Liz Hurley Style – Week 2:
To kick off week 2 of my cleanse experience I was going out of town. Yikes. My younger sister was running her first half marathon in Virginia Beach, and for the first time I was going to be on the cheering squad at a race (mixed feelings about this, I would always rather be running). I brought plenty of Cara’s soups – our hotel room was going to have a mini kitchen (this is vital for the 3 smoothies/day and Maddy’s pre-half marathon pancakes). I am wishing now I had taken a picture of my bags for this 2 day trip so you could see how ridiculously prepared I was. My motto (excuse) was “failing to plan is planning to fail.” I brought 4 bags –
1) My rather large duffel full of clothes
2) A tote full of apples, spinach, oranges, bananas, cleanse supplies, measuring cup, and my Ninja (yes I really brought my blender, and it was huge, and heavy).
3) A cooler with my soups, flax oil, carrots, frozen fruits
Don’t be scared to travel with me, I am normally NOT a heavy packer. But when I’m with my family and on the cleanse my true colors come out. I am comfortable with them harassing me about my planning and obsession to succeed on the cleanse. During this trip I snacked on apples and carrots between meals, made my 3 shakes a day, got up both mornings and went to the hotel gym (one morning at 4:45am before my sister’s race…I need to make sure I get credit for that). We did a lot of walking around, exploring, and shopping (one of my favorite past times if I cannot eat, I shop to preoccupy myself). We went to a restaurant called Leaping Lizard Café, we saw it on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives . It is all local, organic, no nonsense, vegan friendly aka totally cleanse approved. I had my first piece of meat there, it was flounder, and it was delicious – see the picture below. At this stage, unfortunately I was still wishing I could eat the giant chocolate chip cookies my mom and sister got for dessert…I was a little bitter. We also found an amazing restaurant for dinner where I had Salmon cooked Grecian style (olive oil, lemon juice etc) and half a sweet potato and a salad with oil and vinegar. On the way home Sunday we stopped at a Whole Foods. (I would’ve been a lost cause on this cleanse without my iPhone to help me scope out cleanse friendly restaurants). When I was in a pinch for time the Whole Foods hot/cold bars were an amazing way to get some on the go cleanse approved foods.
Also – during week 2 I discovered I could drink hot tea. This was monumental – the Starbucks employees didn’t have to miss me anymore! For the last 14 days of the cleanse I drank red, decaf tea. My favorite was the vanilla rooibos tea from Starbucks. Kale chips, apples, and tea definitely kept me going on the cleanse…these were my staple snacks that I looked forward to eating every day. The grouchiness was gone during week 2, I had lost 4-6 pounds and my jeans were fitting loose so I was PUMPED! After our vacation I was so proud that I had survived it that I knew I could do anything. I added back some chicken and salmon, but not much during the rest of the week. I had baked chicken a few nights that week (recipe to come!).
The last monumental thing about week 2 was that people kept telling me my skin was glowing and I looked great (this is always motivational and reassuring that you are on the right path.) As Cara had promised my face was finally clearing up and I was FULL of energy. I think that about sums up all the monumental happenings in week 2 of my cleanse. Stay tuned later this week for my summary of the cleanse and round up of my results!