Holistic Health

“Clean,” interrupted

My detox was derailed yesterday when my uncle lost his long battle with cancer. I ate a Clean breakfast and lunch and then spent the afternoon with family, helping to write Greg’s obituary and sharing stories. When my mom suggested we order pizza, I was in no shape to argue. I suppose I could have just had a salad and tried to eat as Clean as possible, but who I am trying to kid. I wanted that pizza. I figured if a death in the family isn’t reason enough to indulge in some comfort food, nothing is.

This morning I went a step further and had a latte with my favorite egg souffle from Panera, plus half a bear claw. Eating the pastry, I couldn’t help feeling that it just wasn’t worth it, and I kind of wished I had stayed home and made a smoothie. (Though I might have felt differently had it been a Donut Haus donut.) And the coffee just made my stomach hurt.

I think for now I am going to keep eating as Clean as possible, although not necessarily following the program to a T. I made a fantastic Clean-approved almond-crusted chicken for lunch (see below), and I may just have my new favorite easy zucchini soup for dinner. I had actually started craving it, and we certainly have enough zucchini from our garden to provide me with soup for many more days. But it’s Friday, and it’s been a rough week, so I may just wash it down with a beer.

I got in a full ten days on the cleanse, and even though I didn’t really feel any different, I know I was doing good things for my body. I will probably wait until after my upcoming vacation, and then give it another go.

Almond-Crusted Chicken with Spinach

Make a coarse paste of 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted almonds, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt, and 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a food processor. Rub onto 2 seasoned boneless, skinless organic chicken breast halves. Roast in 425-degree oven until cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes. Slice and serve on baby spinach with lemon wedges. Serves 2 to 4.

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  1. That chicken sounds really good. I’ve been craving pizza for a while now. Again, I’m so sorry about your uncle.

    1. Thanks. 🙂 The chicken was really good and juicy … and I never cook meat! That’s Ryan’s job.

  2. Sorry for your loss..I would love to try your cleanse though.

    1. Thanks, Kelley. The cleanse is from Dr. Junger’s book Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself. It’s a 21-day program that allows your digestive system to rest and clear out some built-up toxins. Check it out! It’s very eye-opening.

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