Detox: Day 10 – Be Prepared

I’ve officially entered into the double digits of my 27 day cleanse. The last few days were a breeze! It’s amazing to me how quickly you can re-adjust and develop a new habit (provided that you are open to it).

The first few days were difficult but now, I no longer have any cravings, my mood is much better (even on days like today when I’m tired) and I find that I have more energy. I think the running has been helping too, so I’ll definitely try to stick with it as much as I can.

The main challenge of the detox is the preparation. It’s SO important to make sure that you are always stocked up on meats/alternatives, veggies, fruits, rice/rice pasta and whatever else you need.  I read in Caroline Sutherland’s book, “The Body Knows” that you should always try to have about 3 days worth of food in your cupboards. For me, that’s not always possible, BUT I always keep a mental inventory of what I have in my cupboards and fridge and I make sure that I reserve enough time in my schedule to pick up what I need. Otherwise, if you’re hungry and you feel too impatient to prepare something, then the temptation is there to get take-out and possibly deter your whole detox by ordering something naughty.

If you do go out and you know what restaurant you’ll be going to, a trick is to look online at the menu (if it’s available) beforehand and see what your options are. That way, if you’re anything like me, you won’t be himming and hawing for 20 minutes trying to make a decision.

Watch out for salads! Some may seem like a healthy choice but not if they’re laden with cheese, creamy dressings, battered chicken/fish or caramelized nuts (among other things – but those are the ones that come to mind). Instead, try to stick to simpler ingredients and request balsamic vinaigrette or even some oil and lemon on the side. Trust me, you won’t even miss the regular salad dressings since these options bring out the natural flavour of the fresh veggies and other ingredients your salad. Plus, if you adopt this habit at home, think of all the money you’ll be saving, not to mention saving your body from the nasty additives, preservatives and chemicals found in commercial dressings. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the ingredients’ list on your favourite dressing 😉

What about you, what tips do you have when you go to a restaurant or eat out and you want to make a healthy choice?

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Yachting It Up

The other night, one of my favourite bands, Yacht, was playing at Wrong Bar, here in Toronto.  Since not many of friends have heard of them and/or like them and I only decided to go to the concert the day before, I went by myself. I’ve travelled alone and have gone to movies alone , but I’ve never gone to concerts alone before. I figured, why the eff not? Life is short. I like this band. Who knows when I’ll get the chance to see them again. GO! And I went. And I had a blast. Since I’m on the detox, it was a bit strange at first that I wasn’t partaking in any adult beverages, but believe me, waking up the next day after only 5.5 hours of sleep and not being hung over to boot was a Godsend!

Here are a couple of short videos for your viewing pleasure. I was in the heart of the dance floor and was tempted to take a video of this extremely drunken couple who were a messily (is that a word?) making out and groping and ramming into whomever crossed their path, which was everyone because we were all packed together in front of the stage. They reminded me of a human tornado/blob that tore through that crowd, without any regard for who or what got in their way.  It was annoying and fabulous all at the same time.

The quality of my blackberry videos aren’t the best, but mind you, I was dancing my heart out and getting knocked over by the human torpedo/blob.

Here’s Yacht performing Psychic City.

And here they are performing The After Life. (Woops – this should be “Walk Alone”, my bad!)

This post doesn’t really have anything to do with healthy eating but I wanted to share with you that I stayed strong in my detox and had a lot of fun just drinking water.

I hope this has inspired you!

Coconut, Chocolate, Banana Smoothy

Continuing on with my love of coconuts…

Here are some health benefits of coconuts:

  • Good for the kidney and urinary bladder problems
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day provide an excellent source of vitamin E
  • Coconut milk relieves stomach ulcers
  • Helps with constipation
  • Packed with vitamins and nutrients

Tonight, I had dinner with an old friend and ex-roommate whom I haven’t seen in far too long. It was great to catch up and people watch – it reminded me of when we lived together and we would sit on our balcony and comment on people who walked by in between sharing stories about our adventures from our night out.

After a nice sushi dinner and some tea,  I really wanted something more, and something a little sweet, but what? I came home and treated myself to a coconut, chocolate banana smoothy.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 banana (preferably ripe)
  2. 1 heaping teaspoon of coconut flakes (organic, if you can)
  3. 1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder (I used Fry’s)
  4. 4oz of soy, goat’s, almond, rice milk
  5. 4 ice cubes

Method:

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.

Enjoy!