Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie

PSL season is upon us. I have been seeing all the sweet treats and drinks advertised endlessly all around me and it has been difficult not to pay any attention and not be tempted. I decided to make a healthy smoothie that has all the pumpkin spice flavor without all the sugar. I have had this for breakfast three days in a row and I’m still not tired of it.

Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie | Glitter It Gold
Sorry for the crappy photo- I wasn’t expecting to share the recipe until so many people asked me for it. I will take a better photo soon.

Makes 2 Smoothies

  • 1 very large handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 date, pitted (you could use more if you want it sweeter)
  • 2-3 tsp of Pumpkin Spice depending on taste (see below if making your own)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup coconut milk ( start with that and add more if needed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional add-ins (I add all of these)

  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 TBS dried gogi berries
  • 3 TBS hemp hearts (or add protein powder)
  • 1 tsp each spirulina and chlorella

Pumpkin Spice Blend DIY

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

Put all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. I have also made it adding 1 TBS of dark cocoa powder and it is delicious but a very ugly shade of poop green- leave out the spinach and the spirulina and chlorella for the sake of appearance if you add the cocoa.

Pardon my absence…..

I have to apologize for being so absent over the last few months. I haven’t been posting because I have had a few very significant changes in my life specifically with regards to what I eat and it has made me rethink the whole purpose of my blog. Over the course of the past year, I noticed some changes happening in and to my body that were not good changes.I was gaining weight, I started having trouble sleeping, I was getting either a UTI or yeast infection almost every month, and I was struggling to find motivation to do just about anything. I tried a few cleanses and short term diets and lost a pound or two here and there but they always came right back. Finally, I decided to see a Doctor about it. Without discussing exactly what the issues are one of the solutions was to start a reset diet.

The reset diet is used in conjunction with supplements and other treatments to help the body heal from a very long list of symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, poor concentration, mood swings, disturbed sleep, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, low sex drive, urinating at night, tired after eating, swollen ankles, headaches, shaky if hungry,  elevated HbA1c, bloating, gas, acid reflux, burping, loose stool and/or constipation, stomach pain, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, gastritis, ulcer, recurring urinary tract infections or yeast infections, candida overgrowth. I was suffering from a number of items on this list so I was a perfect candidate. My treatment consists of the reset diet, several supplements, and acupuncture because I opted not to take any antibiotics or pharmaceutical drugs.

The reset diet consists of 4 phases; the first is very strict, and each one after allows for additional small modifications. It is essentially a low carb food plan where you should get all your carbohydrates primarily from fruits and vegetables. It requires you to cut out all grains (wheat, quinoa, oats, barley, etc.), and other foods that are high in starch/carbs/sugar such as beans, corn, rice, all sugars, honey, agave, maple syrup, dates, potatoes, and juices. You can see the full instructions and allowed foods here.

I am currently at 33 days and on Phase II of the plan although I am still being more strict than it requires. I have added back dairy only and am still not consuming any of the other restricted items and I have noticed the following improvements:

  • Total of 6 lbs lost!!
  • I fall asleep quickly and sleep through the night about 5/7 nights a week now (compared to 2/7 before starting).
  • No yeast infection or UTI since starting
  • Higher energy levels
  • Faster metabolism, I wake up hungry now
  • No more bloating at the end of every day

So why am I telling you all of this? Because this restrictive diet has made me have to rethink how I cook for myself and therefore what I share on this blog. I was thinking about what the purpose of this blog is (thanks to Anna at Panza Avenue) and I realized I didn’t really have a goal, or a theme, or really any reason to write except that I was occasionally bored. This diet has been a challenge for me, but I am finally beginning to see it as a lifestyle change, not a temporary “diet” and if it really is going to be permanent, then I will need to adjust my cooking and develop some new go-to recipes that fit this new lifestyle. Every time I tell someone about this lifestyle change the first thing they ask is “So what CAN you eat?” That is what I will be sharing with you from this point forward: recipes for a low-carb, health conscious lifestyle.

Now you might ask- “Why should I eat low carb?” and my answer for that is that you should probably do your own research and see if it is a good fit for you. Here are a few links to start you off: This one, this one, another one, and this one too which talks about LC in relation to diabetes as this lifestyle is particularly beneficial to those who are predisposed to diabetes.

This is going to be a difficult transition for me because as you all know I love food so much. BUT, I am very confident that this change is much needed and the best thing for my body to be healthy and serve me in this life. As I get to phase IV I will slowly add back occasional cheat meals or items into my diet, but for now I am on the straight and narrow so to say so wish me luck!


Apple Tarte Tatin

I first made an apple tart tatin when I was a senior in highschool. I didn’t have time to work but I wanted to have some money to spend so my mom paid me to do all the grocery shopping and make dinner a few nights a week. It was a great way to me to relax and de-stress after school before starting homework and allowed me to hone my cooking skills and cultivate my creativity while making a little money on the side.Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold

One of the things I was doing at this time was cooking my way through the Cooks Illustrated magazines. Cooks Illustrated is by far the best cooking magazine out there for people who want to learn how to cook, not just how to read recipes. Each one has a full article on the technique, ingredients, or methods used and why it is important so that that knowledge can be translated to other recipes. For example, in their recipe for Ground Beef Chili they explain that baking powder helps beef retain it’s moisture and brown better. Now that I know this I frequently add baking powder to beef and let it set for about 20 minutes before browning, even if the recipe doesn’t include this step.Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold

Anyways, I found the recipe for apple tarte tatin in cooks illustrated, and it was fall so I made it for a Thanksgiving dinner with my then boyfriend (now husband’s) family. It was a total hit. Now we have our own apple tree that is producing a ton of fruit right now so I pulled out the recipe. But to be honest, I was feeling pretty lazy so I made up a different, much easier recipe. I used puff pastry instead of making a dough. I wouldn’t dare call it authentic but it is definitely tasty.Quick Apple Tarte Tatin | Glitter It Gold

Melt 4 TBS of butter on med-low in a 12″ cast iron skillet. Add 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/4 c granulated sugar and melt until dissolved completely. When it starts to bubble add the whiskey (or brandy would be good too), and cook stirring for about a minute. Add the chopped apples and vanilla. I like to leave them all different sizes so you get a variation in the texture of the apples. I also leave the skin on. Our apples have very tender skin, but if you prefer no skin then peel them, and if you prefer an even texture then make all your apple slices the same size. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon, ginger, and lemon juice and bake for about 10 minutes. Once the apples are softened, gently press them down with a spatula to flatten slightly. Place your trimmed puff pastry on top, tucking it down into the sides with a spatula. Cut a few slits on top to release steam and bake for another 20-25 minutes until the top is golden. Cool it for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate. You could make some pastry flowers, or use cookie cutters to make some pretty shapes for decorating. Just bake them separately and set on top after you have inverted the tart. Top with ice cream, whipped cream, or as I did with Mascarpone Sorbet.Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold

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Apple Tarte Tatin
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A gooey, caramely, sweet apple dessert that comes together in just 35 minutes. A quicker, easier version of the traditional French dessert using a puff pastry sheet instead of a pie crust.
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Apple Tarte Tatin |Glitter It Gold
Apple Tarte Tatin
Print Recipe
A gooey, caramely, sweet apple dessert that comes together in just 35 minutes. A quicker, easier version of the traditional French dessert using a puff pastry sheet instead of a pie crust.
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 tart 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings: tart
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 400F
  2. In a 12" cast iron skillet melt the butter over med low heat. Add the sugars and stir to dissolve.
  3. Let the mixture bubble for about 1 minute then add the whiskey and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and stir.
  5. Arrange the apples in the pan with the cut sides down, layering a bit.Sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and ginger.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes until the apples begin to soften. While the apples bake, trim your puff pastry into a circle to fit your skillet. You can use the excess to make pretty shapes for decorations, but bake them separately.
  7. Use a spatula to gently press down the apples to even the top. Carefully place the puff pastry over the apples and tuck the sides down into the pan with a spatula. Cut a few slits in the top for steam to escape.
  8. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
  9. Let cool for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate. Serve warm with Mascarpone Sorbet or with ice cream, whipped cream.
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Easiest Bread EVER

This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you’ve ever baked in your entire life. No kidding. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know how much I love cooking and mixing cocktails, but HATE, yes with all caps, HATE baking. It never works for me, it makes a mess, it’s complicated, it’s time consuming…… But this recipe has made me into a convert. Thanks to Girl Versus Dough I will have fresh, homemade bread whenever I want. And just think of how impressed all your guests/host will be when they find out they are using HOMEMADE bread slices to mop up that delicious HOMEMADE dip- you’ll be the hero of the party. Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold

This recipe is from Girl Versus Dough, I have only made the slightest change by adding roasted garlic. Check out How to Roast Garlic for instructions and throw some in there. Try it with, try it without, try other tasty additions, but just promise me you will make this. Pinky promise. You won’t regret it. Also, if you throw in any other wonderful flavors please share. Thanks.

Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold
Easiest Bread EVER
Print Recipe
This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you've ever baked in your entire life. Just mix it up, let it sit overnight, then drop it in a dutch oven and bake. Easy peasy.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Easiest Bread Ever | GlitterItGold
Easiest Bread EVER
Print Recipe
This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you've ever baked in your entire life. Just mix it up, let it sit overnight, then drop it in a dutch oven and bake. Easy peasy.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55 minutes 10 hours
Servings: loaf
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the warm water and mix with a wooden spoon until a wet, sticky dough forms.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 8-18 hours. (It would work well to mix up in the morning before leaving for work). When it's ready it will have risen, be flat on top, and have lots of bubbles visible.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 450 F and place a 6 qt Dutch Oven inside.
  4. Flour hands, punch down the dough. Dump it out onto a floured square of parchment paper. Shape into a ball, dust with flour. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes while the Dutch Oven pre-heats in the oven.
  5. Carefully lift the parchment paper and set the dough in the Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Then bake an additional 10 minutes without the lid until the top is golden.
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Rosemary Whiskey Sour

I think rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It grows just about everywhere in abundance. It is a hardy, drought resistant plant that also has pest resistant properties and is widely used in landscaping as a result of this. I never buy rosemary. At my first apartment it was all over the place and I just picked some when I needed it. It is also at work, and covers most of the front yard of our current rental home. I love keeping a rosemary simple syrup on hand. I add it to lemonade for an earthy, herbal twist. It also pairs really well with several alcohols. Flavor combos I have been loving lately is: Gin, Grapefruit, rosemary simple syrup, St. Germaine, and Angostura bitters; bourbon, lemon, rosemary simple syrup and spiced cherry bitters; and mezcal, lemon, orange, rosemary simple syrup and Angostura bitters.

Today I am sharing the recipe for the Rosemary Whiskey Sour. It’s a pretty simple, classic cocktail that will impress and perfect for a summer night. Serve in a rocks glass with a large ice sphere or whiskey stones and garnish with a lemon slice or maraschino cherry if desired. I actually prefer no garnish on mine, or a simple lemon twist.

Make the simple syrup in advance so it can cool completely. You can store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a month. Try experimenting with it on other cocktails too. If you come up with any winning recipes please share them, I would love to get some new ideas.

Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
Print Recipe
A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Rosemary Whiskey Sour | Glitter It Gold
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
Print Recipe
A pretty, simple, and classic cocktail that will impress. Perfect for a summer night.
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 5 minutes
Servings: cocktail
Rosemary Whiskey Sour
  1. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 10 seconds and stain into a rocks glass.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
  1. To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 3-5 washed rosemary sprigs to a boil. Boil for 1 minute until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes, then strain out or remove the rosemary sprigs. Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

**Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters can be purchased at BevMo, or on Amazon (affiliate link)

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101 Things In 1001 Days

So I was over on Panza Avenue this week and saw that she was doing this challenge where you make a list of 101 things you want to do in the next 1001 days. I LOVE the idea of this so I decided to complete my own. I will be updating it as I complete items so follow along! Also if you decide to make a list of your own, let me know 🙂

End Date Tuesday Jan 17 2019.

  1. Read
    1. Read “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions”
    2. Read “How To Win Friends And Influence People”
    3. Read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
    4. Read Room by Emma Donoghue and watch the movie
    5. Get a book about archaeology and finish it


    Health and Fitness

    1. Walk/run 100 miles in 1 month (starts May 1) completed 116.13 Hooray!!!
    2. Train for and complete a 6k
    3. Do one month with no sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.
    4. Work out with a personal trainer for 1 month
    5. Be able to do a pull-up
    6. Do an ab workout every day for 2 weeks
    7. Eat entirely raw food for a day
    8. Find a fitness group of friends to motivate me to be fit and healthy



    1. Visit Washington D.C.
    2. Have dinner at The Marine Room, San Diego
    3. Hike Potato Chip Rock
    4. Visit Yosemite
    5. Visit Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, and the Nazca Lines in Peru
    6. Go to Apple Harvest at Oak Glen
    7. Watch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1990) List here.
    8. Plan and take a girls weekend getaway (Scheduled for May 20-22 in VEGAS)
    9. See The Sound of Music musical (tickets purchased for July 27)
    10. Attend a country concert
    11. Have a spa day at Glen Ivy
    12. Go to the zoo
    13. Go to a basketball game
    14. Visit San Francisco
    15. Ask 5 people what their favorite movies are and watch all 5 of them (Ronna- The Great Race)
    16. Go deep sea fishing
    17. Go Camping (convince Eric to go camping)



    1. Decorate the guest room
    2. Finish decorating the master bedroom
    3. Clean out our closet and donate clothes
    4. Replant my herb garden and keep it alive for a full year
    5. Find a way to get a big white marble slab in the house somewhere
    6. Sand and refinish the desk
    7. Sand and refinish the dresser – Sanding complete
    8. Change the light bulb on Eric’s lamp
    9. Get a hammock and hang under the grape vine
    10. Get Riley’s teeth cleaned
    11. Don’t leave a single dirty dish in the sink overnight for 2 weeks This feels so good, I will definitely continue to make this a priority.
    12. Make the bed every single day for a month



    1. Buy a house
    2. Do an entire month of buying nothing that isn’t absolutely necessary (gas, groceries, rent, utilities…)
    3. Get my own health insurance plan
    4. Start a retirement account
    5. Convert our change into cash and deposit in savings account
    6. Buy a new car
    7. Get life insurance



    1. Make a photo book for every year that we have been married like Kelly’s I made mine using Mixbook  they are always having sales so keep an eye out.
    2. Go paperless and organize all files using Evernote
    3. Lay out my clothes the night before for 2 weeks



    1. Volunteer somewhere for 8 hours in a month
    2. Buy and learn how to use a real camera
    3. Begin a memory journal (write 3 things that happened that day every night)
    4. Learn how to snow ski
    5. Get up everyday at 5am for 2 weeks straight.
    6. Spend 1 week completely free of all social media, tv, and email aside from work emails.
    7. Become a mom
    8. Throw myself a birthday party
    9. Go 1 week without any makeup
    10. Leave a 100% tip for exceptionally good service
    11. Buy a new Bible (not my old kids Bible) and read cover to cover. I bought this one because it comes with a daily reading plan, dictionary of key terms, character profile, book introductions and devotions.
    12. Start a “pay it forward”- buy coffee for the person behind you
    13. Learn how to knit I do crochet
    14. Knit myself a washcloth
    15. Get a facial
    16. Get the best they have to offer pedicure
    17. Start a new Christmas tradition
    18. Take a ski ride even if I don’t want to
    19. Get all dressed up and take pictures, for no reason
    20. Do something different with my hair
    21. Learn how to shoot a bow
    22. Give an impromptu toast at a dinner
    23. Complete Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics on Coursera



    1. Write a guest post for another blog
    2. Have a guest post shared on my blog
    3. Get 750 followers on my Blog Instagram
    4. Finish writing and photographing and publish my cookbook
    5. Make pasta from scratch
    6. Get a waffle maker and use it once a week for at least a month
    7. Make a perfect batch of macarons
    8. Make my own granola bars
    9. Make an Apple Pie completely from scratch with apples from our tree
    10. Post 1 new recipe a week for a month
    11. Make homemade Ciabatta bread
    12. Try a new food


    Friends and Relationships

    1. Host an all out brunch party for no reason
    2. Take a cooking class with my mom
    3. Send someone surprise gift for no reason
    4. Actually celebrate our anniversary
    5. Go golfing with dad and grandpa
    6. Send snail mail birthday cards to 10 8 friends
    7. Go Paddle Boarding with Eric even if I don’t want to
    8. Take dance lessons with Eric
    9. Take Riley to the dog beach
    10. Make and decorate a birthday cake for someone
    11. Host a game night
    12. Be someone’s mentor
    13. See ALL grandparents in 1 year


  1. Make another list to complete after this one

The Two Week Cleanse- Results

I’m done with my two weeks (YAYYY!!!!). I am so glad I did this, it has made me so much more aware of everything I put in my mouth and has is helping me develop healthy habits. I want to make this a permanent lifestyle change and now that I know I can eat this way and not feel like I am missing out on anything I don’t think it will be difficult. Anyways, you probably want to know besides how happy and energetic I feel, what has actually happened to my body. Well, are you ready for it? I lost 5.6 lbs!!! In TWO WEEKS! And I never felt hungry, or tired. I didn’t change anything besides what I ate/drank, exercise stayed the same as usual. I am so excited about this. My ultimate goal is to loose another 4.4 lbs to get to my goal weight (120) and I am going to be working on this over the next two weeks. I already have a pair of new jeans picked out that I will reward myself with once I meet my target weight/size.

Starting weight- 130.2

Two week weight- 124.6

Goal weight- 120

Things I learned during the cleanse:

  • Ginger Orange water is bomb.com
  • Zucchinis taste great in smoothies
  • Candy is NOT worth it
  • You don’t really need much oil in cooking, water works just as well in many cases
  • Frozen shrimp is a freezer staple- it defrosts very quickly, cooks quickly, and is low in fat and calories yet high in protein. Having frozen shrimp on hand can prevents you from making poor choices as healthy food is made quick is easy.
  • Spinach can and probably should be incorporated into just about every single meal.
  • Cauliflower puree is a great substitute for potatoes, heavy cream, flour, rice and a ton of other things. One of my favorite meals was Shrimp and Cauliflower “Alfredo” over zucchini noodles. Recipe to come.

Did you do the cleanse? How did you do? I want to hear about it so we can celebrate together!


The 2 Week Cleanse- Update 3

This is starting to get hard. I am craving pizza soooooooo bad right now. Gimme ALLL the cheese. le sigh…. Really though, the cravings set it hard today for some reason. I have been doing really well, except I went way over my fat calorie limit yesterday (who would have thought that oats have so much fat in them?). Moving forward I will not be throwing that into my morning smoothie because I would much rather have avocado in my salad. Another item I am quitting for the next few days of this cleanse- chia seeds. Just until the cleanse is over. I can’t wait for this weekend so I can indulge a little bit. Another 3.5 weeks of this is going to be tough but I am glad I am allowing myself a small break on weekends, it helps me stay strong knowing there is a rest stop of sorts just ahead, then the small break helps me feel satisfied and ready to get at it the following week. I CAN DO THIS! (Repeat to self 5 times whenever co-worker walks by with pizza, burritos, kettle chips, lemon bars, spaghetti and meatballs or iced mochas.)


The Two Week Cleanse- Update 2

I should have known I was crazy for trying to do a cleanse with Easter smack dab in the middle. Needless to say I think we are going to have to not count the weekend. With all the pot luck items it is impossible to know how everything was prepared, so even though I attempted to make good choices I can’t really be sure of my calorie intake. I did stick to the no alcohol rule, that part was easy. I also had a heaping pile of leftover veggies instead of biscuits and gravy for breakfast, chose roasted potatoes over scalloped potatoes and made the majority of my plate asparagus with little nibbles of the other items, and tried to fill up on the green papaya salad appetizer before dinner.

My weight on Friday was 128 and weight this morning was 127, so while I am sure your weight takes a few days to reflect what you have eaten/exercised, that’s still not so bad and means I did a really good job during the week last week to be down 3 pounds in a week. And remember, I am eating a LOT of calories, just very healthy, nutrient dense, and extremely low fat calories. Seeing my progress despite my little blip in the plan over the weekend feels amazing, and is providing me motivation to keep going strong. Although I have realized how difficult it is to adhere perfectly to my plan over the weekends so I am going to modify my plan slightly. Instead of two weeks I am going to do 4 weeks, where the weekends are a little less strict (definitely not a free pass though). It is so easy to eat this way during the week that I want to keep doing this to really make it a habit and lifestyle so that I can relax and enjoy a little more over the weekends when we are with family and friends. Easter Egg Hunt | Glitter It Gold

Are your family gatherings food filled like mine? My family gatherings always end up being a marathon of eating. We have little appetizer and snacks all day long- if you follow my snapchat you would have been flooded with images of deliciousness all day. This year our Easter Eats marathon started with biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs (I ate carrots and cauliflower and scrambled eggs), then Vietnamese Pho with chicken, then Dragon’s Nest dumplings (marinated pork, shrimp and crab wrapped in wonton wrappers and steamed), then broiled scallops with glass noodles and a thai chili sauce, then honey and goat cheese stuffed jalapenos with crumbled bacon, then green papaya salad with spicy tamarind sauce and grilled pork skewers, then a traditional ham with asparagus, roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, and homemade dinner rolls, then chocolate covered strawberries and tiramisu for desert. Are you stuffed just reading that? I am. Holy cow, I ate all that? Well, sorta, I nibbled. We all nibbled. For instance, when I say we had scallops I had one  scallop. Same with the jalapenos, Dragon’s Nests and strawberries. I had 1 of each, so that’s really not terrible, but OH THE VARIETY! I love it. How did you celebrate?

The Two Week Cleanse- Update 1

I am now about half way through week one of my Two Week Cleanse and I figured I would give you a breakdown of how it’s going as far as meeting goals.


I have been meeting my water requirement pretty easily. Day three I was a little sick and drinking too much water made me feel worse so I had to sip it. I ended up sipping about 20 oz worth of ginger tea to try to help with the nausea (fresh ginger simmered in water for about 5 minutes with fresh lemon squeezed in). I had orange and ginger in my water every day, the ginger really helps with bloating which I thought I might experience a little of because of the sudden increase in fiber in my diet. Although I ended up not feeling bloated, the ginger and orange taste good and made it easy to drink all the water.  Including my 8 ounce cup of herbal tea at night (caffeine free, no sweeteners, also loose leaf organic so no chemicals), I have had total of about 90 oz of water every day.

Total Calories

I am not completely sure how accurate my records are in keeping track of my calories so I am thinking about a plus or minus 50 calories is right, probably mostly plus 50. I have been doing serious meal planning and googling the nutrition facts for every. single. item. in the meal and adding it all up. It’s time consuming, but I am starting to learn about what the main items in my diet are, and still surprised by many things being way higher or lower than I thought. Day 1 total was 937, day 2 934, day 3 616 (I was sick so had very little appetite), and Day 4 (today) I have my meal plan set at 925 . See, I told you- with all those filling veggies it’s actually hard to get to your target. My total calories from fat were 162, 230, 210, 215 respectively. It is REALLY difficult to meat the fat calorie goal, and I need to do a better job of it.

How I’m Feeling

Day 1 I felt incredibly energized all day and motivated. I did my workout in between prepping dinner (start grill, side lunges while it heats, clean grill, squats, chop eggplant, push ups, dips, and bicep curls while it soaks….). I have been really into grilling over the last week. It’s a great way to get a lot of flavor in the food, but actually requires very little oil. While eating dinner I kept thinking that it would be so good with a little bit of feta on top, but I knew I was already over my fat intake for the day so I had to resist. But, I will probably make this again next week and then I will make sure that I allow for a little sprinkling of feta on top. Day 2 was about the same as far as energy levels go, but the cravings set in- I wanted a latte SOOOO bad around 3pm. Day 3 I was sick, not sure with what but I felt terrible, body aches, chills, no appetite and waves of nausea all morning/day. Day 4 the no appetite has carried into the day along with the sniffles but other the other symptoms are gone. Hopefully with this nutrient rich diet I will beat whatever this is before it gets a good grip on my immune system. All my cravings are gone now.

Favorite Meals

So far my favorite meals have been the salmon and veggies skewers, and tilapia with tomato bruschetta. For the salmon skewers I use salmon, zucchini, red onion, bell pepper, lemon and radish and marinated for about 20 minutes before cooking in a mixture of dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. For the tilapia I seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper then layered thin onion slices in the bottom of a glass baking dish with a few table spoons of water (this takes the place of oil so the fish doesn’t stick to the pan), set the fish on top then baked it at 400 for about 15-20 minutes, then topped with a mixture of fresh heirloom tomato, garlic, red onion, balsamic, fresh basil, salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a tiny sprinkle of feta. It’s one of my favorite meals served with a giant bed of wilted spinach (wilted because no oil, and just softened not fully sauteed).

If you are following along how is it going for you?