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A “Jumpstart Journey”: End of Week 1, recipes and RESULTS

Kale chips

This is a continuation of the blog series written by my mom, Laura.  She captures what to expect when using the “Jumpstart” plan and give some tips for how to use the “Jumpstart” with success!  Their results are inspirational!

End of Week 1:  Whoo hoo!

Waking up to sunshine this morning made my day! The sun on the sea of sparkling snow was amazing.  I am feeling better each day. I only have one day left for week 1 and then I can add back some dairy.  I was drooling over the low-fat cottage cheese today and brought home some sprouted grain bread.

This program is easier as you go because you can do some repeats of what you have already concocted.  When I make a salad, I make enough for the next day. Later today I bought a sirloin tip roast and put it  in the crock pot so there would be some for the rest of the week. Doubling up on preparation helps in
planning meals to come.

I have been perusing various food sites on the internet and some of the recipes for side dishes and such can be easily adapted to the detox program by leaving out sugar or salt and changing the spices to beef up the flavor. Here are a few examples of dishes that can accompany any meat or fish.

Pineapple Angel Hair Coleslaw

Angel hair coleslaw about 2 ½ cups
Half of a can of Dole pineapple in its own juice (pure 100 % juice)
Chopped up green pepper
Olive oil and rice vinegar dressing
Top with flax seed, ground, and hazelnuts coarsely chopped
Toss and serve for two.

Spinach or Kale Frittata

Kale or Spinach, 2 leaves chopped fine
Leeks sliced and chopped
Sun dried tomatoes (1/4 cup)
4-5 eggs
Chop vegetables and mix with the sun dried tomatoes. Beat eggs until foamy and pour over vegetables. Place into a lightly oiled pie plate or 8 x 8 glass pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Serves four.

And here is a good meat dish and I had extra for slicing into a salad the next day!

Beef in Pomegranate Juice by Gluten Free Goddess

Ingredients:
This recipe from Gluten Free Goddess was changed slightly to accommodate the detox program seen in parenthesis notation.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds grass fed beef or buffalo roast or steak, fat trimmed (sliced real thinly)
Sea salt (delete for detox)
Light olive oil, as needed
1 onion, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice (Knudsen’s has this like the cranberry juice unsweetened and natural)
1 14-oz can Muir Glen fire roasted crushed tomatoes (used unsalted tomato paste, small)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar- omit for yeast-free (used apple cider vinegar which is allowed)
1/8 cup pure maple syrup- or use agave to keep it lower glycemic (used a tiny shake of stevia powder)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries or golden raisins (used only ¼ c. and never raisins)
1 teaspoon dried French herb mix or Bouquet Garni
A small pinch of cinnamon

Instructions:

Get your slow cooker situated and turned on to High. Heat a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Brown the beef on all sides to sear in the flavor, using long tongs to turn the pieces. This doesn’t take but maybe five minutes, or so. Remove the beef and set aside.

Add a small dash of olive oil to the crock. Add in sliced onion and garlic. Stir to coat with the olive oil. Place the beef on top.

Pour in the pomegranate juice, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and stevia. Stir to combine. Add the cranberries, dried herbs, a pinch of cinnamon. Stir a little bit to co-mingle ingredients. Cover and let the magic happen- about 4 to 5 hours.

I can’t stress enough how planning ahead is really important for success of this program because when you are hungry, you tend to want something fast, convenient and good. Planning ahead can stop any cheating, frustration or falling off the wagon. A little thought put into the meals will ensure
a great detox experience!

My parents have now completed the 3 week Jumpstart Plan and are now into Clean Lifestyle Eating.  After 3 weeks of being on the plan, here are their awesome results!

  • They both lost 8 pounds each.
  • Clothes fit looser and more comfortably.
  • My dad’s blood sugars – averaged between 80 – 180 with no insulin during the daytime (only used his 24 hr. insulin).  Big change!
  • Satisfied – weren’t hungry, starving or feeling empty by eating 6x/day
  • Slept better and more soundly.
  • Much more energy with no afternoon slump.
  • Cravings diminished and began to love and taste the natural flavors of the food they ate.  They found that they liked some vegetables that they didn’t normally eat.
  • No more grogginess, felt peppy and had clear thinking.
  • No more heartburn and stomach/digestive issues.
  • Sinuses cleared and morning coughing stopped.
My mom says, ” I now know some of the things I should avoid.  I continue to seek out new recipes to make meals with veggies more palatable and different.  I enjoyed the program immensely especially not feeling tired in the afternoon which I have felt for years.  Best thing we have done.”
Jumpstart you way to a healthier living today…get your own “Jumpstart Plan” here!
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