Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What To Do When You're On A Cleanse

I'm on day three of a ten-day detoxification cleanse. This cleanse involves fasting for as many days as possible, and eating raw, live foods if you can't fast the entire time. It also involves taking a series of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb drinks, herb tinctures, poultice drinks, and a few other concoctions to facilitate the cleansing process along with treatments such as coffee enemas, salt scrubs, hyperthermic baths and such. Well, feeling pretty good so far. I stay on a schedule to make sure I get all the drinks in, it's a pretty busy day for me when I'm doing this cleanse each season.

I still have to cook meals for my family. The first couple of days are a little hard getting into the routine with my schedule and still having to take care of my family's needs, and the natural inclination is to want to EAT!. But I can't help it, when I'm on a fast, that's when I tend to go ballistic in the kitchen and cook up a storm. I try hard to make sure my little one is happy, but she has discriminating tastes and is most happy when I am cooking up gourmet meals for her.

This morning, I made her gluten free, vegan crepes with apple compote and drizzled with cinnamon maple cream. She was quite happy. For lunch, she is now dining on ravioli(see photo). The filling is sauteed onion, garlic, spinach and mushrooms; then pulsed in a food processor. I made a simple pasta dough using brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, and arrowroot flour, salt, olive oil, and water. She enjoyed helping me to make the ravioli.

Spinach and Mushroom Duxelle Ravioli with Homemade Marinara, Balsamic-Glazed Sauteed Kale and Swiss Chard with Fried Garlic pieces and garnished with fresh parsley

Well, hope that you are planning on doing your cleanse soon, and that you will find that whatever you set your mind to, it CAN be accomplished. Sometimes our most mundane and day-to-day tasks are the ones that get in the way of really taking care of ourselves and our families. Be in good health!

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