Going Gluten-free?

True story.

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As some of you know, I was attempting a 3-week gluten-free, dairy-free cleanse. This of course meant also no vino during prime patio hours.

While I am passionate about health and wellness, I also believe in moderation. This seemed a rush decision, so three weeks quickly turned into two weeks, which then turned into six days.

It was a good six-day run! However, sun-shiny days, patios and the odd glass of wine were calling my name, and quickly topped my priority list. For those of you interested in some of the recipes, or how my solid six days went, here’s a menu broken down by day:

Day 1:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk (Thorne Mediclear as recommended by my naturopath)
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Watermelon

Delicious!

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Carrots w/ hummus

Afternoon Snack:
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter
Grapes

Dinner:
Baked sweet potato fries w/ sea salt + olive oil + fresh thyme
Turkey breast w/ summer savory, onion, dash of salt/pepper, olive oil

Night Snack:
Gluten free waffle w/ blueberries + pure maple syrup

Day 2:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
Watermelon
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Soup w/ gluten free crackers
Grapes

Afternoon Snack:
Banana
Carrots w/ hummus

Dinner:
Avocado + cucumber rolls
Salmon sushi

Power out in my building = eat out. So good though!

Night Snack:
1/4 cup almonds

Day 3:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
1/4 cup almonds
Carrots w/ hummus

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Soup w/ gluten free crackers
Grapes

While I prefer to make my own, this was a goodie in a rush.

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Afternoon Snack:
Watermelon
Carrots w/ hummus

Dinner:
Soup of the Day from Fresh Restaurant on Spadina
Italian raw bowl from Fresh – zucchini noodles tossed with basil pesto, garnished with kale chips, grape tomatoes, Fresh Protein Boost and sun-dried tomatoes (asked them to hold the tomatoes)
Negril Beach smoothie from Fresh – coconut milk, mango, banana

Night Snack:
Flourless Cashew cookies from Sweets from the Earth

Day 4:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Watermelon
Double decaf Americano (a bit of a cheat, but learned that the Swiss Water decaffeinating process is 99.9% caffeine-free – that’s okay right?)

Lunch:
Fresh turkey sausage (from my favourite butcher, Whitehouse Meats at St. Lawrence Market)
Grapes + figs

Afternoon Snack:
Amaranth and Kiwani Cream w/ almond milk + pure maple syrup from GoGo Quinoa (tastes kind of like Cream of Wheat, only it’s gluten-free)
Fresh cherries

If you’re ever looking to purchase…However, I recommend less almond milk to keep it thick and creamy. Much better that way!

Gluten-free alternative to oatmeal

Dinner:
Treated myself to Thai food from Khao San Road (only picking gluten-free, peanut-free items w/ chicken) – SO worth it :)

Night Snack:
Strawberries

Day 5:

Breakfast:
Double decaf Americano + almond milk + honey
Berry Whole Food Energy bar from Green Superfood

Yummy (but pretty pricey snack at $3.99 a pop!)

Morning Snack:
Late breakfast, so sort of skipped the snack

Lunch:
Sweet potato, orange, fennel soup from The Big Carrot
Mixed greens, beets, carrots salad w/ tahini dressing (also from The Big Carrot)

Afternoon Snack:
Sea salt Rice chips w/ hummus

Dinner:
Jamaican Jerk Salmon w/ mango, black bean, pineapple salsa (as seen in SELF special edition magazine – also available here online)

This is where we introduce the roommate, Francesca, to seafood – a success!

Night Snack:
Rice chips w/ guacamole (avocado, red onion, cilantro, dash of ground coriander, ground cumin, lots of lime)

Day 6:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Banana

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
Apple
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter

Lunch:
Potato, leek and fennel soup (made a batch on Sunday and froze in servings for the week) – took this recipe from the Fresh cookbook, but made a few alterations based on preference
Mango, black bean, pineapple salsa w/ rice crackers

So many yummy recipes in here!

Afternoon Snack:
Guacamole w/ rice crackers
Cherries

Dinner:
Brown rice w/ cherries and chicken rice dish (got this recipe from Whole Foods website and substituted the chicken for lean turkey)

Omnomnom

Recommend a little less cherries than the recipe, since they can be pretty overpowering. Just a personal preference…

Night Snack:
Tea w/ gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Honey Graham cookies from The Big Carrot

This isn’t advised for everyone. I first learned about this (and implemented it strictly once before with the guidance of my naturopath during the summer of 2010). For full details on the cleanse, download the PDF here.

Whether this is something you’re interested in trying, or just looking for a couple healthy recipes, I hope this was helpful!

Unfortunately (and fortunately!) day six was followed by a strong desire to do this:

Ahhh…

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So I threw in the towel. Remember though…

They are really the big things.

Happy Healthy Eating!

xo

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4 thoughts on “Going Gluten-free?

  1. This sounds like torture! Bahah, good for you for making it 6 days though! I hope day 6 was a Saturday and you thoroughly enjoyed the vino! ;) xo

  2. Pingback: Pass The Chick “Peas” Please! | Lil' Suburban Homestead

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