Thursday, October 26, 2017

Working Through The Metabolism Plan: Days 1 and 2 of The Cleanse

Knowing it would be a while before I would be able to eat some of my favorite foods, I had spent the previous couple of weeks making some of them for dinner...lasagna and crusty garlic bread, green chile pork burritos, Buffalo Chicken Nachos, and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, etc.

Last night was no exception. I make BBQ sandwiches and an extra cheesy homemade baked mac and cheese (and had three helpings). Imagine my surprise when I weighed myself this morning and found I had lost 1.4 lbs! That was a nice way to kick start this diet!

Day 1 of The Metabolism Plan - The Cleanse

You can follow along with a downloadable menu and instructions from LynGenet.com or you can purchase The Metabolism Plan book. (It is available as a Kindle book, but I much prefer the hard copy because I write notes in it)

Weight Change: 0.0
Total Weight Lost So Far: 0 lbs

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16 ounces of water with a splash of lemon juice with supplements (liver detox, MSM and probiotic).

Breakfast: 1 cup of Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 cup of blueberries.
The recipe for Flaxseed granola can be obtained from the LynGenet website on the Summer Menu Plan. Or, you can opt to purchase Flaxseed granola (though I hear the homemade version is a LOT better).
The recipe called for raisins to be added to the granola when making it but I had left them out. Instead, I put a sprinkle of dried cranberries in the granola before serving it. I poured Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk over it.

1 cup Flaxseed Granola with Dried Cranberries (instead of raisins) and 1/2 cup Blueberries served with Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk

I had never had coconut milk before I started The Plan, at least not as a substitute for cow's milk. Mr. LH uses plant based milks on his cereal but I never tried any of them. Even then, he had never tried this brand before. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since it was unsweetened. I actually really like it! Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk has a great coconut flavor!

Lunch: Carrot Ginger Soup, 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli and Red Leaf Lettuce with Raw Sunflower Seeds dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.

Carrot Ginger Soup, 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli and Red Leaf Lettuce with Raw Sunflower Seeds dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice.

Carrot Ginger Soup. I had 16 ounces. The recipe had some "options". It was optional to add coconut milk. I did. It was optional to use chilies. I did. It was optional to puree it. I did. After tasting it, I wished I had left out the chilies. It was SO SPICY! And because the recipe also is used to make the Carrot Essence, all the Carrot Essence I had (and everything going forward that was made with it) was going to be super spicy, too! I LOVE spicy foods but this was a bit much.

Sauteed Broccoli. This one was easy. Unfortunately, I hadn't pre-chopped my broccoli. I cut up a couple heads of broccoli and portioned them out into 2 cup containers for future lunches. Then I just heated some olive oil in a pan, mashed a clove of garlic and sauteed it with the broccoli.

Red Leaf Lettuce with raw unsalted sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and some grated ginger for a boost of flavor. The book calls specifically for baby romaine lettuce and I found it in my grocer's produce section (near the bagged salad mixes) but the cost ON SALE was 3 times the price of the red and green leaf lettuces.

Red and green leaf lettuces are considered low reactive, along with a handful of others so they are safe to use for The Metabolism Plan. I'll get the baby romaine at some point to put it into the rotation but for now I plan to stick with the red and green leaf lettuce.

Lyn-Genet would like for you to eat ALL the food but if you can't, you're supposed to eat some of everything. It was a TON of food and I'm not accustomed to eating lunch...ever. Try as I might, I still wound up with leftovers but I did try to finish all the sunflower seeds (for protein).

I knew there would be a time period where I had to find a new "routine" for The Plan. Day 1 drove that reality home for me. After lunch I made the spicy Coco Sauce (recipe in TMP book) and then had to run The Girl and The Boy to their dentist appointment.

The appointment took extra long (for the first time ever) and I didn't have my water with me so I was really thirsty when we got home and my headache was getting worse. I had some peppermint tea available but didn't think it was bad enough yet for me to stop everything for a tea break. 

The Metabolism Plan Spicy Coco Sauce

I did manage to eat my Snack of 1 medium sized apple. It was pretty late for a snack (I think?)...around 4pm. My headache started to fade away afterwards.

Of course, once dinner prep began (having to make 2 different dinners...one for me and one for everyone else), life happened. A fox had trapped a neighborhood cat under our deck. The fox was blocking the cat's escape route so we had to remove some of the lattice surrounding one side of our deck to free her. Exciting stuff!

Dinner: Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce with Raw Sunflower Seeds, Carrot and Beet Salad with Raw Pumpkin Seeds, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

When I finally made it back inside to finish dinner I was woefully behind. The Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce seemed to have half the grocery store's produce section needing to be chopped up! And I still had beets and carrots to grate, too!

I DEFINITELY recommend chopping and grating all your veggies for the week BEFORE starting your cleanse. Stress is supposed to be kept to a minimum during this time but I seemed to be taking care of all my stress on the very first day!

So dinner was late on Day 1. It was almost 9pm before everyone got fed. I was SO thirsty because I had not had any water since before 7:30. If you learn anything from my experience, I hope it is to plan ahead.

I didn't get a picture of the dinner plate on Day 1 but it was pretty similar to Day 2's dinner found below.

Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce. I am not a kale person. I serve kale to my tortoise, not my family. I tried it once and promptly spit it out. Bleh! BUT I had never eaten cooked kale, only raw. So this was going to be something new.

I had a questions about the Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce Recipe in The Metabolism Plan book. It didn't specify how much of the Spicy Coco Sauce to use so I used the entire batch. It worked out great!

Carrot and Beet Salad. As much as I am not a kale person, I am not a beet person. Maybe that is why I took so long to start The Plan! I had to eat both on the very first day! I have avoided beets my whole life. But this was important to me so I was determined to choke down beets if I had to. I didn't know how to buy them (how do you know a beet is good?) nor did I know how to prep them. I had to look it up. Elder Boy grated the carrots for me while I grated a beet (and managed to make the kitchen island look like a crime scene). UGH! It smelled like dirt! The Girl tried some and declared it tasted like dirt!

I kept the carrots and beets separated until dinner then mixed some of each together on my plate and topped it with raw pumpkin seeds, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. I was pleasantly surprised to find I could not taste the beets at all this way. In fact, it almost tasted like I was eating shredded apple!

...I was also delighted to learn The Boy and Mr. LH both liked the Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce (The girl wouldn't try it). It means I can use it as a side dish in regular family dinners with no complaints! Good thing, too because it made a HUGE amount! I think I will make only a half recipe next time I need more.

Day 2 of The Metabolism Plan - The Cleanse (Test Almonds)


Weight Change: -0.6
Total Weight Lost So Far: 0.6 lbs

I woke up to a 0.6 lb loss. Not as much of a loss as a lot of people on the cleanse but it was a loss. It could have been from the stress of yesterday. It could have been from the late dinner. Who knows?

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16 ounces of water with a splash of lemon juice with supplements (liver detox, MSM and probiotic).

Breakfast: 1 cup Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 Pear

I was really slack about getting pictures today. Breakfast was 1 cup of Flaxseed Granola with 1/2 pear. Again, I put a sprinkle of dried cranberries in the granola since I had not added raisins when making it. This time I also added a shake of cinnamon for some extra flavor.

I tried using less coconut milk but the flax seeds develop more mucilage sitting in the milk, making the whole bowl of granola kind of gross. The addition of more milk actually seems to mask that by thinning it out making it much more palatable. So no more skimping on the coconut milk!

I started to develop a mild headache around 10:30 but this time it went away on it's own by lunchtime at 1pm.

Lunch: Carrot Ginger Soup with 1 oz Raw Sunflower Seeds, Red Leaf Lettuce extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli.
  • Carrot Ginger Soup with 1 oz Raw Sunflower Seeds. Like yesterday, I couldn't finish everything so made sure to at least finish up the rest of the sunflower seeds.
  • Red Leaf Lettuce extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. This was supposed to also have 1/4 avocado on it but the one I had just purchased this morning was rotten when I cut it open. I took it back to the grocery store after lunch to exchange it.
  • 2 Cups Sauteed Broccoli. This time I used pepper and garlic powder to season it. Also a hefty dose of olive oil to cook it in.
I was STILL not able to finish everything! So Much FOOD!

Snack: 1/2 of an apple and 8 to 10 almonds.

Apple and Raw Unsalted Almonds
Dinner: Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce, 1 cup Basmati Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds and Carrot and Beet Salad.

Dinner was much calmer tonight than last night. Everything was pretty much made except for the basmati rice and that could be done quickly in my Instant Pot. I was REALLY looking forward to the rice.
  • Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce. I heated the leftovers up then served it over 1 cup Basmati Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds. The rice seemed to actually calm down the spiciness and was really tasty!
  • Carrot and Beet Salad. Served with raw sunflower seeds, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Also, the 1/4 avocado I missed in my lunch earlier because it was rotten was replaced and served with dinner on my carrot and beet salad.
Kale with Spicy Coco Sauce, Basmati Rice with Raw Pumpkin Seeds, Carrot and Beet Salad




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