What I Ate Wednesday: Skin Detox {Part II}

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Since I just posted my review of the book 28 Days to Younger Skin, I figured today would be a great day to share the full final day of the 3-day skin detox (alkalizing cleanse).

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I began with coffee. This actually isn’t prohibited in the book, even though coffee can be acidic. I had it with cinnamon and homemade almond milk.

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Next up: alkalizing green juice, mixed with flax-seed oil.

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Next up: more juice. This time, with ginger, purple and orange carrots, red apples, lemon.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Skin Detox Diet

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Today is a special edition of WIAW: Day 1 of my Skin Detox Diet.

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I am working on a review of a cookbook titled, 28 Days to Younger Skin. Look for the full review soon… I will not be participating in the full 28-day plan for various reasons that I will explain in that forthcoming post, but I did decide to do the first three days, which is a detox diet. Here’s what Day 1 (Monday) looked like:

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First up: two morning beverages. The first:

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tsp. flax-seed oil
  • bunch of fresh mint
  • slice fresh ginger

Blend, enjoy (serves two). This did not taste as bad as I expected, at all! I actually kind of liked it, even though usually flax-seed oil tastes strong and unpleasant.

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Second beverage: green juice while I read up on the diet and the philosophy and science behind it. This makes 4 servings:

  • 3 green apples
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 stalk celery (a whole celery plant like you buy in the store, not 1 rib)
  • bunch kale
  • fresh ginger
  • mint
  • sprouts of choice (we used radish)

This also tasted pretty good.

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Ladurée, New York

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Over the summer, right after I quit my job in New York City, my dad had to fly in for work. It was perfect timing, as I got to hang out with him one afternoon! We went to lunch at Lure and then walked around. When we stumbled upon Ladurée, of course we went in to admire the beautiful desserts.

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We decided to stay and get a coffee, so we went out back to find a table outside. They have the most adorable courtyard! I didn’t even feel like we were in NYC.

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The table setting was gorgeous; it felt like a tea party! Petals from the trees above our heads rained down softly, decorating the table. I loved the ambiance, I would go back just for that!

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Strange Food Saturday: London

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As a Christmas gift, my sister made me the above logo for my Strange Food Saturday posts! Even though the picture of me is totally embarrassing, I think it’s perfect. So from now on, you’ll see this at the beginning of the SFS posts!

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My friend Mitchell sent me these pictures from his trip London and they are so perfect for a Christmas Strange Food Saturday.

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Camden Market has a place that makes ice cream with liquid nitrogen and they have a “Christmas Tree” flavor for the holidays.

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Mitchell ate it with raspberry sauce.

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He said, “It didn’t really taste like pine but it had a sort of floral undefinable wintry flavor.”

What I Ate Wednesday: Yoga Teacher Training!

As of today, Maggie and I are five days into yoga teacher training! We are being taught and led, along with 7 others, by Tamsy Markham. Tamsy is the creative director and founder of High Street Yoga and Velvet Mill Yoga, in Westerly, Rhode Island and Stonington, Connecticut, respectively. We’ve been traipsing between the two studios, which are very close to each other despite the fact that they are in different states. I thought it would be fun to share what a day of yoga teacher training looks like, since we’re loving it so much!

Monday, July 14: Day 3 of Yoga Teacher Training

WIAW yoga teacher training edition

7:30 AM: Wake up

7:45 AM: Pre-breakfast

I’ve been drinking a quarter cup of aloe juice each morning (you can buy the big bottle that I have from any Trader Joe’s) with lemon juice and water. I feel like it’s helped my whole digestive system feel better. I’ve also been taking krill oil pills that my mom sent.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

I had a cup of coffee with milk, and a muffin I’d made in Astoria with whatever was leftover in my cupboard before I moved out. I don’t remember the ratios, since I made it up as I went, but I used all-purpose flour, brown rice flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, eggs, coconut oil, water, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, seven nut & seed butter, ginger honey, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes. They turned out shockingly delicious and they weren’t dry.

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8:20 AM: Breakfast Part II

I had a second muffin in the car on the drive to the yoga studio. I wasn’t too hungry but I knew we had a power yoga class coming up and that I would be hungry during that if I didn’t eat more.

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9:00 AM: Discussion / Session with Tamsy

We are studying Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga (read more about it here) and Tamsy began training with its founder, Baron Baptiste, directly in 2002. She is awesome and we’re all learning so much!

10:00 – 11:15 AM: Hot Yoga

Of course we have to be sure to drink plenty of liquids! Throughout the day I drank about a third of this coconut water (so roughly 11 ounces).

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I also drank a few bottles of water and one bottle of iced tea Maggie and I made by combining green tea, jasmine green tea, and peppermint tea. It was super refreshing!

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11:30 AM: Snack #1

Maggie and I quickly wolfed down these fresh raspberries and blueberries, and dried, sweetened cranberries before our next discussion / session.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

Lunch for us has been leftovers pretty much every day so far, which is great, since Maggie’s mom has made us the most delicious and nutritious dinners each night! Today we had grilled vegetables (onion, bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash) and a sausage over quinoa. The squash came from Maggie’s mom’s garden!

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