Testing Out a Three Day Cleanse

Pegged by curiosity, I decided to test out the Renew Life 3 Day Cleanse. This may or may not have anything to do with vacationing for 10 days which included lots of food and beer. I don’t generally agree with the idea of cleanses but again, curiosity. So I picked up a box of Renew Life 3 Day Cleanse and decided to test it out. The box reads “Total-Body Reset*” “Helps Eliminate Waste and Toxins*” “Reduce Bloating and Water Retention*” “Helps Restore Regularity*” “Promotes Digestive Wellness*”

Okay… interesting. Flip it over “Reset, refresh, and restore with 3-Day Cleanse, a quick, easy-to-use, advanced herbal cleanse and detox formula that works with your body’s natural metabolism to help eliminate waste and toxins, and relieve occasional bloating and constipation.* Get back to feeling like yourself again in just 3 days!*”

The use of asterisks is enough to insight quite a bit of doubt. But wait, read the ingredient list:

It seems a bit daunting with all of these ingredients. And I’ll admit a bit scary. So here’s the hard and fast version of what each of these ingredients are intended to do:

Milk Thistle Extract Seed: liver support

Taurine: liver support

Chlorella: toxic metal absorption

Burdock Extract: liver function, indigestion, and fatigue

Dandelion Extract: digestive system support

Horsetail Extract Herb: Kidney and bladder support

Red Clover Extract: indigestion

Turmeric Extract: digestive support

Wild Indigo Herb: immune support

Red Root Bark: digestive support

Cranberry Extract: kidney and bladder support

Hibiscus Flower: excretory system  support

Cape Aloe Leaf: laxative

Rhubarb Root: excretory system support

Marshmallow Root: excretory system support

Slippery Elm Bark: excretory system support

Triphala: digestive and excretory system support

 

There are some dietary guidelines to follow while doing this. I didn’t struggle with them because it basically outlined my normal diet. You can read them here. One other requirement is to drink half your body weight in oz of water. I easily drank way more than this because I became so thirsty during this cleanse that I was almost constantly drinking water.

So for three days, morning and night, I took these “cleansing” capsules.  The first point I should make is, these capsules are not going to make you a brand new person. They provide minor relief for those times when we all feel constipated, bloated, etc. That being said here a few things I’ve noticed:

  • your thirst will be insatiable; drink as much water as you can
  • you’re going to poop, a lot. (but not in a diarrhea sense, just that you’ll probably have 3 normal poops in a day)
  • you’re going to pee a lot, mostly because you are drinking so much water.

So aside from ridding your body of waste, the real MVP here is water. Moral of the story, just drink a lot of water. It’s amazing how you different you feel after just spending a day drinking more water. I drank nearly 2 liters of water everyday before doing this cleanse, which is quite a lot but drinking even more water, I can feel a difference.

 

Ricotta Cheesecake with Figs and Honey 

I hope you’re not surprised to see yet another recipe with figs. They are just simply one of my favorite foods and they are only available in a nearly nonexistent timeframe here. I have to get them while I can. This is my go-to cheesecake recipe. I love it because it’s not too sweet and uses great cheeses. I decided to add figs for an obvious reason and a bit of honey.

It’s really quite a process to make, but so worth it. This is the recipe I use. In my fig and caramelized onion pizza post I explained my oven situation. It sucks. So I promise this cheesecake isn’t burned. It’s just very browned. Thanks oven. I adjusted the recipe to my liking by only using a cup of sugar instead of a cup and a half. The i drizzled honey on top and arranged the figs on top.

Green

Green has been my favorite color of 2017 thus far. Not only do I love what it stands for but it also gives me that same feeling you get at the end of September when everything is at the cusp of change. So you can’t blame me with a look like this that packs a green punch.

Fig and Caramelized Onion Pizza (GF)


Summer nights always leave me a bit at a loss for dinner ideas. The main reason for this has a lot to do with my oven. It’s ancient; it’s always hot (even when turned off). This in combination with the summer heat make it hard to find the motivation to cook for dinner. But this fig and caramelized pizza is a keeper, because it only goes into the oven for about 7 minutes. 7 minutes of torture none the less but it’s all a compromise.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pre-made GF pizza crust
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 Figs
  • 1 onion, slivered
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 2 oz. of goat cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Salt and pepper

To make:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 (skip this step if your oven is anything like mine)
  2. Coat the pizza crust in olive oil.
  3. Add the slivered onions and butter to a sauté pan. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, until onions are caramelized. Once nearly caramelized add in the garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme to cook.
  4. Slice the figs into thin slices.
  5. Add the caramelized onion mixture to the top of the pizza crust.
  6. Slice the goat cheese and add on top of caramelized onions.
  7. Place directly on the oven rack. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Once done, add the figs to the top. Enjoy!

 

Summer Vacation Staples

I’m headed on vacation at the end of this week and there is nothing that I am looking forward to more. We’ll be at the beach so these are a few beach vacation essentials that will be accompanying me. Not to mention the books and magazines I will be bringing! They will be in an upcoming post this week!

  1. Beach towel 
  2. Swimsuit
  3. Beach basket 
  4. Face mist
  5. Lip balm with SPF
  6. SPF 50

Golden Beet and Watercress Salad


I’ve been loving golden beets. It seems like a crazy thing to love but they are slightly more mellow than red beets and that makes them perfect for salads, especially when fried. This is a great salad for yourself at lunch or make a large bowl of it to share.

Ingredients:

  1. Bunch of watercress
  2. 1 radish, sliced thinly
  3. 1 golden beet
  4.  1 Avocado, sliced
  5.  Balsamic vinaigrette

To cook the beets: first slice the beets then, steam the beets in the microwave until tender. Seer the beets in a frying pan coated with olive oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, flip occasionally. Let cool.

Assemble the salad: layer the watercress, beets, radish and avocado onto a plate. Drizzle with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette. Bon appétit!

Tell Me Something New

Fun fact: I bought this t-shirt without reading the back of it. Turns out it reads “Tell me something new. Same old same old story bro.” Which I actually find quite amusing.

I love this wrap skirt but thought it needed to be dressed down. So this was the perfect opportunity to sport the Vans slip-ons, t-shirt and wicker bag. This makes for comfortable and easy summer outfit, which is my number one priority in summer.

Skirt / Tshirt / Vans (similar) /