2019: A great time for a reset
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” –Ann Wigmore
We are starting the New Year with a nutrient-dense 3-day juice cleanse followed by Whole30! I am so excited to experience the wonderful benefits of this “reset”. Here’s some simple tidbits on how we developed the juice cleanse thanks to our amazing Office Manager, Samantha Harrod, as well as some tips to prepare for Whole30.
Juice Cleanse: I’ve never done one of these before, so for no other reason, I am simply intrigued. Can I do it? Will it help me have an easier start to Whole30? Will I get enough physical and mental benefits to want to do it again in the future? We’ll see. Most importantly, the dense nutrients consumed in these 3 days will undoubtedly give me a health and immunity boost.
Whole30: This will be my 4th Whole30 over the past few years. With each one, it gets easier, and more daily components and recipes get incorporated in our weekly menus throughout the year. I really like Whole30 because it’s not really meant to be an everyday lifestyle, but simply a reset that gets your mind in the right place about food. It breaks the sugar addiction and makes you WANT to fuel your body with that good stuff all year. I personally get great benefits mentally—increasing my focus and decreasing “brain fog”.
Juice Prep with my Uptown Eyes Peeps:
Samantha was so kind to do all the research, shopping list prep, and juice-day prep for us. It took us about 3 hours to juice all the produce for a 3-day cleanse for 3 people.
Make sure to shake each juice really well and enjoy!
5 Favorite Items to have on-hand to prep for Whole30
Whole30 is just what it sounds like—whole, real food for 30 days.
- The gist is: no breads/grains, dairy, legumes, alcohol, added sugar, or anything artificial.
- What you can eat: fruits, veggies, lean meats and fish, eggs, nuts.
Whole30 has a great website (www.whole30.com) and facebook page(s): https://www.facebook.com/Whole30/, https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWhole30Recipes/ as well as many support groups. I like to keep my recipes simple (more to come) and a few must haves to be able to have on hand when need be:
- Everything Seasoning from Trader Joe’s – seasoning and condiments to add flavor can be a bit challenging during Whole30. You really have to watch ingredients. This seasoning shaker is just a great blend of seeds and flavors that goes well with everything. Ha! Sprinkle it on eggs, avocado & tomatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.
- Nuts! No peanuts (actually a legume), but enjoy mixed cashews, walnuts, almonds—all great emergency foods in a pinch.
- Avocado-a solid resource for good fats and so satiating. Add that “Everything” seasoning and you have a snack. We just slice and eat directly out of the skin. Easy peasy.
- Wholly Guacamole and plantain chips – also a great grab-and-go option. This is a staple for most of my lunches.
- Leftovers! When planning dinner meals, it’s so important to make sure you make enough to have left overs for lunch the next day. To be able to have items readily available is vital to success.
More meal plans and recipes to come!
I hope everyone is feeling motivated and inspired to renew or continue a year of wellness and nutrition. It’s good for your body and your eyes!
-Megan Baureis, O.D.