Particularly at the beginning of the cleanse, my saving grace was tea:
- Green tea helped me slowly wean off coffee in the mornings during the pre-cleanse elimination week.
- Hibiscus tea helps us keep the morning ritual of drinking something warm together at breakfast. It also makes breakfast a little more substantial than just drinking a small smoothie.
- Herbal tea of any kind gets me through coffee and drink dates throughout the week for work or fun. They’re also great to have at the office for drinking with clients or colleagues.
- Tulsi tea gets us over the hump in the evening, after dinner, when we want but don’t need a snack or dessert. It helps even more during our winter cold spells, when we want to warm our tummies a bit.
Teas also helps the cleanse!
Hibiscus (pictured above) is full of antioxidants. It’s also natural diuretic, a source of vitamin C, and several studies have shown it to lower blood pressure. It is also considered to have medicinal properties in the Ayurvedic medicine.
Hibiscus is an extremely flavorful and beautiful tea – the longer you steep it the richer the color and flavor (I steep it for at least 5 minutes). It is also a great iced tea. You can often find “Jamaica” in Mexican restaurants – it’s hibiscus iced tea with sugar.
Tulsi is new to me – I discovered it on the tea shelves in our natural food store. There were surprisingly few varieties of non-caffeinated herbal tea, so I picked it up to try it. We’ve fallen in love with it! Matt drinks it with a bit of almond milk and raw agave syrup; I drink it straight.
Tulsi is also an antioxidant. It’s extracts are used in ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen – it balances different processes in the body and helps in adapting to stress.
It may have other potential effects according to Wikipedia: as a COX-2 inhibitor (painkiller), to alleviate menstrual cramps, to reduce blood glucose levels, to reduce cholesterol levels, and to protect from radiation poisonin and cataracts.
Berry smoothie for breakfast.
Cheated for lunch (see below) – booooo!
Green smoothie for dinner.
Well Being Meter
Yep, I cheated again. With our clients in town. Breaking bread together is such an important part of business!!
I tried to be so, so good! I had beans and rice (white rice). But it came with some cabbage and lettuce, all smothered in a whole bunch of red salsa.
And that salsa hit my stomach HARD. Oof. A big acid bomb in my mid-section.
The client who’d told me the day before I was glowing – about half-way through the day, said I looked spent.
My pants were tighter today, too. I gained some of the puffiness back. I was a little off my game.
Not sure if those symptoms were from the meals the day before, or this day. Also not sure what food triggered the symptoms – was it the tomatoes from the Mexican food? The white rice both days? The not drinking as much water? The bits of dairy from the day before?….?
In retrospect, I probably would have done it differently, given the choice of breaking bread or being fully on my game.
Above: the sunset we saw at the end of the day – makes up for half the bad feelings at least! The view is from my office.