***Disclaimer: If you are currently attempting any kind of a healthy diet, and if you like chocolate, you probably need to skip past the entire post as quickly as possible and just get to the recipe at the bottom. Trust me.***
If you learn nothing else about me, you should know that chocolate is at once my nemesis and my best friend.
I can’t get enough time with my buddy chocolate. Doesn’t matter what mood chocolate is in. Chocolate cake? YES please! Chocolate candy bar? Well…twist my arm. Milk or dark? I’ll take both!
I’ve even gone so far as to eat an entire bag of chocolate chips over the course of several days because I enjoy hanging out with chocolate so much.
But when we hang out, chocolate has this bad habit of stabbing me in the back. Every. Dang. Time. Idaho Spud candybar? BAM! Two pounds gained. Chocolate cake for the kid’s birthday? Well HELOOOO flabby belly.
And if that’s not bad enough…well…let’s just say that chocolate isn’t exactly getting along with my belly anymore…on the inside. ICK. I do NOT like the way chocolate treats my belly!
Normally, I have a decent amount of self-control, and I can limit my time with chocolate while making plenty of time for my veggies and other healthy friends. Lately though, my self-control is shot. I cannot stop myself from indulging in LOTS of chocolate in all forms…all in the same day. And the effects were getting worse. Belly aches, stress, constant exhaustion, tight clothing, acne breakouts, and a ridiculous loathing of all things healthy. Not only was I eating too much junk, but I could not stomach the healthy stuff. What the heck is going on around here???
So, it was time to take the plunge. I finally decided to take the Ultimate Reset challenge. 21 days of very strict diet, supplements, and other new habits to help cleanse the toxins from my tired body. I’ve been curious for over a year about this system, but terrified to spend the money on it and completely bomb the whole thing. I knew I had to take a dramatic step away from my former best friend (chocolate) this time if I was going to reverse the course my body was on. So…Ultimate Reset it is!
The first few days were pretty good. I was actually really looking forward to the fresh food. New recipes and ideas made it more appealing, and the fact that I just felt so icky I was ready to feel good again. Then came the weekend. Yikes. Let’s just say…it was hard, and imperfect.
But…today is day 7 of the 21, and I’m still here! Vegetables are starting to get boring…I need more variety. So today I finally got around to trying a recipe for a quinoa salad from my Ultimate Reset book. Have you tried quinoa? What do you think?
This particular salad turned out to be freaking incredible. I could eat another plateful if I weren’t so darn full! And let me tell you…feeling full is a beautiful thing when all you’re eating is pretty much fruits and vegetables. 😛
Wanna try it? I decided to share the recipe here, with some adjustments made to fit what I had in the house.
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 TB EVOO
1 TB fresh lemon juice
amino acids (to taste)
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 Roma tomato, chopped
5-10 pitted Kalamata olives, sliced
1 TB fresh mint leaves, thinly diced
1 TB fresh oregano leaves, thinly diced
That’s it! Mix it all together and enjoy the best freaking salad you’ve had in a LONG time! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Now…wish me luck on the next 14 days!!!
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