One Day Away – Day 4 of the Cleanse

Hi everyone!

Even though it feels like Sunday on this Thursday, I’m ONE day away from finishing The Generosity Cleanse. I woke up this morning feeling great. Not just great, but I felt both a sense of calmness and excitement for the day. Of course, I don’t know that the cleanse is 100 percent responsible, but I’m sure it has a lot to do with it.

I had the Glowing Green for breakfast again, but added a few peach slices this time. What I love about green smoothies is how creative you can be with the ingredients. I try stick to about 2 big handfuls of spinach, kale, romaine, or other greens, and about a cup of almond milk. Then I load it up with alkaline fruits and veggies and often some hemp protein and flax (not while I’m on the cleanse though). Here are some examples of alkaline fruits and vegetables:

  • avocado
  • beet
  • celery
  • carrot
  • cucumber
  • apple
  • apricot
  • banana
  • blueberry
  • mango
  • orange
  • peach
  • pear

Alkaline food help balance the body’s ph level. A body’s ph level has an impact on all functions happening in our body, including how the body uses enzymes (which turn the food we eat into energy), minerals, and vitamins. This means that you need an adequate amount of alkaline foods for the body to do all of its essential functions, not to mention all the vitamins and enzymes you take in by eating fresh and organic alkaline fruits and vegetables.

For lunch I had Quinoa Tabouli over mixed greens. I soaked the quinoa in water for 24 hours, and then made a quick lemon and olive oil dressing to pour over the quinoa, diced cucumbers, and parsley. It was the first time I soaked quinoa, instead of cooking it, and it almost worked. There was still a bit more texture than I prefer after 24 hours. I left some soaking this morning and will see if I just needed to soak a bit longer or in a bigger bowl?

A cup of ginger tea in the afternoon, followed a by a handful of pecans and blackberries for snack.

I had an appointment after work, so I packed another packet of ginger tea to-go. I wish I packed another snack  because I didn’t get a chance to eat dinner until 8 o’clock again.

Pad Thai for dinner! It was squash and zucchini instead of noodles, and a sauce of peanut butter, lemon juice, honey, and liquid aminos. This is another one of those great recipes from The Generosity Cleanse.

Today I started analyzing “hunger”. I’m realizing that the feeling I often call “hunger” is not real hunger, but another emotion – maybe frustration, anxiety or stress.

Tomorrow is the last day of the cleanse and I have much reflecting to do.

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