It’s been over 90 days since I completed the Clean Gut program and although there is no such thing as ‘perfect’ maintenance, I have done my best to continue my clean lifestyle habits and avoid my toxic triggers. As a reward, my immunity continues to be strong, my energy levels are up, every single pound has stayed off, and my OTC relief medications have stayed in the garbage!
A bit about me: I am a proud Chicagoan in my mid-30s and a licensed Doctor of Clinical Psychology who recently started my own private business. I live downtown with my husband, who also owns his own business as a Chiropractic Physician.
Together we commute almost 1 hour, 5 days a week to our practices and do what we can to exercise and eat clean every day. After all, how can I help others with their mental health, adapting to outside stressors, and making positive changes if I am not living that way myself?
So my typical workday is as follows:
7:00am – Good morning! My 2 very vocal, senior Persian cats are ready for me to be awake, even if I am not. First thing, I take 2 probiotic supplements and warm some water with lemon and cayenne to start the day. After my shower, I put raw coconut oil on my skin and a scoop in my mouth for oil pulling as I do my hair or make-up. I buy large jars of this stuff from Karyn’s Raw and keep it in my bathroom for an oral rinse, moisturizer and make-up remover – it’s at work for a snack – and of course in my kitchen to use in smoothies or to cook with.
My husband wakes up and starts on the wheatgrass. We keep three trays growing in rotation, and take 2 oz. shots on an empty stomach most mornings. This is the extent of my ‘gardening’ in my high-rise city condo, but I am proud of it!
Our wheatgrass trays in perfect rotation – perfect for the cats to nibble on too for hairball prevention
8:00am: Our briefcases and gym bags are packed and I am making our delicious smoothies for our A.M. commute!
Makes 2 servings:
1 bag frozen organic wild blueberries
1 small bottle Harmless Harvest raw coconut water
2 scoops SunWarrior Warrior Blend chocolate protein powder
2 Tbsp raw Flax Oil
¼ of a whole Aloe leaf (no skin)
1.5 Tbsp Spirulina powder (it took us a while to build-up to this much)
1 bag / 1 full bunch of raw spinach
After blended, I add in 2 Tbsp raw unsweetened cocoa nibs and blend lightly to create a chocolate-chip texture!The color is not pretty – but the taste is out-of-this world. These smoothies are completed with a big party straw and taken to-go!
Some of the smoothie ingredients and superfood boosts
My mind is the freshest in the morning, and people tend to prefer therapy times later in the day, so I spend most mornings researching, writing, or marketing. At the office we share a tiny fridge and there’s some shelf space for pantry-items. Each week I bring a loaf of manna bread and always keep Himalayan sea salt, raw coconut oil, raw homemade almond butter, and a case of bottled water at the office (5 items – that’s it!).
10:30am: Usually I get a small hunger pang and need to keep my focus strong until the lunch hour, so I’ll have a slice of manna bread with raw coconut oil and salt. I keep a bottle of digestive enzymes in my purse and take one EVERY time I eat. Over the course of the morning, I typically consume about 2 liters of water.
1:30pm: I head back to my husband’s clinic for an adjustment and to steal him for lunch. Lunch is almost always at a restaurant with my husband, but lunches are also reserved for networking/consultation meetings with other professionals, so I have to be the most flexible with my eating then. Lunch is also my largest meal of the day. Keeping with the same formula as the smoothie, I’ll typically order a large green salad and request lemon slices and olive oil on the side to be used as dressing. Then depending on the menu of the restaurant, I’ll either get a lentil or veggie cup of soup along with the salad. If it’s a brunch spot, I’ll order 2 eggs with the green salad. Finally, almost every restaurant now has avocado slices – they make a perfect salad/soup topping or make a lovely, creamy dessert. This formula is typically no-fail. Most restaurants are perfectly able and willing to accommodate you if you deliver your requests with a sweet smile.
One of my own favorite salads – curly kale with lemon juice, olive oil & sea salt, topped with peppers, onions, goji berries, hemp seeds; all mashed-together with avocados
4:30pm: I need a boost to keep up with those energetic, after-school child clients! The best solution I have found thus far is to have 2 generous spoonfuls of raw organic almond butter. It’s easy to store, it satisfies my sweet tooth, and keeps my stomach from screaming for about 2 hours. It’s texture also encourages me to keep drinking water in anticipation of my evening work-out! I drink about 1.5 L more of water during the afternoon.
My last client of the day typically ends at either 6:00 or 7:00pm, and my husband comes to pick me up to go to the gym next door for a quick 30-40 minute work-out (run/walking or weight circuits). I often dread it, but once I’m there the time flies by and it re-energizes me. It shaves at least 30 minutes off of the commute if we wait to leave until later in the evening as well.
We get back to the city around 8:00pm and dinner has to be made quickly in order to avoid eating late. It’s typically a large bowl filled with veggies and a warmed protein (lentils, peas or a clean animal protein leftover – grilled salmon is a favorite).
Here’s one of my typical go-to dishes that is quick, easy, and packed with cleanness: dulse, kelp, baby kale, peas or beans or lentils, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, Dijon mustard, olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Baked brussel sprouts or sautéed zucchini makes a great warm side dish too.
After the house is cleaned and our bags are packed for the next day, I make a Natural Calm magnesium drink and settle in to watch a show or read before bed between 11:00pm and 12:00am. It’s a long intense day, but it works like a well-oiled machine. It makes the weekends in the city at home that much more special to enjoy in my good health.
I view living clean as a never-ending journey to continue making improvements on my daily habits and positively influence others around me. I have been practicing detoxification, supplements, and optimal nutrition for several years, but it wasn’t until I participated in the Clean Gut program that I identified my unique, personal toxic triggers and eliminated them permanently! It not only made a significant difference in how I feel on a daily basis, but empowered me to feel more in control of my own health and healing process. I am so grateful for the Clean program and their supportive community! Looking forward to my next program!