This week is not your typical week for me because Dave will be traveling for work and I am taking it as an opportunity to embark on a “spring cleanse” and research project beginning on Sunday.

Friday: We are having pizza night this week with some friends.  People I’m comfortable enough with to bring my own food while everyone else fills up on the greasy, cheesy pizza. 🙂  I’ll be having leftovers from the new recipe I tried Wednesday night: Pork Tenderloin w/ Cannellini Beans.  It was a great new recipe and I got to use part of my monthly meat delivery from Walden Local Meat.  I also have some leftover roasted carrots in coconut oil.  This is a great combination I enjoy.  You should give it a try!

Saturday:  I am spending quality time 11AM-4PM babysitting my little niece and nephew that I don’t see nearly enough.  I’m really looking forward to it.  Dave will be coaching Megan’s indoor soccer game 4-5 and Madison has a birthday sleepover beginning at 6PM.  So, all this late in the day chaos on a Saturday calls for local dinner out!  I think we will likely hit Noon Hill Grill and I’ll have my favorite Nicoise Salad with Grilled Salmon.  Yum…

Sunday – Friday:  The cleanse, product review and research project commences!

Here’s how the Joos cleanse works:
*Eliminate dairy, wheat, processed foods, sugar, animal protein and coffee (optional).
*For breakfast you have one Joos (see flavors below) with Chia seeds mixed in.
*For lunch you have a meal consisting of a combination of your choice of whole grains, vegetables and legumes.
*Snacks consist of one Joos Elixir (purified water with an assortment of vegetable, fruit and spice flavorings), fruits and vegetables of your choosing (see my modification of this concept below) and a small portion of raw nuts if you are continuing to exercise.
*Dinner a second Joos (see flavors below)
*Drinking at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily.

There are 5 flavors of Joos:
*Glow: Aloe, pineapple, ginger, lemon, kale, apple, bok choy and chard
*Vitality: Beet, cucumber, bok choy, celery, apple, kale, chard, collards, lemon and lime
*Power: Kale, lemon, cucumber, lime, bok choy, celery, chard and collards
*Antioxidant: Carrot, apple, cucumber, bok choy, celery, kale, chard, collards, lemon and lime
*Lemonade: Apple, cucumber, kale, lemon, lime, bok choy, chard and collards

My modification: Because I work out 1-2 hours daily I’m concerned that there may not be enough daily calories for me in the plan as outlined above.  I am planning to expand on the vegetables and fruit allowed with some more robust recipes I utilize in Phase 1 of my 3 Steps Toward Optimal Health program.  These recipes all consist of only vegetables, but will give a more hearty meal-like feel than a plate of carrot sticks. 🙂 I will have some as a supplement along with the Joos for dinner.

The recipes:
Rustic Tian – This is a great recipe you can serve as a side or add chicken or beans to make it a meal.
Root Vegetable & Split Pea Soup
Sauteed Shredded Beets w/ Orange Zest & Basil – I don’t have a recipe link to provide.  This is a great recipe from Fresh Fast & Vegetarian. Parsnip & Celery Soup – I don’t have a recipe for this either, but it’s pretty basic: onion, parnsips, celery, stock, salt and pepper cooked and blended.

Wish me luck!  I can’t wait to see how it goes.  I know Day 1 and 2 will likely be challenging, but if my experience with the 3 Steps Toward Optimal Health program is similar, the subsequent days will be easier.  I’ll give you some periodic updates next week.


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