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My Isagenix Experience and Cleanse Day

 

I started my Isagenix program on Friday a week ago. I have to say the first few days took a bit of mind control. It was not that I was hungry, it was that I love my food, and am a nibbler so the two shakes for two meals was a bit of a mental struggle for me. Determined, I persevered and looked forward to my meal in the evening with a glass of wine of course. Protein and a plate full, and I mean a plate full of delicious salad, which included everything but the kitchen sink. Avocado, carrots, onions, spinach, lettuce, mung beans, beetroot, fresh broccoli, feta cheese, coriander, basil, parsley, chilies, covered with balsamic, and Lesley’s secret dressing which I will give to you at the end of this story. After an hour I would have a piece of fruit which last week was lychees. I ate around 6:30 PM so it would be at least 16 hours before I would start again. I guess you could say I am incorporating intermittent fasting with it if you count the hours between evening an morning meals.

Yesterday I did my cleanse day which involves drinking this concoction from Isagenix called “cleanse for life” every four hours with heaps of filtered water. I was drinking Kangen water of course.  It is not a laxative which entails purging  it is a cellular nourishing and detoxifying  powder which you drink with filtered water so you are not purging  you are actually supplying your cells with antioxidants and fabulous plant botanicals

Well, that was interesting because I mentally was not looking forward to it but once again determined to do it properly. I was surprised that although I struggled mentally for the first few hours I found I did not get hungry and as the day went on I really found myself not missing the food. The hardest bit was not having my evening meal but got through that with watching a J Lo movie and an Aussie movie then it was time for bed.

Now to my surprise I actually had a great nights sleep which I have not done in months and I feel energized and clear-headed which also was interesting as I thought I would have felt a little sluggish this morning but no, I feel fantastic.

Have I lost weight? I think so, I don’t have scales and have not stood on scales in years so I cannot prove it.  Body wise I do feel lighter if that is any indication and I do believe my clinging dress is not so clingy.

So on to the next week a few more distractions next week so will power required.

Oh, my secret recipe for my dressing well I think I will keep it a secret a little while longer.

 

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Did You Know – These 10 Ways To Use Lettuce ?

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As you can probably guess I love my food and most of all I love healthy food and am always looking for new ways to serve it. Well here is some ways to make lettuce more interesting, tasty and great ways to serve.

1. Iceberg Wedge – Top an iceberg lettuce wedge with a dressing made from reduced fat mayo, lemon juice and finely chipped fresh herbs such as parsley, dill or chives. Sprinkle with a little feta cheese and walnuts,

2. Lettuce coleslaw – substitute shredded lettuce for cabbage in coleslaw or make it half cabbage and half lettuce

3. Spring Soup – bring 2 cups liquid no added salt stock and 1 cup of water to the boil. Add 1 chopped leek (white part only), half a bunch chopped celery, half cup peas and a pinch of sugar, Simmer for 20 minutes adding a small head of chopped lettuce in the last 5 minutes of cooking.Top with croutons and parmesan cheese.

4. Egg cups – Combine 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs with a wee dollop of reduced fat mayo and a pinch of curry powder or more if you like a bit more spice. Spoon into 2 lettuce cups to serve.

5. Fast and easy salad – Place 1 whole shredded lettuce in a bowl. Add shredded dill toasted pine nuts and finely sliced spring onion. Dress with an olive oil and white wine vinegar dressing toss before serving.

6. San Choy Bow – Stir fry cloves minced garlic, grated 3cm piece of fresh ginger, 150g sliced mushrooms and 500g lean pork mince until mince browns, Add 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 table salt reduced soy sauce and 2 tablespoons oyster sauce. Toss to combine. Remove from heat and fill lettuce cups with mixture. Top with bean sprouts, shredded snow peas, thinly sliced capsicum, fresh coriander and toasted sesame seeds.

7. Pea and lettuce stir fry – In a large frying pan stir fry 1 chopped onion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 4 stalks chopped celery until softened. Add half cup liquid no added salt stock, 2 cups frozen peas and a pinch of dried thyme. Simmer for 5 minutes then stir through 1 and half cups of shredded lettuce until wilted.

8. Vietnamese tofu lettuce wraps – thinly slice 1 packet of marinated tofu in strips. Heat in a small frying pan until warmed through. Wash 4-5 large iceberg lettuce leaves. Top each leaf with tofu strips, shredded coriander, roasted peanuts, torn fresh mint, grated carrot and shredded basil. Drizzle lightly with sesame oil and wrap leaf around filling.

9. Tacos with a lettuce shell – Use large iceberg lettuce leaves as a taco shell and fill with Mexican-spiced lean mince or beans, salsa chopped tomatoes, reduced-fat cheese and chopped red onion

10. Healthy ploughman’s platter – On a platter or plate ,assemble chopped lettuce, slices of reduced – fat cheese, pickles or cornichons, smoked salmon and 2-3 slices of rye bread

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