What I Ate Wednesday – We Now Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Eating

Happy Wednesday!  It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

For the last two WIAW posts, I’ve been showing a day in the life on the Clean Program cleanse (www.cleanprogram.com).  I did almost two weeks of the cleanse and am now coming back to regular* eating.

*I have no idea what regular is.  I eat random foods regularly.  

On the cleanse, wheat, dairy, caffeine, tomatoes and may other things were eliminated.  I’m slowly working some of them back in, watching to see if there is a reaction.  I honestly don’t think I have intolerances to any of those foods, as digestive issues aren’t something I tend to suffer from, but I’m paying attention as I add them back to my diet this week.


buckwheat + almond butter, green jasmine tea


More tea (I reuse the tea bag – does anyone else do that or am I just weird?) + grapes


Big Ol Salad with field greens topped with the Detox Salad from Oh She Glows

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Kombucha + water

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My first sugar in about 3 weeks (besides sugar in the cleanse-allowed fruits).  The most significant thing for me about this cleanse was how it impacted my sugar cravings.  The first week I was having really strong cravings, but this last week I’ve noticed they’ve almost totally gone away.  I’m going to try really hard to keep my sugar intake lower than it has been.  Sugar is my weakness and I tend to not be able to stop once I open the sugary floodgates.20111004-050825.jpg

I had a small little portion, as it was very rich (and you’d have to be rich to buy those tarts often, as they run about $4 a pop).  Thought the resulting little Pac Man face was photo-worthy.

Dinner:20111004-070605.jpgVegetable Soup and a small Grilled Cheese

Another thing from the cleanse that I’m going to make an effort to practice more regularly is the idea of putting 12 hours between your last meal of one day and your first meal of the next.  I tend to do mindless snacking at night, after dinner, and I’ve noticed that cutting it out hasn’t been so hard.  When I get the munchies at 8 or 9pm, I’ve started making a cup of herbal tea and find that tends to squelch them.

Thanks for checking out my WIAW post!

Previous Cleanse Posts:

WIAW – First Few Days on the Clean Program

The Cleanse – Week One

WIAW – Clean Program Second Week

 The Cleanse – Week Two

The Cleanse – Week Two

Last week was week two of my cleanse, based on the book Clean by A. Junger. (Week One post here). I was a good little cleanse-r for the second week, all they way up to day 13 when I inhaled half an order of nachos. :) Here is day 8-14.

Day 8

Breakfast 1: Vegetable Juice – beet, cucumber, carrot, kale, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger and cilantro

Breakfast 2: Smoothie with rice protein powder, hemp protein/fiber powder, stevia, cinnamon, almond butter, frozen peaches, chia seeds and water.

Lunch: Tri-Salad Platter (recipe in book) with hummus, kale salad and quinoa tabouleh.
Snack: (not pictured) apple, almonds, raspberries, kombucha
Dinner: Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque (recipe in book)

Physical Activity – Power Yoga

Day 9 (WIAW post)

Breakfast : Lemon + hot water, smoothie with rice protein powder, hemp protein/fiber powder, stevia, cinnamon, almond butter, carrot, spinach and water.

Lunch: Adzuki beans, brown rice, kombuca squash, carrots, onions, celery and garlic.

Snack: Smoothie with carrots, almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon and ginger

Dinner: Carrot Ginger soup (recipe in book)

Physical Activity – Bikram Yoga.

Day 10

Breakfast 1: Vegetable Juice 

Breakfast 2 : Massive smoothie with rice protein powder, hemp protein/fiber powder, stevia, cinnamon, almond butter, carrot, spinach and water.

Lunch: Salad with leftover rice/bean combo, Kale Chips, Raw ‘Crackers’ (made of flax seeds, almond pulp, nutritional yeast, cayenne and rosemary)

Dinner: Smoothie with almond milk, chia seeds, frozen mangoes, frozen pineapples and frozen peaches.

Physical Activity – Core Toning class + Cardio Express class

Day 11

Breakfast : Cabbage + Cucumber + Parsley + Lemon juice

Breakfast 2: Smoothie with Vega Powder (vanilla chai), spinach, water + ice

Lunch: Lentil Salad (from book), Raw ‘Crackers’ (made of flax seeds, almond pulp, nutritional yeast, cayenne and rosemary)

Snack (not pictured): Kombucha, apple

Dinner: Carrot Ginger soup, Spicy Cucumber Salad at a restaurant for book club

Physical Activity – Stationary cycling

Day 12 (Friday)


Breakfast : Cabbage + Cucumber + Parsely + Lemon Juice

Breakfast 2 (not pictured): Almonds and pineapple

Snack: Apple + Sunflower Seed Butter

Lunch:Lentil Salad, Vegetables

Snack: Kombucha

Dinner (on the road, not pictured): Smoothie with almond milk, spinach, zucchini, shredded coconut, frozen pineapples and mangos and half a frozen banana (a cheat, as bananas are not ‘clean’). I made the smoothie at home and put it in the freezer for an hour before we left.  It stayed nice and cold for the 2 hours we drove before stopping for dinner.

Physical Activity – Yoga Class

We left Friday late afternoon to make a quick weekend visit to the Dallas/Ft Worth area. My brother and sister in law recently had their first baby and we were anxious to see her. I packed lots of food for the trip:

(green juice, almonds, cut up veggies, 2 bottles kombucha, GenEssentials Greens Powder (thanks Amy!), lentil salad, DeTox Salad {from Oh She Glows}, protein powder mix with rice protein powder, hemp protein/fiber, cinnamon, stevia and chia seeds)

Day 13 (Saturday)





Breakfast: Green Juice with cabbage, cucumbers, kale, parsley, ginger and lemon (juiced at my house on Friday) Smoothie with my protein powder concoction and almond butter. Not the best smoothie I’ve ever had.

Snack: Apple + Almond Butter, almonds

Lunch : Detox Salad (from Oh She Glows) + Lentil Salad

Dinner: Totally non-clean grilled veggie nachos from my beloved Yucatan Taco Stand. Non-clean ingredients: corn, dairy, tomatoes. I tried not to overdo it on the cheese and I abstained from the delicious sangria/margarita swirls they sell, as I was worried that throwing all that on my system might lead to some unpleasant bathroom time later. I felt fine after the nachos. And they were spectacular, probably even more so since I’ve been craving tortilla chips for the last 8 days.

Physical Activity – None.

Day 14 (Sunday)



Breakfast (not pictured): Another less-than stellar protein powder/almond butter smoothie. I miss my Vita Mix. Also had a bowl of steel cut oats (not ‘clean’ on this plan) and savored them.

Snack: Starbucks date with my sister and little girl. I had a tea latte with soymilk (which is unfortunately sweetened. I really, really wish Starbucks would offer a non-dairy, non-soy option – some almond or coconut milk would be so appreciated!). It was just okay, so I didn’t drink much. Should have stuck to plain tea. Besides the lackluster drink, it was a perfect morning to sit out side with my two best girls!  {Soymilk, black tea and sugar are all not on the Clean program.}

Lunch: On the road we stopped in the beautiful city of Waco, Texas (with there was a sarcasm font, pretend I used it for the phrase ‘beautiful city of Waco, Texas) at Rosa’s Tortilla Factory. I had a bean and cheese tostada with very light cheese, some chips and salsa and the rest of the detox salad. The beans didn’t sit so well…which made for a long 2 hours in the car….

Snack (not pictured): kombucha and apple

Dinner: Packet of Green Powder blended with water and a carrot. Tasted like drinking the lawn clippings, but I thought I could use some concentrated greens after my weekend splurges.

Physical Activity – none, plus I sat in a car for five hours, which is negative physical activity.

Whew, that was a lot of food pictures and words.  Anyone still reading?  :)

This is week three and I’m half cleansing.  Meaning I’m slowly eating some things that aren’t on the plan.  I don’t think I’ll do a full write-up for week three, but I may do a summary post next week.