Day 17 Food Reboot

“Uniqueness” of the Day:  From my experience, I learned that red mangoes are the best ones to find due to their peak in ripeness.  They are at their peak ripeness.  Today was quite the liquid day as 3 out of the 4 meals were completely liquid.  I’m definitely getting more energy and others are starting to notice.  I went ballroom dancing tonight (look at the bottom) & hit a rough patch.  However, while I cannot see myself living a life like this, I recognize this lifestyle of eating the right foods is setting me up for the rest of my healthy life.  Knowing the goal & seeing results keeps me going, no matter what mountain I face in life.

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 10:15, woke up and went back to bed quickly at 1:30, 3:30 and got up at 5:30am.  What keeps me up is the body aches and stiffness all along my back.  Went back to bed at 6:30am & then got up around 7:45am.  Listening to 2Cellos, feeling focused & ready to work.

Breakfast:  Green Smoothie
  • 2 cups Swiss chard, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 4 bananas, peeled (subbing 1/4 papaya & 2 mangoes)
  • 3 cups strawberries (1/2 frozen, 1/2 unfrozen)
  • 1 tablespoon of dulse flakes
  • 6 to 8 ounces filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen

Directions:  Pour the water into the blender. Add strawberries and bananas and
blend for 20 second. Then, add remaining ingredients. Blend on high
for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Synopsis of Breakfast: Well this is a new record – 46oz.  Surprisingly creamy without the use of any bananas and tastes great.  Good energy boost too.

Lunch Menu:  3 Collard Wraps
  • 1 cup red grapes, chopped
  • ½ avocado, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 4 to 5 slices red onion, chopped
  • 3 springs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice from ½ lime
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • 2 large collard leaves

Directions: In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except for the collard leaves.  Divide the mixture into two and place half on each collard leaf.

Synopsis of Lunch:  The filling can make 4-5 collard green wraps; so expect some leftovers.  After having 3 wraps, I found the taste to be good but not as good as Day 15’s collard green wrap.  Adding salt & pepper didn’t change the taste of this dish too much.  So I suggest you not add that in (at least the salt).  Lastly, when you mix it in a bowl, use a utensil & not your hands.  The avocado is quite sticky.

“Snack”:  Soup Smoothie
  • 2 large cucumbers, chopped (used 1 1/2)
  • 3 cups pineapple, chopped (used 1 to 1 1/2)
  • 1 teaspoon whole flax seeds
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • After meal, (1) Brasil nut & small handful of pumpkin seeds

Directions:  In your blender, add cucumber and blend for about 20 seconds. Next, add the pineapple, basil, flax seed, and mint. Blend for about 60 second or until smooth.

Synopsis of Meal: I’d call this a smoothie as I cannot wrap my head around a soup that’s cold.  The taste is different and not all that exciting to me.  If you want to stick exactly to this plan, make this.  Otherwise, skip it & find something else.

Dinner Menu:  OJ / Green Smoothie

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 mangos, peeled and pitted
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 4 medium oranges, peeled and deseeded
  • 3 to 4 ounces filtered water

Synopsis of Dinner: Tastes just like a creamier version of orange juice.  Makes 36 fl. oz. or 3 glassfuls.

Evening inflammation check:  Most of the day with slight inflammation in the right hip.  Went ballroom dancing tonight and during the Rumba lesson I could start to feel shooting pains & heavier inflammation.  It became worse as the night went on, especially doing the Cha Cha.  No pain in ballroom dancing is one of my mountains I will cross soon.

Gas / Bloating Check:  Today was lighter on the food than yesterday.  Gas & bloating issues were rare (rare issues where I could feel the food just moving down the intestines).