I’ve found some silver lining and I’d like to share it with you. On Friday I persevered through a staffing debacle; it turns out the school system got the day wrong and scheduled about seven subs for a professional day that didn’t exist. While we were waiting around in the office of this elementary school I got to meet the principle who asked for my information, because she liked me. She said she knew a bunch of principals at other schools and could perhaps help me find something. She did help me get placed for that day. The school I ended up substituting in LOVED me and is now requesting me personally. I also got a call from another school system and I’ve completed all my paperwork to start subbing there. None of this is a huge leap forward financially but it has provided me with the validation I needed. I’m starting to see some returns on ground work I’ve laid and I’m so grateful for it.
Today I could not find a position. That worried me as always. I stayed in bed all day. And I’m really going to have to start showering again. It’s been a while. Gross right? I know. I haven’t been myself lately though and the comfort of my blankets has provided the right kind of medicine, along with my Shelby of course- no medicine more powerful then that.
I started a cleansing diet on Sunday so my energy level is most likely down because of that as well. It’s actually quite good for you- unlike other cleanses I’ve attempted. My friend found it in a magazine (I apologize for not knowing which) and it’s been taken from a book by Cynthia Sass, a nutritionist.
5 foods, 5 days. That’s the premise and it promises to help people loose 8, 10, even 11 lbs. in 5 days.
So I thought, the count down to Thanksgiving was a good time to do it.
I started yesterday. I skipped the breakfast because I didn’t get out of bed until 12:30 noon.
But here is how the detox is constructed.

The 5 foods you’ll need are:

Fat free, plain (organic) yogurt [I used Chobani vanilla- not plain (I’d choke on plain)]

Sounds delicious right?

And it is.

Here is the construct of the meals:

1 whole egg or 3 egg whites (I chose the whole egg- I love yolk) scrambled
1 cup spinach and sodium free seasoning (I chose garlic powder) sauteed in olive-oil cooking spray
1 cup raspberries (fresh or thawed)
2 Tbs. almonds

It was really good.

6 oz. fat-free plain yogurt
1 cup raspberries
2 Tbs almonds

I found that 6 oz of plain yogurt was over powering for me, so I cut it down to about 4 oz.
I’m lactose sensitive so it was a good choice for me.

2 cups fresh spinach
2 Tbs almonds
1 Hard boiled egg- sliced
and vinegar or lemon juice to taste.
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen) – I had these as “dessert” after the salad, but I suppose you could toss them in.

Optional snack (which I’ve yet to make)
1 cup frozen raspberries
6 oz fat free yogurt
2 Tbs natural almond butter
and small handful of ice until smooth
Whip together in blender until smooth.

The detox also calls for plenty of water or optional non-calorie beverage of choice.
Water it is for me.

I admit that I had a couple of nibbles on my dog’s grilled chicken. But hey, nobody’s perfect.

That spinach and egg salad for dinner is KILLER- tastes divine! I used Balsamic vinegar. Maybe that’s cheating but with the spinach and egg combination the smokey flavors of the balsamic vinegar make for a combination that tastes like you’ve just added 500 calorie per Tbs dressing- but you haven’t.
Well worth it.
This will definitely stay on the diet after I’ve finished the detox.
Cynthia Sass (cool ass name right?), the nutritionist behind this detox, claims these foods can lower your cholesterol by (up to) 30%; an issue I’m shamefully worried about after my doctor discovered a few years ago that my cholesterol levels were dangerously closing in on the danger zone. I should have started watching what I eat back then. I didn’t. Depression is a huge issue for me. I’m sure that I compensate by gorging on sugary, high fat foots. I know I do. That’s also part of my exhaustion no doubt- withdrawal. The only sugar I’ve been getting in my system for two days now is the sugar found in the raspberries. It’s not easy.

Tomorrow will be a bit of a challenge for me because I have to go into work; the elementary school requested me 😉 That felt good, but I worry about my attitude while going through sugar withdrawal. I’ll get through it.

I’ve tried these liquid detoxes and let me say- this is a much better route. The food TASTES good- you chew it! And it fills you up. For someone like me, a consummate over eater, it’s always going to be tough because, terrible but true, I’ve lost touch with feeling hungry a long time ago. My system needs to get back on track. Thanksgiving is coming along on the fifth day. I’m going to eat up to lunch on the detox diet then do Thanksgiving unadulterated.
I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes. But I really like this detox. I like the foods. They’re fresh and taste good. They’re hearty.
What’s always tough is cooking for my son. He still gets to eat normal food. Temptation. But all part and parcel I suppose. I need these pounds OFF. I have to start eating right. Perhaps doing this for myself will help to improve my mood.
I hope so. I also hope to forget what I’ve been trying to forget soon enough.
Let’s all on that.

One thing I will warn is that all of these products get pricey. My bill for all the raspberries, spinach, yogurt, almonds and eggs was somewhere around $64 and I had to go and get more raspberries; 1 cup is just a little less then 1 pint which average $3 each. FYI. I’m sure you’re worth it though, and having the meals planned for me gets me out of my head, and out of the kitchen quickly, so it’s all well worth it.

Best of luck to you 🙂

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