photo courtesy of Wiki Media

photo courtesy of Wiki Media

I’ve been wanting to try this 21 day Whole Living cleanse for some time now and I (and Dave, my boyfriend/domestic partner haha! this classification has been a trip for us…) finally took the plunge.  I spent about an hour geting my grocery list together.  It took a while because our kids will not do this with us so I had to make up 2 separate menus for the week.  My next challenge is coming up with a menu where I can make simple substitutions for the kids from the whole foods meals…Any suggestions are welcome!  They may go in the cookbook I aspire to write some day!

Shopping took about 1 1/2 hours (and $400!), came home and purged the fridge, cleaned the fridge and put all of the ingredients away.  An all day event!  I have most of what I need and many items I will not have to purchase again for a while (coconut oil, tahini etc…) so I expect the grocery bill to be half that next time. 

Week 1 consists of mostly fruit juices in the morning then lentils, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mushrooms, sweet potato stew and a few snacks that I will make.  Week 1 will be difficult and we will feel “hungover” for a few days then better each week after.   

I find joy in filling my pantry and refrigerator with nothing but real fresh food…spinach and apples as far as the eye can see.  I love to go in the kitchen and see baskets full of sweet potatoes, ginger root, and avocados… I guess that makes me a “foodie”.

So next week we will begin. 

Oooohhh, next post, cute handmade containers to store your whole foods!  Etsy here I come….

Has anyone tried this cleanse?  I’d love to hear how it went!