Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SuperHealth: Week 2

Last week's detox and focus on balancing fatty acids went really well. Monday through Friday Kevin and I stuck to our plan 100%, and it really made a difference in the way we felt. Over the weekend we gave ourselves permission to indulge a little {we both had a little cake at the party and coffee on Sunday morning}, while being sure to include the necessary foods each day. An interesting thing happened, though. At the end of those five days of only whole foods- nothing processed or refined- we both tried to drink something sweet (Kevin, hot chocolate, and I, Hansen's Creamy Root Beer} only to find the first sip to be overwhelming sweet, and neither of us cared to finish. Our taste buds truly changed, making it all that much easier to continue with the plan for this week. If you are trying to kick the habit of a sweet weakness, try detoxing for a week; you may actually find it unappealing in the end! While Week One's "bonus foods" (absolute musts) were wild salmon, spinach, walnuts, blueberries, soy, flax, purple grape juice, and red wine, here is a comprehensive list of the only foods we put in our bodies this week (most being organic):

Fruits: lemons, berries {blue-, black-, rasp- & straw-}, apples, pears, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, mango, bananas, avocado, grape tomatoes
Veggies: broccoli, asparagus, bell pepper {red & orange}, spinach, collard greens, romaine, cucumber, carrots, celery, onions, garlic
Legumes: kidney beans, edamame, green beans, peas
Nuts: walnuts, soynuts, pumpkin seeds, raw peanut butter
Whole Grains: quinoa, wheat couscous, polenta, brown rice, wheat pasta
Animal Protein: DHA-fortified eggs, wild salmon, Alaskan halibut, canned light tuna
Plant Proteins: tofu, flax
Liquids: water, sparkling water, 100% concord grape juice, 100% pomegranate juice, soymilk, tea {green & black}, red wine
Misc: lowfat plain yogurt, a variety of spices {including ginger, black pepper and dried & fresh herbs}, 73% super dark chocolate, oils {soybean & olive}, balsamic vinegar

Week 2 entails "becoming an environmentalist", focusing on foods to counteract internal and external toxins, taking steps to detoxify your home, and combating the effects of outdoor pollutants. Going green leads to a healthier environment, which in turn leads to a healthier you:

*This week's "bonus foods"- soy, apples, tea, onions, garlic, broccoli, and spices- can help block certain cancer cells from forming and growing.
*Eating organic eliminates the effects of toxic pesticides.
*Using non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products can dramatically reduce your exposure to potentially cancer-causing agents {I have been using vinegar and warm water as my multi-purpose cleaner for about a month now}.
*A well-maintained air conditioner together with the addition of houseplants can reduce the indoor air pollution, lessening the symptoms and severity of respiratory diseases.

Here is how I have incorporated the bonus foods into the basic SuperFoods diet, over the course of the day today:

Breakfast
{whole grain carrot muffin; fresh berries;
blueberry green tea}

Morning Snack
{lowfat yogurt; raw walnuts; kiwi (skin-on); lemon water}

Lunch
{leftover polenta; steamed broccoli; raw pumpkin seeds; ginger green tea}

Afternoon Snack
{apple; carrots; blueberry-pomegranate juice &
sparkling water}

Dinner
{Lettuce Wraps: tofu, red pepper, onion & garlic stir-fry with sunflower seeds and various spices; jasmine & brown rice; romaine tops}

1 comment:

kkmom said...

yum, that actually sounds so good and refreshing! That is the plan when we move, I am throwing stuff out! I know some people will not be too happy here...