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Friday, April 9, 2010

Setting Up for Success

The key to success on this cleanse is being prepared with ready-to-eat stuff in the fridge. You’ll need to pick up your groceries and then spend some time in the kitchen making up a few entrees and prepping snacks that will last through the week. Typically, I’ll make two entrees (all the recipes are fairly ample so two should last you until Friday), a bunch of quinoa, and a batch of soup. Brown rice and beans (black beans are my favorite) are great to have on hand too. And don’t worry – none of the recipes take much time at all.

Every few days I’ll bake a couple of blocks of tofu so I can have it on hand. I nibble on tofu slices throughout the course of the day and use them as chicken breast substitutes for salads and sandwiches (I make them with lettuce instead of bread). Just dry a block of tofu and slice it into 5 steaks. Marinate them in a bit of Bragg’s Amino Acids while you wait for the oven to heat to 375F. Then bake them for about 15 minutes, turn, and bake for another 15 minutes. Each steak has only about 70 calories and about 8g of protein – very efficient!

For snacks I’ll clean up some carrots and celery and make sure I’ve got fresh fruit on hand. And I keep gluten-free crackers and tortilla chips around for something to crunch on. For quick treats, I mash up an avocado with a drop of lemon juice for a simple guacamole and serve with gluten-free crackers or with gluten-free tortilla chips. And I love old-fashioned popcorn popped in a big pot on the stove - I use a bit of olive oil and it works like a charm. Nuts are great to have on hand, too – my preference has been almonds up until a few weeks ago when I started munching on raw cashews.

If you need portable foods (for lunch at the office or meals on the go), you can put some soup in a travel mug or put together a Tupperware feast of some of the entrées you’ve made. And the tofu steaks are super easy – you can eat them with your hands! I keep a baggie with almonds in my purse for hunger emergencies; gluten-free crackers work well, too.

The trick is making sure there’s something that’s always ready and within reach – it’s when you’ve run out of good food and you’re hungry that you can get into trouble. When there’s no alternative it’s easy to turn to the donuts or pretzels or whatever’s in front of you. So keep the fridge stocked and give yourself lots of options!


  1. Exactly what I needed to get started again! Especially invaluable for first-timers.
    ThAnks Ivy - can't wait!

  2. My pleasure, Jenny! I'm looking forward to it too!

  3. hi im new here...and im sure it is written somewhere that i am not seeing but im assuming this is a blog for vegans? ive been a vegetarian for almost 3 years and im thinking about going vegan...i was wondering if theres a place where you talk about being vegan, its benefits and so on...please let me know thanks!

  4. Hey, Imjustagirl! Glad to see you here! Just so you know, this blog - at least for the next 18 days - is about doing the 21-day Kathy Freston Quantum Wellness Cleanse (we started Monday). We do go vegan during the cleanse and some of us live vegan and vegetarian lives outside of the cleanse. If you'd like to join us we'd love to have you. You're halfway there already as a vegetarian so this could be a great time to "try on" a vegan diet! So, here's what we do - we eliminate gluten, alcohol, sugar, caffeine and all animal products (including dairy, poultry, fish, meat, and everything else that has a face or a mother). Check out the shopping list and recipes (they're all vegan) and see if anything resonates with you. Let me know if you have any questions, and definitely let me know if you decide to join us! Hope you do! Thanks for checking us out!