

Let’s recap what I COULDN’T eat for the last 4.5 weeks, shall we?:

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • meat/fish (fine for me of course!)
  • honey or simple sugars
  • alcohol or caffeine
  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • soy products
  • eggs
  • peanuts or peanut products
  • chocolate
  • hydrogenated/processed oils
  • relish, BBQ sauce, chutney, ketchup etc (pretty much mustard is the only condiment allowed)
  • grapefruit

These are all foods that can provoke allergic or sensitive reactions in people, so the idea is to cut them out completely and then slowly reintroduce them after the cleanse to see if any give you issues.

In honour of the last 4 1/2 weeks of intense detoxing, I have put together a short list of my favourite recipes that I can’t wait to indulge in now that the cleanse is dunzo – along with a couple of recipes that I have never tried but am very much looking forward to!

  • INDIAN FOOD! My Riso Alla Orientale - paneer or halloumi cheese in a creamy tomato Indian sauce on Indian rice…yummay!

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  • I have to reintroduce dairy for a few days and see how I cope – so my choice for reintroduction? Cheese of course! This delish 3-Cheese Artichoke Lasagna is calling my name!

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  • Chocolate! In this second cleanse I was allowed natural sweeteners, which are all I eat anyway when it comes to sweet stuff. But still I wasn’t allowed chocolate! Surprisingly not having chocolate for 4 1/2 weeks has meant that my chocolate cravings are way down. I don’t really crave a huge slab of chocolate anymore. But I did miss the little things – like chocolate chips on my oats:

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A few other things on my to-make list that I haven’t yet tried but am DYING to:

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  • I know Kris from I Heart Wellness has been on a challenging grain-free diet lately, but I’ve been drooling over her treats, which may have been grain-free but couldn’t fit with my cleanse (which allowed for grains, but no dairy or chocolate; we couldn’t get our cleanses to sync up!). I am super excited for this Greek chocolate mousse! And of course the macaroons don’t hurt either ;).

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  • These are healthy cinnamon rolls from the lovely Kristine at Busy But Healthy and they would have fit in with my cleanse requirements if not for the eggs…so now that I’m off they are on the top of my list of things to make! They look delicious and I’m so glad they’re gluten-free and naturally sweetened so I won’t feel like crap after eating them like I usually do after a Cinnabon!

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QUESTIONS:

  • Any of these catch your eye?
  • If you had to give up all of those foods for 3 weeks, what would be the FIRST one that you would reintroduce, or the first dish you would want to dive into when your cleanse ended?

Comments

  1. mmmm the risotto and the lasagna look the best! and a life without chocolate chips in oatmeal is not one I want to live <3 haha

    P.S. I'm going to bed now ;)

  2. The cinnamon rolls caught my eye and tummy! Look really good!

    Yay for the cleanse over and regular food back!

    Happy Wednesday love! <3

  3. you made it! i can’t believe all the things you had to give up – but, it is fun to see here what you will be sure to enjoy now! chocolate among them ;)

  4. Yay for you being done with avoiding these foods! Everything looks SO good. Especially that riso and the cinnamon bun. WOW! I want one now!

    • I know those cinnamon buns are amazing! And that riso is my favourite dish in the world to make. It tastes really special and takes a bit longer than some of my other recipes so I often make it for guests for dinner for example. Thanks Lisa!

  5. when you said cleanse I thought that meant you only eat liquids for 4 weeks. But i’m so glad to hear that’s not the case. This cleanse actually sounds very interesting to see how the most “controversial” foods have an effect on you and whether cutting any of them out makes you have more energy, less stomach issues, clearer skin, etc. you’ll have to give us the summary of what you learned about yourself from doing this! i’d be fascinated to hear your thoughts.

    • Oh gosh, I don’t know if I could do a liquid cleanse for 4 and a half weeks without fainting at some point haha! I certainly would have lost weight, which I didn’t do on this cleanse. I already can tell my skin is 100% better. My stomach is no different but I didn’t have too many issues there before. My naturopath just wanted to see if I had any sensitivities but I don’t feel I do yet – I’ll definitely do a post when I’ve reintroduced everything and let you know!

  6. Congrats on being done and making it through. It’s amazing how your body can change and heal just by the foods you eat. Hope your enjoying eating regular foods now. I have to say, every single one of those foods caught my eye! They all look delicious.

    • It’s really amazing how fast my body changed. I took my body’s pH level before I started the cleanse – 6.6 so slightly acidic (your body wants to be 7.0 or above to be alkaline). After just 3 days on the cleanse I tested again and my pH was at 8.0! Such a quick and amazing improvement!

  7. Everything looks tasty!

  8. Congrats on completing your cleanse! Its an accomplishment for sure! I hope you’re feeling great! I’m interested to hear what you think of the Cinnamon Rolls. :) Not having anything really sweet for so long, you’ll think you died and went to heaven! :)

  9. Loving the sounds of the Indian food. We have been eating some kind of Indian dish at least once a week in our house and I just can’t get enough! Yee haw for the end of the cleanse!

    • I’m such an Indian food addict but I really want to learn to make it more at home because I prefer to control what goes into it! Sometimes I end up feeling a bit sick after eating takeout Indian because of all the salt, so I would definitely prefer to be cooking it at home!

  10. Oh wow that last picture of the cinnamon roles… yum to say the very least! I am loving the sounds of the Indian food as well!

  11. So happy for you – all of this looks divine! I went to Paris after my detox and the main things I was loving on were yogurt, cheese, macarons and champagne!!

  12. 4.5 week cleanse?! That’s so impressive. Congrats on making it through!

  13. You certainly earned your chocolate! I can go without it for a while, but then I just CAN’T! I’m pretty sure I’m clinically addicted, lol!

  14. Oh my goodness those cinnamon rolls look delicious!!!
    I would have to indulge in some peanut butter as soon as I could! I just LOVE peanut butter! :)
    Nice job making it through the 4 and a half weeks! That is intense! Good for you!!

  15. SQEEL!! Thank you for the shout out girl!! I just ate some chocolate mousse ;) Hehe!!!!

    You have the most amazing eats planned out I think!

    xxoo

  16. Yes, everything caught me eye! I’m so proud of you for completing your cleanse. I hope you’re feeling amazing!!!

  17. I can’t believe that you managed to make this, I love ALL those things and I would go crazy if I couldn’t eat them, but congratulations! :)

  18. The quiche looks amazing, as do the cookie truffle balls!

  19. Ooh that quiche is one of my favourites! Thank you!