Detoxing from 2012

Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it? Well, let me clarify. I am doing a 28 detox/cleanse involving taking the junk out of my diet and replacing it with foods as close to the source.

“Why a cleanse? That’s hippy-shit. Are you going to drink juice for 28 days?”

That is a direct quote, by the way. I decided to partake on this challenge because, as I have been jumpstarting the rest of my life with exercise, getting rid of the things that make me unhappy, and taking care of ME, I still feel sluggish at times.  Additionally, my body and digestive system have felt off balance since being on a myriad of medications for a health issue for most of 2012. I want to restore that balance, and when I saw that my an acquaintance in the town that I moved from was doing a Detox as part of her health coaching service. I thought a lot about it and wondered if I would be able to give up the stress eating, the eating out of boredom.  I love food. I eat healthy meals at home for the most part, but put garbage in when it comes to dining out or eating on the go for the most part.  I am a 2 cereal bowl minimum in the morning, and I’ll eat any kind of cereal there is.  Short story- I have trouble making mindful food choices.

Here is where Healthy Intuition (Mercedes) comes in…

  • “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food” -Hippocrates
  • “My 28 Day REBOOT: 2013 Detox Program will give you the jumpstart you need to reset your mind, body, and soul to start 2013 out on a path towards health and happiness. Join a group of like-minded health seekers who can share support, accountability, recipe ideas, and motivation. This program can be modified to fit all diet preferences, including vegetarian/vegan or those with specific dietary concerns. By focusing on specific foods that support the body’s natural detoxifying organs (such as the liver) and removing any foods that cause inflammation or acidity, we allow the body to detox naturally and safely while supporting the development of health from the INSIDE-OUT and using what Mother Nature has already provided. By investing 28 days to improving your health, you will learn the foundational skills necessary for a LIFETIME of wellness.”

So what do I have to do?

I’m going to leave out some of the details because it is a program that is paid for (there are lots of perks!) and if you’re interested, you can check out her Facebook page for daily inspiration and a heads up to when she has new programs starting:

Week 1: January 24-January 30

Add ins: I’ll omit most of these for the sake of program fidelity, but they include adding dark leafy greens to your diet.

Eliminate:  There are 3 levels of the program. I chose to do Level 2, so for the first week I need to eliminate

  • All sweeteners (including natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, etc. Whole fruit is ok.)
  • Alcohol (not a problem, I haven’t had anything to drink since my New Year’s Resolution in December 2011)
  • Caffeine (crraaaaap…I’m slowly weaning myself off of coffee for this one leading up to January 24).
  •   Processed foods.  Whaaaa? No bacon? Basically nothing from a can unless it is pure whatever it is supposed to be in the can?  (This one will be tough)
  • I’ve also spent some time evaluating what else I can eliminate out of my life that brings my body down, and I need to publicly declare my intention (as I have been doing this 2013 for all of my goals). I spend a lot of time in front of the computer for my graduate program and finishing a paper for another program, so I have decided to limit my “other” screen time (playing on Facebook, working on and evaluating  my training plan,  meal planning on Pinterest, etc.) to an hour a day.  It seems like a lot, but I wanted to leave enough time for the important things too.  I’ll probably still hop on when I’m waiting in line at the store, etc., but it doesn’t deserve such a presence in my home. I’m hoping I can prioritize and devote the time needed for the important things on the computer only to run out of time for the “junk.” I often find myself eating in front of the computer or mindlessly clicking while doing other tasks, and that is not healthy.

Follow me on what should prove to be an interesting journey…

I have a few more days, but have spent a bit of time planning for the weekend ahead, as I will be busy timing a weekend of ski, snowshoe, snowbike, and skijour races.  I decided to check out some of the suggested recipes and try them out before hand.  We have a support group on Facebook for the Detox, so I’ll post my reviews on the Pinterest pins of recipes so perhaps others can see whether it is worth a try or not.

** Disclaimer: I did not make any of these recipes up! Click on the dish names for the original recipe.  I’ve posted it with my modifications.

Chia and Buckwheat Breakfast Cereal


1/2 cup roasted buckwheat groats (My food co-op only had raw groats. I threw them in a sautee pan without oil and roasted them while I mixed the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Only roast about 1/2 cup at a time and stir often!)

6 tbsp chia seeds

3 tbsp hemp seed hearts

1/4 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, cranberries, chopped dates or apricots)

2 tbsp coconut flakes

1/2 tsp cinnamon


Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Makes 1 1/3 cups dry mix. I tripled the recipe since I will need it for the whole weekend.

To prepare the cereal: add 2/3 cup milk (any type) to 1/3 cup cereal mix. Let stand 10 minutes, stirring once or twice (the chia seeds will create a gel-like consistency). I threw the milk in before my shower and then heated up the cereal.  I don’t think I would have liked it cold. Sweeten to taste. (I used fresh fruit instead) Serve with fresh fruit such as berries or sliced banana if desired. You can also prepare it the night before (keep covered in the fridge). This one is a winner.  I’ve never had chia other than in smoothies; the consistency will take some getting used to, but it tasted great!

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I let the groats cool down after roasting them.

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The dry mix, ready to head in the fridge. I ran out of dried fruit and had to put it on my shopping list, so your’s might look like it has more.

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Ready to enjoy!


Garlicky White Bean Stew


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I took out what I needed to take for work and then added chicken for my husband. I’m not a fan of chicken…

Garlicky White Bean & Kale Stew
Serves 3-4


Knob of coconut oil or ghee (I had to Google what a knob was. I found a bunch of answers, but basically it is a walnut size)
2 medium onions
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional, but really delicious)
5 bay leaves
Pinch chili flakes
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper
2- 2 ½ cups cooked white beans (lima, butter, navy, cannelini…)
2 cups packed shredded kale leaves
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can (14 oz.) organic whole tomatoes (I used real tomatoes, chopped)
Cold-pressed olive oil to garnish (I omitted this)

1. Heat a knob of oil in a large stockpot. Slice onions and add to the pot with a couple pinches sea salt, chili, bay leaves and paprika. Cook for a few minutes until the onions have softened, then add sliced garlic. If the post becomes dry, add a little juice from the tinned tomatoes.
2. Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil, season to taste, and serve with a drizzle of olive oil (since everything is cooked, you don’t need to heat it long). If you are going to let it simmer for a while, add the kale about 5-10 minutes before serving so that it retains more of its nutritional value.

This dish was pretty descent.  I love garlic.  And I should note that I never really measure out spices.  I usually eyeball and end up adding more.  I love flavorful food, so I’m always dumping various herbs and spices, even when recipes don’t call for it. 


Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

Oh. My. Gosh. This is amazing. I will eat it every day of the 28 day detox…except for when I have to cut out grains…crud.

makes 6 hearty bowls of chili

one 29 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained (I used 1 can black beans and 1 can of pinto because I am trying to use up the canned beans before the detox starts.  We have a ton of dried beans and I’m thinking that they are probably better because there is less added to preserve them
one 6 oz can tomato paste
32 oz vegetable stock
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced (I used about 8)
1 tablespoon chili powder (I found that this was rather bland so I doubled the spices)
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
1 cup dry quinoa
salt and pepper to taste
avocado, cilantro for garnish  (optional) YES!

I also added a yellow pepper, 1/4 of another leftover onion and 2 cups of shredded kale.  I have found that throwing the kale in when I take the dish off of the burner gives it enough “wilt” but keeps it green and probably helps it retain it’s nutritional value. I did the same for the stew above, but I don’t know, I’m not an expert.

Heat the oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium low heat. Add onions, and cook until soft and they start to turn brown (about 10 minutes). Add the garlic, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the beans, stock, and potatoes, and season with salt and pepper . Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the quinoa. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes – 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until quinoa and potatoes are cooked and the chili has thickened. Add a bit of water if the chili becomes too thick for your liking. Top with avocado and chopped cilantro. Scrumptious!

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If you want a link to my Pinterest page with more recipes, please leave a comment below and I will send it to you directly.