Cinch Detox Do Over, Day 3

I think I’ll have to come up with new post titles after detox is over… I’m getting a little tired of the word “cinch”!  Ha ha.  I’m on day 3 and it’s flying by.  So far it’s been much easier this time around, probably because I knew what to do and prepped everything in advance.  Plus, I’ve been so busy at work that I didn’t have time to think the diet.  It’s so nice not to worry about food each day – just grab and go.

After researching a reader’s question, I discovered that Cynthia Sass has a website and it includes a Cinch Q&A.  Of course, I’ll continue to answer your questions on my blog, but I thought I’d throw that out there as an expert reference.  I actually enjoy your questions and tend to learn something each time.

Oh my… I’m eating the parfait and it is sooooooo good.  Even the fruit has tasted amazing this week – probably because I decided to add a little Truvia and it’s made a huge difference.  I’m sure the Light ‘n Fit yogurt (which contains Splenda / sucralose) helped with the Parfait, but even the plain fruit and smoothie (made with greek yogurt) tastes so much better with a little shake of Truvia.  Have you guys tried this yet?  It’s a natural plant-based sweetener derived from the Stevia plant and can be found near the sugar in your grocery store.  It’s kind of expensive (about $7 for a small canister like the one shown below), but it lasts a long time.  It’s actually much stronger than sugar, so you can just use a little bit and be satisfied.  The book discourages the use of artificial sweeteners because Cynthia believes they can induce sugar cravings.  I do not find that to be the case for me, but everyone should do what works best for them.   I actually think they curb my cravings because I feel like I’m splurging when I eat it!

Lastly, so many of you send me messages thanking me for the blog and the inspiration, but actually, you are the ones that inspire me!  Every morning I see your comments, questions, and compliments, and it just encourages me to push through another day.  This is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change!  No, we’re not going to be reading the book and copying the recipes forever, but after couple of months, our metabolisms should be improved, our palates accustomed to the taste of real food, and our cooking and eating habits transformed.  You’ll learn how to make meals with the puzzle pieces – 1) produce, 2) lean protein, 3) whole grain, 4) plant-based fat (nuts, avocado, olive / veg / coconut oil), and 5) healthy seasonings.  Hopefully you’re also trying to incorporate a little exercise into your day after Detox is over.  Cynthia is a big fan of walking!  This time of year can make that challenging, but there are lots of other indoor activities, or just find a good workout DVD and use your living room.  Please note that she does not recommend heavy exercise during Detox because of the limited calories.  If you do exercise or need a calorie boost, add an egg or serving of yogurt with breakfast.

Have a great day!