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WIAW: Detox Week 1

So normally, I’ don’t blog my daily eats but I tend to get a lot of questions about detoxing and I also want to show how easy it can be, especially the first week! The best way to do that is to give you a day-in-the-life-of style post so why not hop on the “What I Ate Wednesday” bandwagon?

Yesterday was a rough day. It was the second day of our detox and my energy levels were not stellar. It was the first day back at work after a 4-day weekend. ‘Nuf said.

Monday, we worked the Vitamix for a breakfast smoothie but it had zero staying power so on Tuesday, I went with the standby: oatmeal.


For two: 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup oats, 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup ground flaxseed, 1/4 cup almond slivers and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Huz and I usually end up with a 60/40 split on the batch. This kept me full for over 5 hours this morning. Pretty darn good for me!

And a side of pills:


Seen here is a multi-vitamin, B-Complex, D3, Vit-C, Glutamine, and Fish Oil.

All morning at work, I made a point to sip on water and tea. I forced myself to down a whole Sigg before lunch and one before leaving for the day. I think that’s a good habit to get into and gets me away from my desk more frequently thanks to my tiny bladder.


Around 10:30, I broke into some fruit. One pear and one kiwi, fuzzy skin and all!


Confession: I am terrible at eating fruit. In my defense, a bunch showed up on my intolerance testing (strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas – yes, I know I had some in my oatmeal this morning, it doesn’t seem to bother me in small doses). It’s also kind of a pain to prep and eat. Peaches and pears and plums are too juicy and messy to eat at my desk without cutting them up first. First World Problems, I know.

Moving on, for lunch I had leftover gumbo with a little brown rice that I made on New Years Day – black eyed peas for good luck!


It was loosely based off of this recipe I have made before except I used dried beans, no chard, added okra, and also added veggie sausage links (not gluten-free, oops!).


A few hours later, I had a tiny no-bake granola bar. I think it was a corner piece because it was super thin on one side.


(Veggies + hummus would have been a better suited snack but I was heading out the door so portability wins.)

Dinner was a throwback to single days of yore! Faux Lo Mein. (Seriously. Second post ever on the blog mentions it’s goodness, back when Huz was the BF and I “invented” it a year before that. Actually, I didn’t invent it. I found it on AllRecipes. Here is a similar recipe here, I just use spelt spaghetti noodles instead of Chinese noodles and honey instead of sugar in the sauce.)


I added fresh basil and topped the noodles with sesame seeds and sriracha and it was pretty darn good. And very filling. Have to get my carbs in now while I can cuz they get thrown on the back burner later in the detox. Boo hiss.

And for giggles – on NYE, we ordered Chinese take-out (it’s tradition!). It ended up being terrible.


Anyone, highly entertaining to see very unhealthy ridiculously portioned pre-detox Chinese meal versus detox-friendly faux Chinese meal at home that ended up tasting way better and fresher. Funny how that works.


Vegetable Gumbo

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!


New Years, that is!


Supposedly, it’s good luck to have black eyed peas for New Years? I didn’t get that memo. I ran across this recipe looking for more vegetarian meals to incorporate into our meal plan.


Vegetable Gumbo


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • a dash of liquid smoke
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • Brown rice


Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, 3 tablespoons water and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 8 minutes.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, paprika and liquid smoke and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in the vegetable broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, then cover and bring to a boil.

Add the greens and black-eyed peas to the pot. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the rice, if desired.

When I was assembling and reading the ingredients more closely, I didn’t think it sounded like a gumbo at all but somehow the flavor was there!

Start by heating the oil.


And add the flour to make a roux. (I think this is the key!)


Saute onion, bell pepper and garlic with 3 Tbls water and salt and pepper.


Once tender, add Worcestershire, paprika, and liquid smoke.


Stir in broth, cover, and bring to a boil.


Stir in the greens and peas, reduce heat to simmer, cover, stir occasionally until chard is wilted and beans are heated through. Season with salt and pepper.


This was a deliciously hearty meal. We got 3 servings out of it and were sufficiently stuffed.


This is a definite make again! And I can feel my luck turning already!


Record Heat Wave – 102*

Morning Snack

Breakfast didn’t really seem to hold me over too well. By 9am, my belly was a-rumblin’.

I had fruit salad, from a few nights ago, topped with Yami Yogurt (again).

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That was the last of the fruit salad! May need to make another batch. It was delicious! I have plenty of fruit to do it, too!

(There may have been a piece of chocolate following this…)


Leftover Shrimp Gumbo from Sunday night.

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No rice hiding in there today. Just the gumbo.

(There may have been a piece of chocolate following this too…)

Afternoon Snack

I didn’t really eat one at work like usual. It was actually off for me. But when I got home, I was hungry so I ate a string cheese.

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So lately, Angela and Tina have been talking about being in an exercise funk. I feel their pain. I haven’t exercised since Saturday. I think it has to do with the heat un-motivating me even though it shouldn’t be an excuse because the gym has plenty of fans and I think it is air conditioned. I haven’t even been doing yoga in the morning! Could be that it’s that time of the month too… I’m just very unmotivated. But today, I made it happen. I forced myself to do some kind of activity today.

The boy actually got home early so he was there when I got there and we decided to go for a jog. Outside. Recording breaking temperatures for Seattle and we are running outside. Possibly insane. I almost died. I really don’t know how all you Floridians do  it.  We went really slow. We took lots of walking/water breaks. We actually probably walked more than jogged but my feet were hurting (per usual) and it was hot and hilly.

The stats:

3.11 miles

48 minutes (I told you we went slow)

453 cal burned

40% from fat

Max HR 182

Ave HR 157

I felt really good that we accomplished it. As soon as I got home, I noticed I was rashy and getting an emerging breakout already. This made me think of Caitlin and her post yesterday about bacne. I’m pretty sure it’s heat related. I’ve been breaking out recently on my neck and chest which is odd. I’m going to blame the heat. And try and stay out of it.


Tonight, I made up some Ground Turkey Taco/Fajita Salads.

These salads were MONDO!

I sautéed some onion and garlic in a skillet, added ground turkey to cook up.

Mixed in a pack of Simply Organic Taco Fajita Seasoning.

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The salad had a little bit of artisan lettuce and spinach.

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Slathered with Chalula Hot Sauce…

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Toppings include:

  • grape tomatoes
  • corn
  • black beans
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • crunched up Jalapeno FSTG chips
  • avocado slices
  • shredded cheese

And a small side of leftover guacamole and Jalapeno chips.

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Some parting words…

You may or may not (*ahem* Google Reader users) have seen my new layout and header. I want to give a huge thanks to Claudia, my dear friend for helping me with the header design. Any of you bloggers out there want to freshen up your header, give her a shout!

Also, I had a small (very small) breakdown today. A few months ago, my dear friend, Lis, introduced me to the world of the Julie/Julia Project. Today, I finally finished reading the blog. Every. Single. Entry. And. Comment. So bittersweet. I feel as though I have an immense void in my life. I immediately attempted to fill the void by purchasing the book on Amazon in  hopes that it would get here with enough time for me to power through it without coming up for air before the movie premiere next Friday. I’m sure I have pissed off someone by “running out” and buying it a mere week and a half before my birthday but I’m sorry. As I said, I needed to fill the void. My heart is heavy. Maybe more chocolate will do the trick until the book arrives? Hm. Maybe I should try to finish Under the Banner of Heaven this weekend then…

Off to watch another episode of The Wire!









A new toy!

Morning Snack

I had fruit salad, that I prepped the night before, topped with Yami Peach Yogurt and a few fresh raspberries that one of the girls at work gave me!

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So yum!


Leftover Shrimp Gumbo from last night.

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It was also delicious but I could tell today that the okra was rather overcooked. Oops! (Don’t worry, I adjusted the cooking time to take that into consideration on my recount of it yesterday.)

Afternoon Snack

The boy did a great job chopping veggies yesterday so today I munched on mushroom, bell pepper, and carrots dipped in Sabra hummus.

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I also had a juice box! 😀

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I worked a little later today because my carpool buddy had a late meeting and I need to stay on her good side. 😉 I picked up the boy, who was patiently waiting for me, we grabbed the car from the shop, and headed home. By this time, it was nearly 7 so we vetoed the run we had planned and just got to work on grub.


Inspired by this recipe, I made Walnut Crusted Salmon with Horseradish. Very easy to make! Just slap some horseradish on the fillets, salt and pepper, press in crushed walnuts and drizzle in melted butter. Bake at 425* for 12 minutes!

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While the salmon was baking, I whipped up a quick batch of couscous. To fix up the couscous, I added some halved grape tomatoes, feta and green onions.

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With a side of steamed asparagus

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I only had a half of a fillet, the other half was put away for leftovers!

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Dinner only took maybe 20 minutes to throw together! Not bad, eh?

(Again, I live close enough to Canada to get away with the ‘eh’!)

Also! Amazingness! When we got home, there was a beautiful package waiting for me from Jodus’ mom! It was her hardly used breadmaker which I am sure cost a small fortune to ship but I am super excited to start making my own breads!! Yay! That shall come in the near future after some research. 😉

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Chopping crazy!


Leftovers made an appearance which is actually quite rare on the weekends but we had a busy day planned around the house.

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Last night’s Pesto Pasta with Broccoli, Chicken, and Tomato

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We got to work on cleaning up around the house. We make a pretty good team and had everything done in maybe an hour? And the boy has been working on laundry all day.

I also dug through a box my mom brought her last visit full of stuff from my (and her) childhood!

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                       Baby Book                          Manner’s (check out the last one!)

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I was always meant to be a Cougar!                      Girl Scout Vest

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                        Ballet Gear                                           My travels

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Such a cute kid! (Click on any of the photos to enlarge)

After my reminiscing, we took a walk up to the grocery store in search of some greeting cards and creole seasoning and came home with a bunch of fruit, creole seasoning, and the Sunday paper.

We grabbed a Starbucks for the walk home.

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Grande Unsweet Iced Passion Tea for me and a Coffee Light Frap for the boy.

We goofed off a bit at home on the internet. I tweeted, browsed Craigslist, etc.

We started dinner around 4 because it was going to take a couple of hours. I planned this meal out better than last week… long prep time = weekend meals!

Shrimp Gumbo

  • 2 lbs deveined, tail-off shrimp
  • 2 lbs fresh okra, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomato, undrained
  • 1/2 a can of tomato paste
  • EVOO
  • Minced Garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of green onion
  • Creole seasoning (to taste), or salt, pepper, and cayenne
  • 6 cups water

This is relatively easy to make but it is time consuming and goes much easier if you can enlist the help of a boy to help with the chopping!

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Sauté the okra in EVOO for 15 minutes.

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Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté another 15 minutes.

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Season the shrimp with creole and set aside.

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Prep the “sauce.” Mix 6 cups of water with the tomatoes, tomato paste, and garlic.

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When veggies are done, add to the liquid stuff.

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Bring to a boil then drop it down to simmer for 25 minutes. Somewhere in here, I started some wild rice. And grabbed a beer. 😀

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The boy and I sat on the deck with our beer and talked about the future.

When the 25 minutes is up, throw in the shrimp for another 20 minutes.

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When it’s done, throw in some chopped green onion. Serve over rice.

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Doesn’t it look divine?

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What’s this? A new placemat? No. Just the opposite side of the one set I own. 😉

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How was the gumbo? FAB! I think everyone should try it! So good! You can totally adjust the spices to your own palate. We made it pretty decently spicy. The boy gives it a solid “A”!!!

Serves 6-8

So while dinner was cooking, we went chopping crazy! First, we had to chop the stuff for dinner. Then the boy got to work chopping veggies for lunches for the week. And I chopped up a ton of fruit for a fruit salad! An apple, a pear, a banana, some strawberries, blueberries, grapes, blackberries, a peach. I might have a bowl for dessert tonight but you guys will see it tomorrow morning. Doing all that prep work makes it super quick and easy to pack lunches. Especially when you have leftovers.


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