Ok it’s the weekend and you’ve had all week to talk yourself in and out of joining me for a Spring detox. So what’s it to be? It’s only two weeks or 14 days or however you want to look at it. In the greater scheme of the timeline of your life it’s a blip.
However it could be a very important blip. It could go from being a blip to being a life changing experience. You might find a few more fruits and vegetables you like to eat. Maybe you find that eating no grains at all really makes your body happy. You could make new friends while talking about the detox on The WHOLE Gang Facebook  page or reinforce a current relationship by pairing up to do it together. The possibilities are endless.
So let’s make the commitment together. Print this detox pledge  out and sign it, post it on your frig, bulletin board, Pinterest Board or your dog. Somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Please read the disclaimer at bottom.
Now if you’re a sharing person, grab this badge below and post it on your Facebook or website. Let people know you are working on your health and encourage others to do the same. One little change is what leads to the next little change and before you know it you turn around and see how many great things you are doing for your health. Make sure you visit The WHOLE Gang Facebook page for additional tips and encouragement along the way. We’re in this together! Click here to grab the badge! 
Let’s get to your Weekend Prep for Diane’s Detox.
There are two main things I would recommend you do in preparation for the next two weeks.
1. Plan out what you want to eat and then make sure you have it in stock.
2. Clear out, hide, give away what you are going to avoid for the next two weeks.
OK so let’s start with step number 1. Grab your calendar and see what you have planned for these next two weeks. Are there events that include food outside your home like business meetings, parent teacher gathering, birthday party at the office or anything that might come up on the spur of the moment like your office mates invite you out to lunch. If you plan for how you will handle these events, then you will be prepared with your response to their questions or you’ll know what you’re going to eat.
Grab my menu planner and let’s get started creating a delicious menu that will have you eating like royalty. The WHOLE Gang Weekly Menu 2012 
Note anytime you won’t be making your own foods or know exactly what you are eating. Look at the list for Diane’s Detox  and see what you will be working towards. Are you going for the whole list or maybe this is your very first detox so you’re going to pick a few. It’s totally up to you. For instance if you already live gluten free you may want to try eating no grains at all. Whatever you are going to include in your detox keep that front and center.
Now I like to make a list of all the foods and drinks I will be eating for the next two weeks. I always like to focus on the postive and what I can control. A good list already available is the Primal Blueprint Shopping List . On that page you can find a listing and a link to a pdf of that list. If you are not familiar with Mark Sission he is the creator of the Primal Blueprint which is his version of a Paleo Diet. I’m not here today to talk about this diet, but I do like his pdf list of foods. Something I need to make for myself with foods I like to eat. I took this list and crossed off anything with dairy as the list is already gluten free. I underlined any foods I either don’t like yet or have not tried yet. The rest of the foods left were fair game for my quick menu. As this goes on I may try some of the new foods or the ones I don’t like yet.
I find it’s so much easier to look at a list of what I can eat and go from them when planning a menu. I took this list and checked out what was in my refrigerator and freezer. Was there anything from the list that I could use as a starter for my menu. Yep, lots of frozen organic meats and wild caught seafood in my freezer so I was set. I however was low on fruits and vegetables so I need to stock up on those after I create the menu.
So what’s a gal to actually eat on this detox? Lots of fresh veggies, fruits, some nuts and seeds along with lean proteins. It’s really easy to keep myself satisfied while doing this as long as I pay attention to what my body is telling me. Make sure you take the time to listen to your body. If you feel hungry, wait a little and see if it stays or did it pass. If it passed you may have been bored, tired or maybe distracted. If it stays than your body is really hungry and you should feed it.
During the next couple of weeks I’ll share recipes and menu plans that we will be eating around my house. One thing you can count on is big plates of amazing salads. Here’s my tip to make this super easy.
Go shopping and grab a bunch of veggies you’ll want in your salads and then do a little prep. I bought one of the plastic rectangular containers of Organic Power Greens. It had baby spinach, baby kale and baby chard and is a great salad base. I’m totally recycling that container and making it into my salad bar. I’ll prep my ingredients and put them into zip plastic bags and put them all into that container. Then all I need to do is grab my new container of greens and then my new salad bar with all the fixings.
Here are my leafy greens which I only buy organic:
- beet greens
- mustard greens
Here is what is in my salad bar:
- golden beets
- red beets
- red onion
- purple cabbage
- cauliflower florets
- roasted broccoli florets extra crispy
- hard boiled egg diced
- roasted chicken diced
- spiced shrimp
I keep the tomatoes on the countertop as you shouldn’t refrigerate those.
Also on hand will be my jars of:
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- macadamia nuts
- pine nuts
I won’t use many of these in my salads but with a large variety no two salads will be exactly alike.
I also like to have a can of Pole Caught American Tuna on hand to toss some of that in my salad one day.
So what’s in your salad bar? I’ll warn you once you give this a try you’ll make a new salad bar every week and you’ll never look back. You’ll never head to one of those weigh your salad, salad bars and spend a fortune on something that you can make at home.
Oh and for my salads I usually make my mason jar dressing. Here’s the recipe:
Easy Healthy Gluten Free Salad Dressing
equal parts good quality organic oil like olive, avocado or a nut oil to a vinegar or lemon juice. Vinegars can be something like champagne, red wine, balsamic, Ume Plum or whatever is your favorite.
a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
a pinch of fresh cracked pepper
If’ I’m frisky a squirt of dijon mustard
Add the ingredients to a mason jar or one of your cleaned out jars from something you purchased, put the lid on and shake. Oh when I say shake it I mean shake it. Put your hips and back into it. Have fun, play a little music and shake it up. Shake it until it’s all one color.
Now you can pour it onto your plated salad or over your salad in a bowl and toss it around so it touches all of the salad which is how I like it.
Almost forget the clear out which was number 2! This is the easiest part unless your house is your food trap. Grab those chocolate bars, bags of sugar and anything on that list of what you don’t want to eat for these two weeks and bag it up. Put it in another room, give it to a family member to hide or whatever works for you. For me out of sight out of mind. I put it down in the basement in a bag because that’s too much effort to go grab it for a quick thoughtless pop into my mouth without thinking before I realize I ate way too many. I would have to make an extra effort to go and get it which gives my brain time to make another choice.
So are you ready! Make a menu, go shopping so you have those ingredients on hand and prep your salad bar. You’re setting yourself up for success!
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