New Year New You: Heading to Detox without Deprivation with Paleta Cleanse– Day 1)!
I have covered Paleta (www.Paleta.com) food delivery service before– with their astonishingly great tasting food, there was no deprivation and it certainly didn’t feel like a diet. That’s how good the food is. However I wondered about the Cleanse— certain I would never do it.
NEVER SAY NEVER!! Chef Kelly got to me at the event at her house (the night LA had all the windstorms and blew out the power for millions across LA!) and asked me if I would do the Cleanse to see how easy it is. Yes I got a 5 day Cleanse for free from Paleta (it was part of the goody bag from the holiday party).. and so I am giving you my take on it daily
I said yes! *(why? I don’t know!) I did talk to one of her friends who did it and she said it was the best thing she had ever done.
So after Xmas, I set up a date after the Golden Globes to do this and thought– piece of cake– (bad choice of metaphor there) but when it rolled around and it did as I was editing all those podcasts and I am here to give you a daily rundown on how it went.
Here’s what Paleta sends to you BEFORE you start and it’s REALLY wise advice– some of which I took and some I should have taken and done something about sooner.
I had a junk food fest the Saturday night before I started the cleanse– actually I wasn’t the only one participating with the ice cream and cheetos.. so I felt virtuous Sunday (sort of) when I really was pushing the water and the coffee.
I got the big bag food and the canister of the stuff for the shakes and also the shaker can (which I LOVE!) There are lots of instructions. Here’s exactly what I got
Cleanse Powder and Blender bottle — 2 scoops of the powder, juice or water and if you have any additional stuff they give you ADD IT IN! They recommend frequently shaking the bottle and they are darn right about that. Make sure you don’t let it get warm! The colder the better. If you have snow on the ground outside, set it outside for about 10 minutes. That should suffice. Here in LA– well add ice cubes or keep the water and/or juice in the frig!
I did a 50/50 blend of tart cherry juice with no sugar (great antioxidants) and some grapefruit juice or cranberry juice. All juices were without any added sugar, less if I had a fruit puree to add into it and more water. I kept shaking it and I drank it fast. It wasn’t bad, it was fairly thick-but it’s not ice cream thick either. It’s not supposed to be.
Here was my menu for day 1
Paleta Purify Shake (2 scoops) and strawberry puree
Paleta Shake (every shake had 2 scoops so no more of this listing )
Fresh Fruit Salad, raw almonds — this is not a large fruit salad– maybe about a cup or less.
It was good
Herb Roasted italian Squash & Shallots, asparagus, wild mushroom risotto , Balsamic Dijon Vinegarette
Look back at this list.. not much too it right? I add have herbal tea. I called into Paleta to run down what I could and couldn’t do because I had a lunch meeting the next day.
I made every plain shake with juice and water. I stocked up on raw kale and made kale chips. I had lots of carrots, celery. Eventually I just got to the point where all I wanted was WARM things (it was a cold week in LA) and I had hot tea or hot water. I had 3 shakes and I had a small tangerine because I need raw citrus.
Here’s what you don’t do:
DO NOT LET ANYONE BAKE COOKIES OR PIZZA in the house. REALLY!! My kid made cookies and that first whiff of the smell of cookies baked properly just about killed me! The pizza with the cheese and tomato sauce almost had me on my knees. Did I succumb? No- I did not. I did not even have a crumb of the cookies. I did look longingly at a piece of toast. By the end of the day, I was so full from the shakes, I didn’t eat the dinner. It was just me wondering had I made a mistake.. and I thought, 4 more days. I can do this. How bad could it be?
I went to Trader Joes and made sure I bought rice bread and more nuts and gluten free stuff and since I had a pot luck networking event the next evening- what I could take that I could eat too: which was hummus and cucumber and carrots.
The things I did to get me through that first day that were crucial happened to come from Trader Joes: chopped kale which I tossed with about 1 tsp of olive oil put on a cookie sheet and cooked for 10 minutes at 350 degrees to create kale chips (Thanks to Chris Abraham for this thought/treat. While I didn’t follow his recipe exactly– actually I didn’t follow it at all– it was the impetus that I needed and I have kept with me to create theses crispy veggie chips that are sliver thin but give you the veggie punch but with a light crispy texture. It was worth the “effort” and within 15 minutes I was eatintg something warm and crispy.
I think I went to bed wondering HOW I was going to wake up with herbal tea the next day because I thought decaf was roughing it. They weren’t kidding. Your body does go through some changes.
PS. You are supposed to be doing moderate to light exercise. I kept up with pilates and my usual stuff. Otherwise I would have died.
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